Idaho needed to establish a home presence this week at the Cowan Spectrum, and the team delivered with 2 hard fought, defensive victories in Moscow. On Thursday Idaho downed Cal State Fullerton in a 56-49 battle. Junior Forward Tyrone Hayes led Idaho with 17 points, while junior Forward/Center Jack May grabbed 7 rebounds and 1 steal.
Saturday night in front of 2,366 fans, Georgia native Tyrone Hayes went off again for another 17 points while grabbing 7 rebounds, a blocked shot, a steal and one assist in Idaho's 56-53 victory over UC Riverside. Senior guard Justin Logan added 5 assists while junior guard Zach White (transfer this year) drained 13 points for one of his best nights of the year. Several players have stepped up at different times this year, but Tyrone has been the most consistent player this year, averaging a team best 13.6 points per game and is also averaging a team best 6.9 rebounds per game. With the win, Idaho (4-4 BWC, 8-9) now stands alone at 5th in the Conference.
Next up for the Vandals is just one game this week...a home date with conference leading Utah State (6-2 BWC, 15-4) at the Cowan Spectrum. The team is improving, but they need our support this coming weekend. If you haven't made the trip to Moscow yet for any games, this is a great game to attend. Utah State as always is the real deal, and a great test for our young Men's team.
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University of Idaho
|Starting Wing, true freshman #24 Autumn Fielding had a career game with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists against UC Riverside.|
On Thursday of this week, the Idaho Women's Basketball team was thumped at the hands of Cal State Fullerton (55-70). The shots were there, but the with the team's youth they just weren't going down with any consistency. A tough lesson for a maturing team.
However, on Saturday the Women erupted for an impressive 75-58 victory over UC Riverside in Riverside, CA. True freshman wing Autumn Fielding led Idaho with an impressive 24 points (4-4 from behind the 3-point arc), 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Right on her heels was Alyssa Erickson with 16 points, and Heather Theolke with 12 points. The victory gives the Women a 4-4 conference record (6-12 overall), and moves them into 4th in the Conference standings. Not bad for such a young team that is just now coming together.
The Vandal Women will take the upcoming week off, then resume Conference play at home against Cal Poly (3-3 BWC, 7-9) on February 5th, and then against Conference leading UC Santa Barbara (6-1 BWC, 13-3, currently ranked in the Top 25) on February 8th at the Cowan Spectrum.
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