Idaho takes down Northern Colorado 57-46 for fourth consecutive win
MOSCOW, Idaho — The University of Idaho Women’s basketball team (11-5,6-1) topped the University of Northern Colorado Bears (7-9,3-4) 57-46 in Bank of Colorado Arena for their fourth consecutive win.
Idaho led the Bears for the entire game and by as many as 21 points int eh second half and featured two players in double-figures offensively. Beyonce Bea led the Vandals with 13 points in the contest while Janie King chipped in 10 points off the bench.
Beyocne Bea knocked down a three-pointer just over a minute into the game to give Idaho a 3-0 start over Northern Colorado. Idaho would hold the lead the rest of the game. Bea scored 10 points in the first period as Idaho outscored the Bears 21-11 in the first ten minutes of play.
After trading points in the early goings of the second period, Northern Colorado went on a 6-0 run to trim Idaho’s lead to 24-19 at the 4:34 mark in the period. The Vandals responded with a Bea three-pointer extending the lead back to eight, 27-19, with 4:10 to play. Following a layup from Alisha Davis, the Vandals outscored Northern Colorado 5-0 over the final 3:43 of the second period to take a 32-21 lead into halftime. Bea totaled a team-high 13 points in the first half.
It took a while for either team to find a bucket in the third period. Natalie Klinker struck first with a layup at the 7:46 mark to give Idaho a 34-21 lead in the third. A pair of Jasmine Gales free-throws cut Idaho leads to single digits, but it was short lived as Gina Marxen drained a three-pointer to extend Idaho’s lead to 37-25 with 6:39 remaining. The Vandals closed the period on a 6-0 run in the final 1:36 to lead 47-34 entering the fourth.
The Vandals continued to hold Northern Colorado without a bucket to begin the fourth period. Idaho opened on an 8-0 run and led 55-34 with 5:28 remaining in the game. The 21-point lead was the largest of the game for the Vandals. The Bears outscored Idaho 12-2 in the final five minutes, but it wasn’t enough as Idaho took the win 57-46.
“Our coaches this year have been pushing us on our defense and it shows in our games, we work hard on defense and it leads to our offense.”
“I love basketball and it’s fun to contribute and get a team win.”
HEAD COACH JON NEWLEE
“I thought our ball movement was better. I liked the 15 assists. We didn’t shoot fantastic, but I loved the looks we got. It was what we wanted as far as ball movement, and I liked our flow much better today.”
“Beyonce got off to a great start. I told her that she must be aggressive, and I thought she shot the ball with confidence, which she needs to do. She was passive in the second half, but she really brought it in the first.”
“Hailey was outstanding defensively. It reminded me of her when she was playing high school ball and battling, just like she did today. I thought she was fantastic.”
I told are kids it’s been awhile since we’ve won here and I told them it’s our time, we came in with confidence and played hard. They played hard and they are really good at home, so this is big road win in the Big Sky.”
Idaho drained nine three-pointers in the game, on 36 percent shooting form beyond-the-arc, compared to just three made three-pointers for the Bears.
Northern Colorado won the battle on the boards 39-35, however, Idaho turned 10 offensive rebounds into six points.
The Vandals forced UNC into foul trouble and finished 10-15 from the line while also forcing 13 turnovers to Northern Colorado.
Idaho featured two players in double figures and five players with at least five points.
Beyonce Bea and Janie King led the way with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Gina Marxen dished out a team-high six assists while the Vandals recorded an assist on 15 of 19 total made field-goals.
Natalie Klinker led Idaho on the boards with 10 rebounds. Klinker has grabbed at least 10 rebounds in the previous four games.
Janie King provided a spark off the bench for the Vandals. King scored 10 of the Vandals 23 total bench points. The sophomore also recorded two steals, one block, and grabbed four rebounds.
The Vandals will continue their road trip on Monday against Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah at 5:30 p.m.