Vandals Zap the Hornets, 101-66

Vandals Zap the Hornets, 101-66

The Vandal women led wire-to-wire Saturday afternoon, avenging their earlier loss to the Sacramento State Hornets. Idaho picked up its sixth straight win, sending the Hornets packing 101-66.

Junior Taylor Pierce had herself a day. She hit six first-half 3’s to move past former Vandal Stacey Barr for second on Idaho’s all-time 3-point list. She now has totaled 269 career 3’s in just her third season as a Vandal.

How it Happened
Idaho (12-10, 8-3) shot 45.0 percent in the first 10 minutes, gaining a 10-point cushion in the first quarter. 3’s from Pierce and Geraldine McCorkell opened the day’s scoring. Pierce went 3-for-3 from deep in the quarter. Mikayla Ferenz added a 3 to Idaho’s total, helping Idaho shoot 50.0 percent from deep in the open.

The Vandals hit five more 3’s in the second quarter to extend their lead to 23 at the half. Pierce added three more to her total, scoring 18 first-half points. The Vandal defense allowed just 12 points in the quarter. Idaho’s defense held the Hornets scoreless for a span of 2:53, resulting in an 11-0 run for the Vandals.

Pierce, Ferenz and McCorkell all hit double-figures by halftime. Pierce went 6-of-9 from 3 for 18 points. Ferenz hit a three at the buzzer to close the half with 15 and McCorkell was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field for 11 at the break.

The Silver and Gold extended its lead all the way to 35 in the early moments of the fourth quarter. Ferenz ended the afternoon with 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes. Pierce closed the day with 19 points and McCorkell recorded her fifth double-double of the season (17 pts, 15 reb.)

All 10 available players played double-figure minutes, with no starter seeing more than 30 minutes of action. Freshman Allison Kirby hit the final basket to push Idaho over 100 points for the second time this season.

Idaho’s big three continued to lead by example on Saturday. The trio of Pierce, Ferenz and McCorkell accounted for 59 points a total of 84 minutes. They shot a combined 41.9 percent (18-43) from the field and hit 10 of Idaho’s 13 3’s.

Head Coach Jon Newlee
Overall thoughts
“It was night and day from our game in Sacrament. I thought our team really came out motivated at the beginning. We knew what we wanted to do from a defensive standpoint and I thought that really fueled our offense in that first half.”

On Taylor Pierce
“Her stat was great. It was different from time. She got the same looks in Sacramento and didn’t make them. The fact she was able to hit those gave us confidence from an offensive standpoint. Obviously, as we all know she is a great 3-point shooter. That’s why I recruited her. It is no surprise to me that she has made her way all the way up the charts in only three years. She has that kind of deep range and electricity with that shot.”