Idaho women’s basketball team made a statement with its win against the reigning Mountain West Champions Colorado State University Friday with a game that was filled with a lot of offense and supportive defense.
The Vandals biggest strength throughout the contest was The Big Three — junior guards Taylor Pierce and Mikayla Ferenz and freshman guard Allison Kirby. The starting big three took control of the offensive while Idaho’s bench only scored 12 points. The big three alone contributed 60 points of the total 83 that was scored.
In the first period the Rams went on a four to zero run three minutes into the game, but that eventually would end by the pure dominates of Idaho’s offense.
Vandal’s offense was initially sparked by a three from junior guard Mikayla Fernenz that would lead the team going on a 19 to four run in the remaining seven minutes of the first period.
From the first buzzer to the last Idaho took a commanding lead and never let go of it.
Idaho shot very well from beginning to end the team averaged a total of 45.5 percent from the field, making 30 out of 60, and 50 percent from three-point, scoring 18 out of 36 from the arc.
With the Vandal’s having a strong game on the offensive side, they needed to have a stronger game on the defensive side and they did just that, holding the Rams to only eight points from rebounds.
The Rams highlighted Vandal weaknesses with points off turnover, allowing a total of fourteen throughout the contest. The CSU bench, who scored 20 points, and Lore Devos managed to lead the team in scoring with 25 points, but the big three lifted the team and made it nearly impossible for the Rams to win.
Idaho’s Big Three were the athletes that scored majority of the 83 total points. All three combined to score 72 percent of the total points on the game. It was clear the outcome of this game depended on the Big Three to put up points.
The Big Three combined played a total of 34 minutes during the game and sure showed excellence, as each player finished the game as statistical leaders for the contest.
The star of the game was Pierce who lead the team in scoring and minutes with 24 points and 37 minutes total on the hardwood. Also, adding to her stats she led the team in field percentage with 53 percent, shooting 8-for-15. Meanwhile draining 3-pointers with 54 percent made, going seven-for-13.
Equally earning the title of game MVP was Fernenz who finished second in scoring and minutes, racking up 22 points in 35 minutes.
The third member of the big three, Kirby, managed to score 14 points in 30 minutes during the span of the game. The freshman led the team from the field, going 62 percent on five-for-eight from the floor.
But going forward, Idaho will need the whole team to contribute to win against an Ohio State program who is currently ranked fifth in the nation.
Idaho will need to see more scoring from the bench and not The Big Three alone.
Yes, it is the first game of the season, but a strong bench is a key factor in the success of any basketball team.
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