TWIN FALLS, Idaho In about 18 hours this weekend, the Salt Lake Community College women's basketball team went from a shocking win to getting shellacked.
With their 78-58 loss at the fourth-ranked College of Southern Idaho on Saturday afternoon, the Bruins also went from having a shot at hosting the Scenic West Athletic Conference tournament to getting an unwanted return invitation to the Golden Eagles' gym.
The day after pulling off a 70-59 upset win over CSI, SLCC fell behind early and struggled from the field the entire game as the Golden Eagles clinched the SWAC regular-season championship. The Bruins trailed 40-24 at halftime after hitting only seven of their 29 shots (24.1 percent) and couldn't muster a comeback. They finished shooting just 30 percent from the field.
Michelle Pace led SLCC (21-7, 10-3) with 14 points and Keshia Catten added 13. Krista Farr and and BreAnne Haslam combined to score 20 points and grab 15 rebounds.
Soana Lucet had a game-high 19 points for CSI, which improved to 26-2, 12-1 in impressive fashion after suffering its first conference loss the night before at home.
SLCC hosts CEU for two games this weekend, while CSI plays winless Colorado Northwestern twice. The SWAC tournament will take place March 6-8 in Twin Falls, Idaho, regardless of what happens because CSI owns the tiebreaker over second-place SLCC with a 2-1 season series record.
CEU 99, SNOW 76: At Ephraim, Kendra Daleabout scored 26 points and Erin Richardson poured in 20 as the Golden Eagles rebounded from Friday's 73-65 loss. Cori Neilson led the Badgers with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
WESTMINSTER 86, MONTANA TECH 40: Elisa Leader fired in 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting to help the Griffins finish their home schedule with a lopsided victory. Shannon Evans added 17 points and six assists and Alexis Tucker chipped in with 10 points. Eleven different players ended up scoring for Westminster, which crushed Montana Tech 47-13 in the second half.