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Vandals Fly Past Southern Utah in 93-48 Win

Christina Salvatore and the Vandals have now scored 90 or more points in three straight games. (Photo: Idaho Athletics) Christina Salvatore and the Vandals have now scored 90 or more points in three straight games. (Photo: Idaho Athletics)

by Idaho Athletics

MOSCOW, Idaho-Sparked by a 33-point second quarter the Idaho Vandals women's basketball team broke 90 points for the third consecutive game on Thursday. The Vandals shot 65 percent from the field in the second to help put away Southern Utah, 93-48. 

Thursday marked the first time in program history the Vandals have scored 90 or more points in three straight games in the same season. The Idaho women have had a span of three games with 90 or more points, scoring 101 points to end the 1983-84 season and beginning the 1984-85 season with games of 90 and 100 points. 

Idaho (16-6, 8-2 BSC) trailed, 15-14, after the first quarter. Taylor Pierce hit a 3-pointer 50 seconds in the second to put the Vandals ahead, 17-15, triggering an 8-2 run in the first two minutes of the quarter. Renae Mokrzycki went 3-for-3 from the floor early in the period. A combination of 3's from Pierce, Mikayla Ferenz and Christina Salvatore pushed the Vandal run to 21-6 with 3:55 to go in the half. 

Pierce scored nine of her game-high 17 points in the second quarter, shooting 3-for-4 from behind the arc. Salvatore, Mokrzycki and Ferenz each totaled eight points in the frame. The Vandal defense was stellar in the second, holding Southern Utah to just five field goals on 18 attempts. 

"I thought that was one of our best performances of the year for sure-offensively and defensively," head coach Jon Newlee stated in the postgame. "I think we did what we wanted to do from a defensive standpoint. Once we got rolling offensively it was hard for them to stop us."  

Southern Utah (2-18, 0-10 BSC) struggled to find an answer to the Vandal offense. Outside of the first quarter the Vandals shot 54.0 percent from field, finishing 48.5 percent on the night. The Thunderbirds struggled offensively as well, shooting 26.6 percent from the field. SUU hit just 17 total field goals in the contest, the second lowest by an opponent this season. 

The Vandals got contributions on the scoreboard from 12 different players for the second consecutive game. Idaho's bench, led by Pierce and Ferenz, totaled a season-high 56 points. Ferenz finished with 14, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field. Mokzrycki was also perfect on the night, shooting 4-for-4 with nine points. 

"It was one of those games where you love putting those kids in [the reserves]," Newlee noted. "Everyone that went in tonight responded and did a really good job. I was proud of them."  

"It is great to see everyone get in and have their chance," Pierce added. "When they are knocking down their shots we all get so excited. It brings us all together."  

Idaho outscored SUU, 46-22, in the second half. Agueda Trujillo closed the scoring with a 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play, giving Idaho the 93-45 lead, its largest of the night. 

The Vandals return to action on Saturday, hosting Northern Arizona. Tip is set for 2 p.m. PT. 

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