|UW runs past Vandals|
MOSCOW - The Idaho women's basketball team suffered its fifth loss of the season as Washington used a 17-3 first half run and a 10-0 second half run to cruise to a 66-49 victory in Memorial Gym Wednesday night.
Idaho (2-5) led 11-9 with 12 minutes to play in the first half, but the Huskies (4-2) scored the next 13 points and would lead by as many as 14 at 28-14 before Idaho began to chip away in the closing minutes of the half. The Vandals were able to get the margin to 10 at halftime as they went into the locker room trailing 30-20.
Idaho hung with the Huskies for the first ten minutes of the second half. With Idaho trailing by 13 freshman Stacey Barr knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, and classmate Krissy Karr hit one of her own on Idaho's next possession, but the Vandals couldn't get a defensive stop in between, so the barrage of 3's only cut Idaho's deficit to eight at 45-37.
That's when defense turned it on. The Vandals didn't allow Washington to score a point for a stretch of 3:56, and Idaho cut UW's lead to just six at 47-41 after Barr got an offensive rebound under the basket and converted the put-back. But then Washington went on its 10-0 second half run, and after going ahead 57-41 the Huskies would lead by double digits the rest of the way.
The Vandals shot just 27.8 percent from the field, hitting 15-of-54 shots, and 7-of-31 3-pointers (22.6 percent). Idaho's 31 3-point attempts was a season-high for the team.
"We didn't shoot the ball well from 3, but we knew we were going to get our looks," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said. "The last couple days we took a lot of shots knowing what we were going to get, and we got exactly what we wanted to get. I'm disappointed we didn't shoot with confidence. We got a little hesitant shooting the basketball, and that's never been a trademark of my team."
Also working against Idaho was its 57.1 free-throw percentage, as Idaho connected on just 12-of-21 from the stripe. The Vandals were out-rebounded 66-49, and outscored 15-4 in second-chance points.
"We've got to shoot better from the free throw line and we've got to shoot better from the field," Newlee said. "When you have your chances you've got to take advantage of it and we did not tonight."
Idaho's 14 turnovers in the game were a season-low, and UW turned those into just six points. UW shot 40.3 percent from the field in the game, hitting 25-of-62 shots and 2-of-8 3-pointers.
Barr was the only Vandal to score in double-figures, as she led the team with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting including 2-of-6 from long range. Alyssa Charlston finished the game with 14 rebounds, one shy of her career high of 15 which she set last week. Jessica Graham and Keri Arendse each scored nine points in the game, and Ganeaya Rogers finished with seven for Idaho.
"They're learning, they're picking it up," Newlee said of his team. "Our goal is to win the WAC. As long as we learn from every game and we get better every game and every practice, that's what I'm looking for, and that's what's happening."
Washington was led by 6-foor-3 senior Regina Rogers, who scored 27 points and added 14 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. UW's Aminah Williams added 11 points for the Huskies.
The Vandals will face another Pac-12 opponent this week as they travel to Boulder, Colo., to face Colorado on Dec. 4. That game tips off at 11 a.m. Pacific and will be televised on Root Sports. Idaho will then return home for three straight games as it hosts Carroll College in Memorial Gym on Dec. 8 and UC Riverside and Wyoming in the Cowan Spectrum on Dec. 15 and 18, respectively.