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Barr, Idaho Cruise Past Appalachian St.

by Idaho Athletics Media Relations

MISSOULA, Mont.—The University of Idaho women’s basketball team wrapped up its stay at the 33rd Lady Griz Classic with an 83-60 win over Appalachian State at Dahlberg Arena on Saturday night.

Sophomore Stacey Barr matched her season high with 23 points to lead the Vandals. She scored 20 points in the second half alone, making eight field goals in the final 20 minutes of play. Barr added 12 rebounds to help her to her fourth double-double of the season and eighth of her career.

Idaho (6-4) used the second half to record 54 points after a slow first half.

“I thought we started the game great,” head coach Jon Newlee said. “We got up 8-0 and my guys acted like the game was over. I was very disappointed with our lack of effort the last 15 minutes of the first half. At the half we had a little talk about energy and levels and playing Vandal basketball. They did a great job responding to that in the second half.”

In the second half Idaho shot an impressive 21-of-37 (.568) from the floor and 5-of-13 (.385) from three-point range. Sophomore Christina Salvatore hit two of the Vandal’s five three pointers in the final half of play. Salvatore was one of five Vandals to score in double digits on the night.

“Coach told us we needed to come out with a little more effort and enthusiasm.” Salvatore stated. “You have to give credit to Appalachian State, they wanted it more in that first half. We had to come out and play like the WAC Champions that we are.”

Senior Alyssa Charlston recorded 16 points and seven rebounds on the night. Charalston’s first rebound of the game was her 700th career board, finishing the night with 706 career rebounds. Charlston finished the tournament with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Charlston was the lone Idaho representative on the All-Tournament team.

Connie Ballestero and Brooke Reilly both added 13 points for the Vandals. Ballestero dished out eight assist on the night, three shy of her career high. Reilly’s 13 point effort set a new season best for the freshman, exceeding her previous high of 10.

Appalachian State (1-7) jumped out to an eight point lead with 9:22 to play in the first half. The Mountaineers shot 14-of-34 (.412) in the first half, finishing the night 23-of-64 (.359). Maryah Sydnor led all scorers with 25 points and added 12 rebounds.

Idaho will return home to take on Lewis-Clark State College on Wed., Dec. 11. The Warriors will be in town for the 6:00 p.m. PT tip at Memorial Gym.

NOTES: The Vandals have made at least one three-point basket in 175 consecutive games…Barr’s nine made field goals matched her career high…Tonight’s marked the third time Idaho has scored 80 points or more…Idaho had five players score in double digits for the first time since March 15 of last season…Idaho has two consecutive wins of 20 points or more.