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Nieman Leads Way As Idaho Tops Slo Johnson, Woolf Also Look Sharp In First Big West Victory Of Year

Mon., Jan. 12, 1998, midnight

Alli Nieman scored 25 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds Sunday to lead Idaho to its first 1998 Big West Conference victory, a 92-76 trouncing of Cal Poly in Mott Gym.

Nieman, who has scored in double figures in six straight games, went 6 of 10 from the field and 13 of 15 from the free-throw line as the Vandals improved to 5-10 and 1-1 in conference play. The Mustangs fell to 4-9, 1-2.

Defensively, Nieman had two steals, two blocked shots and collected 15 defensive rebounds. Her rebounding total broke her previous career-high of 17, set on two different occasions last year.

“That was huge,” Idaho coach Julie Holt said of Nieman’s rebounding. “That was a big difference in the game.”

Shooting guard Kelli Johnson also came up big for the Vandals, scoring 23 points, two short of her career-best mark, on 9-of-14 shooting.

Point guard Susan Woolf collected a career-high nine assists in addition to her 16 points.

Idaho 92, Cal Poly SLO 76

Idaho (5-10, 1-1) - Gussett 2-6 0-1 4, Nieman 6-10 13-15 25, Stone 3-7 3-3 9, Johnson 9-14 2-2 23, Woolf 4-8 7-10 16, Newman 2-6 0-0 4, McDaniel 3-6 4-4 11, Rico 0-0 0-0 0, Bloom 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 29-35 92.

Cal Poly SLO (4-9, 1-2) - Crafton 1-6 1-2 3, Bevien 3-4 0-1 6, Garrett 5-12 4-6 14, Maristela 7-10 4-7 21, Frazier 4-9 1-1 9, Barbone 1-5 0-0 2, Lee 0-1 2-2 2, Sperry 1-4 0-0 2, Osorio 4-13 1-2 11, Oaks 1-1 0-0 2, Sorosky 1-4 2-3 4, Durnin 0-0 0-0 0, Knight 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-70 15-24 76.

Halftime - Idaho 42, Cal Poly SLO 28. 3-point goals - Idaho 5-15 (Johnson 3-7, McDaniel 1-2, Woolf 1-5, Gussett 0-1), Cal Poly SLO 5-13 (Maristela 3-3, Osorio 2-8, Frazier 0-1, Sorosky 0-1). Fouled out - None. Rebounds - Idaho 43 (Nieman 18), Cal Poly SLO 35 (Frazier 7). Assists - Idaho 19 (Woolf 9), Cal Poly SLO 10 (Maristela 3). Total fouls - Idaho 20, Cal Poly SLO 25. Technicals - Idaho bench. A - 100.



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