By: Mike Safford, College of Idaho Sports Information Director
LOGAN, Utah - (Box Score) Erica Martinez scored a career-high 34 points, including 11 points in an early second half run, as The College of Idaho stunned NCAA Division I Utah State, 86-81, inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The win for the Lady Yotes (6-6), who played the game as an exhibition, was their second-ever against a Division I opponent - having defeated Weber State, 69-65, in 2008. C of I improved to 2-16 all-time against Division I teams and logged their first-ever win over a Mountain West Conference team.
C of I had a 10 point second half lead, but the Aggies (6-5), who dropped their first home game of the season, rallied to tie the game at 79-79 on a pair of Jennifer Schlott free throws with 90 seconds remaining. The Yotes came right back, breaking a half-court trap for a Chakala Carthen lay-up and Elisha Hensey beat an expiring shot clock with a 10-foot runner to extend the lead to 83-79 inside the final minute.
USU went 2-for-4 from the foul line to cut the lead in half and following a Lady Yote turnover, had a chance to tie, but Schlott missed a driving lay-up, then Makenlee Williams missed a contested three, as C of I sealed the win at the free throw stripe.
The Aggies led early 15-13 after a Williams three, but C of I got three's from Martinez and Aleah Lowber and a driving lay-up by Sienna Edmunson in an 8-0 run to take a 21-15 lead. USU used a late 8-0 run before halftime to retake the lead at 45-41 at the break.
A Schlott lay-up in transition gave the Aggies a 47-43 early in the second half, but Martinez led a 19-6 Coyote run with 11 points - including a trio of three-point baskets, as C of I took a 62-53 lead with 14 minutes remaining. Martinez hit her eighth three of the night to give the Yotes their largest lead at 72-62.
Martinez added 10 rebounds in the victory, as the Yotes connected on 14 three-point baskets. Carthen had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Hensey had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, with Lowber scoring 15 points before fouling out late.
Schlott, the MWC's leading scorer, had 26 points and 10 assists, with Williams scoring 14 for the Aggies. USU made just 34-percent of their field goal attempts (32-of-94), including just 6-of-29 from three-point range.