Vandal women take down rival Idaho State in Big Sky opener
MOSCOW, Idaho. –The University of Idaho Vandals Women’s Basketball team opened up Big Sky Conference play with a 62-56 win over Idaho State in Cowan-Spectrum Arena Saturday afternoon. The Vandals fell behind to the Bengals early in the game before controlling the game at halftime with a 12-point lead. Despite struggling in the third period, the Vandals outlasted Idaho State in the fourth to win 62-56. Three Vandals totaled double-digit points including Beyonce Bea and Gina Marxen who each led the team with 16 points apiece.
Idaho State opened the game with a 5-0 run over the Vandals in the first four minutes of play. Idaho ended the scoring drought at the free-throw line when Gina Marxen cut the lead to 5-2 with 5:47 remaining in the period. Nina Carlson knocked down the first field-goal of the game for the Vandals at the 5:07 mark in the first cutting Idaho State’s lead to 5-4. Hailey Christopher gave Idaho its first lead of the game 10-9, with 1:42 remaining in the in the period on a jumper in the paint. Idaho outscored the Bengals 6-2 in the final two minutes of the first to lead 14-11 after the period.
After battling back and forth with the Bengals to open the second period of play, Idaho went on a 9-0, capped by a Gina Marxen three-pointer, to lead 29-19 over the Bengals with 2:42 remaining in the period. A Marxen layup with 33 seconds to go before half gave Idaho a 12-point lead 35-23, the largest of the game, at halftime.
The Vandals struggled in the third period, scoring just seven points. The Bengals were able to get within two points of Idaho in the third, however the Vandals held a 42-40 lead at the end of the period.
Allison Kirby provided the Vandals with 10 points in the final period including two huge three-pointers. Idaho led the Bengals 52-46 with 4:34 remaining in the fourth period following a three-pointer from Kirby. Beyonce Bea extended Idaho’s lead to seven, 55-48, with 2:41 remaining, by way of a three-pointer with one second on the shot clock. Marxen joined in from downtown, hitting a three of her own with 1:37 to play extending Idaho’s lead to 58-48 over Idaho State.
Idaho State cut the Vandals lead to four, 58-54 with 19 seconds left to play, however Idaho closed the game out to win 62-56.
Idaho struggled offensively at times, shooting just 31.7% from the floor and 30.8% from three-point range in the game. However, Idaho shot 53 percent from the floor in the second period and 44.4 percent from three in the fourth period.
The Vandals protected the ball well throughout the game committing only 11 turnovers, while forcing 14 by the Bengals.
The biggest difference form either side in the game was free-throw shooting. Idaho finished 16-22 from the line while Idaho State was just 5-14.