RELEASED BY: Idaho State University
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Idaho State women's basketball team has been awarded the fifth annual NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Most Improved Field Goal Shooting Award. The Bengals are the second-straight Big Sky team to earn the honor, as Portland State earned the same award a season ago.
Idaho State shot 45.8 percent from the floor as a squad in 2017-18 to lead the Big Sky Conference and rank 19th overall in the nation. The Bengals' shooting accuracy was up 7.66 percent from the 2016-17 season, which was the highest increase among all 349 Division I women's basketball teams.
The Bengals saw a 4.0 percent increase in their three-point shooting from the previous season but made huge strides from two-point range. Idaho State improved nearly 9.0 percent inside the arc in 2017-18, shooting 49.7 percent.
Seven different Bengals, all with at least 50 attempts on the season, shot over 40 percent from the floor this season while three Bengals shot 49 percent or higher from the floor. Freshman forward Delaney Moore led ISU in field goal percentage at 64.3 percent, sinking 45-of-70 attempts on the season while junior forward Grace Kenyon and sophomore forward Sai Tapasa each finished shooting 49.3 percent and 49.8 percent, respectively. Idaho State finished the season with four players ranked in the top 15 in the conference in field goal percentage (needed at least 95 made field goals to qualify): Tapasa (6th, 49.8 percent), Kenyon (8th, 49.3 percent), senior guard Brooke Blair (13th, 45.8 percent) and sophomore guard Estefania Ors (14th, 45.5 percent).
Both Kenyon and Ors shot their way into the ISU history books during the 2017-18 season. Kenyon tied the school record for the best field goal percentage in a single game when she sunk 10-of-11 attempts to shoot 90.9 percent at Sacramento State on Jan. 20, 2018 while Ors' deadly accurate 45.9 percent shooting from beyond-the-arc ranks third all-time for 3-point field goal percentage in a single season. Ors also led the Big Sky in 3-point accuracy, with the next closest shooting finishing 41.1 percent from long range.
The NCAA publicly recognized and presented the award to team representatives Assistant Coach Bryanna Mueller and Graduate Assistant Natalee Faupel during the Women's Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30.