Idaho women fall to Washington

The learning process continued for Jon Newlee's 2011-12 Vandal women's basketball team at Memorial Gym Wednesday as the taller, more physical Washington Huskies handed the Vandals a 66-49 non-conference loss to drop Idaho to 2-5 on the season. UW is now 4-2.

It doesn't change the final outcome, but the Vandals actually did a good job staying with the Huskies with the exceptions of two costly scoring runs by the visitors. The first was a 13-0 spurt over a span of 5:23 that saw an 11-9 Idaho lead turn into a nine-point Husky advantage with 6:39 left in the first half. Washington led 30-20 at halftime.

Coming out of the locker room in the second half the Vandals and Huskies traded shots until Idaho narrowed the gap to six (47-41) when freshman Stacey Barr made one of two free throws and scored on a putback 14 seconds later. The Vandals seemed ready to seize control of momentum, but the Huskies put the game away with a 10-0 run to lead 59-43 with 4:57 remaining in the game.

In the final statistics the Vandals held a 21-6 edge on three-pointers and the Huskies made 14 points on free throws compared to 12 for Idaho, but UW dominated inside the key holding a 34-14 scoring edge in the paint and posted a 15-4 margin in second-chance points as a direct result of a 50-37 rebounding edge.

The Vandals shot just 27.8 percent from the field, hitting 15-of-54 shots, and 7-of-31 3-pointers (22.6 percent). Idaho's 31 3-point attempts was a season-high for the team. UI also made just 12 of 21 free throws.

"We didn't shoot the ball well from 3, but we knew we were going to get our looks," Idaho coach Jon Newlee said. "The last couple days we took a lot of shots knowing what we were going to get, and we got exactly what we wanted to get. I'm disappointed we didn't shoot with confidence. We got a little hesitant shooting the basketball, and that's never been a trademark of my team.

"We've got to shoot better from the free throw line and we've got to shoot better from the field," Newlee said. "When you have your chances you've got to take advantage of it and we did not tonight."

Idaho's 14 turnovers in the game were a season-low, and UW turned those into just six points. UW shot 40.3 percent from the field in the game, hitting 25-of-62 shots and 2-of-8 3-pointers.

Barr was the only Vandal to score in double-figures, as she led the team with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting including 2-of-6 from long range. Alyssa Charlston finished the game with 14 rebounds, one shy of her career high of 15 which she set last week. Jessica Graham and Keri Arendse each scored nine points in the game, and Ganeaya Rogers finished with seven for Idaho.

"They're learning, they're picking it up," Newlee said of his team. "Our goal is to win the WAC. As long as we learn from every game and we get better every game and every practice, that's what I'm looking for, and that's what's happening."

Washington was led by 6-foot-3 senior Regina Rogers, who scored 27 points and added 14 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. UW's Aminah Williams added 11 points for the Huskies.




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