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ISU Women's Basketball

Written by Jon Match

Idaho State women’s basketball continues it’s 2021-22 campaign this week as they head north for a duo of important Big Sky Conference matchups. First, the Bengals head to Cheney, Wash. to take on the EWU Eagles. Tip is set for Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7:00 p.m. MT.

Then the Bengals head to Moscow to take on the Idaho Vandals in an ICCU Battle of the Domes matchup Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3:00 p.m. MT.

Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN+ and LiveStats will be available.

Mark Liptak will be on the call on KISU 91.1 for both games.

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BengalBites (With Thanks to Mark Liptak)

Estefania Ors was named the Big Sky Conference WBB Player of the Week two weeks in a row on 1/4 and 1/11. She is the second player this season to have received the award twice and the first back-to-back recipient.

The Bengals and the UNC Bears remain the only Big Sky Schools unbeaten at home, the Bengals are 5-0 at Reed gym this season.

Dora Goles hit a free throw against St. Thomas on 12/11 to become the 21st member of the Idaho State 1,000 point club.

Tomekia Whitman leads the conference in steals, averaging 2.9 a game. She would need 28 more to break into the ISU single-season top-10 steals list.

In the game against Park on 11/13/21, Montana Oltrogge passed 500 career points.

The 109-56 win over park was the 2nd highest scoring game in Bengal history. (first place was a 113-107 win against Weber State in the Big Sky Tournament.)

The 53-point differential was the fourth highest in program history.

The Bengals 34 assists were one shy of the overall ISU record (35 vs NAU on 2-15-1992)

*Ellie Smith is now in sixth place all-time in blocked shots with 117. In fifth place is Michele Grohs with 130 blocks. She played from 22005-2009. Ellie needs to play in three more games for 100 in her career. She also needs seven rebounds for 300 in her career.

*Estefie Ors has scored 1,544 points, she is now third all-time. Next up, second on the list, is Andrea Lightfoot with 1,566 points. Lightfoot played from 2005-2008.

*Ors is only the fifth player to score at least 1,500 points in program history.

*With her 33-point game vs. Montana State, Ors became the ninth player under Seton Sobolewski to score 30+ points in a game. It was the 11 th time overall with him as head coach.

*Ors is now in fifth place all-time in made field goals with 537. Next up is Grace Kenyon who hit 555 field goals and played from 2014-2019.

*Ors is just the sixth Bengal player to have at least 500 made field goals in a career.

*Estefie now has 226 made three-point shots in her career the best ever for the program.

*She became the 15 th player in ISU WBB history with at least 1,000 points and at least 500 rebounds when she had three boards vs. Toledo in the Cancun Classic.

*Ors is the eighth ISU WBB player with over 2,000 combined points and rebounds.

*Ors also is now at 309 assists which is good for ninth place all-time. In eighth place is Greta Garver with 312 assists. She played from 1987-1991.

*Estefie has made 244 free throws which is good for 10 th all-time. Next up in ninth place is Holly Togiai with 268 made free throws. She played from 1994-1998.

*Estefie has played in 139 games for ISU. That is the all-time program record.

*Dora Goles became the 21 st ISU WBB player to pass 1,000 points in a career when she got 10 at St. Thomas (MN.) She’s scored 1,008 and counting.

*Goles is now in fifth place with 152 made three-point shots. Fourth on the list is Chris Urbanski who made 172 three-pointers in her career which spanned from 1997 through 2001.

*Goles is now ninth all-time in made field goals with 477. Next up is Lindsey Reed at 486. Reed played from 2010-2014.

*She needs two steals to tie for 10 th place all-time at 142 with Stacey Nelson who played from 1993- 1997 and Grace Kenyon who played from 2014-2019.

*Goles also needs 12 assists to give her 300 for her career.

*Callie Bourne needs to play in one more game for 100 in her career.

*Montana Oltrogge needs 11 more points for 600 in her career.

*Tomekia Whitman needs 15 assists for 100 in her career. She also needs seven steals for 100 in her career.

Seton has now coached 415 games.

Quick Scout and Series History – EWU

The EWU Eagles are 2-10 on the 2021-22 season. Their two wins have come against non-DI Evergreen State and Multnomah.

The Eagles are led by first year Head Coach Joddie Gleason who came to the Eagles from Seattle U where she spent 5 seasons, before that she spent 12 years leading the program at Humboldt State.

EWU is averaging 61.9 points per game while holding opponents to a Big Sky 5th best 64.9 ppg.

The Eagles are led in scoring by #23 Jaydia Martin who is averaging 16.3 ppg. She also leads in made 3PT averaging 2.6 per game.

On the glass, #10 Jacinta Buckley leads the Eagles averaging 7.0 boards per game.

The Eagles lead the overall series with the Bengals 42-40. In Cheney EWU leads the series 25-14

The two teams last met in Pocatello on 03/04/20. The Bengals defeated the Eagles 77-49 to claim the outright Big Sky Conference Regular Season Championship.

In the previous 10 meetings of the schools the Bengals are 5-5.

Quick Scout and Series History – Idaho

The Vandals have had a rough start to the 2021-22 season, with a 2-10 record. Like the Bengals, the Vandals have a loss to a top-25 opponent (#11 Texas 83-43).

The Vandals picked up their first DI and Conference win of the season this past week, a 63-42 beating of Eastern Washington.

The Vandals are averaging 61.9 ppg while opponents are scoring 70.7 ppg.

The Vandals are excelling from behind the three-point arc with a conference leading 7.9 made 3PT per game.

#10 Louise Forsyth is leading the team offensively, scoring 12.0 ppg with 144 points. #24 Tiana Johnson leads from three-point range, making 2.2 per game with a 41.9 shooting percentage.

On the glass, #05 Beyonce Bea continues to show why she is an all-conference player averaging 7.2 boards per game and 2.7 OBoards per game.

The Vandals lead the overall series with the Begnals 33-17, In Moscow, the Bengals are 5-19.

Their last meeting was a walloping 84-49 Bengal win for the 2021 Big Sky Championship.

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