Records fall Sunday in Cowan Spectrum
Sunday was a record-breaking day in the Cowan Spectrum for the Idaho women’s basketball team.
The Vandals obliterated Multnomah, a Portland team in its first year as a basketball program, 104-19 to break school records for the largest margin of victory and lowest points allowed in a single game.
“I like that we kept our intensity level up, and think that’s always a challenge when you get a big lead and you have an overmatched opponent, which they were going in,” Idaho coach Jon Newlee said. “But by the same token, we have to play our game and keep focused and keep our intensity level and I was happy we were able to do that.”
The Vandals also broke an individual record during the game as guard Stacey Barr’s six 3-pointers gave her the all-time lead in 3-pointers made for Idaho. The senior from Melbourne, Australia, finished with a game-high 27 points.
Barr holds the record for now with 210 3-pointers, but she might not hold it for long as junior guard Christina Salvatore is close to the 200 career 3-pointers and has another year of eligibility.
“I think Christina will have it pretty easily, but it’s cool to even have my name up there,” Barr said.
The Vandals led the game from the start as Multnomah struggled to score. The Lions didn’t make their second basket until there was only 4:07 left in the first half. Multnomah is part of the Association of Christina College Athletics (ACCA) so the team is not part of the NCAA.
“Even though it wasn’t the greatest of competition, we still played out the basketball game instead of going through the motions,” Barr said. “I think that was the biggest thing — that we stuck it out for 40 minutes.”
The game against Multnomah came as an easy victory notched between two tough games for Idaho. The Vandals fell to No. 17 Oregon State Thursday and they face No. 11 Baylor Wednesday.
“It’s crazy how it really worked out on the schedule, but it’s going to be a rough week with Baylor and then the Toledo tournament,” Newlee said. “Toledo is playing extremely well right now, too. So to be able to get our people that haven’t got as many minutes … for them to get some game experience under their belt, no matter how the game goes, will only be able to help us down the road.”
Every player on Idaho’s bench saw playing time, with sophomore guard Agueda Trujillo, junior post Renae Mokryzcki and junior post Tayla Corrigan scoring in double figures with 11 points, 10 and 10, respectively.
“Two really tough games, so it was good to go out and get through our offenses, get the whole bench on,” Barr said. “I think everyone played quite a few minutes, so it was good to get everyone on the court before we go out and play Baylor next week.”
Idaho played without sophomore starting post Brooke Reilly, who was out with an injury. Newlee said Reilly is expected to be back within a three-week window, although her injury is still day-to-day on its progress.
“She certainly will be back at some point and that will be nice to have her back,” he said.
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