Monthly Archives: February 2015

Idaho Men Win Wild One in Moscow, 92-87

Idaho won a double overtime game against Montana Thursday night, closing regulation on a 10-1 run to force the overtime, and then hit timely 3-pointers to earn the 92-87 win at Memorial Gym.

The 1,500 fans in paid attendance in Moscow were loud and supportive in the confine of old Memorial Gym.

“That was crazy,” senior guard Mike Scott said after the game. “That was probably one of the craziest games I’ve played in my life. And I thank the crowd for that because we needed it. They gave us the confidence to win that game.”


Scott put the Vandals up for good, 75-72, with a 3-pointer with 3:51 left in the second OT. Connor Hill followed with a long 2-pointer and a 3-pointer.

Scott had earlier sent the game into overtime with two free throws to tie the game at 58-58.

Hill scored 23 points and Scott added 18 to lead the Vandals to the win. Arkadiy Mkrtchyan had 15 points, nine from the free throw line. Sekou Wiggs (12) and Perrion Callandret (11) also broke into double figures for the Vandals.


Idaho improved to 12-14 overall, 7-9 in the Big Sky, and remained in the post-season playoff picture.

The Idaho victory not only ended Montana’s five-game winning streak, but it dropped the Griz to third place in the Big Sky with a 12-4 record.

Of Idaho, Montana coach Travis DeCuire said in a press release, “I knew this team was good. I told everybody that. This is a team that, you can’t look at their record, they’re better than their record. Mike Scott is the best point guard in the league, and if we don’t contain him we’re going to struggle, and he had his way with us tonight.”

Montana senior Jordan Gregory scored a career-high 36 points; 23 of those points came in the 10 minutes of overtime.

The Vandals close out the home schedule with a 1:00 p.m. PT game against Montana State Saturday at Memorial Gym.

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Posted February 27, 2015


Idaho Women’s Basketball Loses to Montana, 81-68

Montana won its 20th game of the season and clinched at least a share of the regular season title with its 81-68 win over Idaho in front of 3,741 fans Thursday night in Missoula.

Idaho dropped to ninth place with the loss and will have to rebound at eighth place Montana State on Saturday. Only the top eight teams in the Big Sky make the post-season tournament, and time is growing short.

“We got to win games,” Idaho coach Jon Newlee said in a press release. “We have three left and it looks like we need to win all three. It is out of our hands with what other teams are doing, but we can control what we can do.”


The Vandals trailed at the half, 32-30, and then took the lead twice early on in the second half. Stacey Barr (24 points, 17 in the second half) hit a 3-pointer to open the half, putting Idaho up, 33-32. Montana went back in front 34-33 with 18:15 to play, but Barr hit again for the Vandals, and Idaho took the lead back at 35-34. Montana then went out in front, 40-35, forcing Idaho into a timeout with 16:14 remaining.

“We had the lead and had momentum on our side,” Newlee said. “We had some breakdowns defensively. We ended up getting some fouls and they made their and-1 opportunities and hit some threes. You cannot beat the No. 1 team in the conference on the road by shooting 14-of-26 from the free-throw line and giving up all the offensive boards we did tonight.”

The teams traded baskets until Barr’s fourth three pointer with 9:46 left cut Idaho’s deficit to 56-53. Montana controlled the game from there, going on a 13-2 run.

Five Lady Griz players reached double-figures in the win. McCalle Feller led UM with 18 points while Alycia Simms had 14 points off the bench.

Brook Reilly had 11 points for the Vandals, and Christina Salvatore had 10. Alie Forde had 14 rebounds and Karlee Wilson led the team with six assists.

Idaho (12-14, 6-9) tips off against Montana State in Bozeman at 1:00 p.m. PT Saturday. Montana State is coming off a 63-53 win over Eastern Washington.

Barr passed former teammate Alyssa Charlston for fifth all-time with 602 career field goals, while Connie Ballestero tied Robin Behrens for ninth all-time with 331 career assists.

Posted February 27, 2015


Chlorine Leak Closes City Pool in Colfax

by Danielle Wiley

Idaho Public Radio

The city of Colfax, Washington has shut down the city pool until further notice after the Washington Department of Ecology found that the pool was leaking chlorine water into the nearby Palouse River.

Colfax Public Works Director Matt Hammer said the city has known about the leak for a couple of years:

Matt Hammer: “We are unsure where the leak is and the parks budget is small enough that it wasn’t in the budget to go exploring for it.”

Brook Beeler of the Washington Department of Ecology, says the city and the state are working together now to fix the leak. They’re unsure how much chlorine has leaked into the river or how it has affected wildlife:

Brook Beeler: “Something like chlorine is not good for the river and we want to get that removed.”

Hammer said a contractor will perform an assessment on the pool and hopefully find the leak. That contractor will visit the first week of March. The hope is that the pool can be reopened before the end of the school year.

Posted February 25, 2015


Idaho Women’s Basketball in Tournament Hunt

The University of Idaho women’s basketball team has won two in a row and is hoping to keep the good times rolling this week against the teams from Montana. Idaho Public Radio’s Anna Hammons   reports. (:44 )

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The Idaho women’s basketball team did what it wanted to do in last week’s home stand– the team won both games. Junior guard Christina Salvatore says the wins should give the team some energy heading into this week’s Montana road trip, starting Thursday night in Missoula:

Christina Salvatore: “We’re just trying to move up in the rankings at this point and get ourselves a good spot in that tournament. I think this home sweep is great for us, it’s what we needed, it gives us some confidence, and a much needed energy boost going into this Montana road trip.”

With the wins, Idaho moved into eighth place in Big Sky standings. Only the top eight teams in the standings qualify for the conference tournament. Montana, Sacramento State and Eastern Washington are the only Big Sky teams to clinch a tournament spot so far.

