Monthly Archives: November 2014

Idaho Men’s Basketball Loses to Northern Kentucky, 79- 74

Northern Kentucky University came into Memorial Gym very aggressively Saturday night and defeated the Idaho Vandals, 79- 74.

“We have to give them credit,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said in a press release. “They came in and shot 57 percent and drove the lane to get to the basket. We are putting way too much pressure on our offense. We just did not defend well enough tonight.”

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(Saturday night action at Memorial Gym in Moscow)

Idaho’s offense struggled in the first half, making just nine field goals on 28 attempts. NKU shot 14-for-26 (53.8 percent) in the opening half.

NKU (3-3) opened the second half with a 39-28 point lead, but by the 17:44 mark the Norse had extended that lead to 14 at 47-33, their largest of the game. Idaho then put together an 8-0 run over the next 1:53, cutting the NKU lead to 6 with 13:38 to go.

The game was tied for the first time at 68 with 2:33 to play, but NKU closed the game on an 11-6 run. Idaho did outscore NKU 46-40 in the final 20 minutes.

“That was an important road win for us tonight,” NKU coach Dave Bezoid said in a press release. “Our guys showed a lot of composure after Idaho battled back to tie the game, and we made the necessary plays down the stretch to pull out the victory. I’m proud of the way we fought from the tip to the final buzzer.”

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(Idaho is now 2-3 on the season)

“We started playing a little tougher in the second half and ended up getting some stops,” Verlin said. “We just did a better job of staying between our man and the basket. Simply put, we did not do a very good job of that in the first half. Once we started to do that we were able to get out on the fast break and hit some shots.”

Conor Hill finished with a team-high 22 for Idaho. Bira Seck had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Perrion Callandret had 15 points and Sekou Wiggs had 14.

The Vandals return to action on Wednesday when they travel across the state line to take on Washington State, which finished fourth this weekend at the Great Alaska Shootout. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. PT.

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Posted November 30, 2014


@VandalsWBB Defeats Seattle University, 65- 50; Oregon State Next

Christina Salvatore led all Idaho scorers with 15 points, one of nine Vandals to pitch in on offense Saturday, as Idaho defeated Seattle University 65-50 at the Connolly Center in Seattle. It was Idaho’s fifth-straight win over its former Western Athletic Conference rival.

“We need to have better discipline, individually and as a team,” said Seattle U coach Joan Bonvicini said in a press release. “I think we really, really need to be a team, which means everyone is working together all the time and right now, we’re not doing that.”

Idaho is now 3-2 on the season. Seattle drops to 1-4 overall.

The Vandals held a 27-19 lead after the first 20 minutes of play, making just 12 field goals in the opening half, while holding Seattle U to a 7-for-25 performance. Idaho scored 38-points in the second half, including an 11-2 run in the first 2:34, to pull away.

“I was not real happy with our offensive flow in the first half,” Idaho coach Jon Newlee said in a press release. “We talked at halftime about making some adjustments and I thought we came out and played more like the team at Wyoming in the second half.”

Brooke Reilly, Ali Forde, Stacey Barr, and Connie Ballestro all scored quickly in the early second half run and Idaho was up by 17, 38- 21.

Seattle U got the Idaho lead down to to 15 with 15:07 to play, but Reilly hit a jumper right away, and then converted a pair of free-throws to give Idaho a 19-point lead, its largest of the game, with 13:34 to play. She finished the game with 10 points and eight rebounds in her 21 minutes.

Newlee said that Reilly’s second half really helped Idaho get going. “I told her at halftime ‘let’s go,’: he said. “We needed to get some more boards and I thought she did a great job of that. She was really active down low today and it was key for us.”

Reilly had to leave the game with a leg injury in the second half and did not return. Newlee said in a post- game interview with the Vandals radio network that he hoped the injury wasn’t serious.

Ballestero and Karlee Wilson combined for 17 points and eight assists. Wilson also had seven rebounds, also a career-high.

