By ISU Sports Information
The Idaho State womenâ€™s basketball defeated Portland State 72-64 in front of 1,068 fans Saturday afternoon at ICCU court in Reed Gym.
Idaho State (17-8, 9-5 Big Sky Conference) had five players in double figures, led by junior forward Grace Kenyonâ€™s double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kenyon also finished with a game-high eight assists to narrowly miss her second career triple-double. Sophomore forward Sai Tapasa finished with 14 points and sophomore guard Estefania Ors had with 12 points, while senior guard Brooke Blair and freshman forward Delaney Moore both added 11 points apiece.
â€śI thought we had a really slow start, especially offensively,â€ť ISU coach Seton Sobolewski said. â€śLuckily, our defense helped us stay in the game, and we went up two at half. I thought in the second half, especially the third quarter, we came out with a lot better energy and hit shots. We ended up shooting 71 percent from the floor in the third quarter. We finally got going, moved the ball well and played with a lot more confidence and better energy.â€ť
The game started slowly for both teams as the first field goal was scored over a minute into play. Portland Stateâ€™s (14-11, 8-6 Big Sky) Courtney West scored inside with 8:54 to go in the period. Tapasa opened up Idaho Stateâ€™s scoring with free throw, 2:45 into game. ISU did not score its first field goal until Blair hit a jumper with 4:58 to go. The score stayed close throughout the period, ending with a score of 13-13.