Boise State Advances To 17-4

Boise State's women's basketball team fought off a determined New Mexico State squad 77-59 to record their ninth consecutive win last night in Boise. The Broncos will be tested Saturday night by national power Louisiana Tech.

The Boise State women's basketball team continued its hot play with a 77-59 win over New Mexico State last night at Taco Bell Arena.  Senior center Michelle Hessing threw in a career high 25 points to lead the Broncos to their eight consecutive win and 14th in their last 15 games.  Despite their 17-4 record, just over 1,000 Boise State fans attended the game.

Coach Gordy Presnell's team found themselves down 14-13, only to go on an 18-3 run to keep the Aggies at bay.  To their credit, New Mexico State closed the gap to six points twice in the second half, the latest with 15:51 left in the game.  Boise State again responded with a 15-2 run and were never headed after that. 

Sophomore Rebecca Kepilino scored her second double-double in the last three games with 11 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Jackie Lee with 10 points and four rebounds and Nadia Begay  with eight.

Anikia Jawara led New Mexico State with 21 points and seven rebounds.  Sherell Neal, the Western Athletic Conference's number two scorer, was in foul trouble most of the night and fouled out with two minutes to go with 15 points and five rebounds.

With Louisiana Tech's win on the road over Nevada, Boise State has opened up a two game lead in the WAC over both Tech and the Wolf Pack.  That margin is as tenuous as two days, when the five-time defending WAC champion Lady Bulldogs come to town for a clash in Taco Bell Arena.  As if a 17-4 record weren't enough incentive, Boise State is offering dollar tickets for the showdown.  Tipoff is 7 p.m. Saturday.



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