Saturday , May 26, 2018 - 7:15 PM
EPHRAIM — Harley Hansen loves Southern Utah University. So much so, that when a new head coach took over the women’s basketball program there about a month ago, Hansen reached out to express her interest in becoming a Thunderbird.
The interest turned out to be mutual, and Hansen — a Fremont High graduate who has played at Snow College the last two years — was offered a scholarship Tuesday. Friday evening, she announced on Twitter that she was officially a part of the program.
Well, I’m officially a T-Bird. I am super excited and grateful that I will be finishing up my last two years of basketball at Southern Utah University. Go T-Birds!❤️🖤❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/rC70DjiZGq— Harley Hansen (@hansen_harley) May 26, 2018
“I saw the campus and it’s a beautiful campus,” Hansen told the Standard-Examiner. “It’s kind of like a bigger Snow College, and I just love the atmosphere.”
SUU hired 12-year Saint Mary’s assistant Tracy Sanders in April after firing four-year head coach Chris Boettcher in March.
Hansen said she “bawled like a baby” when she received the offer.
“I couldn’t even handle it,” she said. “I couldn’t stop crying, and then my family came home and they couldn’t stop crying. We were a hot mess.”
Hansen was “an immediate impact player” at Snow, according to Snow head women’s basketball coach Mike Russell.
This season, Hansen led the team in minutes per game (30.2), points per game (11.0), rebounds per game (5.9) and steals per game (2.8).
“She does whatever you ask of her,” Russell said, citing that in some games Hansen — a guard — was asked to play as a four.
“She would never question. She just goes and does it,” Russell said.
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