“The play from our guards was great,” Newlee said. “I like seeing the scoring between Connie and Karlee. It is almost like having another scorer out there. Connie shot with confidence and I like to see her do that. It is a nice luxury to be able to play them both together; they are kind of my two-headed point guard monster.”

Barr had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Defensively, Idaho out-rebounded Seattle U 46-39. The Vandals forced 19 turnovers that led to 12 Idaho points.

Wilma Afungo led the scoring for the Redhawks with nine points. This was the first time this season the Vandals did not allow an opponent to reach double figures. Seattle U shot 25.0 percent as a team; Idaho shot 41.9 percent.

The Vandals travel to Corvallis to take on the undefeated Oregon State Beavers (5-0) on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. PT.  Oregon State is ranked #19 nationally and is coming off a 71- 61 win over BYU on Saturday, shooting 43.5 percent (27-for-62), including 47.6 percent (10-for-21) from three- point range. In their five wins, the Beavers have out-scored their opponents 420- 276.

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Posted November 30, 2014


Lawsuit Challenges Dredging Plan

Environmental groups including Friends of the Clearwater, Idaho Rivers United, the Washington Wildlife Federation, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Sierra Club, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources have joined with the Nez Perce Tribe in filing a legal challenge to the government’s plan to dredge the lower Snake River and a section of the Clearwater River near Lewiston.

The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Seattle. It charges that violations of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.

“This boondoggle is yet another example of how more and more tax dollars are spent to prop up the four outdated dams on the lower Snake River,” Gary Macfarlane of Friends of the Clearwater., said in a press release. “Little or no thought has been given to the long-term economic and environmental consequences of the ongoing dredging approach.”

Friends of the Clearwater said in its press release that the dams have “devastated salmon and steelhead populations in the Clearwater and elsewhere in Idaho while proving to be an economic black hole.” The  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has “consistently overestimated benefits and underestimated costs for these dams, including dredging costs,” according to the Friends of the Clearwater press release.

On November 14th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District awarded the $6,745,150 contract for maintenance dredging of the lower Snake River federal navigation channel and berthing areas at the Ports of Lewiston and Clarkston.

In a November 17th press release, the Corps said, “There is a current “immediate need” to reestablish the congressionally authorized dimensions of the Lower Snake River federal navigation channel. Maintenance dredging last occurred in the lower Snake River navigation channel in the winter of 2005-2006. Sediment accumulation has encroached on certain areas of the federal navigation channel and port berthing areas.”

The Corps continued: “The contract specifies dredging of about 400,000 cubic yards in four areas: 1) the navigation lock approach at Ice Harbor Dam; 2) confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers; 3) Port of Lewiston berthing area; and 4) Port of Clarkston berthing area.”

The dredging is planned to be done Dec. 15 to Feb. 28. The Corps says “salmonid fish are less likely to be present in the river” in that period.

The Corps says the Ports will fund the berthing area maintenance dredging and all administrative costs. The dredged material, the Corps says, will be used to create shallow-water habitat for juvenile salmon at Snake River mile 116, 23 miles downstream of Clarkston.

“The project is a loser,” McFarlane said. “The economic justifications do not hold water. It is a bad deal for taxpayers and for anadromous fish and other aquatic life. It is time for a reality check for the lower Snake River dam project.”

The environmental groups argue that barging corridor between Lewiston and Pasco is “little used.” Supporters of the dredging project say it’s needed to keep commodities moving on the river.

Friends of the Clearwater, Idaho Rivers United, the Washington Wildlife Federation, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources are represented by Earthjustice, an environmental law firm.

On the web:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers documents:

Press release from environmental groups:

Read the filing at this link:

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Posted November 26, 2014


Idaho Men’s Basketball Loses to Boise State, 86- 75

It was a large and noisy crowd Tuesday night at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise that saw Boise State come away with an 86- 75 win over the Idaho Vandals. It was the sixth consecutive win for BSU over Idaho.


