Idaho Vandals

Idaho fights back but falls to NAU

MOSCOW, Idaho—The Idaho women's basketball team fought back from down 15 in the second quarter to Northern Arizona, only to have it stolen away. The Lumberjacks outscored Idaho 25-14 in the final quarter, on their way to a 76-61 win.

Wednesday's loss was softened by Eastern Washington and Idaho State both losing their respective games. Idaho remains tied with Idaho State at 10-7 in the Big Sky, while Eastern Washington has a one game lead at 11-6 with one game left to play before next week's Big Sky Tournament. Idaho can still clinch the No. 4 seed in the tournament with a win on Friday combined with losses from Idaho State and EWU. 

How it Happened
Mikayla Ferenz began the night with Idaho's first two baskets, but would struggle the remainder of the evening. A Brigitte O'Neill layup handed Idaho a brief 8-6 lead. Northern Arizona used Idaho's early turnovers to go up 11-8. A pair of Karlee Wilson free throws cut the NAU led to 11-10 at the media break. Idaho struggled the remainder of the quarter, finishing 0-for-9 from the field. NAU scored seven straight points to close the quarter up 18-10.

Northern Arizona (9-19, 5-12 BSC) got out to a 15-point lead, 31-16, before the Vandal offense kicked in. Idaho started 0-for-10 from 3-point range. Ferenz knocked down Idaho's first triple with 4:38 to play in the second, cutting the NAU lead to 31-20. Idaho put together a 7-0 run that brought the Vandals to within seven, 31-24. A Raina Perez jumper pushed the NAU lead back to 10 inside the final two minutes of the half. Geraldine McCorkell hit Idaho's second 3 of the game to close half down by seven, 36-29.

The Vandals were just 2-for-13 from long distance in the first half, getting outscored 24-6 from behind the arch.

Idaho (15-13, 10-7 BSC) brought the NAU lead down to two in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Brooke Reilly scored 12 of her season-high 23 points --including nine straight to cut the NAU lead to, 43-41. Sophomore Brigitte O'Neill completed the Idaho comeback with a 3-pointer, putting Idaho up 44-43 at the 3:45 mark. The 'Jacks closed the quarter on a 6-0 streak, regaining a 51-47 lead.

3's by seniors Agueda Trujillo and Wilson kept the Vandals within three points in the early moments of the fourth. A 6-0 run from Northern Arizona took the wind out of Idaho's sails, gaining a nine-point advantage with 6:11 to go. Perez put NAU back up by double digits, 67-57, with her fourth 3 of the night. Idaho, forced into a fouling situation late, got down by as many as 17-points, 75-58, before the final whistle.  

Reilly was Idaho's offensive threat on the night. She led the team with 23 points and eight rebounds. Wilson was 5-of-9 from the field for 14 points. She also added rebounds and five assists to her line. Ferenz hit two 3's on the night helping her 11 points, rounding out the offensive leaders.

Perez closed the night with a career-high 26 points. Rene Coggins put in 19 and Catelyn Preston added 10 for NAU.