|Vandal women look to stay hot|
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Coming off an 18-point victory, the Idaho women's basketball team will look to win two in a row for the first time this season when it visits UC Riverside on Friday at 7 p.m.
But getting its second straight win will be no easy task for the Vandals (2-6), as the 5-2 Highlanders have won five of their last six games and feature one of the most dynamic players in basketball, 5-foot-4 point guard TreShont Nottingham who averages 23.6 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. But Nottingham isn't the only Highlander who can do damage. Four other UC Riverside players average double-figure points, and four players average 7.0 rebounds per game or more.
The Highlanders average 73.0 points per game and shoot 41.3 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3-point range, and have a +3.1 rebounding margin on the season, all advantages over Idaho's 61.8 points, 33.7 field goal percentage, 31.3 3-point field goal percentage and -3.6 rebounding margin. The Vandals do have advantages with 8.1 3-pointers made per game and 15.5 turnovers, compared to UCR's 6.0 made 3s and 18.9 turnovers per game.
Idaho is led by junior Alyssa Charlston, who averages 13.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Freshman Christina Salvatore, who ranks second in the Western Athletic Conference with 3.13 made 3s per game, averages 11.9 points, and has made at least one 3-pointer in all eight games this season. Sophomore Krissy Karr is coming off one of her best performances of the season, as she scored 11 points and added nine assists in Idaho's win over UC Irvine on Wednesday.
Friday's game tips off at 7 p.m., and fans can follow the action on the radio on KMAX 840 AM in Moscow and Pullman. Live stats and a free live web stream of the game will be available online at www.BigWest.TV.
The game is Idaho's fourth of six straight on the road. The Vandals will visit Washington on Dec. 16 and Gonzaga on Dec. 20 before returning home to open WAC play against Seattle U in the Cowan Spectrum on Dec. 29.