Vandals Win Third Game In A Row
GREELEY, Colo. — For the first time in program history the Vandal women’s basketball team picked up a win at Northern Colorado. Junior Mikayla Ferenz picked up her sixth 30-point performance and senior Geraldine McCorkell recorded her third consecutive double-double in Idaho’s 79-71 win at Bank of Colorado Arena.
Freshman Allison Kirby joined Ferenz and McCorkell in double figures. Ferenz closed with 33 points and six rebounds. McCorkell was a perfect 9-for-9 from the field, totaling 22 points and 10 boards. Kirby totaled 11 points, hitting clutch shots in the second half.
How it Happened
The Bears got a heavy dose of Ferenz early and often on Thursday. She scored Idaho’s first four points helping her to 11 in the first quarter. She provided the majority of Idaho’s early offense, hitting 4-of-6 in the field.
Idaho (9-10, 5-3) closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run and Ferenz continued the run with a 3 to open the second, pushing the Vandals to a 22-17 lead. UNC countered with an 8-0 run to retake the lead, 25-20. The Vandals got down by as many as six in the quarter. Ferenz and McCorkell supplied Idaho with an 8-0 run of its own to retake the lead, 34-32. A Taylor Pierce buzzer beater closed the half for Idaho, 36-34.
Northern Colorado (13-6, 5-3) used a 10-4 start to the third to regain the lead, 44-40. The third quarter saw five ties and four lead changes, as both teams shot over 70.0 percent. The Vandals hit 9-of-11 (81.8) in the quarter, while UNC went 10-for-14 (71.4). McCorkell and Ferenz both scored eight points in the period, but it was Nejra Solo that put Idaho up by three, 61-58, to close the quarter.
The Vandal defense stepped up in the fourth, as Idaho outscored UNC 18-13. The Vandals never relinquished the lead in the quarter, allowing UNC to draw even at 63 in the Bears’ first possession. Freshman Haley Blankinship broke the tie with a 3 on the following possession, putting Idaho ahead for good.