|Vandals hang tough at Colorado|
BOULDER, Colo. - It took all 40 minutes, but the Idaho women's basketball team became Colorado's seventh victim in as many games as the Vandals fell 68-59 in Boulder on Sunday.
Idaho trailed by three points with less than a minute and a half to play, but the Vandals (2-6) went 0-for-5 from the field in the final thee minutes as the Buffaloes (7-0) closed the game on a 10-0 run to clinch the nine point win. It was the only game this season that Colorado has not won by double-digits.
There were six ties and six lead changes in the first half, but Idaho never led by more than two before halftime and Colorado went on a 13-4 run to close the half to take a 42-33 lead.
Idaho stayed within striking distance of the Buffaloes in the second half, and a 9-0 Vandal run put Idaho up 55-53 with six and a half minutes remaining. However, Idaho's offense went cold for the rest of the game, as the Vandals scored just four points in the final six minutes.
Idaho committed just 11 turnovers in the game, their fewest of the season for the second straight game, but Colorado had a 48-39 rebounding advantage and turned 14 offensive rebounds into 20 points.
"I thought we lost the game on the glass," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said. "The second chance points really hurt us. We knew coming in they were really long, big and have a lot of size and we needed to block out and not give them those second looks. Unfortunately to give up those 20 second chance points really cost us."
The Vandals hit 21-of-62 shots in the game, including 4-of-15 from 3-point range and outscored Colorado 30-26 in the paint. Idaho turned 14 Colorado turnovers into 20 points and connected on 13-of-17 free throws.
"I liked our offensive execution," Newlee said. "I thought we really kept our poise and we did a good job of running our stuff and had a little more inside out balance than we've had. In transition we made better decisions. We made better decisions with the ball overall and really took care of it and that really helped us."
Adrie Shiels made her second start of the season and finished with a career-high nine points on 4-of-5 shooting. She also added four rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. Keri Arendse led the Vandals with 13 points and hit 2-of-5 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws.
Stacey Barr scored 12 points, all in the first half, on 5-of-14 shooting and added five rebounds and a pair of steals. Alyssa Charlston also scored 12 points for the Vandals, getting 10 of those in the second half, and she added a team-high eight rebounds and a block.
Jessica Graham finished with six points and seven rebounds for Idaho, and Tayler Weiks was one shy of her career-high with five points, and added three rebounds and an assist off the bench for Idaho. Ganeaya Rogers, who entered the game ranked third in the WAC in field goal percentage, struggled from the field, going 1-for-10, but the one she made gave Idaho's its final lead of the game at 59-58 with 3:14 to play, and she added a career-high six assists and three steals in the contest.
"I told them after the game that I was real encouraged by the progress just from the last game to this one, "Newlee said, as Idaho was coming off a 66-49 loss to Washington. "We just got done playing two Pac-12 opponents who are going to do well in their league. I'm very encouraged to come on the road, Colorado is a hard place to play, and come away with a game we could have won. I thought that was very encouraging and I was pleased with the effort today. I don't like losing, I'm not into moral victories, but I think we made progress. Our goal is to win the WAC, and we took another step in that direction."
Colorado shot 36.5 percent from the field in the game, hitting 23-of-63 shots. The Buffaloes connected on 8-of-24 3-pointers and also blocked four Idaho shots. CU junior Chucky Jeffery had a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds as she hit 10-of-17 shots from the field and 4-of-5 3-pointers.
"Just too much Chucky today," Newlee said. "She did a great job and she really came to play. We kind of backed off of her at the start to see how it would go, and she burned us a little early. We didn't really adjust too well on her, and she kind of took over the game. Defensively on everybody else we did a great job. She just got away from us."
The Vandals will return to Moscow for their next three games, as they host Carroll College on Dec. 8 in Memorial Gym and UC Riverside on Dec. 15 and Wyoming on Dec. 18 in the Cowan Spectrum.