<
>
BIG SKY WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP - FINAL
Final
12T
UNCO212546
IDST222749
49
Idaho StateBengalsIDST
24-7, 13-2 Home

Idaho State wins Big Sky final despite poor shooting

POCATELLO, Idaho -- Northern Colorado couldn't find enough offense to a win a conference championship.

Chelsea Pickering and Ashleigh Vella scored 12 points each as Idaho State fought through shooting struggles to beat Northern Colorado 49-46 in the Big Sky Conference championship game on Saturday.

"I thought we did some great things defensively," Northern Colorado coach Jaime White said. "I thought we really did a good job and at the end, it really could have gone either way."

Idaho State (24-7) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and won the Big Sky tournament for the third time, first since 2007.

Victoria Team led Northern Colorado (20-11) with 18 points, but Idaho State managed to hold standout Bears guard D'Shara Strange to six points on 2-of-15 shooting.

Vella made a layup with 2:00 left to give the Bengals a 45-43 lead. Neither team scored again until Pickering hit a couple of free throws with 21 seconds left to put Idaho State up by four.

Victoria Timm's 3-pointer for the Bears with 13 seconds left cut the lead to one, but Kaela Oakes got free for a layup to seal the win for Idaho State.

Northern Colorado went on a 11-1 run during the final 7:12 of the first half to cut the Bengals' lead to 22-21 at intermission.

Northern Colorado held the Bengals to one field goal and four points during the first 7:35 of the second half, and the Bears built up a six-point lead.

Idaho State's Kara Jenkins hit a 3-pointer with 12:25 in the second half and the Bengals outscored Northern Colorado 23-14 for the remainder of the game.

Timm, clearly disappointed with Saturday's loss, showed a spark of excitement when talking about the Women's NIT berth the Bears will receive.

"It's a great opportunity," she said.

NCAAW News

  • Remembering iconic Tennessee coach Pat Summitt

    Jeremy Schaap looks back at the life and career of Hall of Famer Pat Summitt, who was named head coach of the Lady Vols in 1974 and led Tennessee to eight titles and an NCAA Division I-record 1,098 wins.

  • Rachel Nichols remembers Pat Summitt

    Rachel Nichols share her thoughts on the influence Pat Summitt had not only on her life, but also her impact on the basketball world.

  • Pat Summitt touched the lives of many

    Bruce Pearl, Kara Lawson, Peyton Manning, Kim Mulkey, Trey Wingo and Mechelle Voepel share their thoughts on the life and career of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, who died at 64.