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Idaho women, Klinker sisters see season end at Arizona in 3rd round of WNIT

Posted at 11:35 PM, Mar 28, 2019
Fairfield natives Lizzy (second from left) and Natalie Klinker (right) listen to Idaho coach Jon Newlee during a timeout in the Vandals’ win over Northern Arizona in the quarterfinal round of the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball tournament at Century Link Arena. (MTN Sports photo)

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Idaho women’s basketball team saw its season end at the University of Arizona on Thursday night, falling to the Wildcats 68-60 in the McKale Center in the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).

Fairfield natives Lizzy and Natalie Klinker struggled to generate much offensively against Arizona, combining to shoot 4 of 10. Lizzy finished with seven points and six rebounds, while Natalie had two points and four rebounds.

Arizona led 19-16 at the end of the first quarter and took a double-digit lead into halftime, 36-26. Idaho trimmed the Wildcats’ lead to 41-39 at the 2:47 mark in the third quarter, but Arizona answered with a 16-0 run to take an 18-point lead before Idaho scored again with 5:51 to play in the game.

Aari McDonald led four Arizona starters in double figures, scoring 18 points. McDonald also had 11 assists.

Taylor Pierce led Idaho with 20 points.

Lizzy (junior) and Natalie (sophomore) should contribute significant minutes next season.