Senior Porche Torrance swatted away a put back attempt by BSU's Julia Marshall in the closing seconds to preserve the win for UNM. The block was one of a record 12 blocks made by the Lobo women Friday afternoon.
win, I keep
playing; or I lose, and my season is over with," said Torrance
after the game.
"I just told myself to go out there and play my hardest, do
whatever it takes
for us to be successful."
advace to play top-seeded San Diego State in Saturday's MWC
tournament championship game at 2:05 p.m. MST at the Thomas
& Mack Center.
The Broncos trailed 29-17 at halftime after shooting just 6-of-30 (20%) in the first half as UNM. But UNM committed many of its 24 turnovers during a second Broncos rally that saw BSU cut the Lobo lead to 39-38 remaining in the game.
"I credit Boise State," said head coach Yvonne Sanchez. "They came in there full court press, they wanted to make it a full court game. They did a nice job with it and we just held on at the end."
Boise assumed a 42-41 lead with 6:40 left in the game. But Nikki Nelson would hit a three-pointer at the 3:47 mark to give UNM the lead for good.
Torrance and junior guard Caroline Durbin paced the Lobos with 15 points each. Torrance pulled in 12 rebounds. Nelson added seven points and Lauren Taylor scored six points
playing at a
level that I think she doesn't even know she has," Sanchez said.
has that determination. She has that confidence right now that,
she's ready to take the team on her back. Some people are
enjoying the ride."
Boise ends the
season at 15-16.