|Karr drives Vandals to Victory|
RENO, Nev. - Keri Arendse and Alyssa Charlston each poured in 21 points, and Krissy Karr scored the game's most important six as her buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted the Idaho women's basketball team to an 87-86 overtime victory over Nevada in Western Athletic Conference play Saturday night.
Karr tied the game at 84-all with a 3-pointer from the wing with 15 seconds to play, but three seconds later Idaho fouled and put the Wolf Pack on the line. Nevada's Kate Kevorken hit both free throws to put the Wolf Pack ahead 86-84 with 12 seconds left.
On Idaho's ensuing possession Charlston drove the lane before finding Karr in the corner, who buried the game-winner, leaving Nevada only two seconds to attempt a half-court desperation shot, which fell off-target.
Idaho improves to 9-18 overall and 4-7 in the WAC with the win. It's Idaho's second overtime win in its last four games. Nevada falls to 5-20 overall and 1-9 in the WAC.
"That was unbelievable," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said after the game. "So many twists and turns down the stretch. We ran the end-game plays to perfection. Down the stretch with no timeouts they know what we want. Alyssa made a great pass. I told Krissy strongly at halftime that she needed to be taking her shots and I'm glad she listened. What a couple of clutch shots form a freshman.
"Her parents surprised her and came up to watch, and I'm glad they were here," Newlee said of Karr. "What a great basketball game."
Four Vandals scored in double figures as Ganeaya Rogers added 11 points before fouling out and Karr finished with a career-high 17 to go along with five assists. Charlston added a career-high 19 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Arendse, whose 21 points are a new career-high, also matched her career-high with four steals on the night, and added three assists.
"What a special win here," Newlee said. "I'm just so proud of my team right now. What a great job by everybody, total team effort tonight."
Karr connected on 4-of-6 3-pointers in the game, and four other Vandal players hit one each as Idaho went 8-of-22 from long range. The Vandals went 30-of-60 from the field for the night, notching their first win of the season when shooting 50 percent or better (1-2).
Idaho outrebounded Nevada 42-41 overall, but gave up an 18-10 advantage on the offensive end, which led to a 16-8 Nevada edge in second-chance points. Idaho gave up 25 turnovers in the game, compared to 17 for the Wolf Pack, but managed to outscore Nevada 23-21 in points off turnovers.
The Vandals return to action with their final road game of the season as they visit Utah State on Feb. 25. Idaho will be at home for their final two games of the regular season when it hosts San Jose State on March 1 and Hawai'i on March 3.