SLCC’s women’s basketball team came into Friday night’s game against the Eagles of Southern Idaho hoping to take the season series 3-1.
Things came tough, however, as Salt Lake’s leading scorer Haley Holmstead was held to just one field goal in the first half, committing three turnovers, while scoring just two points in 13 minutes. Some notables were Mina Jovanovic, and Allie Blake, who combined on 5-10 shooting, scoring six points apiece. As a team, the Bruins combined for a total of 9-24 shooting from the field in the first half for 37 percent. At the half, Salt Lake trailed CSI, 20-14. The top scorer for the Eagles was Maddy Plunkett with six points on perfect 3-3 shooting.
At halftime during Friday’s game, SLCC’s Student Association of Bruin Pride hosted an activity called ‘Goofy Basketball.’ This was done to recognize students who attend both the men’s and women’s basketball games and support their teams by showing off their “Bruin Pride.” A certain section with students were chosen to participate. It was a competition between two teams: Goofy Ball vs. Nutrition Ball. The participants wore goofy attire, ranging from gals in straw hats to guys in pajama bottoms. They had 3:00 to continuously bounce around and try to score a bucket before time expired. Team Nutrition won the game, 3-1.
Things began to pick up in the second half amidst Holmstead’s continuing struggles. Although some of SLCC’s players took a few falls to the floor, the team continued to bounce back, taking an 11-point lead with 13:21 to go, only to see it deteriorate. Things would not get much easier, as Southern Idaho’s Plunkett continued to torch Salt Lake, even on the defensive end, grabbing seven rebounds, and had 12 for the game.
Eventually, SLCC would climb back into it: Blake came alive, adding 10 rebounds and 14 points on 5-9 shooting. Sheila Adams, who had just two points in the first period, chipped in 10 points for the Bruins, all while helping her team come within two points, before a last-second 3-point try came up short, giving CSI the win, 55-53. Southern Idaho played Holmstead well throughout the game, holding her to just four points on 2-10 shooting. Felicity Jones scored 10 points, while Shaunice Samms finished with 15 for the Eagles.
With Friday evening’s struggles finally over, the Bruins looked to get back on track against the Cardinals of Northern Idaho on Saturday.
The game went much better as both teams got off to a fast start, with many lead-changes and ties. Holmstead played well throughout the first half, making 4-10 shots, to score eight points in 17 minutes. Blake and Jovanovic scored seven points each for the Bruins, who were tied with NIC, 30-30. Salt Lake had connected on 14 of their first 27 field goals for 52 percent, as compared to North Idaho’s combined 12-31 on 39 percent shooting. Tugce Canitez led NIC in scoring with 15 points.
The second half was no different for the Bruins, and, despite a few lead changes and ties, thanks to a crucial 3-pointer made by Holmstead, which put her team up 68-57, they were able pull away and never look back. Holmstead connected on 11-22 shooting to score 30 points in the second half, totaling 38 for the game.
The Bruins travel to Rangley Colorado on Friday the 19 to take on Colorado Northwestern. The next day the will face the College of Eastern Utah for the final time in the regular season. The Bruins final home game will be Saturday, Feb. 27 against Snow. All home games are played in the Lifetime Activities center on the Taylorsville Redwood campus.