Heartbreaking!

The Boise State women's basketball team was stung following a one-point loss to 9-19 New Mexico State this afternoon in the WAC basketball tournament in Reno. (Photo by Foto208.com--copyright BroncoCountry.com)

The Rolling Stones sang "Don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire." Apparently members of the Boise State basketball team aren't Rolling Stones fans. For 39 minutes and 53.5 seconds, the Lady Broncos toyed with New Mexico State, a 9-19 team coming into the game that had lost to Boise State by 27 points just weeks ago. As a result, a missed free throw with 6.5 seconds remaining allowed the Aggies to escape with a 60-59 win, ending the Broncos' season just one win short of making the Western Athletic Conference championship game.

The game was close throughout, as neither team could get more than six points separation. Boise State had outrebounded New Mexico State in two prior games, but this time it was the Aggies who commanded a 42-32 advantage. This proved to be the key statistic that enabled them to enjoy their upset. Sherell Neal caused serious troulbe for Boise State, grabbling 13. Boise State, the WAC leaders in three-point shooting, managed just 5 of 18 shooting from behind the arc.

Jackie Lee led the Lady Broncos with 13 points while senior Michelle Hessing played brilliantly with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Monique Bribiescas led all scorers with 23 points while Jenean Ford had 16 points and seven rebounds.

Boise State finishes the season at an even 15-15, the best overall mark since 1999-00 when the Broncos went 14-14. Here is the complete box score from today's WAC semifinal:

 


NEW MEXICO STATE (10-19)
Bribiescas, Monique 6-15 6-6 23; Ford, Jenean 5-15 6-6 16; Kmitaite, Irma 3-7 2-2 8; Baker, Tristan 3-9 0-0 8; Neal, Sherell 2-6 0-2 5; Walton, Tyshae 0-0 0-0 0; Nance, Kalei 0-0 0-0 0; Russell-Nava, Cecili 0-7 0-0 0. Totals 19-59 14-16 60.


BOISE STATE (15-15)
Lee, Jackie 3-9 5-5 13; Hessing, Michelle 3-6 4-4 10; Thompson, Jessica 3-8 3-6 9; Begay, Nadia 3-10 0-0 8; Buggs, Benita 3-6 2-2 8; Kepilino, Rebecca 3-6 0-0 7; Thompson, Jackie 2-5 0-1 4; Little, Heather 0-1 0-0 0; Galassi, Jenna 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-51 14-18 59.
New Mexico State.............. 28 32 - 60
Boise State................... 29 30 - 59
3-point goals-New Mexico State 8-20 (Bribiescas, Monique 5-9; Baker, Tristan 2-5; Neal, Sherell 1-1; Russell-Nava, Cecili 0-3; Kmitaite, Irma 0-2), Boise State 5-18 (Lee, Jackie 2-6; Begay, Nadia 2-7; Kepilino, Rebecca 1-1; Buggs, Benita 0-2; Thompson, Jessica 0-2). Fouled out--New Mexico State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds-New Mexico State 42 (Neal, Sherell 13), Boise State 32 (Hessing, Michelle 6; Kepilino, Rebecca 6). Assists-New Mexico State 15 (Neal, Sherell 5), Boise State 10 (Thompson, Jessica 2; Begay, Nadia 2; Kepilino, Rebecca 2). Total fouls-New Mexico State 13, Boise State 17.


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