|Idaho Looks to Clinch WAC|
MOSCOW, Idaho—The University of Idaho women’s basketball team can clinch its first regular season conference championship in nearly 20 years on Saturday when they take on Seattle U at Memorial Gym.
Idaho (19-8, 12-1 WAC), with a win on Saturday, will have a three-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference standings with two games to play. The Vandals took the old Mountain West Conference (now Big Sky) title back in the 1984-85 season. Pat Dobratz’s Idaho team finished 28-2 on the season and 13-1 in conference play on its way to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
“It is going to be a very physical game,” head coach Jon Newlee predicted. “It always is with Seattle. The rivalry is there and I think both teams obviously want to win and are going to bring it on Saturday. It should be a great game.”
Seattle U (13-13, 8-5 WAC) built a significant lead at half against Grand Canyon, but could not contain the ‘Lopes as they fell, 72-66, in Phoenix. The Redhawks were led by Wilma Afunugo with a career high 18 points, followed by Ashley Ward with a season high 17. Kacie Sowell also added double scoring figures and her 10th double-double of the season (13 pts, 10 reb).
Game time is set for 2 p.m. PT. The first 500 fans into Memorial Gym will recieve a free white t-shirt.