USU Eastern Press Release
Utah State Eastern women’s basketball lost to the Snow College Badgers 60-52 on Saturday at home. The Eagles put together three solid quarters of play but a big third quarter by the Badgers ultimately gave them the edge.
“We out scored them in three of the quarters. Unfortunately, we were flat in the third and it hurt us,” said USU Eastern head coach Chelsey Warburton.
In the third quarter, the Badgers outscored the Eagles 24-9, led by Megan Carr’s 10 points.
USU Eastern was able to get a good start and lead in the first half with good defense and limiting the scoring of Snow.
“We came out strong the first half and were ready to get tips and steals. We knew we had to box out their bigs and rebound. I think that was a huge positive aspect for us tonight in the first half,” said USU Eastern sophomore Alyssa Crumley.
The Eagles had two starters in foul trouble throughout the game and were still able to play close with the Badgers.
“Having two starters foul out is difficult, but the team responded and continued playing and that was great to see,” said Warburton.
The loss on Saturday moves the Eagles to 2-2 in conference play and 14-5 overall. Crumley said after the game that it wasn’t the results they wanted but she feels her team learned a lot from the game on Saturday.
“Our team can learn numerous things from tonight’s game. The first few minutes of our third quarter, we need to be just as aggressive as the first quarter, especially in conference. We will make our adjustments this week and continue to work hard,” said Crumley.
Crumley led the Eagles in scoring with 14 points while grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore forward Abby Butler finished the game with a team-high nine rebounds before being fouled early in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles will have a full week of practice before hitting the road next Saturday to Rangely to take on the Colorado Northwest Spartans. USU Eastern previously defeated the Spartans on January 5 by a score of 88-60.
They will return home for USU Eastern’s Fan Appreciation Night on Thursday, Jan. 31 against Salt Lake Community College. Saturday’s game against the Spartans is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Scenic West Digital Network.