I’m Anna Hammons reporting.

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Posted February 23, 2015


Vandal Athletics Round- Up: Basketball, Tennis, Golf

Women’s Tennis

The Vandals picked up their second Big Sky Conference win of the dual season on Sunday with a 5-2 win over Northern Colorado. The match was held at the Lewis-Clark State College Tennis Center.



The win came after the Vandals lost to Gonzaga on Friday in Spokane, 5-2. Idaho continues conference play next Saturday in Cheney against Eastern Washington. The Vandals defeated Eastern, 6-1, on Jan. 31st.

Men’s Tennis

The Idaho men’s tennis defeated Northern Colorado Saturday, 6-1.

“It was a great performance tonight. It was a great conference win,” Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said in a press release.

Idaho returns to action Feb. 27 in Stockton, California in the Mountain/Pacific Tournament.

Men’s Golf

The University of Idaho men’s golf team started the 2015 season with a ninth place finish in the 24-team Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate this weekend in Palm Springs, California.

The Vandals will be in action next at Aiken, S.C., March 9-10th at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto.

Women’s Basketball

Idaho moved up to eighth place in the Big Sky standings with a home win over Southern Utah University. Stacey Barr’s 18 points led the Vandals while Christina Salvatore added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Idaho’s Stacey Barr and Eastern Washington’s Melissa Williams were named the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball co-players of the week.

Men’s Basketball

The Vandals lost to Southern Utah in overtime on Saturday, 79- 77.

Sekou Wiggs had a team-high 19 points for Idaho, and tied the game 69-69 with 10 seconds left in regulation with a 3-pointer. Southern Utah’s Travon Langston gave the Thunderbirds the lead for good – 75-73 – on a breakaway dunk with 38 seconds left in overtime. Mike Scott hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Scott had 14 points, six assists and four rebounds in the loss.

Posted February 23, 2015


Hill’s 20 Leads Vandals, but Idaho Loses, 72- 65

The Idaho Vandals got 20 points from Connor Hill Thursday night, but fell to Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, 72- 65. NAU scored the last eight points in the game to overcome a 65- 64 Vandal lead with 2:16 to play.

“We didn’t execute the details of the game,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said in a press release. “We didn’t execute against well enough against the press. We didn’t do a good job in transition in the first half; we didn’t rebound in the first half.”

The first half ended with NAU leading, 38-29.

NAU guard Kris Yanku scored 22 points with six assists, five rebounds and three steals as the Lumberjacks won for the sixth time in seven games.


(Graphic courtesy Big Sky Conference)

“Idaho is one of the better teams we have played all year,” NAU coach Jack Murphy said in a press release. “They are a well-coached team so I am proud that our guys came back. They really handed it to us early in the second half and I give my coaching staff credit because they got us prepared for this game.”

Idaho outscored NAU in the second half, 36- 34.

“In the first half, we didn’t have the effort we needed,” Verlin said. “But, I give credit to my guys. The second half, they came back and battled. … Afterward, I congratulated them on how hard they played. You’ve got to finalize. That’s kind of been the story of our losses. It’s just the little things.”

During the game, Verlin had an argument with assistant coach Chris Helbling on the bench. Verlin was seen on television throwing a binder and exchanging words with Helbling, who left the court.

Hill had three three-point field goals and led Idaho with his 20 points, with Mike Scott adding 11 and five assists. The Vandals shot .390 percent from the field and .333 percent from 3-point range.

Elsewhere, three men’s basketball teams secured bids to the 2015 Big Sky Conference Men’s Basketball Championship Thursday night– Eastern Washington, Montana, and Sacramento State.

Idaho is 6-7 in the Big Sky and 11-13 overall. The Vandals play at Southern Utah on Saturday.

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Posted February 20, 2015


Idaho Women Defeat Northern Arizona, 78- 43

Sometimes, it takes just a few minutes to put a game away.

Thursday night in Moscow, the Idaho women’s basketball team was in front 16-13 with 7:44 to play in the first half.

At the half, the score was 38- 13, Idaho, as the Vandals went on to a 78- 43 win to keep their Big Sky tournament hopes alive.


(Idaho- NAU action Thursday night)

“I thought the whole first half we played great,” Idaho coach Jon Newlee said in a press release. “I thought we really tightened things up, really giving them one look at best. We came out running.”

The Lumberjacks closed the first half with 14 total turnovers, leading directly to 18 Vandal points. NAU missed its last nine shots and overall shot just 17.9 percent in the first half.

“It’s about taking things one game at a time,” NAU coach Sue Darling said in a press release. “We’re really disappointed not even in the result, but in the way we played. We didn’t play with the feeling that we’re in charge of our own destiny and when we play well, we can beat anybody.”

On this night, the Vandals overwhelmed NAU, and their lead grew to as much as 40 points in the second half, building on that 22-0 run which ended the first half.

Idaho’s Stacey Barr posted 28 points on 9-of-16 from the field. Connie Ballestero picked up 13 points.


(Idaho’s Stacey Barr has hit nine straight free throws, going 8-for-8 on Thursday. She moved into fourth all-time on Idaho’s career free-throw list with 349, passing Yinka Olorunnife.)

Elsewhere in the Big Sky, Montana clinched a conference tournament berth and extended its lead in the standings to two games with a victory over Idaho State.

Idaho holds a 5-8 conference mark with five games left in the regular season. The Vandals host Southern Utah at 2:00 p.m. PT on Saturday.

“We can play with anybody,” Idaho’s Karlee Wilson said after the game. Wilson made her third consecutive start for the Vandals. “Tonight definitely boosts our confidence going into Saturday against Southern Utah, knowing we can play with anybody and beat them.”

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Posted February 20, 2015