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STORY BY JEREK WOLCOTT-ISU SPORTS INFORMATION
POCATELLO, Idaho - Jessica Tingey scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Idaho State to a 60-41 win over Black hills State the season opener for the Bengals at Reed Gym Friday Evening.
Black hills State scored first on jumper by Dakota Barrie to take 2-0 with 19:33 to play in the first half. Kara Jenkins scored back-to-back jumpers to give Idaho State a 4-2 lead with 17:37 to play. Idaho State never trailed again.
The Bengals move to 1-0 on the season but the game was considered an exhibition match for Black Hills State.
Idaho State took a 22-14 lead on a layup by Anna Lee Policicchio with 8:30 left in the first half before going scoreless for 7:30. Black hills State cut the lead to three before Jenkins hit a layup to push the lead back to five.
Early in the second half the Bengals again struggled to put points on the board. A jumper by Black Hills State’s Cassidy Kotelman cut the Bengal lead to 29-28 but again the Bengals answered the bell with bucket to hold off the Yellow Jacket charge. This time it was a big three-pointer by Becca Schrimpsher with 15:39 to play.
“We hit a couple timely shots,” Head coach Seton Sobolewski said. “They would cut it to two or three and then we would hit a shot that would stretch the lead back to something a little more comfortable.”
After Schrimpsher’s three-pointer the Bengals would outscore the Yellow Jackets 28-13 to secure the 19-point win.
Policicchio was the only other player on both teams to score in double –figures, she matches Tingey’s output with 12.
Chelsey Biegler led Black Hills State with nine points and three Yellow Jackets tied with the team lead with four rebounds.
The two forwards stepped up to lead the scoring while the Bengal guards struggled with fouls. Lindsey Reed tallied two quick fouls that put her on the bench, Schempsher also got into early foul trouble. Players are still adjusting to the officiating this season
Idaho State outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 59-30 including 24-7 on the offensive glass. The big rebounding edge gave ISU a distinct advantage on offense. The Bengals scored 21 second chance points to BHSU’s four.
Despite the 19-point win the ISU shot only 29 percent from the field including 21.7 percent from the three point line. Sobolewski knows that the Bengals will need to improve that stat.
“We’ve got to shoot the ball better from the outside,” Sobolewski said. “I’m very happy with our defense and our effort. We had 24 offensive rebounds but when we start shooting better from the outside the other team will have to guard you that will open up the middle.”
Despite the shooting woes Sobolweski knows the young players on ISU are improving and he knows that they are moving in the right direction.
“There were a lot of positives in this game that we can draw from,” Sobolewski said. “We had 13 more shots and held them to 30 percent shooting so there is a lot to be excited about.”
The Bengals will continue their season opening home stand when they face Carroll College (Mont.) Monday night at 7 p.m. at Reed Gym. The Saints are a well-coached team that went 21-10 games last season.