Louisiana Tech's women's basketball team has been one of the most successful programs in the country over the last several years, consistently placing high in the Top 25 and winning in the NCAA tournament. On this night in Boise, Idaho, in the Taco Bell Arena, it was Boise State that came out on top 62-59.

     Benita Buggs hit a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to give the Boise State women's basketball team a stunning 62-59 win over traditional powerhouse Louisiana Tech in Taco Bell Arena tonight.  It was the first win ever for the Broncos over the Lady Techsters, and only the 3rd time that Tech has lost a WAC game.


     Coach Jen Warden's team (7-10, 2-6 in WAC play) used an overall team effort and strong defense to earn the shocking win after being behind at halftime 30-23.  Louisiana Tech (11-5, 7-1 in the WAC) extended that lead to 12 (49-37) with 10:34 to play.  Cassidy Blaine finally got the Broncos rolling with a three-pointer on a Jamie Hawkins assist.  Boise State continued the furious run, pulling to within one (57-56) on another Blaine trey.  On the next possession, Hawkins grabbed a defensive rebound which led to a Buggs jumper and a one-point Bronco lead.  Tech tried to answer but missed and Amanda Stewart was fouled on the rebound.  She made 1 of 2 free throws, and Louisiana Tech's Lakiste Barkis took advantage in tying the game at 59 and setting up Buggs for her heroics.


     "This was all about our players tonight.  They did it from start to finish," said Boise State Head Coach Jen Warden.  "All of our players, from Benita to Tasha to Cassidy to Jamie, found ways to make plays."


     Freshman guard Tasha Harris led all scorers with 21 points and added six rebounds, four assists and four steals.  Blaine finished the game with 15 points and four rebounds.  Buggs had 13 points and 4 rebounds, while Hawkins added 8 points and a team-high 8 boards.


     The win was easily the biggest victory for the Boise State women's program since first beating perennial Big Sky power and then top-25 ranked Montana for the first time in 1992.  The only other team besides the Broncos to defeat the Lady Techsters in the WAC is Rice, who did it in 2002 and again last season.


     Under former Head Coach Leon Barmore, Louisiana Tech compiled a 576-87 record in 20 seasons from 1982-2002.  That .869 winning percentage is the best in history.  Louisiana Tech put together a 54-game winning streak that has since been eclipsed only by the University of Connecticut.  The Lady Techsters won the NCAA national championship in 1988 with a 32-2 record, the crowning achievement for a dynasty that has reached five national championship games and nine Final Fours, second best in women's basketball history.


     Congratulations to the Broncos on their historic win!

Bronco Country Top Stories