ISU WBB: Bengals beat PSU 72-64 for 5th win in 6 games

By ISU Sports Information

The Idaho State women’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 Kenyon’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.

“I thought we had a really slow start, especially offensively,” ISU coach Seton Sobolewski said. “Luckily, 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.”

The game started slowly for both teams as the first field goal was scored over a minute into play. Portland State’s (14-11, 8-6 Big Sky) Courtney West scored inside with 8:54 to go in the period. Tapasa opened up Idaho State’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.

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ISU MBB: Bengals’ can’t hold halftime lead in 91-77 loss to Portland State

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Idaho State dropped a 91-77 contest to Portland State on Saturday at the Pamplin Sports Center at Lewis and Clark University in Portland, Oregon.

The Bengals (12-13, 7-7 Big Sky Conference) led 38-34 at halftime, but the Vikings shot 63 percent in the second half and made 7 off 11 from the 3-point line to spark the comeback.

“In the first half, they were 4 for 18 from the 3-point line, and in the second half, they were 7 for 11,” Idaho State coach Bill Evans said. “That sums everything up. We didn’t do a good job guarding them in the second half. They are a real good team as they beat two Pac-12 teams earlier in the year.

Idaho State had four players score in double figures, led by Brandon Boyd’s 17 points. Jared Stutzman and Geno Luzcando each had 15, and Balint Mocsan had 12 points off the bench in 25 minutes of play.

Idaho State was outrebounded 42-33, but Novak Topalovic had 14 boards to lead ISU.

Portland State (16-11, 6-8 Big Sky) shot 35.9 percent in the first half, making 4 of 18 3-pointers. Idaho State was 7 of 13 from the 3-point line in the first half.

“I am disappointed we lost, but as the same time we competed hard and did some good things,” Evans said.

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ISU softball: Bengals go 0-2 to start season at Las Vegas tournament

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The Idaho State softball team had the tying run at the plate against UNLV in the second game of the day in the 2018 Marucci Desert Classic in Las Vegas before falling 5-3. ISU lost 15-3 in five innings to San Jose State in its season opener Friday morning.

The Bengals had 14 hits on the day as six players each had two hits. Cassidy FitzGerald had one home run and two hits, while Emma Bordenkecher had one homer, two hits and two RBIs.

Makenzie VanSickle, Genesis Zamora, Aubrey Creekmore and Haley Harrison also had two hits.

Danni Ryan and Mariah Mulcahy took the losses in the circle. Ryan pitched four innings against San Jose State and allowed seven hits, 15 runs and 12 walks. Mulcahy tossed six innings, scattering five hits, two walks and striking out four against UNLV.

“We competed at the plate and gave too many opportunities to the opponents,” Idaho State coach Candi Letts said. “We need to be more aggressive overall and when we do that we will start to see better quality of play.”

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ISU women’s tennis: Bengals fall 6-1 to visiting Boise State

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The Idaho State tennis team fell 6-1 to visiting Boise State on Friday at the Reed Gym Tennis Courts.

In doubles play, Idaho State (1-5) battled Boise State (3-3) before the Broncos earned the doubles point. BSU defeated ISU’s Hristina Cvetkovic and Megan Poe 6-2 at No. 2 doubles, and ISU’s Melissa Coburn and Madison Fenske battled at No. 3 doubles before falling 7-5. Huibre-Mare Botes and Louise-Mare Botes battled at No. 1 doubles to force a tiebreaker, but fell 7-6(7-4).

In singles play, Boise State claimed the win at the No. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 positions, but Louise-Mare Botes picked up ISU’s lone singles win at No. 3 singles. She defeated BSU’s Wiktoria Nosek in a three-set fight, 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 10-8 to remain undefeated on the season at No. 3 singles.

“Doubles was the highlight today,” Bengals coach Gretchen Maloney said. “We were overpowered in singles play in several matches. We still need to play cleaner and reduce unforced errors. This was good practice to get ready for conference play.”

Idaho State continues play Feb. 24 at Portland State.

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ISU WBB: Kenyon’s career-high scoring night lifts ISU past Sac State

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Idaho State (16-8, 8-5 Big Sky Conference) finished with three players in double figures, led by junior forward Grace Kenyon with a career-high 27 points, en route to an 83-71 home win Thursday against Sacramento State at Reed Gym. Sophomore guard Estefania Ors followed with 18 points, and Brooke Blair had 13 points.

“I thought in the first three quarters we did a great job, especially in the first half,” Bengals coach Seton Sobolewski said. “We played with great energy, a great level of aggressiveness, made shots. We shot the ball really well in the first half.”

Idaho State shot 52.3 percent from the floor and scored 21 points off of 17 Sac State turnovers.

The Hornets (5-19, 3-10 Big Sky) outscored the Bengals 25-14 in the fourth quarter to stay within striking distance.

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ISU MBB: Chivichyan, Bengals hang on late for 67-64 win at Sac State

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Gary Chivichyan scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Idaho State men’s basketball team to a 67-64 victory over Sacramento State on the road Thursday.

Chivichyan scored his 25 points by making eight 3-pointers on 11 attempts. He was 8 for 12 from the field and hit one free throw while coming up with one assist and one steal in 33 minutes of play.

Chivichyan finished one 3-pointer shy of tying ISU’s single-game record, set by Chris Hansen in 2013.

“It was a great job by my guys tonight,” Idaho State coach Bill Evans said. “Gary made some 3-pointers tonight. It was a good team win and we had some guys who really stepped up.”

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ISU women’s tennis: Huibre-Mare Botes named Big Sky Player of the Week

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Idaho State women’s tennis sophomore Louise-Mare Botes picked up her second career Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honor following her perfect 4-0 record last weekend at UC Irvine and UC San Diego.

Botes opened the weekend with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles over UCI’s Danielle Garrido and teamed up with her sister, Huibre-Mare Botes, to defeat Garrido and Stephanie Hazell 6-3 at No. 1 doubles.

On Sunday at UCSD, the Botes sisters defeated Ashley Chao and Becky Chou 8-4 at No. 1 doubles, and Louise-Mare followed it up with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alexandra Weil at No. 3 singles.

Botes is now 8-1 on the year, including a perfect 4-0 mark at No. 3 singles and a 4-1 record at No. 1 doubles.

Botes and the rest of the Bengals are back in action Friday against visiting Boise State at 11 a.m. at the Reed Gym Tennis Courts.

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ISU WBB: Bengals catch their breath after challenging road swing

By Jeff Papworth jpapworth@journalnet.com

With the dust settled and Idaho State home from a challenging road trip, the Bengals (15-8, 7-5 Big Sky Conference) are locked in a three-way tie for fifth in the conference, with a half-game separating them from fourth.

Their outlook could have been a lot worse.

Idaho State suffered its worst margin of defeat this season in a 75-52 loss Thursday at Northern Colorado. The Bengals were outscored 36-12 in the second quarter, when ISU coach Seton Sobolewski was ejected after picking up two technical fouls with 1:29 left in the first half.

On Saturday at North Dakota, the Bengals were at risk of dropping to eighth place in the standings if they lost. Idaho State had never won in Grand Forks. That changed Saturday.

The Bengals beat the Fighting Hawks 68-55 to complete the season series sweep and avoid suffering a second losing streak of the conference season. The Bengals pulled away by outscoring North Dakota 21-11 in the third quarter, which has been Idaho State’s worst period this season.

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