Ferenz Leads Idaho To Win IN Bozeman
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Idaho women’s basketball hit milestone after milestone on Thursday. The Vandals won their eighth straight game, snapping an eight-game slump against Montana State with a 95-77 triumph inside Worthington Arena.
The night looked more like a 3-point contest at times, with both teams combining for 31 3’s. Idaho got seven from Mikayla Ferenz and four from Taylor Pierce . Both Splash Sisters now have 94 triples on the season, setting a single-season school record. Pierce held the previous record with 93 3’s last season.
Ferenz led all scorers with 29 points. She became the seventh player in program history to surpass the 1,500-point mark. She’s now got 1,522 career points.
How it Happened
Allison Kirby hit Idaho’s first shot–a 3–to get the Vandal offense going. The Vandals tied the score twice off of 3’s from Ferenz and Pierce. Kirby’s second triple of the quarter gave Idaho its first lead, 16-13, with 2:12 to play in the period. Montana State picked up a last-second 3 from Pranger to knot the score at 20 a side.
Idaho (14-10, 10-3) got its first six points from Isabelle Hadden at the open of the second, helping regain a 26-24 lead. Idaho shot 64.3 percent in the quarter (9-14) and did not relinquish the lead. A 3 from Pierce gave the Vandals their largest lead of the half, 42-37, at the 2:32 mark. Ferenz and Geraldine McCorkell added on from long range in the quarter, giving the Vandals a 46-40 lead at the half.
Montana State (13-12, 7-7) cut the Vandal lead down to seven twice early on in the third, but that was as close as they would get. Pierce hit her fourth 3 to put Idaho back up by 10, 55-45. Kirby’s 3 at the 1:17 mark gave the Vandals their largest lead of the night, 77-52. Idaho shot 66.7 percent from 3 (8-12) and 63.2 percent (12-19) from the field, outscoring MSU 34-19 in the quarter.
The Vandal lead never dipped below 14 for the remainder of the night. Idaho’s 18-point win marked the largest home defeat for Montana State since a 21-point loss to Northern Colorado in 2015.
Ferenz added seven rebounds and seven assists to her final stat line. Pierce ended her night with 20 points and five assists. Nejra Solo hit double figures for the second straight game, totaling a career-high 13 points. McCorkell finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists.