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T-Bird women fall in Big Sky tourney
by Tom Zulewski Iron County Today
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It wasn’t the ending they wanted, but the Southern Utah women’s basketball team fell to the Idaho Vandals for the second time in three days, 83-68, on March 6 in the opening round of the Big Sky women’s basketball tournament in Reno, Nevada.

The T-Birds, who finished the year with a 7-23 record, stayed on even terms with the Vandals thanks in large part to the play of senior Jessica Richardson, who scored 20 of her 24 points in the opening half. But when Idaho rose up and hit their 3-pointers, SUU had no answer. The Vandals made 12 from behind the arc to just one – by Richardson – for the T-Birds.

“I know that our team gave it our all, and in the end we just traded two for threes and that's rough,” Richardson said in the school’s release. “It’s hard to beat a team when they’re hitting threes and all you’re hitting are twos.”

SUU finished with three players in double figures. Breanu Reid backed Richardson with 16 points and Rebecca Cardenas just missed a double-double, finishing with 14 points and nine boards.

Mikayla Ferenz led four Idaho players in double figures with 25 points. The Vandals shot 52 percent from the floor and overcame 22 turnovers with a 42-29 rebounding edge over the T-Birds.

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