The WAC tournament came to a shocking end for the Boise State women's basketball team yesterday afternoon in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Playing before a friendly hometown crowd for the second year in a row, New Mexico State once again advanced to the WAC Championship, coming from 19 points down to demoralize Boise State 72-66.
The Boise State Lady
Broncos got tantalizingly close to their second straight Western Athletic
Conference championship game.The
Broncos watched as a seemingly insurmountable 19 point second half lead not
only evaporated but resulted in a stunning 72-66 loss to the hometown New Mexico State Aggies yesterday afternoon in Las Cruces.
BoiseState hit 47 percent of their shots
in staking a 44-30 lead at halftime as Jackie Lee scored all of her 11 points
and Jenna Galassi added 10.Coach Gordy
Presnell's team extended the lead to 19 at 51-32 with remaining in the game.Then, one of the most amazing comebacks in
WAC tournament history took place.
The homestanding Aggies
utilized a 14-5 advantage in fouls (outscoring BoiseState by 10 points from the line) to pummel
the WAC Champion Broncos 40-15 down the stretch to win it.With just ten minutes remaining, New MexicoState had cut the Bronco lead to
16.Then, a basket for
the Lady Aggies.And another.And another.Although
BoiseState had three of the league's top
17 scorers as well as sophomore sensation Ja'Lara Walker, they had no answer,
either offensively or defensively.Five
minutes later it was New Mexico State 59, Boise State 58 as the Aggies went on
a 15-0 run to catch and pass the bewildered Broncos.
The chilling turn of
events ended one of the nation's longest winning streaks at 15 as BoiseState must now wait and see if they
get an invitation to dance at either the NCAA, where
they were a year ago, or the WNIT.
Jenna Galassi led BoiseState with 18 points while senior
Tasha Harris had 12 points and seven rebounds and Lee finished with 11 points
and five rebounds.
New MexicoState was led by Hannah Spanich with
18 points and six rebounds, while Anikia Jawara added 15 points and 10
rebounds, followed by Sherell Neal with 10 points and nine rebounds.
BoiseState lost for just the seventh time
compared to 23 victories.New MexicoState improves to 23-8 and advances
to the WAC Championship against FresnoState this afternoon.