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Vandals Fall to Abilene Christian 71-59 in Overtime

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The Vandals went cold in the fourth quarter and overtime, shooting a combined 4-for-28 in the final 15 minutes as Abilene Christian got the win. The Vandals went cold in the fourth quarter and overtime, shooting a combined 4-for-28 in the final 15 minutes as Abilene Christian got the win.
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by Idaho Athletics

MOSCOW, Idaho—The snowy weather outside the Cowan Spectrum seemed to have a freezing effect on the Idaho offense on Sunday. The Vandals went cold in the fourth quarter and overtime, shooting a combined 4-for-28 in the final 15 minutes as Abilene Christian got the 71-59 win.
 

“Layins and free throws were the story of this game,” head coach Jon Newlee noted. “It was not the 3’s. We knew were going to get our looks against their zone. I did not think with the kind of shooters that we have that we would shoot that poorly at home. We said ‘forget it lets go inside.’ That was the plan.”
 

Idaho’s (7-4) offensive woes overshowed a record-setting day from Christina Salvatore. Salvatore sank two shots from long range, the first of the two marking a new school-record. She passed former Vandal and teammate Stacey Barr (268 3FGM) for No. 1 all-time with 270 career 3-point field goals.
 

“It is an awesome accomplishment,” Salvatore commented. “It goes out to my teammates and coaches. Without them none of this would have happened. I would not get the shots I get without my teammates. I give all the credit to them. It is just a great accomplishment for the university.”
 

The Vandals in all missed 24 shots from inside five feet. Taylor Pierce hit a 3 with 4:40 to play in the second quarter, breaking Idaho’s 0-for-10 start. The Vandals went 0-for-14 until being able to record another shot from outside the arc. Mikayla Ferenz hit from the left corner to tie the game at 48 with 4:14 to play in the fourth.
 

Salvatore’s record breaking 3 gave the Vandals its first lead in the fourth quarter, 51-50. An Ali Forde free throw put the Vandals in front, 52-50, with 2:27 left in the period. ACU regained the lead off a Whitney West 3 with 55 seconds to play. Ferenz got a good look for the win with seven seconds to go, but came up empty. Forde snagged the offensive rebound and was fouled, sending her to the line to shoot two. She made the first, tying the game at 53. The second was off the mark, but rebounded by Geraldine McCorkell. She put up a last second shot from the free-throw line, but could not get it to fall.
 

Abilene Christian (8-2) opened the overtime with the first four points. A Salvatore 3 cut the Wildcat lead to one, 57-56, with 4:04 left to play. ACU went on a 10-0 run over the next 1:58 to go up 66-56. McCorkell hit the Vandals other 3-point field goal of the period to draw within seven, 67-59, with 29 ticks left. . The Wildcats shot 4-for-5 from the field in the overtime and were 9-for-12 from the charity stripe. Idaho was 2-of-11 from the floor and did not reach the free throw line in the extra period.
 

“We would have liked to have won it [in regulation],” Salvatore added. “We missed a lot of layups towards the end. I wish we could have had those back. Once we go into overtime I think we were fired up. We just did not get the stops we needed.”
 

Salvatore finished with her third career double-double, totaling a team-high 13 points to with a career-high 12 rebounds. Forde started 3-for-4 from the field, before getting into early foul troubles. She closed with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, netting her 16th career double-double. McCorkell ended the day with 12 points. Renae Mokrzycki was big for Idaho on the glass. She totaled 10 first-half rebounds, closing the day with a career-high 15.
 

Three Wildcats scored in double figures. Sydney Shelstead was the game’s top scorer with 18. Lizzy Dimba put in 13 points to go with her 10 rebounds. Alexis Mason added 12 points for ACU.
 

The Vandals return to action on Monday, Dec. 28. The team will host Carroll College in its final non-conference game of the season. 

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