The Idaho women’s basketball team closed nonconference play with an 85-49 win over Lewis-Clark State Tuesday in Moscow.
Idaho head coach Jon Newlee said he was glad his team came back focused..
“The first game after Christmas is always a hard game,” said Newlee in a news release. ” We had a really good start, but then we kind of lost focus.”
Idaho jumpstarted the game with six consecutive points from junior post Geraldine McCorkell. The Warriors made a brief comeback late in the first with a nine-point run, finishing with a one-point lead over the Vandals. This lead lasted mere seconds as Idaho reclaimed power and held it for the duration of play.
Newlee said he emphasized a strong defense after the first quarter.
“I challenged our guys after the first to see how well we could defend in the second quarter,” Newlee said. “I wanted to go out and get some stops. I thought we responded extremely well, holding them to two points.”
The Vandal defense took over in the second quarter. The Warriors were held to just two points in the second, shooting 1-of-19 from the field. The Vandal offense shot just 35.7 percent before the half.
Idaho rolled through the third quarter and sealed the win in the final 10 minutes of play.
Multiple times, Idaho commanded a 37-point lead over Lewis-Clark State.
The Vandal defense was key, holding the Warriors to 0-of-16 from the 3-point range, while the offense put up 28-points.
Sophomore guard Taylor Pierce led Idaho with16 points. McCorkell added 14.
Redshirt freshman post Sue Winger earned a season-high 13 points.
Sophomore guard Mikayla Ferenz scored 12 points.
The Vandal bench outscored that of Lewis-Clark State 46-20, with 12 of 13 players on the team putting points on the board.
“Everyone did a great job tonight (off the bench),” Newlee said. “I thought Sue responded well. I challenged her after the Oregon game to take some open shots. Tonight she looked a lot more comfortable. Taylor certainly looked good. She’s doing a good job of running backup point for us, which is not what we really brought her in to do. We just had good production from the bench.”
Idaho starts Big Sky Conference play against Eastern Washington 2 p.m. Saturday in Cheney.
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