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Bengals Fall to UCF in Cancun Challenge

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A tough challenge in Mexico

Written by Jon Match

POCATELLO, Idaho – Idaho State women’s basketball fell to the University of Central Florida 58-41 Friday evening in Cancun, Mexico.

The first quarter started strong for the Bengals with Dora Goles hitting consecutive three-pointers. The Bengals were able to hold a lead that extended to five points before the Knights were able to tie the game with three minutes left in the half.

The two teams continued to battle back and forth with UCF taking a three-point lead into the locker room at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Knights were able to extend their lead, outscoring the Orange and Black 15-6. The Bengals continued to fight, but the Knights were able to continue pulling away and come away with the 58-41 victory.

Goles led the Bengals with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the three-point line just one made 3 pointer shy of her career-best.

Callie Bourne led the Bengals on the glass with seven rebounds. Bourne also had 10 points on four-of-seven shooting from the field and two free throws.

One of the bigger struggles for the Bengals was in the turnover margin. The Bengals had 28 turnovers compared to the Knights 12.

The Bengals continue the roadtrip this week as they head to Portland State and Northern Arizona to kick off 2021-22 Big Sky Conference play.

Follow along at ISUBengals.com to keep up to date with the team. Don’t forget to follow the Bengals on social media on Facebook and Twitter @HeartofaBengal

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Rachel was born and raised in Pocatello and is now studying for a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Rachel is a student-athlete on both ISU’s Track and Cross-Country teams. When Rachel isn’t running, she enjoys travelling, sleepy Sundays spent working in coffee shops and adventuring in Idaho’s wilderness. Her research interests include sustainable development, environmental policy and public policy theory.