Boise State Falls at San Diego State
Jan. 7, 2017

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Marijke Vanderschaaf’s career-high 22 points and seven rebounds were not enough to lead Boise State past San Diego State as the Broncos fell by seven 84-77 on the road to the Aztecs. What a difference a year makes, last season the Broncos shutout San Diego State during the fourth quarter in Viejas Arena, this year the Aztecs exploded for 30 points making nearly everything they threw up at the rim to rally for the win.

This is the second straight loss for the Broncos who fall to 12-3 overall and 2-2 in Mountain West play, San Diego State moved to 7-7 and 2-1 MW. Boise State returns home for one game next week as it has a bye on Wednesday before hosting the Fresno State Bulldogs in Taco Bell Arena at 2 p.m. (MT) on Saturday.

“It was a good game and a good game for people to watch,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “I’m really disappointed in our fourth quarter performance. We had a girl (Marijke Vanderschaaf) having a career night and we did not get her the ball down the stretch. I think Marijke took one shot in the fourth quarter. Give San Diego State credit, they shot the ball extremely well in the fourth making 10-of-12 shots. So those things happen, we had an eight point lead and we didn’t take care of it. We have to learn from this and improve, we have 14 more games left.”

It was a close game throughout with Boise State having the largest lead at eight points with 7:34 to play in the fourth. In the end the game came down to who wanted it most and who could convert when it counted down the stretch. On this day it was San Diego State who won the hard fought contest against the Broncos.

Boise State led nearly the entire first half before SDSU rallied late to take a 36-34 lead at the break.

The Broncos responded with a strong third period where they outscored the Aztecs 27-to-18 to lead by seven 61-54 heading into the fourth.

Marijke Vanderschaaf score 13 of Boise State’s 27 points in the third period hitting 6-of-8 field goal attempts before finishing the game with her career-high 22. The redshirt sophomore made 10-of-16 field goal attempts in the contest and also had seven rebounds, six of which where offensive boards, to go with one assist and one steal in 32 minutes of action.

“I think Marijke did a good job establishing post play for us today,” Presnell said. “She had her turnaround going and we were able to throw some lobs over the top for her today which she converted. She was just outstanding for us, I’m really disappointed that we didn’t get her many looks during the fourth quarter.”

With Boise State up seven after three quarters, momentum swung to the Aztecs as SDSU came to life offensively. The blue and orange led 66-58 with 7:34 to go in the fourth when the Aztecs nailed three consecutive 3-pointers, by three different individuals, to take a 67-66 lead on Geena Gomez’s trey with 6:22 remaining.

Boise State’s Riley Lupfer hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Broncos a 69-67 lead at 4:20 and a 72-70 advantage with 3:48 to go. Unfortunately, the 72-70 lead was the last for the Broncos as Boise State went cold down the stretch hitting two of their final nine field goal attempts, including missing all five from 3-point range in the final three and a half minutes.

Lupfer, a freshman from Spokane, Wash., finished the game with 16 points powered by 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range with two coming in the final period. She also had one rebound, one assist and a team-high two steals in 19 minutes.

The Aztecs shot 83.3 percent in the fourth quarter making 10-of-12 from the floor and a solid 83.3 percent from beyond the arc as well hitting 5-of-6 attempts. San Diego State put the game away at the free-throw line where it went 5-of-6 in the final minute.

Brooke Pahukoa scored eight of her 15 points in the first half. She had three triples in the contest to extended her streak for made 3-pointers to 21 straight games. The senior added six rebounds to her stat line in 30 minutes of action.

Shalen Shaw finished the day with a team-high nine rebounds to move into 16th place on the Boise State career list for rebounds with 559. The junior was held to three points to go with five assists, one block and one steal while playing a team-high 34 minutes.

Yaiza Rodriguez just missed a double-double on nine points and a season-high 11 assists. The senior point guard from Barcelona, Spain, now has three games this season with 10-plus rebounds and owns seven of Boise State’s 21 games all-time with double-digit assists by a player. Rodriguez stretched her school record for career assists out to 533 which ranks fifth in MW history.

Marta Hermida shot 50 percent (5-10) from the floor to be the fourth Bronco in the game to reach double-digit points with 10. The sophomore from Madrid, Spain, also tallied three rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Boise State did a solid job controlling the ball committing a season-low eight turnovers to SDSU’s 10, but the Aztecs held a 13-9 edge in points off turnovers.

The Broncos out rebounded SDSU 31-to-28 and had a 18-to-9 advantage in offensive boards which they turned into a big 19-to-7 lead in second chance points.

On the day, Boise State shot a decent 46.4 percent from the floor, 29.6 percent (8-27) from the 3-point arc and 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the free-throw line.

San Diego State countered by shooting 55.8 percent as a team from the floor, 44 percent (11-of-25) from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free-throw line.

Five Aztecs finished in double-digit points led by Lexy Thorderson with 20, followed by Khalia Lark with 16, McKynzie Ford with 15, Kymberly Ellison with 13 and Geena Gomez with 10.

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