|Vandals win second straight|
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A 7-0 run to close the game erased a late deficit and gave the Idaho women's basketball team a 67-63 win over San Jose State Saturday night.
Two Vandals (7-16, 2-5 Western Athletic Conference) notched double-doubles in the game, as freshman Krissy Karr finished with 13 points and a career-high 10 assists, while sophomore Alyssa Charlston had 14 points and matched her career high with 16 rebounds in the game. Karr hit 5-of-10 shots from the field, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range, while Charlston went 6-of-11 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
Idaho senior Keri Arendse finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Arendse went 2-of-2 from the free throw line, as she iced the game with a pair of free throws with under 10 seconds left and the Vandals leading by two.
"I saved that last timeout and drew that up for Keri to get the ball," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said of the games decisive free throws. "I have total confidence in Keri at the line with the game on the line. She is one tough kid, she is not afraid of anything."
Vandal freshman Stacey Barr chipped in with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting in the game. Tayler Weiks finished with eight points in the game, and hit a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left that sparked Idaho's 7-0 and gave the Vandals a two-point lead, one they would not give up.
"Right there I was going to call a timeout," Newlee said, before Weiks hit the lead-changing 3-pointer. "I thought I might set something up, but she was there and I thought we' d just let it roll and I was just hoping she would take it. She stepped up with confidence. She shot the ball with confidence, and make or miss, I just want them to shoot with confidence."
Idaho entered its two-game road trip on an eight-game losing streak, but won at Hawai'i on Thursday before topping SJSU (8-14, 3-4 WAC) Saturday.
"This whole trip was a total team effort," Newlee said. "They really came together as a group on this trip and the results speak for themselves."
The Vandals hit 26-of-67 field goals in the game and 10-of-32 3-pointers. Idaho also connected on all five of its free throw attempts. San Jose State shot 37.9 percent in the game and hit 6-of-18 3-pointers. The Vandals owned a 41-36 rebounding advantage including an 18-14 advantage on the offensive end. However, SJSU outscored Idaho 18-14 in second chance points.
Idaho ended an eight-game losing streak with a win at Hawai'i on Thursday, its first road win of the season, making it back-to-back wins for the first time since Feb. 2 of 2011 by winning at San Jose State on Saturday night. The win brings Idaho just one game out of fourth place in the WAC standings.
"It was an opportunity to get back in the race if we could pull of something special and get a road sweep and we did," Newlee said.
The Vandals return home next week to host New Mexico State on Feb. 9 and Louisiana Tech on Feb. 11. Both games start at 5:30 p.m. in the Cowan Spectrum and are the first half of a doubleheader with the Vandal men's team.