|Yinka sets record in loss|
FRESNO, Calif. - In a game when the Idaho women's basketball had its one of its best shooting nights of the season, it was 27 turnovers and seven second-half Fresno State 3-pointers that proved to be the difference, as the Vandals fell to the Bulldogs 77-51 on Thursday night.
Idaho senior Yinka Olorunnife had her 13th double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while breaking Idaho's all-time rebounding record along the way. Yinka passed Alli Nieman's previous school-record of 1,005 career rebounds, and is now up to 1,011 in her career, just 14 behind the Western Athletic Conference all-time record of 1,025.
The Vandals (13-13, 6-8 WAC) connected on 17-of-38 (44.7 percent) field goals in the game, including 5-of-14 3-pointers, to match their fourth best shooting performance this season. Idaho also hit 12-of-15 free throws in the game. However, the Bulldogs (20-7, 11-2 WAC) were even hotter from the field, going 32-for-64 (50.0 percent), and went 7-for-11 from 3-point range in the second half. The Bulldogs shot 9-for-22 from 3-point range for the game.
Fresno State held a slim 28-27 edge on the glass, but out-scored the Vandals 12-6 in second chance points.
Idaho junior Keri Arendse finished just two points shy of her career-high, with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Arendse made three 3-pointers, and also had three rebounds and three assists in the game. Freshman Alyssa Charlston had seven points, while senior Derisa Taleni had six points, four rebounds and two assists.
With 17 first-half turnovers, the Vandals trailed by as many as 15 points on two occasions before the break. But the Vandals chipped away at Fresno State's lead, and ended the half on a 7-0 run to make it just an eight point game going into halftime, at 37-29.
The Vandals went 8-of-10 at the free throw line and 3-of-6 from long range, and allowed only one second-chance point in the first half to counteract Fresno State's 17-of-34 first-half shooting performance. Idaho held the nation's best 3-point shooting team to just two 3-pointers in the first half, but the Bulldogs got 30 of their 37 first-half points in the paint to pick up the slack.
Idaho fell behind by as many as 11 points in the early going of the second half, but kept battling back with timely buckets. After trailing 48-37, Idaho went on a 7-2 mini-run, capped by a desperation 3-pointer from Ganeaya Rogers that beat the shot clock buzzer, to pull the Vandals within six at 50-44 with 11 minutes remaining. But Fresno State hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull ahead 56-44. After an Idaho 3-pointer to make it a nine-point game at 56-47, the Bulldogs went on an 11-0 run, highlighted by three 3-pointers, to put the game away.
Five Bulldogs scored in double-figures, led by 13 points from Taja Edwards, while Marnique Arnold, Taylor Thompson, Hayley Munro and Veronica Wilson each had 12.
The Vandals will wrap up the regular season with road games at New Mexico State (March 3) and Louisiana Tech (March 5) before heading to Las Vegas, Nev., for the WAC tournament March 9-12.