While Spring Break is a time for leisure for most students, Horned Frogs athletes were working hard over the week.
Several teams were in action last week while students were away. Three squads saw their seasons come to an end while another team continued to prepare for the final stretch of its own season.
Lady Frogs fall in first round of NCAA Tournament
The 10th-seeded women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end in Lubbock on Sunday night when they fell to a seventh-seeded South Dakota State, 90-55 in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Frogs, who finished third in the Mountain West Conference, ended the season with 20-11 record.
SDSU improved to 32-2 on the season and will face a No. 2-seeded Baylor (28-5) team tonight.
Sophomore guard Helena Sverrisdottir led the way for the Lady Frogs with 12 points and eight rebounds. Teammate Emily Carter chipped in with 11 points.
The Lady Frogs allowed the Jackrabbits to shoot 54 percent while managing to connect on only 31.7 percent of their own shot attempts. SDSU had a 30-point lead by halftime.
The team will lose only one player in senior Micaela Younger as it now looks toward next season and beyond. The team’s entire starting five, which includes three all-conference players, will return for next year’s campaign.
Men’s basketball season ends in Las Vegas
The Horned Frogs fell to Utah 61-58 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on March 12.
A Utah three-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining put the Utes back on top after they blew a seven-point lead late in the game.
Junior forward Zvonko Buljan poured in 20 points to lead all scorers and freshman guard Ronnie Moss added 16 points of his own.
The Horned Frogs finished the season with an overall record of 14-17 under new head coach Jim Christian.
Rifle team finishes fifth in NCAA Championships
The Horned Frogs hosted the NCAA National Championships on March 13 and 14 and came away with a fifth-place finish.
It was the team’s third straight top-five finish at the NCAA Championships.
West Virginia came away with the overall title with a total score of 4643.
Individually, The Horned Frogs’ Mattie Brogdon finished in seventh place in the air rifle competition with a score of 686.6.
Men’s tennis team finishes home portion of schedule
The No. 50 Horned Frog tennis team had two home matches over Spring Break.
The first match pitted the team against a No. 21 Virginia Tech squad on March 13. The Hokies came away with a 4-3 victory.
The second match on March 17, the final home match of the season, saw the Horned Frogs sweep a Columbia team 7-0.
The Horned Frogs’ record now stands at 6-9 on the season.
The team will return to action April 2 with the beginning of its conference schedule in Salt Lake City against BYU, Utah and UNLV.