Boise State Comes Up Short at CSU 68-64
Jan. 2, 2016

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Boise State rallied from 15 down to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but could not hold on to it as the Broncos fell 68-64 at Colorado State in the conference opener.

Trailing 49-34 with 3:50 left in the third quarter, Boise State rallied to take a 62-58 lead with 4:28 to play. Colorado State came back and tied the score at 64 all with 1:42 on the clock.

The game was decided on a Colorado State 3-pointer by Jamie Patrick with 22 seconds to go. Boise State attempted to tie the score on a Shalen Shaw 3-pointer from the high right wing that fell short off the rim. The Rams' Ellen Nystrom rebounded the miss and was fouled. She then made 1-of-2 free throws with one second left to make the final score 68-64.

"I was disappointed in the last two minutes of the game, I thought we had a good comeback and let it get away from us," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "They beat us pretty good in the second quarter, but we have to learn to do a better job when we get into foul trouble. Other than that we won three of the four quarters but did not execute down the stretch and lost the game."

Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego led Boise State with a season-high 19 points making 7-of-12 from the floor, 4-of-5 from beyond the arc - tying her career high for made 3-pointers - and 1-of-1 from the free-throw line. She also had three assists and one rebound in 29 minutes. She battled fouled trouble in the first half picking up her second with 7:47 to go in the second quarter which forced the junior guard to the bench for the remainder of the period.
 
"Yaiza had a couple of turnovers at the beginning of the game, then settled down and had probably her best game of the season in the second half," said Presnell. "She had a big second half for us and was a good leader out there on the floor for us today."

Sophomore Shalen Shaw also battled foul trouble with two fouls by the 6:30 mark in the second period and sat the rest of the first half. However, she regrouped for the second 20 minutes to finish with her second-consecutive double-double tallying 15 points and 12 rebounds. Shaw added two assists, two blocks and one steal in 30 minutes.

Askew joined the prestigious 1,000 points / 500 rebounds club as the 11th member when she grabbed three rebounds in the first quarter to give her 501, she is also the 20th Bronco all-time to reach 500 career rebounds. The senior center finished the day with 10 points and nine rebounds to give her 1,049 career points and 507 rebounds.   

The game opened with a series of runs as the Broncos scored the first five points only to see Colorado State counter with a 8-0 run to take a 8-5 lead. That was answered by a 9-0 Boise State roll as the Broncos eventually took a 16-10 lead into the second quarter.

Fouls began to play a part early in the second quarter as Boise State starters Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and Shalen Shaw each picked up two fouls by 6:30 in the period with the game tied at 18-18.

The Rams took the lead shortly after and used a 6-0 run late in the quarter to go up nine-points 35-26 at halftime. Colorado State outscored the Broncos 25-10 in the second frame.

The third quarter saw the Rams pull out to a 15-point, 49-34, lead with 3:50 left in the third quarter. Boise State rallied including a 8-0 run to close the period and trailed 51-46 heading into the fourth.  

Trailing 56-49 with 8:40 to go in fourth, Boise State rolled off a 7-0 run to tie score at 56 with 7:02 to play. The deficit was gone when Marijke Vanderschaaf completed a layup with 7:02 remaining to tie the score at 56.

The Rams regained the lead momentarily at 58-56 before the Broncos rolled of a 6-0 run on baskets by Askew, Rodriguez Oretgo and Shaw to give Boise State a 62-58 lead with 4:28 to play.

Colorado State came back tying the score at 64 all when Elin Gustavsson hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:42 to go. That set up the final series of plays that saw CSU pull out the win.

Freshman Marijke Vanderschaaf had a strong game for Boise State and was a force inside for the Broncos offensively and defensively against the more experienced Rams. She was perfect from the floor making all three of her shots in addition to grabbing five rebounds.  

Marta Hermida tallied five points, seven rebounds and team-high four assists.

Boise State finished the contest shooting 45.1 percent (23-51) from the floor, 33.3 percent (6-18) from beyond the arc and 80 percent (12-15) from the free-throw line. The Broncos out rebounded the Rams 42 to 25 and outscored CSU 9-to-3 in second chance points, as well as 22-to-16 in the paint.

But the Broncos could not overcome their 20 turnovers which Colorado State turned into a 22-to-10 advantage in points, the Rams had eight turnovers.

Colorado State finished shooting 38.6 percent (22-57) from the floor, 28.6 (6-21) from long range and 75 percent (18-24) from the free-throw line.

Jamie Patrick led CSU with 27 points powered by five treys, followed by 14 points from Elin Gustavsson and 12 by Keyora Wharry.

Next up for the Broncos is a home MW game Wednesday night against the Utah State Aggies.


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