WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MAKES FIRST EVER NJCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE
March 26, 2012
Salina, KS - The Badgers played their best game of the tournament but fell short in 67-59 loss to the Vikings of Jefferson College. Snow College fell behind early but battled back to trail by just one at the half 33-32.
"It looked like we were headed down the same road," said Head Coach Natalie Visger. "I felt like we adjusted after the first few minutes and got into a good rhythm."
The Badgers used their first half run to start the second half with a 9-2 run and a 38-35 lead. It looked like the Snow College that finished second in the SWAC and won the tournament to make their first trip to the NJCAA tournament.
"We had a good stretch to end the half and start the second half," said Visger. "I felt like we were playing like we could play all along."
The Snow College success was short-lived as the Vikings went into a full court press that netted turnovers and a 9-0 run. The Badgers were playing catch up the rest of the game.
"We had too many turnovers," said Visger. "We had a hard time handling their half court pressure and when they went to full court pressure it was worse."
Snow College had 14 first half turnovers and another 15 in the second half. Jefferson took advantage with 33 points off those Badger turnovers.
Kelsi Wells and Danielle Lockhart each had double-doubles to lead Snow College with 13 points each. Lockhart had 13 rebounds and Wells added 11 boards. Jordi Willden added ten points.
"Kelsi (Wells) had a good tournament," said Visger. "I was happy with the effort today from everyone. We played our best game of the tournament and we had chances to win. I am really going to miss this team and especially the sophomores. I couldn't ask for a better start to my career here at Snow College."
Not many teams get to finish their season with a win and it would be easy to be disappointed, but the success of this years Badger team should not be overlooked. This team was able to accomplish something that has never been done before by a Snow College team, win the SWAC tournament and play at the NJCAA Tournament. Congratulations to the Snow College Team and Coach Visger and Assistant Coach Brett Sawyer for an amazing year!