Vandal Women Hang On For One Point Win

Vandal Women Hang On For One Point Win
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It took all 40 minutes for the Vandal women’s basketball team to earn its fifth straight win Thursday night at the Cowan Spectrum. The Vandals led by 16 at halftime and were able to withstand Portland State’s second-half comeback, holding off for the 61-60 win.

Idaho (11-10, 7-3) has not lost since its Jan. 12 visit to Eastern Washington. The current winning streak is the longest since the Vandals rattled off 10 straight wins in 2013-14 en route to winning the Western Athletic Conference.

How it Happened
Idaho’s offense was slow to start on Thursday. The Vandals scored just seven points in the first six minutes of the opening quarter. The Vandals fell behind 8-7 midway through the quarter. The Vikings were able to extend the lead to 11-7 with 3:28 to play, but the Vandals got late contributions from Mikayla Ferenz and Isabelle Hadden to close the quarter tied at 14.

Taylor Pierce took control for the Vandals in the second. Idaho outscored the Vikings 29-13 in the quarter, led by Pierce’s 14 points. She hit four 3’s in the second quarter, including a span of 3 straight to get the Vandals offense on track. Idaho Shot 12-of-16 (75.0 percent) from the floor and went 5-for-7 from 3. The Vandals closed out the quarter on a 9-0 run, capped by Hadden’s wide-open layup.

Portland State (11-9, 5-4) mounted its comeback at the start of the second half. The Vikings scored the first five points in the third quarter, while Idaho was 0-for-8 out of the break. PSU used four 3’s in the third to outscore Idaho 18-7, cutting the Vandal lead to 50-45.

The Vikings completed the comeback in the fourth quarter, taking a 53-52 lead inside the first two minutes. Pierce hit her sixth three of the night to put Idaho back up 55-53 with 5:43 to go. The game stayed within one possession the rest of the way. Portland State tied the game three times in the final five minutes, but never stole the lead away. Idaho’s defense came through in the clutch, holding the Vikings to 0-for-five in the final 2:48, including three misses in the final minute of play.

Pierce led the Vandals with 22 points on the night. Geraldine McCorkell and Hadden also hit double-figures. McCorkell ended with 13 points and matched her career-best with six assists. Hadden went 5-of-9 from the field to record 10 points.

Sidney Rielly led Portland State with 20 points.