ISU women see streak snapped in 74-55 loss to Montana State

Goles vs. Montana State

POCATELLO — Once the Montana State Bobcats got going, there was no stopping them, as the visitors rolled to a 74-55 win over Idaho State at Reed Gym on Thursday night.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for ISU, which was down 25 points at multiple times in the second half. A late 8-2 run to close the game prevented it from being the Bengals’ biggest loss of the season. Instead, it merely matched ISU’s 85-66 defeat at Duke on Nov. 21.

“We really played out of character tonight, for us,” ISU head coach Seton Sobolewski said. “Defensively, we weren’t very good. Offensively, we had no chemistry. When we did get good shots, we missed them. We missed layups, we missed open outside shots. … I think a big part of what was going on tonight was, we wanted to win really bad, so we played a little bit out of character.”

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ISU men rally but fall short against Montana State

A late second-half rally was not enough for the Idaho State men’s basketball team as the Bengals dropped a 73-69 decision to Montana State on Thursday night in Bozeman, Montana.

Montana State led by 18 points with 16 minutes, 51 seconds left in the game, but Idaho State cut the deficit to 62-56 with 8:30 remaining after a Nico Aguirre 3-pointer. Idaho State would get within three points at 68-65 with 22 seconds left in the game, but the Bobcats closed it out.

Malik Porter led the Bengals with 14 points. Tarik Cool scored 13 while Jared Stutzman had 12 and Austin Smellie 11.

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Idaho State’s Hristina Cvetkovic, Kyla Hoster earn Big Sky Player of the Week honors

Cvetkovic and Hoster

Idaho State women’s tennis player Hristina Cvetkovic and golfer Kyla Hoster were named the Big Sky’s Player of the Week in their respective sports, the league announced Wednesday.

Cvetkovic posted a 3-1 record on the road last week, including a 2-0 mark at No. 1 singles last weekend with straight-set wins over Utah State and UTEP. The senior began the week with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Utah State’s Gabrielle Dekkers for the Bengals’ lone point against the Aggies. The Serbia native followed that performance with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over UTEP’s Vanessa Valdez in a 5-2 win over the Miners.

In doubles play, Cvetkovic teamed up with Megan Poe on court one, recording a 6-3 win over UTEP’s Valdez and Erandi Martinez. Her lone setback came to USU with a 7-6 (2) loss to Sidnee Lavatai and Hannah Jones.

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Diaba Konate’s career-best performance a sign of rapid improvement for Idaho State redshirt freshman

Konate vs. Cal Baptist

POCATELLO — Diaba Konate authored her most memorable performance of the season last week, scoring 32 points to drag the Idaho State Bengals back from a 24-point deficit in a 79-76 win at Northern Arizona.

In a blizzard of layups, pull-up jumpers, pinpoint passes out of ball screens and even a few 3-pointers, the redshirt freshman guard completely demolished the Lumberjacks, scoring 25 points in the second half alone.

“Usually, I overthink when I play because there’s so many things I have to focus on,” Konate said Tuesday. “Making good decisions, you know, passing the ball at the right moment. But in that moment I stopped overthinking and just played my basketball. … I was really happy. I couldn’t believe it.”

For some, it was a performance completely out of the blue — Konate doubled her previous career-high in points — but ISU head coach Seton Sobolewski saw it as the latest step in a long developmental progression for the talented youngster.

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Best Picture Nominee “Jojo Rabbit” at ISU Sunday

Oscar nominated “Jojo Rabbit” will be shown this Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Bengal Theater, taking a unique look at the absurdity of racism, war, and the power of love, via the lens of a young German boy being wooed into the Hitler youth during WWII, who discovers a Jewish girl hiding in the walls of his house.  Subtitles will be at the earliest show.  (Rated PG-13)  Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to

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Oscar Nominee “THE CAVE” at ISU Sunday

Best Documentary Oscar nominated, “The Cave” will be featured this Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater. Admission is free for this poignant story from National Geographic, about a group of female doctors in war torn Syria who struggle to keep their people safe, while dealing with systemic sexism and the limited resources available to them. For trailer and more info, go to

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Oscar Nominated “JUDY” at ISU this Sunday

Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning, “Judy” plays this Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union, with subtitles at the earliest show. Best Actress winner and nominee Renee Zellweger stars in this story about the later years of iconic Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland. Rolling Stone magazine writes, “RenĂ©e Zellweger performs miracles playing Judy Garland: singing her heart out, baring her bruised soul and acting with a ferocity that ultimately rises to a state of grace.” Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff, and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to

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‘It feels like a gut punch’ — Idaho State’s rally falls short in 77-74 loss to Montana

ISU vs Montana mens bball

POCATELLO — A missed free throw, an air-balled put-back and a half-court prayer off the rim — the final stanza of another close loss for Idaho State.

The Bengals rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit, tied the game midway through the second half and had multiple opportunities to take the lead, but never quite did in Thursday’s 77-74 loss to Montana at Reed Gym.

It was ISU’s third loss this season that came down to one possession or overtime.

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