Vandal Women Win Home Opener - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Vandal Women Win Home Opener

Stacey Barr led the way for the Vandals. (Courtesy: Spencer Farrin) Stacey Barr led the way for the Vandals. (Courtesy: Spencer Farrin)

by Idaho Athletics Media Relations

MOSCOW, Idaho—Junior guard Stacey Barr recorded her first double-double of the season and matched her season high of 21 points on Saturday, helping the Vandals to a 68-63 victory over UC Irvine. Barr notched career-high 16 rebounds in front of the home crowd at Memorial Gym.

“It was great to be back in Mem. Gym,” Barr said following the victory. “It was good to get our first win here.”

For the second time this season the Vandals trailed at the half, 31-30. Idaho shot 11-of-27 (.407) from the field in the first 20 minutes, but allowed UCI to shoot 4-of-14 (.286) from three-point range to take the lead at halftime.

“We talked at halftime about just settling down and playing our game,” head coach Jon Newlee said. “I think our players were extremely hyped up for the first home game. Some had jitters and some were just way too excited. I thought that adrenaline rush really was detrimental to us. I think by halftime we were settled down and I thought we made a couple defensive adjustments and got after their people inside a little better than we did in the first half. I think our offensive play calmed down and we were able to execute much better in the second half, which led to better shots and certainly better shooting."

Idaho (3-1) saw its best second-half shooting performance of the season from behind the three-point line. The Vandals hit 6-of-15 (.400) in the second half. Barr and senior Addie Schivo both were 2-of-4 (.500) from beyond the arch in the half. Schivo finished the game matching her career-high with three made three-point field goals and a season-high 14 points. Sophomore Christina Salvatore added three of her own to help her match a season best with 14 points. The Vandals had four players reach double digits for the second time this season.

Barr totaled 11 of her 21 points in the second half while dishing out two assists.

“I got some open shots, which was great,” Barr commented. “My teammates passed me the ball and got me open. The posts did really well inside, trying to defend their big girl down there. Overall I was happy with how I played.”

For the 22nd time in her career senior Alyssa Charlston posted a double-double. She finished the night with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Charlston did a good job down low, getting to the free throw line. She made 6 more free throws on Saturday, making her 17-of-20 on the season. Charlston hit four free throws in the final minute to help put away the Anteaters.

As a team Idaho shot 20-of-59 (.339) from the floor and 9-of-28 (.321) from downtown. For the third consecutive game Idaho out-rebounded their opponent, 49-46.

UC Irvine (3-2) was led by Madison McKenney and her game-high 22 points. Camille Buckley recorded 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Vandals will spend next week in San Diego as they are set to take on the Toreros of San Diego on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Idaho will finish the week in Reno, Nev., as they take part in the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Classic, Nov. 29-30.

Notes: Maren Austgulen earned her second start of the season on Saturday…Barr moved into a tie for seventh on the all-time three point list with 124 for her career…The Vandals have now made a three-point basket in 169 straight contests…Charlston has now scored in double digits in all four games this season…Barr improved on her streak of games with a three-pointer, moving it to five straight games…Idaho is now 1-1 on the season when trailing at halftime...Idaho's 3-1 start is the best since 2010-11 (also 3-1).

  • College

    • No. 6 Gonzaga earns WCC title with 79-65 win over BYU

      Needing a win to secure an outright conference title, the Gonzaga Bulldogs raced out to a lead and never looked back Saturday on the road at BYU. The Bulldogs topped the Cougars 79-65 in front of 18,987 fans at the Marriott Center.  Johnathan Williams scored 16 points while Zach Norvell Jr. added 15 points and five rebounds for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs finish the regular season at 27-4 overall and 17-1 in West Coast Conference play. They have now ...

    • Photo: Idaho Athletics

      Vandals bounce back with big win at Weber State

      Without one of their veterans, the Vandals needed somebody to step up on Saturday night.  Instead, everybody did, as Idaho took the 68-62 win over Weber State on the road to get win number 20 on the season.

    • Bliznyuk reaches 2,000 points in Eagles' win at ISU

      Senior Bogdan Bliznyuk went over the 2,000-point mark in his career and finished with a game-high 17, but three other Eagles scored in double figures as the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team beat Idaho State 74-69 in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday (Feb. 24) in Pocatello.

    • Whitworth Athletics

      Roach, Whitworth stun Whitman 91-88 in NWC tournament championship

      WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Kyle Roach's three-pointer as time expired lifted visiting Whitworth University to a stunning 91-88 win over top-ranked Whitman College in the championship of the Northwest Conference men's basketball tournament on Saturday night in Whitman's Sherwood Center. Roach, the 2018 NWC Player of the Year, hit his shot over a defender from about 27 feet to lift the 4th-ranked Pirates to 24-3 and hand the Bucs the NWC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournam...
    • (Photo: Robert Hubner)

      Cougars Can't Complete Comeback at Stanford

      For the second game in a row it came down to the final seconds for Washington State, but this time it didn’t go the Cougars way. Stanford Freshman Daejon Davis hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds to play, sealing an 86-84 win for Stanford over Washington State on Saturday. Robert Franks scored 19 points to lead the Cougars, who fall to 11-17 overall and 3-13 in conference play. Malachi Flynn and Drick Bernstine each added 16 points, a season...
    • EWU Comes from Behind to Top Idaho State on Senior Day

      CHENEY, Wash. – It was a Senior Day that Mariah Cunningham and Delaney Hodgins likely won't forget at Reese Court. The Eastern Washington women's basketball team was down 60-44 with 7:37 remaining when they exploded on a 22-4 run in the fourth quarter to pick up a crucial Big Sky Conference victory over Idaho State, 66-44.   "The biggest thing is momentum. We are really trying to play good basketball this time of year. Going into Reno, we want to be p...

    • Vandals Fall to Cardinal 86-80

      Idaho Women Fall on Senior Day to Weber State

      MOSCOW, Idaho- The Idaho Vandals and Weber State Wildcats played a grind-it-out battle inside Memorial Gym on Saturday. Both teams got to the free-throw line in abundance, but it was the hot shooting of Weber State that downed the Vandals, 105-88, on Senior Day. Junior Mikayla Ferenz recorded her seventh 30-point game of the season, totaling a game-high 33 points. She passed former Vandal Alyssa Charlston for sixth all-time on Idaho's scoring list. Senior Geraldin...

    • Zags Build Lead Out Of Gate, Send Seniors Off With Win Over BYU

      SPOKANE, Wash. - Emotion from the tipoff was quickly replaced by domination as the Zags ran away from BYU on Saturday, 62-37 at home, becoming the only school in West Coast Conference history to win 17 conference games. The Zags honored seniors Emma Wolfram and Emma Stach pregame and postgame, and Wolfram, who has missed the season due to injury, started the game and subbed out immediately following the tip to a standing ovation from the 5700-plus Zag fans in at...

    • Photo: EWU Athletics

      Former EWU AD Bill Chaves honored with resolution on senate floor

      Bill Chaves was named the 13th A.D. for Eastern Washington University in August 2007, and his last official day on the Eastern campus was Jan. 31, 2018.

    • MSUB's Breen Taking Advantage of Her Second Senior Season

      In 2016 Alisha Breen was named the GNAC preseason player of the year, but an ACL tear forced her to reinvent herself in her second senior season.

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/