PSU Vikings fall to Idaho
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Idaho 102, Portland State 99
• The Vandals trailed for only 17 seconds as they ended PSU's postseason in the Big Sky semifinals at Reno (Nevada) Events Center.
PSU, which was the sixth seed in the tourney, led only by one point, and fell to 19-13 for the season.
Idaho (19-12), the No. 2 seed, will meet Northern Colorado or Idaho State for the conference tournament crown at noon Saturday. An automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament is on the line.
The Vikings, who won two games in the Big Sky tourney and got to the semis for the second year in a row, cut a double-digit deficit to 90-86 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. But the Vandals held on, overcoming a 26-point day by Vikings guard Ashley Bolston, who was 11 of 11 at the free-throw line.
Bolston's steal led to a basket that cut Idaho's lead to 98-96 with 13 seconds remaining. Idaho was fouled and hit two free throws, and PSU missed a jump shot. After two more Vandal free throws, PSU's Kylie Jiminez sank a 3-pointer to close the scoring.
The Viks were 17 of 18 at the foul line in scoring their season-high 99 points, but Idaho was 16 of 31 on 3-pointers. The 16 makes were the second-most ever in a Big Sky tournament game; Sacramento State made 19 in a game last year.
Sidney Rielly scored 17 points, Kiana Brown had 14, and Courtney West had 12 points and eight rebounds for Portland State.
Idaho beat PSU 101-90 and 61-60 during the regular season.
In the third meeting, neither team had a turnover until each made one in the final 20 seconds left in the first quarter, as Idaho took a 30-23 lead after the first 10 fast-paced minutes.
Portland State made no turnovers in the second quarter and pulled to within 49-48 at the half.
After three quarters, the Vikings trailed, 71-69.