|Vandal women visit Fresno State|
MOSCOW, Idaho - The Idaho women's basketball team will look to get back to its winning ways as it begins a tough three-game road trip to wrap up the season that includes visits to the top two teams in the Western Athletic Conference. The Vandals get things started with a game at second-place Fresno State on Feb. 24.
The Vandals enter Thursday's game at 13-12 overall, and 6-7 in the WAC. Fresno State is 19-7 on the season, and 10-2 in WAC play.
Idaho fell to Fresno State 84-67 in Moscow earlier in the season, in a game which the Vandals led with less than 12 minutes to play.
The Vandals and Bulldogs are the top two 3-point shooting teams in the WAC this season. Idaho ranks second in that category with 6.2 3-pointers made per game, while Fresno State leads the conference, and the nation, with 10 made 3-pointers per game. The Bulldogs are shooting 34.4 percent from 3-point range, and Idaho is hitting 32.0 percent. Fresno State hit 18 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from beyond the arc in the first meeting between the two teams.
Idaho's Yinka Olorunnife enters the game just five rebounds shy of breaking the school's all-time rebounding record of 1,005, held by Alli Nieman. Olorunnife has 1,001 career rebounds, and is also just 25 rebounds away from breaking the WAC's all-time record of 1,025. Olorunnife leads the Vandals with 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, and has 12 double-doubles on the season.
Fresno State's Jaleesa Ross leads the Bulldogs with 17.0 points per game, and is shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range on the season, and leads the league with 3.15 made 3-pointers per game. Hayley Munro (12.4) and Rosie Moult (12.3) are also averaging double-figure points for the Bulldogs.
After facing Fresno State, the Vandals will wrap up the regular season at New Mexico State on March 3, and Louisiana Tech on March 5. Idaho will then head to the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., March 9-12.