Ferenz breaks all-time scoring record in win against Montana
MOSCOW, Idaho — Senior Mikayla Ferenz entered into Thursday’s game 16 points shy of passing Idaho’s all-time scoring leader and Hall of Famer Alli Nieman. Finishing with 23 points, Ferenz claimed the top spot in Idaho basketball history as she helped the Vandals (12-8, 9-2 Big Sky) to a 76-68 rout of the Lady Griz (10-10, 5-6 Big Sky).
Ferenz, who now has 2,148 career points, went 8-of-21 from the floor, 4-of-13 from the three and 3-of-4 from the foul line. The accomplishment moves her up to third all-time in the Big Sky Conference record books.
Taylor Pierce , who was honored before the game for her record-breaking accomplishments, poured in 23 points as well. Junior Lizzy Klinker recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds along with five assists.
The Vandals dominated throughout Thursday night’s match against the Lady Griz as they were looking to avenge their loss on Jan 19 in Missoula.
Idaho took the lead off of a three-pointer by Pierce to open the first quarter. It was the Pierce show in the first quarter as she racked up a quick 13 points as Idaho led 22-18 to end the quarter.
The Vandals head into the second half with a healthy 13-point lead, 44-31. Both the Splash Sisters, Pierce and Ferenz, combined for 25 points. Montana was held to 13 points in the second quarter while the Vandals spouted off 22 points in both the first and second quarter.
It was late in the third frame when Ferenz surpassed Nieman’s mark of 2,140 points after tying the record with a floater in the lane at the 6:15 mark. About five minutes later, Ferenz used a hesitation move into a running lay-in with 1:12 remaining to surpass Nieman on the all-time list. The Vandals left that quarter up 66-50.
In the fourth, the Lady Griz outscored the Vandals, 18-10, but it was not enough to overcome three-quarters of Vandal dominance. Idaho held onto its eight-point advantage and sent Montana home with a 76-68 loss.
BIG SKY ON DECK
Idaho continues Big Sky Conference play at home Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. versus Montana State.