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Vandal women lose at Boise State 73-63

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by Idaho Athletics

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's Vandals couldn't match the physicality of Boise State and the end result was a 73-63 Western Athletic Conference women's basketball loss to the Broncos at Taco Bell Arena.

"They just man-handled us," said coach Jon Newlee as he expressed disappointment in the Vandals' inability to respond to the nature of the game. "If that's the way it's going to be, then everybody in this room has to be ready."

The loss, coupled with Utah State's home loss to league-leading Fresno State, dropped the Vandals into sixth in the WAC standings at 4-7 in league and 6-18 overall. BSU climbed a notch to fifth at 5-6 and 16-9. Key on the horizon for Idaho is Saturday afternoon's matchup with Utah State, which is half a game behind the Vandals at 4-8 and 12-13.

The early minutes of the game featured a back-and-forth tussle that is to be expected in a rivalry game. However, leading scorer Rachele Kloke found herself with two fouls just six minutes into the game and was forced to the bench.

Again, though, Newlee said there could have been a better response from the Vandals.

"We're not a one-person team," he said. "Other people have to step up when that happens. I don't feel like anyone stepped up."

Except, he said, senior guard Charlotte Otero, who had a career-best 16 points to go with five assists and three rebounds. Kloke, in just 21 minutes of play, wound up leading the Vandals with 17 points, while Yinka Olorunnife had nine points and nine rebounds.

The teams weren't separated by more than five points until about four minutes remained in the first half when the Broncos started to pull away. An 11-5 run to end the opening half set the stage for a second half during which they would lead by as many as 18, 58-40, with 9:54 to play.

Kanisha Bello drilled a 3-point to ignite a Vandal rally that, with solid free throw shooting, brought the Vandals to within seven, 66-59, on Otero's layup with 2:06 to play. That run, however, was all the Vandals could muster.

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