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Texas Tech Snaps Idaho's Four-Game Winning Streak

Wednesday marked the first contest of the season in which Idaho never held a lead. Wednesday marked the first contest of the season in which Idaho never held a lead.

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LUBBOCK, Texas—A rough first quarter hampered the Vandal offense inside the United Supermarket Arena on Wednesday. Idaho, playing in its first true road game of the season, was unable to recover against Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders converted a season-high 12 3-pointers to end the Vandals’ four-game winning streak, 78-62.

Texas Tech (6-1) opened the first quarter on a 9-0 run, holding the Vandals off the scoreboard for the game’s first 6:31. Senior Ali Forde hit Idaho’s first field goal with 3:29 to play in the period, making it a 9-2 deficit. The Vandals would only generate four more points in the period. Idaho shot 3-of-13 to start, going 0-for-6 from 3-point range. The Lady Raiders took a 20-6 lead into the second quarter, after starting 4-of-9 from 3 point range.

“Our start killed us,” head coach Jon Newlee admitted. “We were not able to rebound like we did against Iowa State. We got off to kind of a 'deer in the headlights' start, going up against a Big 12 school. This being our first true road game we were unable to get over that. I think some of our younger players were a bit intimidated this place.

“For three quarters of the game we played them even. It just happened that the first quarter was the tale of this game.”

Idaho (7-2) fought back from a 21-point second quarter deficit, the largest of the game, to get to within 11 points at halftime. Renae Mokrzycki hit a 3-pointer with 2:42 left in the second to cut TTU’s lead to 37-19. The Vandals ended the half with three consecutive treys from Christina Salvatore and Mikayla Ferenz, to make it 39-28 at the break. Mokrzycki came off the bench for Idaho at the start of the second and totaled 11 of her career-high 20 points, shooting 5-for-5 from the field.

“I thought Renae really came in and gave us a huge spark,” Newlee said in praise of the senior. “She played with no fear. She did a great job of going right to the rim, taking advantage of our speed up against the Tech bigs.”

Idaho’s woes continued at the start of the third quarter as the Lady Raiders used a 7-0 run to gain an 18-point lead, 46-28. The Vandals shot just 20 percent in the quarter, going 3-for-15 from the field. Idaho was able to get the foul line early in the quarter, totaling seven of its 14 points from the charity stripe.

Texas Tech began the fourth quarter with a 15-point lead, 57-42. Freshman Taylor Pierce drilled a shot from outside the arc to cut the lead to 13, 63-50, with 7:01 to play. Back-to-back 3’s from Japreece Dean laid Idaho’s comeback attempt to rest, giving the Lady Raiders a 19-point lead with 6:07 to play.  

Dean led all scorers with 23 points. Ivonne CookTaylor recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Bowser rounded out the double figure scoring for Tech with 11 points.

Salvatore totaled 11 points on the day, converting on three 3-point attempts. Her final 3 moved her into a tie for the school record with former Vandal Stacey Barr with 268 career 3-pointers. Forde totaled nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. Pierce ended the day with eight points in her 16 minutes.

Idaho heads to Corvallis, Ore., next to take on No. 7 Oregon State on Saturday. First tip is set for 2 p.m. PT

For more information on Idaho Athletics, visit GoVandals.com.  Fans can also follow Idaho women’s basketball on Twitter, @VandalsWBB.

NOTES
Geraldine McCorkell’s lone basket came with 5:56 to play in the 4th. She entered the game as Idaho’s top scorer with 16.0 ppg…78 points is the most scored by an opponent this season…Idaho has now hit a 3-pointer in 236 consecutive games…Idaho’s five points off turnovers was its fewest of the season…the Vandals had zero fast-break points for the first time this season…Wednesday marked the first contest of the season in which Idaho never held a lead.

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