(Action from Tuesday night’s game in Boise. Photo courtesy Boise State Athletics)

“We did some good things and we did some bad things,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said in a press release. “Offensively in the second half I thought we did very well. We shot the ball from the perimeter well. Mike Scott stepped up and played the best game of his career.”

Scott had 31 points, a career high, on 11- 17 shooting. Bira Seck scored 16 for the Vandals, and Connor Hill had 14. The Vandals hit 11 three- point shots.

Derrick Marks scored 31 for Boise State. Marks has scored 104 points in his career against
the Vandals. In three career games against Idaho at CenturyLink Arena, he has averaged 31.7 points per game.

“He is a good player,” Verlin said about Marks. “He’s probably an NBA guy. He drives to the basket and we do not have a great guy to guard him. He’s just a darn good player.”

BSU’s Nick Duncan had 15, and Anthony Drmic had 14 for the Broncos.

Boise State led by 10 points at the half, 38- 28. Idaho then scored 47 points in the second half, but BSU scored 48. In that second half, Idaho went on a 15-3 run to get within one point at 47-46 with 11:36 remaining, but  Boise State responded with consecutive second-chance three-pointers.

The Broncos outscored Idaho 36-18 in the paint, and recorded 25 defensive rebounds, limiting the Vandals to nine offensive boards and six second-chance points.

“We just were not tough enough to get it done tonight,” Verlin said.

Boise State’s 86 points were not only a a season high for the Broncos, but the most points the team has scored since scoring 91 in an overtime win against UNLV last season.

With the win, Boise State improves to 4- 1 overall on the season, while Idaho drops to 2-2 overall. Boise State has won 54 of the games in the all- time series, while Idaho has won 35.

“This game is fun,” Verlin said.. “We enjoy coming down here, but we would like to get one at home for the northern Vandals. It is disappointing for our home fans that they do not get to see one of the biggest games of the year. We always look forward to coming down here and we look forward to this rivalry and the competition.”

The Vandals return home on Saturday to face Northern Kentucky in Memorial Gym. Game time is 7:00 p.m. PT.

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Posted November 26, 2014


Idaho Women’s Basketball Defeats Wyoming, 77- 66

Heading into Tuesday night’s game against Idaho, the Wyoming women’s basketball had outscored its opponents, 186- 70, and was undefeated on the the season.

No more. The Vandals walked into the newly renovated Arena Stadium in Laramie and came away with a convincing 77- 66 win.

“I’m really proud of my team tonight,” Idaho coach Jon Newlee said in a press release.


(Stacey Barr shooting in the first half of Tuesday night’s game. Screen grab courtesy WYO- Vision and Mountain West Network)

“Mental toughness. No excuses,” Newlee said. “We’re not going to take any excuses. We’re just going to play.”

Idaho led by as many as 19 in the first half, only to see Wyoming pull to within two points with 12 minutes to play in the second half. “They kept their composure,” Newlee said of his players.

The Vandals were led by guard Stacey Barr with a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds. Forward Brooke Reilly finished with 19 points while guard Christina Salvatore added 18. Idaho was 26 of 61 (.426) from the field and 16 of 26 (.615) from the free throw line.

Idaho out-rebounded the Cowgirls 47-40.

With the win, Idaho goes to 2-2 overall on the season, while Wyoming is now 2-1 overall.

Four of Wyoming’s five starters finished in double-figures, led by junior guard Marquelle Dent, who had 19 points and eight assists.  Kayla Woodward had 13 points and 13 rebounds,  forward Bailee Colton had 15 points, and guard Kaitlyn Mileto added 12 points.

“Idaho played extremely well,” Wyoming coach Joe Legerski said in a press release. “We made more than one mistake defensively and sometimes with young players that is going to happen.

“We got down by 19, had to fight back and pulled to within two with 12 minutes to go,” Legerski said. “It seemed like we had a lot of momentum on our side, then we turned the ball over two of the next five possessions, missed some shots that we needed to have which was the difference in the ball game. We were able to continue to defend but when you can’t score it gets a little deflating for a young group. I take nothing away from Idaho, they played a great game.”

