Freshman Alli Nieman scored 18 points to lead a quartet of double-figure scorers for Idaho on Friday night as the Vandals opened their women’s basketball season with an 81-62 win over Sacramento State at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho.
UI overcame a 40-percent shooting effort with balanced scoring and hard work on the boards. Michelle Greenwood scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Vandals, while teammates Kathryn Gussett and Lauren Newman each added 11 points.
Gussett also contributed a game-high 12 boards to Idaho’s 59-45 rebounding advantage.
Julie Wastell and Mary Ann Bowman each scored 16 points for Sacramento State (0-1).
NIC 82, CBC 58
Sophomore guard Mandy Jacques scored 21 points, made nine steals and dished out six assists as the Cardinals recovered from a slow start to thump visiting Columbia Basin.
The win was the second in as many starts for NIC, which fell behind 7-0 before reeling off 16 unanswered points to take control of the game.
“Jacques had a great game,” said Cardinals coach Greg Crimp. “The game was a little rag-tag, but I was pleased with our defense and offensive transition and several of our individual performances.”
Freshman forward Jana Nearing added 12 points and eight rebounds for NIC.
Colorado St. 84, WSU 63
Visiting Colorado State used a 15-point run in the second half to hand the Cougars a season-opening loss at Friel Court in Pullman.
The Cougars were led by senior Kristin Erickson, who scored 20 points, and freshman Joanna Smith, who added 11, along with six rebounds.
Gonzaga 58, Idaho St. 56
Lydia Ledgerwood scored 15 points and Tenille Jeffries hit a crucial free throw in the final minute as the Bulldogs knocked off host ISU in the opening round of the Bengal Tournament in Pocatello, Idaho.
The win gave GU a berth in tonight’s 8 o’clock final against Navy, a 52-49 winner over Air Force.
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