ISU women’s bball: Bengals start hot, but fall to Texas Tech 79-64

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The Idaho State women’s basketball team made a strong case for an upset win, but the Texas Tech Lady Raiders took advantage of last-minute Bengal fouls and desperation 3s to sneak away with the win, 79-64.

Senior forward Anna Policicchio led the Bengals with 19 points and seven boards before fouling out with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter. Junior guard Brooke Blair and senior guard Apiphany Woods also finished in double figures with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

“It’s hard for me to be really upset about this one because there were so many positives,” said head coach Seton Sobolewski. “At one point in the first half I realized all five players on the floor weren’t on our team last year, and they were hanging with a Big 12 team.”

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ISU men’s bball: Bengals look to improve on the boards at Denver

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By Madison Guernsey

Through three games of the 2015-16 season, by far the most confusing aspect of Idaho State basketball is its rebounding.

The team leads the Big Sky in offensive rebounding, is dead last in defensive rebounding and is led on the defensive glass by one of the smallest players on the roster. ISU gives up the most rebounds per night in the league (44.3) and has the conference’s worst rebounding margin (-8.0). Novak Topalovic leads the Big Sky in offensive rebounds but is sixth on his own team in defensive rebounding.

It’s a strange conundrum for the Bengals (2-1). They lost one of the league’s best rebounders from a season ago (Jeffrey Solarin) and lack size. But if Idaho State can successfully rebound on offense, shouldn’t it be the same at the other end?

“I think rebounding is definitely all mentality,” said ISU junior post Kyle Ingram. “Just understanding where the ball is going to be and be determined enough to get to it.”

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ISU football: Kuder, Mangum among six Bengals on all-conference teams

By Journal Staff

The Big Sky Conference released its all-conference football team as voted on by the coaches in the league. The Bengals had six players receive recognition, highlighted by Tyler Kuder being named to the first team while Madison Mangum and Xavier Finney earned second-team honors.

KW Williams, Wesley Wingrove and Christian Diehm earned honorable mention honors.

Kuder, a senior defensive lineman, tallied 92 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles this season. He led Idaho State in tackles for loss and was second in sacks and total tackles.

Mangum ended his senior season as one of the top receivers in Idaho State history. He caught 70 passes for 894 yards and nine touchdowns to finish his career with 160 receptions, 2,204 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

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Reflecting on 2015: Kramer highlights the highs and lows of last season

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By Josh Friesen

Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer and his staff didn’t want the Bengals’ season to end with a 2-9 record, a laundry list of injuries and a regression from 2014’s breakout year.

No one wanted that.

The expectations placed upon Idaho State’s football program were immense. After notching eight wins in 2014 and just barely getting left out of the postseason, many thought the Bengals were destined for great things in 2015 — few of which came to fruition.

But out of the remains of a tattered 2015 season, Kramer pulled out a handful of gems that tell him the future of Bengal football is bright.

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ISU Professor Meldrum to head to international conference

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POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology, will chair the program of the first World Conference on Relict Hominoids, held in South Africa May 4-10.

The event will be hosted by New World Expeditions and Zulu Nyala, a world–class wildlife photo safari resort. The conference program will feature nine international scholars, investigators and celebrities, assembled to discuss the possibilities and scientific evidence for the survival of unrecognized man-like species. Registrants will experience daily conference gatherings, as well as first-class dining and wildlife experiences in this exotic setting.

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ISU opens new Native American services area

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By Journal Staff

POCATELLO — Sage smoke filled the air at the new Native American Student Services area inside the Rendezvous Center at Idaho State University Thursday afternoon.

Ernest Wahtomy and Gerick Two-Eagles, a teacher and student from Sho-Ban High School, performed the opening prayer and ceremony for the center with native dancers from Fort Hall participating.

“We’d like to see more Native American students at ISU and are committed to recruiting more,” said Laura Woodworth-Ney, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at ISU.

She said the original space in the Rendezvous Center was cramped and didn’t provide an adequate meeting space for Native American student activities.

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Bengals fall in straight sets to N. Arizona in title match

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By Journal Staff

At the end of it all, Idaho State knew who had their number throughout the 2015 season. 

It was the Northern Arizona.

The top-seeded Lumberjacks ousted Idaho State in straight sets, 28-26, 25-18, 25-23, to capture the Big Sky tournament championship.

The Lumberjacks had owned both regular-season meetings between themselves and the Bengals. In two matches between ISU and Northern Arizona, the Bengals had managed to win one set. 

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Bengals hot from 3-point line but fall to Michigan St.

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Idaho State could not overcome a 30-10 deficit and lost 79-60 at No. 23 Michigan State on Saturday.

The margin was created in the first half when the Spartans shot 54.3 percent from the field.

The Bengals had their own success at shooting in the nonconference matchup, making 8-of-14 3-point attempts for the game.

Anna-Lee Policicchio lead the team with 17 points. Apiphany Woods added 11, while Brooke Blair tallied 10.

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