Broncos Fall to UNLV 58-55

Jan. 4, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - A second half rally by the Boise State women's basketball team fell short, Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena, in a 58-55 loss to UNLV (10-5, 1-2 MW).

Down five with under three minutes remaining, Brooke Pahukoa made her third three of the night to keep Boise State (12-2, 2-1) in contention. Pahukoa drew a foul on the opposing end on a three-point field goal, making all three free throws to pull the Broncos within one point with 2:10 remaining.

UNLV answered with seven free throws down the stretch to close out with the win.

"We need to play better down the stretch in games, and we need to play better at the beginning of games," Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell said. "Hopefully we can learn from it and keep going. I'm hoping that we'll execute a little bit better and play with a little more passion."

Trailing 33-21 in the third quarter, Riley Lupfer hit back-to-back threes to pull Boise State within six.

Redshirt sophomore Marijke Vanderschaaf was a dominant force on the boards on the opposite end most of the night.

Marta Hermida sank a shot from beyond the arc to trim UNLV's lead to 33-30 with 4:47 remaining in the third quarter.

Boise State out shot UNLV from beyond the arc, 32-percent to 11-percent.

The Lady Rebels called a timeout to regroup, and answered with a field goal, but Boise State responded with back-to-back field goals to trim UNLV's lead to one point.

Brooke Pahukoa sank a trey as time expired to enter the fourth quarter down, 40-39.

Pahukoa finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds. The senior is now in 12th place in school history with 1,101 career points.

Boise State struck quickly in the fourth quarter with a layup from Hermida to take their first lead since 1:46 of the first quarter.

Hermida finished with 11 points in the second half to finish second on the team with 13. Shalen Shaw added 11 points and six rebounds. Shaw is 17th in school history with 550 rebounds, two shy of Andrea Swindall (1998-02).

UNLV jumped to a 15-8 lead with 3:11 remaining in the first quarter, but Lupfer sank a wide-open three to end a 3:49 stretch where the Broncos failed to make a field goal.

Shaw hit a three of her own with 4:07 left in the first half to pull Boise State within in three points of the Lady Rebels. Shaw's trey ended a 0-of-5 run for Boise State from the field, and ended a 4:07 second scoring drought.

Brooke Pahukoa added a field to pull Boise State within 25-19 heading into the lockerroom.

The Broncos return to action Saturday at San Diego State. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. (MT).

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