Newlee said his team learned a lesson from its loss last Saturday to San Diego in Moscow. ““We really learned from that game,” he said. “I told them after (tonight’s) game, ‘You guys played like the WAC champions you are.’”

Idaho’s next game is Saturday in Seattle against Seattle University. Game time is 1:00 p.m. PT.

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Posted November 26, 2014


3 D Mammograms: “No Place for that Breast Cancer to Hide”

There’s some discussion in health care about mammograms– how often a woman should have one, and starting at what age. The discussion is about the benefits and risks of the screening procedure.

The American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society are among the groups recommending mammograms starting at age 40. However, in 2009,  The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommended biennial screening mammography for women 50-74 years old. The Task Force said, “The decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one and take patient context into account, including the patient’s values regarding specific benefits and harms.”

The advent of a newer technology– the three- dimensional breast scan– has added to the discussion.

Gritman Medical Center in Moscow installed the new 3 D system on April 15th of this year, and says it is already saving lives. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (2:06)

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There’s been no debate on how important it is to catch signs of breast cancer early so that a patient can receive the most effective treatment. But there have been concerns about the screening, such as the false positives that come up at times in mammograms– creating alarm and concern for the patient, who has to deal with the anxiety of a follow-up exam. Doctors have also expressed concerns about the limits the standard mammogram may have in detecting a problem.

At Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Dr. Christin Reisenauer says mammography screening is key, and says that 3 D mammography is having a dramatic impact on the ability to provide the best imaging available:

Christin Reisenauer: “This is probably the biggest advance in mammography in the last thirty years. It truly is a unique way of looking at the breast, which is becoming and is proven technology across the country.”



(Dr. Christin Reisenauer at Gritman’s Imaging Center, demonstrating the new 3 D technology)

Gritman Medical Center says that since the new technology was installed in April, doctors have detected at least five breast cancers that would have previously gone undiscovered using the older screening methods.

Reisenaur says the new technology looks at the breast in a different way:

Christin Reisenauer: “Essentially, with 2 D mammography, you’re having to look through the entire breast with one image. With 3 D mammography, we’re creating a 3 D model of the breast, which allows us to step through that breast in one millimeter slices, so we can see every part of the breast. There’s no place for that breast cancer to hide inside the breast that it could before.”

Reisenauer says the limitation of 2 D mammography is the dense, overlapping tissue in the breast, and she says 10- 15 percent of breast cancers can be missed because of that. She says that with 3 D mammography, doctors are more certain they’ll find the cancer if it is there and they’re more confident that the exam is negative when no cancer is detected.

A study released this past June in the Journal of the American Medical Association said  that 3 D breast scans detected more cancers with fewer false findings than standard mammograms. It is the largest study so far of the 3 D technology.

I’m Glenn Mosley reporting.

More information:

Journal of the American Medical Association Study

Gritman Medical Center

U.S. Preventative Services Task Force

Hologic technology:

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Posted November 25, 2014


Idaho Football Ends Season on Saturday

The Vandal football team will close out its season against Appalachian State on Saturday. The Mountaineers come into the game winners of five in a row. Idaho Public Radio’s Jamie Sterbis reports. (:45 )

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The season will come to an end for Idaho football this Saturday with the game against Appalachian State.  Idaho coach Paul Petrino says the Vandals will need to keep an eye on Appalachian State’s quarterback and running back:

Paul Petrino: “I just think their quarterback is playing really well and that running back is playing really well. They’re doing a good job of using their talents and getting the ball in their hands, and with those two those are the biggest things.”

Petrino says the key to stopping Appalachian’s running game will be to tackle well and take the quarterback power sweep play away from the Mountaineers.

Petrino says the Vandals will also need to adjust to playing in what is likely to be cold weather in Boone, North Carolina.

The season finale against Appalachian State will start at 2:00 p.m. eastern time, 11:00 a.m. pacific time.

I’m Jamie Sterbis reporting.

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Posted November 25, 2014