U-IDAHO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

U-IDAHO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Turnovers Undo Hot Shooting as Vandals Fall

MOSCOW – The Idaho women's basketball team played one of its best games of the season in many respects, but it was all undone by 31 turnovers as Seattle U escaped with a 76-71 victory in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Saturday in the Cowan Spectrum.

Idaho shot season-highs 53 percent (27-of-51) from the field and 60 percent (9-of-15) from 3-point range, out rebounded the Redhawks 37-28 and forced them into 17 turnovers.  But Idaho's 31 giveaways; the most for the team since it had 34 against Portland State on Dec. 20, 2006; led to 27 Seattle U points, and aided the Redhawks' 42-20 advantage in points in the paint and 20-4 advantage in fast break points.

"We knew the pressure was coming," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said after the game. "We've been working extensively against full court pressure. At times it's tough for us to simulate that type of athleticism, I don't have those kinds of athletes throughout my team. Full court press hasn't hurt us all year until tonight. I was kind of surprised that it did. We made poor decisions with the basketball tonight. Maybe it was the pressure of the first WAC game. We talked a lot about ‘this is it now' and maybe that backfired on me."

Idaho sophomore Stacey Barr came off the bench early in the first half and immediately caught fire. She knocked down her first four shots, all 3-pointers, and scored 14 of her 18 points before the break. The outburst put an abrupt end to her 0-for-13 long-range slump over the last two games, and she also finished with a team-high seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Freshmen Christina Salvatore and Connie Ballestero each added 15 points for the Vandals. After ending her streak of 10 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer in Idaho's last game, Salvatore went right back to work from deep, connecting on 4-of-6 3s. She added two rebounds, an assist and a steal in the game. Ballestero went 7-for-15 from the field and had two assists and two steals. Freshman Ali Forde and junior Alyssa Charlston each had nine points and seven rebounds .

"They brought good pressure, they came out breathing fire," said Charlston, who had nine turnovers in the game. "They're good at predicting where we're going. We've been practicing against that pressure all week but we clearly didn't handle it in the game."

Seattle U shot 46 percent (30-of-65) from the field and only 27 percent (4-of-15) from 3-point range in the game. Both teams had 11 offensive rebounds, and Idaho held a slim 10-7 edge in second-chance points.

Seattle U's Sylvia Shephard led all scorers with 23 points in the game, and Renee Dillard-Brown added 19 for the Redhawks. Seattle U hit 12-of-17 free throws in the game while Idaho converted just 8-of-16.

The Vandals built an eight-point lead midway through the first half and the lead was six with two and a half minutes to go in the half before the Redhawks used a 7-2 spurt to close the half trailing by just one, 36-35.

The lead changed seven times in the second half, and Idaho trailed by as many as seven, 65-58 with five and a half minutes to play before outscoring the Redhawks 13-4 over the next three minutes to pull ahead 71-69. A 3-point play by Seattle U's Daidra Brown with 38 seconds to play gave the Redhawks a 72-71 lead, and Idaho had two turnovers and a missed 3-pointer on its final three possessions while the Redhawks clinched the game from the free throw line.

The Vandals host San Jose State on Jan. 3 and Utah State on Jan. 5 to wrap up their three-game home stand.

"We're last right now," Newlee said of his team's standing after the first WAC game. "We have a shot to move up the standings on Thursday. Every game is going to be huge. There is a lot of parity in this league. I don't see anybody in the non-conference who has had huge wins or ran streaks together. It's there for the taking, that's why I think home games are so important. It's a big home stand for us and to give this one away like we did hurts a lot."

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • EWU Football Adds Texas Tech Clash In 2017

    EWU Football Adds Texas Tech Clash In 2017

    Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin will forever remember his first trip to Lubbock, Texas, and now his Eagles will make a second trip to play at Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2017 in an announcement made jointly by the two schools...More >>
    Eastern Washington University head football coach Beau Baldwin will forever remember his first trip to Lubbock, Texas, and now his Eagles will make a second trip to play at Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2017 in an announcement made jointly by the two schools...
    More >>
  • Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

    Pippins Hang on for 8-7 Win Over Sweets

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:48:01 GMT
    The last time the Yakima Valley Pippins traveled to Walla Walla, the Sweets rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to shock the Pippins in an 11-10 defeat. Tuesday night, lightning almost struck twice, but the Pippins buckled down to secure an 8-7 win over the Sweets in the series opener.More >>
    The last time the Yakima Valley Pippins traveled to Walla Walla, the Sweets rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to shock the Pippins in an 11-10 defeat. Tuesday night, lightning almost struck twice, but the Pippins buckled down to secure an 8-7 win over the Sweets in the series opener.More >>
  • EWU Football Readies For Earliest Start In Program History

    EWU Football Readies For Earliest Start In Program History

    With the earliest game in school history comes the earliest practice start, as the Eastern Washington University football team begins practices for the 2014 season this Thursday, July 31, on the Sports and Recreation Center practice fields in Cheney, Wash.More >>
    With the earliest game in school history comes the earliest practice start, as the Eastern Washington University football team begins practices for the 2014 season this Thursday, July 31, on the Sports and Recreation Center practice fields in Cheney, Wash.More >>
  • IdahoIdahoMore>>

  • Petrino Boots Epps From Vandal Football Team

    Petrino Boots Epps From Vandal Football Team

    Sunday, July 20 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-07-21 03:03:02 GMT
    University of Idaho football coach Paul Petrino Sunday today the dismissal of senior wide receiver Dezmon Epps from the Vandal football team.More >>
    University of Idaho football coach Paul Petrino Sunday today the dismissal of senior wide receiver Dezmon Epps from the Vandal football team.More >>
  • Idaho Football Picked 9th in Sun Belt

    Idaho Football Picked 9th in Sun Belt

    The University of Idaho was chosen ninth in the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.More >>
    The University of Idaho was chosen ninth in the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.
    More >>
  • Former Idaho Star Charlston Signs Pro Contract

    Former Idaho Star Charlston Signs Pro Contract

    Alyssa Charlston and the Idaho Vandals women defeated Chicago State to advance to the WAC Tournament Semifinals.Alyssa Charlston and the Idaho Vandals women defeated Chicago State to advance to the WAC Tournament Semifinals.
    Former women’s basketball standout, Alyssa Charlston, will continue her basketball career in Europe after signing her first professional contract. Charlston will join Amicale Steinsel, located in Steinsel, Luxembourg. More >>
    Former women’s basketball standout, Alyssa Charlston, will continue her basketball career in Europe after signing her first professional contract. Charlston will join Amicale Steinsel, located in Steinsel, Luxembourg. More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and SWXRN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.