Broncos Unable To Crawl Out Of Huge Hole

George Washington used great height, savvy play and hardened tournament experience to dismantle the Boise State women's basketball team this afternoon 76-67. Had it not been for the Broncos' disastrous start (down 19-0), Boise State would have had a chance.

Chalk this one up to experience.  The Boise State women's basketball team suffered an agonizing defeat at the hands of 13th-ranked George Washington this afternoon in Los Angeles in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.


Boise State built themselves a huge mountain to climb from the outset, as if the George Washington players were not tall enough already.  Plagued by poor shooting, the Lady Broncos fell behind by a staggering 19-0 in the game's opening minutes, not scoring their first points until seven and a half minutes had melted away on the clock.  The remainder of the first half was played fairly even, with George Washington up 44-25 at intermission until the Colonials had built a 27-point second half lead at 59-32.  Led by Nadia Begay's school record eight three-pointers, Coach Gordy Presnell's team staged a furious rally.  With 25 seconds remaining, the Broncos had cut the lead to nine at 76-67 and had a good look on another three-point try that would have cut the margin to six. 


Begay finished 8-14 shooting with 26 points, four rebounds and two assists in her final game for the Broncos.  Tasha Harris finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a steal.  Senior Michelle Hessing went out with seven points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals while Rebecca Kepilino hit four points and had four rebounds.  Bronco star Jessica Thompson managed just two points, one rebound and one assist.


6-4 post player Jessica Adair had 15 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to dominate the inside for George Washington, which moved to 27-3 with the win.  The Colonials commanded the glass with a 57-32 rebounding advantage.  Kenan Cole contributed 16 points, Kimberly Beck added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists while Sarah-Jo Lawrence had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. 


Boise State drops to 24-9 with the loss, but still set a school record for victories this season.  GW will play #16 Texas A & M in the second round; the Aggies turned back Texas-Arlington 58-50 today.





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