Idaho women’s basketball team lost the championship game in the Warner Center Marriott Thanksgiving Classic against Texas Christian University 86-76 Saturday.
The second quarter threw the Vandals as they missed important shots that allowed TCU to go on a 21-7 run in the first seven minutes of the first quarter. TCU took the lead early and never let it go.
“I thought we attacked their pressure right from the start. I thought we did a great job of moving the basketball,” Idaho head coach Jon Newlee said in a news release. “Everyone was getting their looks. Geri started out extremely well. Taylor hit some shots early. We were really executing our offense. Defensively, we had some breakdowns.”
In the first five minutes, Idaho went on a 19-8 run, but in the remaining five minutes the Vandals saw their lead disappear. TCU held the lead 25-22 after the first quarter.
Idaho was able to box out TCU well from the paint in the first quarter, holding off TCU’s center Jordan Moore for two points.
Meanwhile senior post Geraldine McCorkell shot two-for-two from three and scored 11 points in the first.
During the second quarter, Idaho missed a total of 12 shots and TCU capitalized, extending their lead to 47-36.
With missed opportunities from Idaho, TCU started running away with the lead even more.
Idaho made a late comeback in the second, managing to cut TCU lead by 11 at the last buzzer in the quarter.
“That was certainly the most free throws she has ever taken here. Without a doubt. She did a great job of attacking the rim and staying strong with the ball. I loved seeing that from her tonight,” Newlee said.
Junior guard Taylor Pierce led the team in points with 23, shooting nine-for-nine from the free throw line and shooting 44.4 percent from three made four out of nine attempts.
The third was Idaho strongest as the team out shot TCU 23-17 as Pierce earned herself 13 points, shooting 50 percent from three and a perfect nine-for-nine from the line.
All five starters combined for 35.2 minutes on the floor and still was not enough for them to defeat TCU. All five managed to score 66 points, making up 86 percent of the teams total score.
In the fourth, Idaho slowly scratched at TCU lead, with .41 seconds left in the game McCorkell scored a layup to bring the game to six points.
TCU got the ball back in final seconds when Idaho drew the foul and gave TCU the final points and sealed the Vandal loss.
McCorkell was named to the All-Tournament team, averaging 23.5 points, nine rebounds, and 3.5 assists.
Idaho returns home for the regular season home opener against No. 25 Washington Friday Dec. 1 in Memorial Gym.