|Vandal women visit Utah State|
The Idaho women's basketball team will look for its fifth win in its last seven games as it heads to Logan, Utah to take on the Utah State Aggies in Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon.
The Vandals (9-18, 4-7 WAC) are coming off an exhilarating 87-86 overtime win at Nevada, and are 4-2 in the month of February. Utah State (17-8, 8-3 WAC) will look to match its single-season wins record, which it set with 18 wins during the 2010-11 season.
The Vandals are 12-9 all-time against Utah State, but the Aggies own a 9-5 advantage in the series since both teams joined the WAC. USU has won three straight in the series.
Idaho will look to climb the WAC standings as they enter the week just a half game behind San Jose State for fifth place and a game and a half behind Hawai'i for fourth place. Idaho will host both of those teams to close out the regular season next week. With just three games left in conference play, Idaho can still finish anywhere from fourth to eighth in the league.
The Vandals are led by sophomore Alyssa Charlston who leads the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg), ranking fourth and third in the WAC in those categories, respectively. Charlston grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds to go along with 21 points in Idaho's last outing.
Utah State gets 14.4 points per game from both Devyn Christensen and Ashlee Brown, while Brooke Jackson contributes 11.2. However, the Aggies were without Maddy Plunkett, who averages 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, in their last outing, a loss to Fresno State. Plunkett played in USU's first 24 games, and made 16 starts.
Idaho will close out its season when it hosts San Jose State (March 1) and Hawai'i (March 3) in the Cowan Spectrum. The WAC tournament includes all eight teams in the league, and will be played in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., March 8-10.