| 03.17.2018

Athletes of the week

Stacey Barr — women’s basketball

The Idaho women’s basketball team played three games last week. The Vandals were able to come away with two wins and in those wins, one player stood out. 

Stacey Barr, a junior from Melbourne, Australia, led the team in scoring during the two wins. In the first game against Carroll College, Barr missed only two shots, finishing 6-8 (.750) from the field and 2-4 (.500) from beyond the arc. She also tacked on eight rebounds in 29 minutes on the court.

The other game that she led the Vandals in scoring was the second game of the 33rd Lady Griz Classic. The Vandals were coming off a loss to the host Montana Grizzlies heading into the game against Appalachian State. The Vandals were able to beat Appalachian State with Barr leading the Vandals with 23 points, 20 of those coming in the second half of the game. Barr earned her second WAC Player of the Week honor after her performances. Idaho continues its season Wednesday in Memorial Gym against the Lewis-Clark State Warriors.

Stephen Madison — men’s basketball

The Vandal men’s basketball team played in the Battle of the Palouse rivalry game against the WSU Cougars on Saturday. While Idaho ended with a heartbreaking 67-66 loss, Stephen Madison had a solid game for the Vandals. Madison, a senior from Portland, Ore., led the Vandals in scoring with 16 points and also added four rebounds and two steals. Nine of those points came from the free-throw line, where he shot 90 percent.

The Vandals continue the season Wednesday when they face another border rival on the road,against the Montana Grizzlies.

Artemiy Nikitin — men’s tennis

Most of the Idaho men’s tennis team is done with competition until next semester, but that didn’t stop senior Artemiy Nikitin from earning WAC Athlete of the Month for November. Nikitin, a senior from Omsk, Russia, and transfer from South Carolina State, went 2-1 in top-flight singles play for the month at the Easley Classic in Las Vegas. He won his opening-round match to reach the quarterfinals in the top singles flight before falling to Auburn’s Lukas Oller. He then beat Arizona’s Matt Dunn in the consolation round. The tennis team wrapped up its season after the first weekend in November and will return to the court in January for the spring campaign.

Rachel Millet — swim and dive

Idaho competed in two swim and dive meets over the weekend but struggled to come out with good results. The lone Vandal to make a finals appearance was Rachel Millet. The junior from Spokane finished 23rd in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:1.26. She also swam in 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle and was a part of Idaho’s 4×50 medley relay with teammates Taylor Lee Strachan, Erica Anderson and Megan Venlos. The team finished 13th with a time of 1:44.26. The swim and dive team is out of action until Jan. 18 when they face New Mexico State at Las Cruces, N.M.

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