Boise State's Presnell Gets 500th Career Win

There were some tense moments, but Boise State Head Coach Gordy Presnell earned his 500th career win last night in Seattle, as the Broncos downed Seattle University 66-57.

Janie Bos and Kati Isham combined for 12 consecutive Bronco points down the stretch as Boise State held off Seattle University 66-57 to give Coach Gordy Presnell his 500th career win yesterday in Seattle .   

The Broncos were in control the entire way, leading by as many as 28 points in the second half before the Redhawks staged a furious rally to put the outcome in doubt.  "I was really proud of the way the team played," said Presnell. "In the second half they hung in there when things got close, they did not fold. We fought hard today. It was key for us to have a couple of our upper classmen step up down the stretch with (Janie) Bos and (Kati) Isham hitting some key shots late."  

After struggling to a 9-2 lead early (going 2-8 from the floor), the Lady Broncos closed out the half with a torrid shooting exhibition, hitting 13 of their final 19 shots.  That enabled Presnell's team to open up a 39-18 lead at intermission.  Isham had 11, bolstered by a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc.  Stacie Gross and Diana Lee had six points each and Bos contributed four points and eight rebounds by halftime.   

The Broncos scored the first seven points of the second half to open up their largest lead at 46-18.  But a six-minute scoring drought enabled the home team to pull within 10 at 52-42 with seven minutes remaining.  Bos hit two free throws and a field goal to extend the lead briefly.  Seattle got within seven points five times, but the Broncos were able to prevail.   

Presnell (500-188) has never had a losing season.  He built Seattle Pacific into a Division II national power, going 396-127 (75.7%) in 18 seasons.  SPU won seven conference championships and averaged 22 wins per season under the tutelage of Presnell.  Presnell led his team into nine straight appearances in the Division II National Tournament from 1997-2005, with three appearances in the quarterfinals and a berth in the 2005 national championship game.  

In 2007, Presnell guided Boise State to a 24-9 record, first-ever Western Athletic Conference Tournament title and the first postseason appearance since 1998.  Presnell was named WAC and Division I Regional Coach of the Year for his performance.  Presnell's team also won the WAC regular season title in 2007, appeared in the 2008 women's National Invitational Tournament.  Bronco players have won five All-WAC honors, five All-Freshman Team awards, two All-Defensive Team honors and 25 spots on the All-WAC Academic team.
Presnell has been named conference coach of the year eight times, Regional Coach of the Year five times and Division II National Coach of the Year twice.  He has coached one All-American, six honorable mention All-Americans, five conference players of the year, seven newcomers of the year and 28 players who have combined for 45 all-conference awards.
 

Isham paced Boise State with 20 points while Bos was brilliant with 12 points, a season-high 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.  Lee contributed 10 points while Lauren Lenhardt added eight points, eight rebounds and a block.   

Salena Dickerson netted 18 points and eight rebounds for Seattle , while Tatiana Heck had 16 points and Ellie Kerfoot and Amani Butler each had 10.  

The new-look Broncos are 6-3 this season and entertain Sacramento State next Saturday in Taco Bell Arena.  Seattle slips to 2-6.





BOISE STATE 66, SEATTLE 57

BOISE STATE (6-3)

Isham, Kati 6-12 4-5 20; Bos, Janie 5-10 2-2 12; Lee, Diana 4-7 2-2 10;
Lenhardt, Lauren 4-7 0-0 8; Gross, Stacie 2-2 0-0 6; Pilcher, Heather 1-5
2-2 4; Lister, Cinnamon 2-4 0-0 4; Brady, Nicole 1-3 0-0 2; Poteet, Kinzi
0-2 0-0 0; Kearney, Janelle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 10-11 66.

SEATTLE (2-6)
Dickerson, Salena 8-18 0-0 18; Heck, Tatiana 7-10 2-6 16; Butler, Amani 4-11
2-3 10; Kerfoot, Elle 4-16 0-0 10; Brown, Daidra 1-8 1-2 3; Sowell, Kacie
0-0 0-0 0; Butcher, Carley 0-0 0-2 0; Christianson, Julee 0-2 0-0 0; Ward,
Ashley 0-2 0-0 0; Shephard, Sylvia 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-68 5-13 57.

Boise State...................   39   27  -   66
Seattle University............   18   39  -   57

3-point goals--Boise State 6-15 (Isham, Kati 4-7; Gross, Stacie 2-2; Lee, 
Diana 0-1; Lenhardt, Lauren 0-1; Lister, Cinnamon 0-1; Brady, Nicole 0-2;
Bos, Janie 0-1), Seattle University 4-20 (Dickerson, Salena 2-6; Kerfoot,
Elle 2-8; Butler, Amani 0-2; Brown, Daidra 0-2; Christianson, Julee 0-2).
Fouled out--
Boise State -None, Seattle University -None. Rebounds-- Boise State
41 (Bos, Janie 14),
Seattle University 35 (Dickerson, Salena 8).
Assists--
Boise State 13 (Bos, Janie 4; Lister, Cinnamon 4), Seattle
University
12 ( Butler , Amani 5). Total fouls--Boise State 13, Seattle
University
17. Technical fouls-- Boise State -None, Seattle University -None.
A-646


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