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
to play.Cassidy Blaine finally got the
Broncos rolling with a three-pointer on a Jamie Hawkins assist.BoiseState 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."
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 BoiseState
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.
to the Broncos on their historic win!