|Vandals hang but fall to Fresno|
FRESNO, Calif. - The Idaho women's basketball team torched the nets, shooting a season-high 55 percent from the field, but it wasn't enough to overcome 27 turnovers and 17 Fresno State second-chance points, as the Vandals fell to the bulldogs 76-68 in Western Athletic Conference action Thursday night.
The Vandals fall to 8-18 on the season and 3-7 in WAC play with the loss, while Fresno State improves to 21-4 overall and 9-0 in the WAC.
Idaho senior Ganeaya Rogers led the Vandals with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting including 3-of-3 from long range. Rogers also added three assists and a rebound before fouling out late in the game. Sophomore Alyssa Charlston also went 6-of-8 from the field and finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Stacey Barr added 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting and hit 4-of-8 3-pointers.
The Vandals connected on 26-of-47 shots in the game and 8-of-19 3-pointers, but Fresno State took 19 more shots than Idaho, due to a 16-27 advantage in turnovers and a 17-5 advantage on the offensive glass. Fresno State finished with 29 points off Idaho's 27 turnovers and 17 of 17 Vandal turnovers.
Idaho trailed by 16 in the first half at 35-16 with four minutes to play before going on a 13-3 run to pull within 38-32 at the break. The Vandals got within three with one of Rogers' three 3-pointers to start the second half, but were playing from behind for the majority of the second half. The only exception came when Krissy Karr connected with Jessica Graham for a layup that capped a 7-2 spurt and gave the Vandals a 57-56 advantage with just over 10 minutes to play. The Bulldogs then used a 13-1 run over the next seven minutes to take the lead for good. The Vandals were able to come back to within four points at 72-68 with 13 second left, but it was too little too late as Fresno State iced the game with a pair of free throws and a layup in the final seconds.
Fresno State shot 45.5 percent from the field for the game, hitting 30-of-66 shots, but hit just 4-of-20 3-point attempts (20 percent). However, the Bulldogs outscored Idaho 52-28 in the paint. Idaho's 27 turnovers are two shy of their season-high of 29, which the Vandals gave up against Fresno State in Moscow on Jan. 21.
Idaho will return to action Saturday when it visits Nevada in Reno and will end its three-game road trip when it visits Utah State on Jan. 25. The Vandals close out the regular season against San Jose State (March 1) and Hawai'i (March 3) in the Cowan Spectrum.