Utah State Women Opening Women's Basketball Invitational Play Wednesday
Utah State women's basketball (17-14, 9-9 MW) continues its 2016-17 season run on Wednesday, March 15, as it begins tournament play in the Women's Basketball Invitational at Idaho (17-14, 11-7 Big Sky) at 6:30 p.m. (MT).
March 14, 2017

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's basketball (17-14, 9-9 MW) continues its 2016-17 season run on Wednesday, March 15, as it begins tournament play in the Women's Basketball Invitational at Idaho (17-14, 11-7 Big Sky) at 6:30 p.m. (MT).

Wednesday’s game against the Vandals will be streamed online through Facebook Live. All USU games will also be broadcast on the radio on 107.7 KLZX in Cache Valley, as well as an online stream, with Craig Hislop on the call. Live stats and play-by-play information will be available through GameTracker, while updates will also be provided through the team’s social media outlets. Links to each option will be available online prior to every game.

Idaho enters the postseason with a 17-14 overall record, while going 11-7 in Big Sky play to finish fifth in the league. The Vandals wrapped up the season in a 74-63 quarterfinal loss to Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Tournament.

Idaho returned two starters and eight total letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 24-10 overall and 13-5 in Big Sky play for a third-place finish. Sophomore guard Mikayla Ferenz is the leading scorer for the Vandals, averaging 18.0 points per game. Junior forward Geraldine McCorkell is tops defensively, averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. As a team, Idaho is averaging 72.0 points per game, while allowing 68.5 points from its opponents. The Vandals are shooting 41.5 percent (778-of-1873) from the field, 34.5 percent (320-of-928) from the 3-point line and 78.6 percent (357-of-454) from the free throw line. Jon Newlee is in his eighth season as the head coach at Idaho, where he has an overall record of 148-135.

The Aggies and Vandals have a long history of competition, as the teams spent several seasons together in the Western Athletic Conference. Idaho leads the all-time series, 13-12, including a 7-5 lead in games played in Moscow. The teams last met in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, where the Vandals took the 84-82 win.

 

 

For the Aggies, sophomore guard Rachel Brewster leads the team, averaging 13.6 points per game. Freshman forward Shannon Dufficy is tops defensively, averaging 8.6 rebounds per game. As a team, Utah State is shooting 39.4 percent (710-of-1803) from the field, 31.3 percent (135-of-432) from the 3-point line and 70.9 percent (270-of-381) from the free throw line.

Fans can follow USU women’s basketball on Twitter, @USUWBasketball, on Instagram, @USUWBasketball, as well as on Facebook, at /UtahStateWBB. Aggie fans can also follow Utah State Athletics on Twitter.com, @USUAthletics, on Instagram, @USUAthletics and on Facebook at /USUAthletics.

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