|WBB Hopes for Sixth Straight Win|
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The University of Idaho women’s basketball will look to remain perfect in Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday when they take to the blue court of the Icardo Center at CSU Bakersfield.
The Vandals are 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1981-82 season and in the midst of their first five game winning streak since winning six consecutive games in 2004-05.
“I told the team to enjoy the win on Thursday night,” head coach Jon Newlee said. “I was proud of them for keeping the intensity up. Sometimes you get a big lead and then things start to go bad. I thought for 40 minutes on Thursday we kept that intensity level up and we are going to need some of that on Saturday. Bakersfield is a different ball team. They are going to be pressing us full court and it will be a lot like the Texas-Pan American game. I was glad we were able to distribute the minutes on Thursday and everyone should be pretty well rested for Saturday.”
Saturday’s game marks the first meeting between the two schools not on a neutral court. Idaho and Bakersfield have met twice prior to Saturday, both games at a neutral site. Idaho holds a 2-0 series advantage. The last meeting was Nov. 28, 2010 at the Oregon Tournament in Eugene, Ore. Idaho won 69-59. Alyssa Charlston, then a freshman, scored a team-high 13 points off the bench.
Bakersfield is coming off an 80-78 come-from-behind victory over the preseason WAC favorites, Seattle U.
Saturday’s game is set to tip at 3 p.m. PT. Tom Purvis will have the call on Vandal Xtra beginning at 2:45 p.m. PT.