Lady Broncos Win Again

The Boise State women's basketball team continues to amaze. The Lady Broncos came from behind last night to beat San Jose State 58-53 in Boise. Boise State is now just one-half game behind first-place Fresno State awaiting a showdown with the Bulldogs Sunday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena. (Photo provided by Foto208.com--all rights reserved.)

Boise State's unlikely bid to defend their Western Athletic Conference championship continues for the Bronco women's basketball team.

The Lady Broncos held off pesky San Jose State down the stretch to capture a 58-53 win over the Spartans last night in Taco Bell Arena.  The win, coupled with an Idaho upset over first-place Fresno State, means that Boise State can move into first place with a win over the Bulldogs Sunday in Boise.

This one was not easy.  The Broncos could not find the basket in the first half and trailed following an 11-2 San Jose run to make it 22-14 with 8:41 to play.  Boise State was able to rally to close the gap to one at halftime, 30-29.  Even with the late surge, the Broncos went into halftime with a horrific shooting percentage of 28 percent (9-32).  Things began going Boise State's way in the second half as Coach Gordy Presnell's team built an 11-point lead with 7:23 remaining.  But San Jose State staged a rally to make it tough down the stretch.  The Lady Spartans went on a 10-2 run over the next five minutes to pull with three at 54-51.  Marisa Stotler's two free throws and a layup by Jamia Malone preserved the win for Boise State.

Stotler achieved her sixth-consecutive game in double figures with 14 points along with six rebounds and three steals.  Brittany Moore added 13 while Malone finished with 10.  Melissa Rima paced the Broncos with 10 rebounds.

Natalie White led San Jose State with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Kelly Blair had 13 points.

Boise State improved to 7-3 in WAC play and 14-10 overall while the Spartans are 1-10 in conference and just 2-22 overall.  Boise State finds itself in a three-way tie with Nevada and Idaho for second place following New Mexico State's upset win over Nevada and Idaho's 59-47 victory over Fresno State.  The Broncos are now just one-half game behind Fresno State, who is 8-3 in conference.

The Bulldogs visit Boise State Sunday afternoon at 2 in Taco Bell Arena.

 

Game Summary

 

BOISE STATE 58, SAN JOSE STATE 53

SAN JOSE STATE (2-22, 1-10 WAC)
White, Natalie 4-12 2-4 13; Blair, Kelly 5-16 0-0 13; Ridge, Shaunna 3-8 1-3
8; Brown, Ashley 3-10 1-2 7; Sumler, Sayja 2-5 1-2 5; Broaden, Myesha 1-1
1-2 3; Hamilton, Dominique 1-1 0-0 2; Calcagno, Christina 1-2 0-0 2;
Edinburgh, Aumornai 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 6-13 53.

BOISE STATE (14-10, 7-3 WAC)
Stotler,Marisa 4-9 6-10 14; Moore,Brittany 5-14 2-2 13; Malone,Jamia 4-12
0-2 10; Bos,Janie 3-9 0-1 6; Kepilino,Rebecca 1-2 2-2 4; Rima,Melissa 2-8
0-0 4; VanBrocklin,Courtney 1-2 0-0 3; Sanders,Ainsleigh 0-0 2-2 2;
Galassi,Jenna 0-2 1-4 1; Pilcher,Heather 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 20-61 14-25 58.

San Jose State................   30   23  -   53
Boise State...................   29   29  -   58

3-point goals--San Jose State 7-22 (Blair, Kelly 3-12; White, Natalie 3-7;
Ridge, Shaunna 1-2; Calcagno, Christina 0-1), Boise State 4-18 (Malone,Jamia
2-6; Moore,Brittany 1-6; VanBrocklin,Courtney 1-1; Rima,Melissa 0-3;
Pilcher,Heather 0-2). Fouled out--San Jose State-None, Boise State-None.
Rebounds--San Jose State 38 (White, Natalie 11), Boise State 48
(Rima,Melissa 10). Assists--San Jose State 9 (Ridge, Shaunna 3; Brown,
Ashley 3), Boise State 12 (Malone,Jamia 3; Pilcher,Heather 3). Total
fouls--San Jose State 19, Boise State 10. Technical fouls--San Jose
State-None, Boise State-None. A-661

 


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