Vandals fall on the road
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Idaho women’s basketball (3-5) outscored the Cowgirls in all but the opening quarter, but it was a strong first quarter showing that gave Wyoming (6-2) all it needed to defeat the Vandals, 64-61, at Arena-Auditorium in Laramie Saturday afternoon.
Three Vandals found their way into the double-figures column as Mikayla Ferenz led all scorers with 18 points. Ferenz was 7-for-17 from inside the arc and connected on four triples. Her counterpart, Taylor Pierce , followed up with 14 points after catching fire in the third quarter going 4-for-5 from long distance. Natalie Klinker delivered a double-double effort of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Her performance marks the second time this season that she has recorded such accomplishment.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first quarter was a bit of a struggle for the Vandals as the team only put up a total of six points with two back-to-back threes out the gate. Wyoming went on a 13-0 run that lasted the entirety of the opening frame giving the Cowgirls an 18-6 advantage.
In the second, Idaho outscored the Cowgirls 24-23. Isabelle Hadden fueled the Vandal offense, scoring the first bucket of the quarter. Ferenz would later connect for the first time in the game from behind the arc, but Wyoming responded with a three of its own to maintain its 25-13 lead.
Pierce went on a hot streak collecting eight quick points to help the Vandals come within two points, 26-24, but Wyoming would end the quarter up 41-30.
Idaho continued its offensive dominance throughout the third quarter narrowing the deficit 40-45 on a cleanup jumper by Klinker. Later in the quarter, Idaho used a 7-4 run to cut the Cowgirl’s lead to four points, 49-45. Trailing by as many as 15-points in the first half, Idaho finished the third quarter down by six-points, 53-47.
The scoring margin increased to ten points as Wyoming hit two quick jumpers to start the final quarter.
The Cowgirls would maintain its ten-point edge until the 3:22 mark with a score of 63-53 in favor of Wyoming.
Work on the defensive side from sophomore Nina Carlson helped the Vandals to an 8-1 run and turned the game into a one-possession game. The score was 64-61 when Idaho called its final timeout with less than 15 seconds in regulation. The Vandals were able to get two shots off before the final buzzer. With Idaho unable to hit either shot, Wyoming held on to its three-point lead, winning 64-61.
Idaho shot 42.6 percent from the floor and 54.2 percent from the three-point line. The Vandals out-rebounded the Cowgirls 35-28.
The Vandals are without a game for the next 11 days before heading back on the road to Spokane for its final nonconference match up on Dec. 20th.
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