A blowout win over Utah Valley had Idaho State women’s basketball coach Seton Sobolewski feeling the holiday spirit.
“It was like early Christmas, or a Thanksgiving present,” Sobolewski said in his postgame radio interview. “We played well. We shot it really well. ... It was a great group effort.”
Dora Goles scored a career-high 19 points, shooting 7 for 8 from the field and 5 for 6 from 3-point range, and the Bengals (4-2) led by double digits for the final three quarters to give Sobolewski a win in his 350th game as ISU’s head coach, 88-61 over the Wolverines (1-6) in Orem, Utah, on Tuesday.
It was a particularly aesthetically pleasing win, too, as ISU shot 59.6% from the field, had four players in double figures, and assisted on 27 of 34 made field goals.
“That’s absolutely great to see, when you are sharing the ball like that,” assistant coach Ryan Johnson said. “That’s a special thing.”
Goles scored the first eight points of the game for Idaho State. She cashed her first 3-pointer from the right corner to open the scoring 59 seconds into the game.
After two buckets by Utah Valley, she gave the Bengals the lead for good with another 3, this time from the left corner, with 6:19 left in the first quarter.
Goles then capped her run with a steal and layup with 5:45 left for an 8-4 lead.
Idaho State led 23-11 after the first quarter and continued to coast from there, with other players starting to join Goles in the fireworks show.
Montana Oltrogge went on one of her now-expected scoring runs, scoring 10 of ISU’s 12 points over the final 5:35 of the second quarter to push the Bengals’ lead to 45-25 at the break.
Oltrogge finished with 12 points off the bench.
Callie Bourne and Tomekia Whitman combined to stop a Utah Valley run in the third quarter after a Keana De Los Santos 3 cut the ISU lead back to 14. Bourne responded with a 3 of her own on the next possession and, after Estefania Ors made 1 of 2 free throws, added a layup.
Whitman, scoreless to that point, added four quick points in the final minute of the quarter to get Idaho State’s lead back to 68-46.
The Wolverines had one last push, scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter, but Goles, mostly quiet after an 11-point first quarter, dribbled into a 3-pointer from the top of the key and then applied the coup de grace with another steal and layup, officially sending the game into garbage time.
She added five assists and three steals to her 19 points.
Ors and Bourne each had 15 for the Bengals, with Bourne adding 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Ors also led the team with seven assists, and was a game-high plus-36 in 29 minutes.
Ellie Smith and Diaba Konate added eight points apiece.
Idaho State travels to Arizona State on Sunday.