|Vandal women host Montana|
MOSCOW - The Idaho women's basketball team will host former and future Big Sky Conference rival Montana on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Memorial Gym.
The Vandals enter the game with an 0-3 record after a couple close losses against Colorado and Portland. Montana is 1-1 on the season with a win over MSU Northern and a loss to Temple.
Montana leads the overall series with Idaho 36-7, but the teams have split the last two meetings, and the Vandals were victorious the last time the two played in Moscow. Sunday's meeting will be the first of two this season between the two teams, as Idaho will visit Montana on Nov. 29 as part of the Lady Griz Classic.
The Grizzlies are led in scoring by Kenzie De Boer, who averages 12.0 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field. Montana does most of its damage inside, going just 9-of-35 (25.7 percent) from beyond the 3-point line this season, despite shooting 37.0 percent from the field for the season.
Katie Baker, who is second on the team with 7.5 points per game, scored 22 points for Montana in their 64-57 win over Idaho last season.
"They have a lot of those same players back that we played last year," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said of Montana. "They are a typical Montana team. Big kids inside, big guards outside and can shoot the basketball, and I'm sure we'll see that zone coming out of Montana on Sunday."
Idaho is led by junior Alyssa Charlston's 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Freshman Christina Salvatore is scoring 10.3 points per game for the Vandals while fellow freshman Ali Forde averages a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game. The Vandals are making an average of 6.7 3-pointers per game, but are shooting just 26.7 percent from long range early in the season.
After Sunday, the Vandals will host Eastern Washington on Nov. 27 before playing six straight games away from home over the course of a month. The Vandals won't play in Moscow again until opening Western Athletic Conference play against Seattle U on Dec. 29.