Idaho Takes Down Eastern, Winning Streak At Seven
MOSCOW, Idaho — The Vandal women extended its win streak to seven games on Friday, defeating Eastern Washington 85-71 in front of a packed Cowan Spectrum. The Vandals have not lost since dropping their first matchup with EWU on Jan. 12.
Mikayla Ferenz and Geraldine McCorkell helped carry the load for Idaho. Ferenz scored a game-high 29 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists. McCorkell hit a career-high six 3’s to help her to 26 points. Senior Nejra Solo recorded her first career double-double, closing with career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (11).
How it Happened
Ferenz scored five early points and 3’s from Taylor Pierce and Allison Kirby helped Idaho to a 13-3 start. Idaho opened 5-of-8 from the field and finished the quarter shooting 58.8 percent (10-17). The Vandal defense held EWU to just five field goals in the first quarter, holding EWU standout Delaney Hodgins to just two points.
Idaho’s 3-point prowess continued into the second quarter. Ferenz hit three triples in the period, including a back to back stretch that gave Idaho a 38-25 lead at the 5:35 mark. McCorkell converted a pair of late free throws to extend Idaho’s lead to 17 points.
The Vandals closed the half with nine 3’s, shooting 47.4 percent from deep. Ferenz led the way, going 4-of-6 from 3 for 18 points. McCorkell was 2-for-3 in the half with 10 points at the break.
McCorkell hit two 3’s to open the third quarter, giving Idaho its largest lead of the game at 53-34. Eastern Washington cut the Vandal lead all the way down to six, 60-54, with 1:21 left to play in the quarter. The Eagles outscored Idaho 22-15 in the quarter.
The Silver and Gold got the lead back up to 11 with 7:19 on the clock and never let it dip back into single digits. Ferenz and McCorkell went a perfect 5-for-5 in the final quarter, combining for 14 points to help maintain the advantage.
The Vandal defense continued to shut down the opposing offense. The Vandals have not allowed a team to score more than 72 points during the winning streak.
The Vandals kept EWU’s all-time leading scorer relatively quiet. Delaney Hodgins finished the night with 15 points, well below her 20.8 scoring average. Hodgins was 0-for-3 in the first quarter, scoring just two points from the free-throw line.