|Hoops for Hope is Saturday|
MOSCOW - The Idaho women's basketball team will host its Hoops for Hope event Saturday afternoon in the Cowan Spectrum as it takes on Denver at 2 p.m.
The Vandals teamed up with Frontier Communications, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Gritman Medical Center to raise money to benefit the Light A Candle foundation, which provides services to local cancer patients.
Cancer survivors will get in for free, and Frontier will donate $3, up to $1,500, for every fan who arrives to the game wearing pink. The first 500 fans will get a free T-shirt, there will be a survivor walk before the game, an auction for Idaho's special pink shooting shirts, and a postgame social with Idaho players and coaches with a pink cake donated by Wheatberries Bakery in Moscow.
Meanwhile, on the court, the Vandals will go for their third consecutive win and sixth in their last seven games, as they welcome Denver to the Cowan Spectrum. Idaho will try to get to .500 for the first time, as it enters with an 11-12 overall record but an 8-4 mark in Western Athletic Conference play. Just five weeks ago, the Vandals were six games below .500 at 3-9 overall. Denver sports an identical 11-12 overall record and is 6-6 in the WAC. The Pioneers had their three-game win streak snapped on Thursday in a 10-point loss at Seattle U.
Idaho won the only previous meeting between the two teams, 68-60 in Denver on Jan. 10. The Vandals overcame a 10-point second-half deficit in that game and won after trailing at halftime for the first time in its last 10 tries. Three Idaho players topped the 15-point mark in that game, as Alyssa Charlston and Stacey Barr each scored 17 points, and Addie Schivo added 16.
Fans on the Palouse who can't make it to the game can catch the action on KMAX 840 AM. A live web stream will be available on VandalXtra and free live stats can be viewed at www.GoVandals.com.