|Vandals stumble in road finale|
LOGAN, Utah - The Idaho women's basketball team continued its trend of hot shooting, but Utah State scored 28 points off turnovers and 15 on the second-chance en route to an 85-63 Western Athletic Conference victory Saturday afternoon.
Idaho (9-19, 4-8 WAC) shot 40.1 percent from the field, going over its season average of 39.1 percent for the eighth time in its last 10 games. The Vandals also connected on 8-of-25 3-pointers in the game, with four of those coming from senior Keri Arendse, who finished with 14 points. However, Idaho gave the ball up 20 times, reaching or exceeding that mark for the third consecutive game. Idaho also gave up a 36-26 rebounding advantage to the Aggies.
Sophomore Alyssa Charlston led the Vandals with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the game, and added a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman Stacey Barr also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field. Senior Adrie Shiels and freshman Tayler Weiks each added five points for the Vandals.
Idaho took and early 5-0 lead in the game, and held the advantage for the first eight and a half minutes. But the Aggies (18-8, 9-3 WAC) used a 12-0 run midway through the first half to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Vandals went into halftime trailing by six at 39-33, but Utah State opened the second half on a 12-2 run to pull ahead by 16 at 51-35 six minutes into the half, and Idaho was unable to close the gap to less than 15 points the rest of the way.
Idaho shot 75 percent from the free throw line, going 9-for-12, but Utah State scored 15 more points than the Vandals at the stripe, going 26-of-30. The Aggies gave up 16 turnovers in the game, which led to nine Idaho points. Utah State also outscored Idaho 28-18 in the paint.
Krissy Karr and Ganeaya Rogers each had three assists and two steals for Idaho, but combined to go just 2-of-15 from the field and commit eight turnovers while scoring three points each.
Five Aggie players scored in double figures, led by a game-high 26 points from Devyn Christensen. Ashlee Brown had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Jennifer Schlott and Brooke Jackson each scored 11 points, and Jenna Johnson added 10.
Utah State shot 49 percent in the contest, hitting 26-of-53 shots, including 7-of-15 -3 pointers.
Idaho will close out the season next week as it hosts San Jose State on March 1 and Hawai'i on March 3. The Vandals beat both teams on the road earlier this season.
Idaho is battling for position in the WAC tournament with Hawai'i, San Jose State and New Mexico State entering the final weekend of conference play. SJSU and UH entered Saturday tied for fourth place in the WAC standings with 5-9 league records, and New Mexico entered the day a game behind Idaho at 3-8 in the WAC.
The WAC tournament will take place March 7-10 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.