FLAGSTAFF, Ariz - The Idaho women's basketball team got back in the win column on Wednesday, holding of Northern Arizona 93-83 at the Walkup Skydome. The Vandals remain second in the conference, and in position to earn a first-round bye at next week's Big Sky Tournament in Reno, Nev.
Junior guard Taylor Pierce totaled eight 3-pointers and led the Vandals with 28 points in another record-setting performance. Pierce's eight 3's improved her career total to 292, pushing her past Sacramento State's Maranne Johnson (291) to become the Big Sky's career 3-point leader.
How it Happened
Idaho (16-12, 12-5) came out of the gate shooting with a purpose. The Vandals opened the night on an 11-2 run and shot 55.6 percent (10-18) in the first quarter. Pierce sparked the Vandals' offense, going 3-for-3 from 3 in the first quarter. She also did a good job distributing the offense, matching her career-high with six first-half assists.
The Vandals shot a blistering 66.7 percent (10-15) in the second. Isabelle Hadden came off the bench for eight points. Mikayla Ferenz totaled seven in the second. Her lone 3 of the half gave the Vandals a 17-point lead, a mark Idaho hit three times in the quarter.
Northern Arizona (7-21, 4-13) recovered from its slow offensive start and slimmed Idaho's lead to as low as seven in the third quarter. Olivia Lucero scored 21 of her career-high 36 points in the second half. Piece's sixth 3 of the night put Idaho back up by 11 in the final seconds of the third.
Ferenz, Natalie Klinker and Pierce all chipped in, helping Idaho on a 6-2 run to open the final quarter. Nejra Solo and Geraldine McCorkell helped put the game out of reach, twice giving the Vandals a 17-point lead.
McCorkell went 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, totaling 17 points. She added a game-high 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. Ferenz finished with 19 points and five assists. Hadden led the Vandals' bench with 12 points.
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