Vandals defeat Southern Utah

Vandals defeat Southern Utah

The Klinker Sisters have career night while Taylor Pierce becomes the fourth player in Division I women’s basketball to reach 400 career threes in 82-70 rout of Southern Utah (6-14, 3-8 Big Sky Conference) on Saturday at the American First Event Center.

Idaho (11-8, 8-2 Big Sky Conference) completes the week with two wins on the road, increasing its win streak to four in conference play.

Mikayla Ferenz , who’s eyeing Idaho’s all-time scoring top spot, led the team with a quiet 18 points and five assists. Taylor scored 17 points as did Lizzy Klinker , tying her career-best as a Vandal. Natalie Klinker followed collecting her second double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard, Gina Marxen , rounded out Idaho’s double-figure scorers with 11.

THE GAME
The first quarter saw the Vandals shoot out to an early lead. Idaho led 20-14, after a Ferenz four-point play. In the next play, the Thunderbirds buried a three with time expiring to cut Idaho’s lead to three going into the second.

The Thunderbirds held Idaho to two made threes in the first half. SUU clamped down even more on defense as they took a 25-24 led at the 5:42 mark. The score would go back- and- forth until it settled on a 37-32 advantage in favor of the Vandals at the half.SUU clamped down even more on defense as they took a 25-24 led at the 5:42 mark. The score would go back- and- forth until it settled on a 37-32 advantage in favor of the Vandals at the half.

Idaho went 18-of-23 from the free-throw line, and half of those came in the second half where the Vandals shot 90 percent from the stripe. Pierce out came hot after she connected on her fourth three of the night and 400th of her career to start the third quarter. The Vandals began to pull away from the Thunderbirds for good late in third leaving the quarter on top, 58-48.

After taking a ten point lead into the fourth quarter, Idaho led by as many as 17 points in the fourth, 80-63, after Natalie Klinker collected two in the paint with 2:17 remaining. The Vandals ended the game defeating SUU 82-70.

THE QUOTES– Jon Newlee
Total team effort today. Teams try to do what they can to take away Mikayla and Taylor, and today I thought that everyone else that played stepped up and did their jobs. They all buckled down and made some shots that I am not use to seeing them make. I loved our ball movement in the second half. I thought we were dribbling too much in the beginning, so we talked about that at halftime and made some adjustments. After scoring 82 points with only six threes, I think that we showed that we are more than our three ball. We showed that we are a balanced basketball team.

BIG SKY ON DECK
Idaho plays host to Montana on Thursday, Feb 7 at p.m.