Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Alyssa Charlston
Vandal women visit Denver
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 01/08/2013
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The Idaho women's basketball team will face Denver for the first time in program history on Thursday, as the teams meet in Denver's Magness Arena for a 6 p.m. (Pacific) tipoff.

The Vandals are looking to get back to .500 in Western Athletic Conference play, as a 91-85 setback against Utah State on Jan. 5 left the team at 1-2 in the league and 4-10 overall. Denver, meanwhile, is off to a fast start in its first WAC season. The Pioneers are 3-1 in WAC play and own the largest scoring margin of any team in WAC play, at +9.5. Denver is 8-7 overall under first-year head coach Kerry Cremeans, who was previously the associate head coach at Auburn University.

Denver is led by Morgan Van Riper-Rose, who averages 14.1 points per game. Emiko Smith and Jordan Johnston each add 8.1 points per game, and Smith also averages 5.4 assists per game. Maiya Michel averages 7.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Pioneers.

Idaho's balanced scoring attack features three players who average in double-figures. Junior Alyssa Charlston leads the team in points, rebounds and field goal percentage, averaging 13.9 points and 7.5 boards while shooting 47.0 percent from the field. Freshman Christina Salvatore is scoring 11.6 points per game and is averaging 3.0 made 3-pointers per game, the second-most in the WAC and 15th most in NCAA Division I. Sophomore Stacey Barr adds 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Vandals.

Idaho and Denver are two of the better scoring teams in the WAC. The Vandals rank second in WAC games with 79.3 points per game, while Denver's 78.8 points per game in WAC play rank third.

Fans can follow the action Thursday with a live video stream on VandalXtra or live stats on www.GoVandals.com.  The Vandals will wrap up their road trip on Jan. 12 at New Mexico State with a 5:30 (Pacific) tipoff.

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