The Boise State women's basketball team scored a major Western Athletic Conference victory, knocking off Hawaii tonight in Taco Bell Arena 83-75. The Broncos (11-7 overall, 3-3 WAC) were led by Jessica Thompson (21 points, eight rebounds), Jackie Lee (20 points, seven rebounds, six assists), Michelle Hessing (10 points, three rebounds) and Jackie Thompson (eight points, 11 rebounds). The victory was Boise State's first over Hawai'i since joining the WAC and enabled the Broncos to move into a tie for 4th place in the league with Idaho.
Hawaii (10-6 overall, 4-4 WAC) was led by Amy Sanders (20 points, six rebounds), Janevia Taylor (19 points) and Brittany Grice (18 points, nine rebounds). The Rainbow Wahine lost their fourth consecutive conference game after opening the season 10-2.
The first half was filled with fast-paced action, with Coach Gordy Presnell's team heading into halftime with a 47-45 lead. The Broncos were torrid in the first half, hitting 61% of their shots (17-28). Although Thompson was held to 2 the second half, Lee took over with 16 points of her own. A key to the Broncos win was their ability to box out the taller Hawai'i team, handily winning the battle on the glass 49-28.
For the game, Boise State out-rebounded Hawaii 49 to 28. The victory marks the first regular season win for Boise State over Hawaii since joining the WAC.
The Broncos travel to play Nevada Thursday.