San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State Spartans and Idaho Vandals shot nearly identically from the floor, 39.4-to-40.8 percent, respectively, but Idaho hit 14 3-pointers and took an 83-66 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) women's basketball victory in The Event Center. The Idaho win stops the Spartans four-game home winning streak.
"They came out shooting the three really well and just kept going," said head coach Tim La Kose, "We played well in some aspects of our defense, but struggled in others and didn't do a good job from free throw line. That was really the difference today."
Each team launched 71 shots: Idaho (10-12, 7-4 WAC) knocking down 29 to the Spartans 28. But among the Vandals attempts were 37 from 3-point range, a high for a San Jose State (9-13, 6-5 WAC) opponent. At the free throw line the Spartans made just 6-of-14 for a season low 42.9 percent.
Each team had four players in double digits, led by Idaho's Christina Salvatore, who scored 19 of her game-high 22 points in the first half. San Jose State's Emily Schill and Ta'Rea Cunnigan had 14 points each and Cunnigan added 14 rebounds.
PICK YOUR POISON
San Jose State came out with an eye on stopping Idaho's top scorer, forward Alyssa Charlston. Classye James was assigned the task of shadowing Charlston and her stifling defense limited the WAC's eighth-leading scorer to just a pair of free throws in the first 20 minutes.
Idaho, leading the conference in 3-point shooting at .332, took what the Spartans gave them and knocked down 10-of-20 3-point attempts in the half. Salvatore had five and the Spartans trailed 42-36 at the break.
"Our defensive game plan was to run a box and one and take Charlston out of the game," said Classye James. "We made adjustments at halftime because (Salvatore) was really killing us from 3-point range. If you get open looks your going to knock them down."
While Idaho was hot from the outside the Spartans dominated the game inside scoring 28 of their 36 first half points in the paint. Schill scored eight of her 10 first half points off layups.
EARLY SECOND HALF RUN DOOMS SPARTANS
In the first five minutes of the second half, the Vandals put together a 19-to-5 run, which included three 3-pointers and a 3-point play. They built a 20-point lead and never let the Spartans get any closer than 15 the remainder of the half, en route to the 17-point win.
Joining Cunnigan and Schill in double figures were Riana Byrd with 13 points and nine rebounds and Chereese Thomas who had 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Idaho vs San Jose State 02/02/13 2:00 p.m. at San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center) At San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center) IDAHO 83, SAN JOSE STATE 66
IDAHO (10-12, 7-4 WAC) Salvatore, Christina 7-13 3-3 22; Graham, Jessica 6-10 2-2 16; Charlston, Alyssa 6-18 2-2 14; Barr, Stacey 4-10 2-2 14; Forde, Ali 2-5 2-4 6; Schivo, Addie 2-6 0-0 6; Ballestero, Connie 2-6 0-0 5; Overgaard, Ana 0-0 0-0 0; Weiss, Janelle 0-0 0-0 0; Austgulen, Maren 0-1 0-0 0; Chow, Janelle 0-1 0-0 0; Karr, Krissy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-71 11-13 83.
SAN JOSE STATE (9-13, 6-5 WAC) Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 6-17 0-0 14; Schill, Emily 7-13 0-2 14; Byrd, Riana 5-13 3-3 13; Thomas, Chereese 5-16 1-2 12; James, Classye 3-6 2-7 8; Tauala, Jayzyl 2-6 0-0 5; Hill, Alexis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-71 6-14 66.
Idaho......................... 42 41 - 83 San Jose State................ 36 30 - 66
3-point goals--Idaho 14-37 (Salvatore, Christina 5-11; Barr, Stacey 4-9; Schivo, Addie 2-6; Graham, Jessica 2-3; Ballestero, Connie 1-5; Chow, Janelle 0-1; Karr, Krissy 0-1; Charlston, Alyssa 0-1), San Jose State 4-14 (Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 2-6; Thomas, Chereese 1-3; Tauala, Jayzyl 1-3; James, Classye 0-2). Fouled out--Idaho-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--Idaho 45 (Forde, Ali 13), San Jose State 46 (Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 14). Assists--Idaho 26 (Ballestero, Connie 11), San Jose State 16 (Thomas, Chereese 6). Total fouls--Idaho 16, San Jose State 14. Technical fouls-- Idaho-None, San Jose State-None. A-419