Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Idaho Looks to Clinch WAC
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 02/28/2014
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MOSCOW, Idaho—The University of Idaho women’s basketball team can clinch its first regular season conference championship in nearly 20 years on Saturday when they take on Seattle U at Memorial Gym.

Idaho (19-8, 12-1 WAC), with a win on Saturday, will have a three-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference standings with two games to play. The Vandals took the old Mountain West Conference (now Big Sky) title back in the 1984-85 season. Pat Dobratz’s Idaho team finished 28-2 on the season and 13-1 in conference play on its way to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.

“It is going to be a very physical game,” head coach Jon Newlee predicted. “It always is with Seattle. The rivalry is there and I think both teams obviously want to win and are going to bring it on Saturday. It should be a great game.”

Seattle U (13-13, 8-5 WAC) built a significant lead at half against Grand Canyon, but could not contain the ‘Lopes as they fell, 72-66, in Phoenix. The Redhawks were led by Wilma Afunugo with a career high 18 points, followed by Ashley Ward with a season high 17. Kacie Sowell also added double scoring figures and her 10th double-double of the season (13 pts, 10 reb).

Idaho tied the overall series at five in the school’s first matchup earlier this season. Idaho went to Seattle and left with a 77-59 victory over the Redhawks. Junior Stacey Barr led the way for the Vandals. She a double-double, with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Alyssa Charlston contributed 15 points and six rebounds. 

Game time is set for 2 p.m. PT. The first 500 fans into Memorial Gym will recieve a free white t-shirt.

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