The Vandals trailed to 14 in the third quarter, but outstanding performances by Beyonce Bea and Louise Forsyth in the fourth quarter rallied Idaho to a Big Sky Conference win over the Grizzlies in a basketball game. women’s Monday, 70-69.
“We were down 54-40 and I said ‘listen, it’s now or never guys, we’re not going to let this happen here, not in our place,’ the coach said. ‘Idaho, Jon Newlee. “I’m proud of how “We dug in and started getting the saves we needed. Then Lou caught fire and Bea hit some big shots. It was a team effort total today, a great win for us.”
Bea and Forsyth combined to go 8 of 11 for 19 of the Vandals’ 24 points in the fourth quarter. Bea hit a jumper with 3:23 remaining to give Idaho a 63-62 lead. After Sophia Stiles had a shot for Montana 20 seconds later, Forsyth hit a jumper with 2:43 left to put the Vandals in place for good.
A 3-pointer from Tiana Johnson to give Idaho (8-16, 7-8) a four-point lead with a tick more than two minutes remaining was the only points scored by a Vandal player not named Bea or Forsyth in the last 9: 07 of the game.
In fact, the last field goal made before that 3 that wasn’t in the hands of a different player than the two standouts happened with 6:04 left in the second quarter. It was an Allison Kirby layup to put Idaho ahead 30-25. Kirby finished with 11 points.
Bea (24 points) and Forsyth (19) have scored 33 of the last 40 points for the Vandals.
Colfax graduate Carmen Gfeller led Montana (16-9, 9-7) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Gfeller went 8 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.
Montana outshot Idaho 41 to 29, but Idaho handled the ball better, committing just seven turnovers to the Grizzlies’ 16.
“We have to play with the same energy as how we started and ended this game,” Newlee said. “Because this early evening was fantastic.”
Morris-Nelson 0 0-0 0, Stiles 6 2-4 14, Tsineke 4 0-0 8, Huard 1 0-0 3, Anderson 4 8-8 16, Keller 0 4-4 4, Frohlich 1 0-0 2 , Gfeller 8 0-0 20, Bartsch 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 14-16 69.
Atchley 2 1-1 5, Wallace 1 0-0 3, Bea 10 2-2 24, Forsyth 7 3-4 19, Gandy 0 2-2 2, Kirby 4 2-2 11, Johnson 2 0-0 6. Totals 26 10-11 70.
Montana State 21 25 22 28—96
3-point goals – Montana 5-17 (Gfeller 4-6, Huard 1-3, Morris-Nelson 0-3, Keller 0-3, Stiles 0-1, Tsineke 0-1), Idaho 8-27 (Bea 2 -6, Forsyth 2-5, Johnson 2-4, Wallace 1-4, Kirby 1-1, Gandy 0-5, Atchley 0-2). Rebounds – Montana 41 (Gfeller 10), Idaho 29 (Bea 7). Assists – Montana 8 (Anderson 3), Idaho 15 (Kirby 4). Total Fouls – Montana 12, Idaho 12. A – 831.
Three from WSU lead at US Open Trials
PULLMAN — Washington State rookie Katy Ryan, senior Shea Rubright and coach Jen Greeny will be part of open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and U.S. Collegiate National Teams beginning Friday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, it was announced.
Ryan had 249 kills with an impressive .326 hitting percentage for the Cougars, who went 20-12 overall and 13-7 in the Pac-12 in the fall. She also finished with 77 blocks and 48 digs.
Rubright was traded to Washington State, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, after three seasons in Minnesota. She helped the Gophers advance to the last eight of the national tournament as they finished 7th in the nation. She had 39 kills with a .312 attack percentage this year.
WSU will play five exhibitions in the spring
PULLMAN — The Washington State women’s soccer team has announced it will play five spring games, including four at home.
The Cougars, who finished 14-3-4 overall and 7-1-3 in Pac-12 in the fall, host Idaho at 6:30 p.m. on March 9. Also on the schedule is a 1 p.m. contest on April 9 against Boise State. Washington State, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2021, wraps up its spring at 11 a.m. on April 16 at Seattle Pacific.
Where the home games will be played has yet to be determined.
March 9 – Idaho, 6:30 p.m.; 27 – Crossfire Boys, noon; April 2 — British Columbia, 1 p.m.; 9 – Boise State, 1 p.m.; 4 p.m. – at Seattle Pacific, 11 a.m.
The Lewis-Clark State cross country coaching staff announced the addition of Conner Alexander to the team this fall.
Alexander, of Bonners Ferry, won a medal at last season’s state meet for Bonners Ferry High School and has a personal best 16 minutes, 26 seconds in the 5,000 meters. He was named multiple times in the league in cross country and track, and he was honored in every district last season. Alexander also has a 4.0 GPA.
“He ran some really good races in high school and will probably have a stellar year this spring on track,” said trainer Mike Collins. “He showed really good progressive improvement every year in high school, including the year when the challenges caused by COVID pushed most runners back.”
Riley Way and Trent Sellers won the weekly Cascade Conference WVT Laboratory awards after the fourth-ranked Warriors swept the Wildcats at Harris Field.
Way was named CCC Baseball Player of the Week after going 9-for-19 (.474) with three runs and three RBIs. The elder recorded one multi-hit game in every game of the four-game series.
The Sellers improved to 3-0 on the season Friday with a 10-2 win over Central Washington. The junior struck out four batters in six innings, allowing only one hit and allowing no runs. This effort earned Sellers the CCC Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
WSU splits series with Hawaii
HONOLULU — The Washington State baseball team split its season-opening series against Hawaii, falling 7-4 on Monday to end the trip with two wins and two losses.
The Cougars committed five errors in the loss, which gave the Warriors scoring opportunities.
WSU’s only bright spot was receiver Jake Meyer’s 2-of-4 line with a run and two RBIs.