|Vandal women open at Wyoming|
After nearly six weeks of fall camp, the Idaho women's basketball team will hit the court for its first regular season game of the 2012-13 season Friday, when it visits Wyoming at 6 p.m. (Pacific).
Having faced Wyoming each of the last three seasons, fifth-year Idaho head coach Jon Newlee said both teams know what to expect.
"They're in that same system with (head coach) Joe (Legerski), who does a great job with them," Newlee said. "We're expecting a tough battle in Laramie, it's a hard place to play. We do have some familiarity with them from last year and years past. We know what they're going to do, they know what we're going to do, so we'll see who executes better."
The Vandals beat the Cowgirls 65-59 in Moscow last season, but Wyoming returns all 10 of its letter-winners from that team and owns a 4-3 edge in the all-time series, including a 2-1 lead in the last three seasons.
"They've got everybody back, and they added a couple junior college players it looks like," Newlee said of Wyoming. "They're another year older, another year better."
The guard position could be one to pay attention to for the Vandals. Idaho lost a pair of senior guards from last year's team, Keri Arendse and Ganeaya Rogers, but return preseason second-team All-Western Athletic Conference point guard Krissy Karr. Newlee has several other options to fill in his guard rotation, including sophomore Stacey Barr, who averaged 10.3 points per game last year; junior Addie Schivo, who missed last season with a knee injury; junior transfer Janelle Weiss; senior Ana Overgaard, a former walk-on; and freshmen Connie Ballestero and Christina Salvatore.
"Krissy is our starting point guard, but the other (guard) spots are all up for grabs depending on how they practice and how they perform in games, and they know that," Newlee said. "Our practices have been pretty spirited and pretty competitive when those guys know they're competing for playing time."
The Vandals have won two straight season-openers entering the season but haven't won a season-opener on the road since the first game in the program's history, a 39-27 win at Washington State in January of 1975, going 1-6 all-time in true season-opening road games.
Fans in the Moscow/Pullman area can catch the action on the radio on KMAX 840 AM, with the pregame show beginning 15 minutes before tipoff. Live stats and online streaming will also be provided by Wyoming, and can be accessed at www.GoWyo.com.
After facing the Cowgirls, Idaho will visit Colorado on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. (Pacific) before returning to Moscow for its home opener against Portland on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Memorial Gym.