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Idaho women’s basketball enjoys trip to Boise, defeat Eastern Oregon 84-70

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017

“To have that environment for our kids – they were so excited,” Vandals coach Jon Newlee said after playing in Boise. (Jessica Hill / File/Associated Press)
“To have that environment for our kids – they were so excited,” Vandals coach Jon Newlee said after playing in Boise. (Jessica Hill / File/Associated Press)

BOISE – Taylor Pierce led the way with a career-high 29 points, despite battling a cold, and Mikayla Ferenz added 21 points as Idaho closed out its nonconference schedule with an 84-70 victory over Eastern Oregon in the first game of the Holiday Hoops Classic men’s and women’s doubleheader.

Ferenz jumped two spots on Idaho’s all-time 3-pointer list, passing Kelli Johnson and Susan Woolf on Idaho’s all-time 3-pointer list. She is fourth in program history with 209 career 3-pointers. Pierce remains in third with 226 career triples.

Geraldine McCorkell led added eight points and 13 rebounds for Idaho (4-7).

Maya Ah You-Dias led Eastern Oregon (12-2), a NAIA school in La Grande, with 17 points.

Idaho enjoyed playing in front of a large crowd.

“It was great. We loved seeing that crowd. We don’t get that kind of crowd for our games in Moscow. To have that environment for our kids – they were so excited,” Vandals coach Jon Newlee said. “It was great for us to be able to come down and showcase our team to all the alumni, boosters and fans that are down here that don’t get a chance to see us play. It was great. It was a fantastic experience.”

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