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OPENING TIP: The Snow College women’s basketball team heads to play its first road games of the season at the Eastern Arizona Classic in Thatcher, Arizona. The Badgers will face Cochise College, Eastern Arizona College and Pima Community College in the three-day event.
Snow College is coming off a first weekend that saw it go 1-1 with a 101-40 victory over Central Wyoming College on Friday and a 79-64 loss against No. 13 Casper College. Badger’s win over CWC marked the first time they had scored at least 100 points since scoring 107 in a win over Western Wyoming on November 16, 2017.
The 165 points the Badgers have scored in the first two games of the season is the most points they have scored in the first two games to open a season since the 2018-2019 season, where they scored 152 points against Northwest College and Western College. Wyoming Community College. .
Snow College will kick off the Eastern Arizona Classic against Cochise on Thursday at 5:30 pm followed by a game with EAC on Friday, also at 5:30 pm They will wrap up the tournament against PCC on Saturday at 12 noon.
LAST TIME OUT: The Snow College women’s basketball team defeated Central Wyoming College 101-40 before falling to No. 13 Casper College on Saturday to open the 2022-23 season.
The Badgers came out shooting Friday’s opening night against the Rustlers. They opened the game with a 15-2 run before winning the first quarter 21-7. They continued to squander it by scoring 24 points in the second quarter to take a 45-20 lead.
Snow College really started to turn on the burners when the shootout came to life in the fourth quarter. The Badgers shot 55 percent from the field and 64 percent from 3 on 7-of-11 shooting in the final period. They enjoyed 68 points off the bench throughout the game to earn the 61-point win.
Four Badgers scored in double figures led by Emily Evans, who scored a career-high 23 points in her first collegiate game. Brandi White and Emmie Barnes each scored 15 points while Sami Suguturaga added 12 points in the victory. 12 total players scored as the Badgers scored 101 points, the most points they have scored in a single game since scoring 107 points in a win over Western Wyoming on November 16, 2017.
Following the victory, Snow College turned its attention to CC. The Thunderbirds entered the matchup as the No. 13-ranked team in the NJCAA Division 1 women’s basketball preseason rankings. They were coming off a win in their season opener against Utah State University-Eastern.
The Badgers opened the game with a 16-8 lead before the T-birds responded and finished the quarter on an 11-4 run to bring the score to 20-19. It was a back-and-forth second quarter, but the T-Birds were finally able to take a 39-36 lead at halftime.
The Badgers fought back and tied the game at 48 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter, but the Thunderbirds finished the quarter on a 13-5 run to take a 61-53 lead into the fourth. CC would extend the lead to 17 midway through the fourth period. The Badgers would contend for the lead, but could never get back into single digits as they would eventually fall 79-64.
Evans led the Badgers in scoring with 19 points and also added five rebounds. Enid Vaifanua had 12 points and Grayce Glover finished with 11 points. The Badgers struggled throughout the game from the free throw line and finished just 7-17 from the charity stretch. They also had trouble containing the T-Birds’ offense, as CC shot 54 percent from the field throughout the game.
BREAKDOWN OF THE WORKFORCE: The Badgers will return four members of last year’s team, namely Samiana Suguturaga, Katie Trail, Jessica Lange and Brandi White. The quartet averaged a cumulative 13.7 points per game led by Suguturaga, who scored 6.7 points per game in 16 starts a year ago. The Badgers lost their top four scorers from last season.
Alongside Suguturaga, Trail, Lange, and White, Snow College boasts two other sophomores in Kate Robinson and Regan Yamauchi. Yamauchi is in her second season as a member of the women’s basketball team. She was also a member of the 2019-20 team where she averaged 8.4 points per game in 29 starts. She shot 37 percent from the field and 35 percent from deep that season.
The Badgers will bring seven freshmen to the 2022-23 team, including Epa Tia (Stansbury HS), Marika Collins (Judge Memorial HS), Grayce Glover (Kanab HS), Enid Vaifanua (Desert Hills HS), Emily Evans (American Fork HS), Ainsley Thurber (Stansbury HS), and Emmie Barnes (Cokeville HS).
SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN: The Badgers play a total of 30 games this season with 11 home games and 19 road games. As mentioned, they will play two games against CC, which is ranked in the top 25. These will be the only non-conference games against opponents in the preseason standings.
The Badgers will open SWAC play on December 2-3 with a pair of games against the College of Southern Nevada. Their first SWAC home game will be held on December 7 against Salt Lake Community College. The Bruins ranked 18ththe in the preseason poll. Snow College will play SLCC a total of three times this season with two home games.
Snow College will face College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls on January 5 before welcoming back Ephraim for two games on February 2 and 15. The Golden Eagles are ranked 10ththe in the preseason poll after finishing last season with an overall record of 30-3 and a 17-1 mark within SWAC that earned them not only the regular season SWAC title, but also the SWAC tournament title.
The Badgers will play six of their final seven games of the season at home. They will finish the regular season against Colorado Northwestern Community College on February 25 and enter the Region 18 Tournament beginning March 2.
TRAINING STAFF: Grinsell comes to Snow through Bonneville High School (Ogden, Utah), where she spent four seasons as an assistant coach to Tyler Dunyon. During her time with Bonneville, she was instrumental in helping the Lady Lakers win back-to-back Region 11 championships in 2018 and 2019, and advance deep into the state tournament.
Originally from Spring Creek, Nev., Grinsell began her college playing career at CSI in 2012. During her time at CSI, she helped the Golden Eagles claim back-to-back regular-season SWAC championships as well as two Region 18 titles, which also meant two trips to the NJCAA National Tournament (2013, 2014). In high school, Grinsell was a two-sport athlete at Spring Creek High School, where she earned four letters in basketball and three in softball. She led her basketball team to three state championships and one state runner-up. In her senior year, she was crowned player of the game for her performance at the state championship. On the softball field, she helped her team win a league championship in 2010.
After graduating from CSI, Grinsell continued his education at Weber State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 2016 with an emphasis in Physical Education/Training. Subsequently, she received a master’s degree in athletic performance and conditioning from Southern Utah University in 2018.
She is joined on the bench by Jaxon Barlow, who is in his first season as an assistant coach. Barlow graduated from Bournemouth University and played for Westminster College between 2019 and 2021.
UNTIL NEXT TIME: The Badgers will head to Price, Utah to take on a pair of opponents in the Eagle Classic on November 18-19. They will take on Yavapai College on November 18 at 3:00 pm before taking on Laramie County Community College on November 19. at 11:00 am For additional information, visit snowbadgers.com.