Turnovers costly for Vandals
Greeley, Colo. — Saturday afternoon saw Idaho women’s hoops (13-9, 10-3 Big Sky) lose to Northern Colorado (16-8, 11-4 Big Sky) by a score of 77-72. Both team struggle in early in the game but it was a 13-turnover first half that led the Vandals astray.
Senior Mikayla Ferenz paced the Vandals with 26 points while Taylor Peirce collected 19 of her own. Junior Lizzy Klinker scored 12 points and brought down seven boards. Natalie Klinker cleaned the glass with 11 boards.
It was a slow start for both teams in the first quarter. The first bucket of the game came at the eight minutes into the game. By the end of the first, both sides remained deadlocked 12-12 going into the second quarter.
Idaho continued to struggle in the backcourt committing six turnovers in the second frame giving the Bears ten points off of turnovers. Pierce started the quarter hot with a quick three to give the Vandals a short-lived lead, 15-2. However, it was the Bears the found their stride as they gained a six-point advantage going into the half, 35-29.
A senior and freshman duo, Pierce and Gina Marxen , sparked an 8-0 run to open the third quarter and helped the Vandals regain the lead, 37-35. The third was a competitive quarter as both teams traded buckets and tied the ball game four times. Idaho won the quarter by outscoring the Bears 21-12 and held a 50-47 lead.
In the fourth, the Bears took over as they created a ten-point distance from the Vandals with three minutes left on the clock. The Vandals kept fighting and came within six points of the Bears, but necessary fouling kept them at bay. Idaho loses head-to-head series with Northern Colorado, 77-72.
BIG SKY ON DECK
Women’s hoops head back north to take on Eastern Washington Monday in a doubleheader with the men. Tip is slated for a 2:05 start.