Lady Broncos Get First WAC Tourney Win

Boise State's women's basketball team keeps accomplishing feats no Bronco team has ever done. Last year, they shocked national power Louisiana Tech. This year, they avoided the WAC Tournament "play-in game" for the first time since becoming a member in 2001. This afternoon, they promptly went out and eliminated 3rd-seeded Hawai'i from the tournament, 72-63 for their first league tournament win. (Photo provided by Foto208.com and is copyrighted. Use is strictly prohibited.)

The Boise State women's basketball team shocked third-seeded Hawai'i 72-63 yesterday in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Reno. Coach Gordy Presnell's upstart Broncos, the sixth seed in the WAC, will play 7th-seed New Mexico State (9-19) at 1 P.M. Mountain Time tomorrow. The Aggie women upset #2 Fresno State , the sixth seed in the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Tournament, by a score of 74-66. In the other two tournament quarterfinals, top seed Louisiana Tech (#24 in the nation) whipped 8th-seed Idaho 80-57 while #5 Nevada downed #4 San Jose State 75-61.

Boise State struggled in the first half due to poor shooting and trailed at the intermission 35-30. The Broncos were more patient on offense in the second stanza, with Michelle Hessing scoring 13 of her team-high 17 points . Hessing also pulled down 10 rebounds and grabbed four steals. Rebecca Kepilino was superb for Boise State with 12 points and 12 rebounds, her first career double-double. Sparkplug Benita Buggs chipped in 11 points while guard Jackie Lee added 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Broncos controlled the boards 44-36, as the team was tenacious and got the loose balls. Boise State improved to 15-14 on the season with the win while the Rainbow Wahine drop to 18-10.

Congratulations to the Lady Broncos!



BOISE STATE 72, HAWAII 63
BOISE STATE (15-14)
Hessing, Michelle 6-10 5-10 17; Kepilino, Rebecca 4-10 4-6 12; Buggs, Benita 5-12 0-0 11; Lee, Jackie 4-11 1-1 10; Thompson, Jessica 3-10 2-3 8; Begay, Nadia 2-7 1-2 6; Galassi, Jenna 1-2 0-0 3; Thompson, Jackie 1-2 1-2 3; Little, Heather 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-66 14-24 72.
HAWAII (18-10)
Solia, Dalia 6-10 0-0 16; Taylor, Janevia 5-14 2-4 15; Sanders, Amy 3-11 7-8 13; Tambini, Pam 2-7 2-6 6; Grice, Brittany 2-4 2-4 6; Smith, Tanya 2-5 0-2 4; Kotani, Amy 1-1 0-0 3; Aiwohi, Brittney 0-0 0-0 0; Spooner, Callie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 13-24 63.
Boise State................... 30 42 - 72
Hawaii........................ 35 28 - 63
3-point goals-Boise State 4-13 (Begay, Nadia 1-4; Buggs, Benita 1-2; Lee, Jackie 1-4; Galassi, Jenna 1-1; Thompson, Jessica 0-2), Hawaii 8-24 (Solia, Dalia 4-8; Taylor, Janevia 3-8; Kotani, Amy 1-1; Spooner, Callie 0-1; Tambini, Pam 0-1; Sanders, Amy 0-5). Fouled out--Boise State-None, Hawaii-Smith, Tanya; Grice, Brittany. Rebounds-Boise State 44 (Kepilino, Rebecca 12), Hawaii 36 (Sanders, Amy 8; Solia, Dalia 8). Assists-Boise State 17 (Lee, Jackie 7), Hawaii 15 (Taylor, Janevia 6). Total fouls-Boise State 19, Hawaii 20.
2006 WAC Tournament Game 2 - Women's Bracket

 


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