The Lady Broncos are rolling again. Minus their top two starters for three games, Boise State is again resembling the team that tore through most of the WAC this season. This afternoon, Coach Gordy Presnell's group ran away from San Jose State 81-64 to earn a rematch with Fresno State Friday at noon.
The BoiseState women's basketball team enacted
revenge on San JoseState with an 81-64 win this
afternoon in Las Cruces, New Mexico to remain perfect in opening games of the Western Athletic
Conference Tournament.The Broncos have
never lost an opening game in the tournament since joining the WAC in 2001, moving their record to
6-0.Now, Coach Gordy Presnell's team
hopes to carry that magic to their second game in the tournament, in which BoiseState is 0-5.
Two weeks ago, the
Broncos had gone into San Jose minus their top two scorers and
left the court to the taunts of the Spartan players who had stung BoiseState 68-60.This afternoon, those taunts were fresh in
the minds of the Bronco players, who broke open a close game with a 22-7 run to
begin the second half.Jenna Galassi led
the barrage with a quick three-pointer followed by a pull-up jumper to open the
half.When Jackie Lee hit a layup and
another trey and Michelle Hessing canned a jumper, the Broncos' lead was 50-33
and they never looked back.
All-WAC Sophomore Jessica Thompson, one
of the two starters missing from the game in San Jose, played by far her best game
since returning to the lineup.Thompson
was unstoppable, scoring 18 points while grabbing five rebounds.Her intelligent play also led to two steals
and two assists.Senior Michelle
Hessing, another All-WAC selection, punished the Spartans inside with 16 points, two
rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.Hessing is now within four points of the 1,000-point career mark.
As is the trademark
with this BoiseState team, the victory was a
complete team effort.Rebecca Kepilino
contributed 10 points and six rebounds, with Nada Begay adding nine points,
Tasha Harris hitting eight points and grabbing seven rebounds and Amanda Stewart
a co-leader on the glass with seven caroms of her own.
The Broncos were
relentless on the offensive glass, battling for every board and getting two,
three and four chances at the basket nearly every time they came down the
court.Coach Presnell's running game was
on full display as well, turning a 22-12 turnover advantage into 20 points.
Brittany Powell (21
points and 10 rebounds) and Alisha Hicks (10 points and 15 boards) were both
outstanding for the Spartans.Natalie
White added 14 points and Lynette Jacobs hit 11.
With the win, BoiseState advances to 22-8 on the year,
tying for second for most season victories in the Bronco record book.
The top seed Lady
Broncos meet up with FresnoState Friday at in the tournament semifinals
with another opportunity for revenge.It
was the Bulldogs that started a three-game BoiseState skid with a victory two weeks
ago in Fresno.FresnoState pounded Hawai'i into submission 72-47 this
afternoon before the buzzer mercifully sounded.