|Vandals Ready for WAC Season|
MOSCOW, Idaho—Looking to put an end to its current three-game skid, the University of Idaho women’s basketball team will open up the Western Athletic Conference season visiting the Kangaroos of Kansas City Thursday evening at the Swinney Rec Center.
Kansas City owns the series lead, 2-0, with both matchups taking place over 20 years ago. The schools last met in the 1992 edition of the Safeco/University Inn Classic in Moscow. UMKC edged Idaho 56-55. In 1991 the Kangroos defeated the Vandals in Kansas City, 66-51.
“I know they have a great player in [Eilise] O’Connor,” head coach Jon Newlee commented. “She can do everything on the floor. They are athletic inside. They do a great job of rebounding and they can all shoot it. They play extremely hard and are extremely well coached.”
Idaho ended the non-conference season with a 7-7 record, dropping its final three games. In those final three games Idaho allowed opponents to shoot 45.7 percent from the field, while only making 38.1 percent of its attempts.
One issue for the Vandals of late has been their slow start to the first half. In the last three games the Vandals have been outscored 132-96 in the opening 20 minutes.
Senior Alyssa Charlston averaged 22.3 points in the final three games, aided by her career-high 32-point performance at Eastern Washington.
Junior Stacey Barr holds a slim advantage over Charlston, averaging 15.9 points per game for the Vandals. Charlston holds a 15.4 scoring average through 14 games this season.
First tip is set for 5:00 p.m. PT. Idaho will travel to Chicago State for Saturday’s matchup before returning home on Jan. 9 to take on UTPA.