|Idaho Rolls Into Montana|
MISSOULA, Mont.—The University of Idaho women’s basketball team arrived in Missoula on Thursday, following a brief pit stop due to a blown tire on the trip from Moscow. The Vandals practiced at Dallberg Arena upon arrival as they prepare for weekend games against Montana and either UC Irvine or Appalachian State.
Idaho will play host Montana Friday at 6:30 p.m. PT.
“We are going to see a typical Robin Selvig type team,” head coach Jon Newlee explained. “They are very long inside and long at the guard. They like to post everybody up and are very physical defensively. They are going to work their offense and try to get a great shot every time down. It is going to be a great environment here.”
Idaho and Montana have matched up a total of 45 times since beginning the series back in 1975. The Lady Griz used to be a staple in the Vandals schedule, meeting twice a year as part of the Big Sky Conference. The series has been in favor of the Lady Griz. Idaho last beat Montana on Dec. 8, 2010 in Moscow. Rachele Kloke recorded a game high 21 points for the Vandals. As a freshman Alyssa Charlston recorded five points and three rebounds in Idaho’s 69-56 victory.
“Our team is still pretty young,” Newlee said. “They do not have a lot of experience here. I think Alyssa [Charlston] and Stacey [Barr] have been here more than anybody. Our senior leadership and juniors will need to step up and help the young people out.”
Idaho defeated UC Irvine two weeks ago in the Vandals home opener, 68-63, and lead the series 13-7. If the Vandals play Appalachian State it will mark the first meeting between the two schools.
Saturday’s game is set for 5:00 p.m. PT.