Broncos Fall by Five at Fresno State

Jan. 9, 2016

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Brooke Pahukoa scored 27 points but it was not enough to carry the Broncos as Boise State lost another heartbreaker, this time to Fresno State 62-57 on the road. Boise State has now lost six games this season all by five points or less as the Broncos move to 8-6 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West Conference play.

The Broncos led by as many as 15 points 32-17 with 3:32 to play in the second quarter and by 11, 34-23, at half but could not hold it as the Bulldogs came back in the second half out scoring the Broncos 39-23.

“I was disappointed in the way we came out in the second half and let the game get away from us,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “I thought we had our way in the first half, then we did not react well to Fresno State’s pressure coming out in the third period. We knew it was going to be hard to close it out because Fresno always plays tough at home and is a good team, but we have to play better in pressure situations. I was really pleased with Brooke’s (Pahukoa) play in the game with 27 points. We had our chances but just did not get it done when we needed to.”

Boise State scored the opening points and led the entire way in the first half leading 18-14 at the end of the first quarter, then stretched its advantage to 11, 34-23, at halftime.

Brooke Pahukoa led the Broncos in the opening 20 minutes with 11 points powered by three 3-pointers. The junior nailed her first at 3:53 of the first quarter recording her 100th career 3-pointer to become the 12th Bronco ever to reach the milestone.

Pahukoa finished the game scoring nearly half of the Broncos points with 27 on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor, 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. She just missed a double-double adding nine rebounds to go with two steals in 38 minutes.

The Broncos out rebounded the Bulldogs 22-to-16 in the first half and held a 10-to-1 advantage in second chance points, as well as a 20-to-12 lead for points in the paint. However, those fortunes would change in the second half as Fresno State flipped them to get back into the contest.

Fresno State opened the third quarter fired up rolling off a 11-5 run to close within 39-34 by the 6:15 minute mark. The Bulldogs continued their pace and shot 69 percent in the third too the Broncos’ 25 percent.

The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game at 3:33 third period on a pair of free throws. By quarters’ end the Bulldogs had rallied taking a 49-47 lead into the fourth quarter.

The final period was tight throughout but the Broncos struggled late. After Shalen Shaw scored to tie the score at 57 on a jumper with 4:43 to play Boise State went cold. Those Shaw points turned out to be the last for Boise State in the contest.

The game was tied at 57 with 4:43 to go and remained that way until the Bulldogs’ Alex Faulk hit a 3-pointer with 1:28 to play.

Boise State made things worse for itself in the final minute as it committed two turnovers and had trouble rebounding on missed free throws which prevented the Broncos from coming back as Fresno State held off the blue and orange for the win.

Miquelle Askew battled foul trouble most of the game but did manage to score a team-second best 10 points, her ninth game in double-digit points this season, before fouling out with 2:22 to play.

Shaw also struggled with foul trouble in the second half picking up her second and third early in the third period. The sophomore finished thee game with three points, a team-high 10 rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.

Marta Hermida added five points, three rebounds, team-best six assists and one steal. No one else scored more than four points in the game.

On the day Boise State shot 36.8 percent (21-57) from the floor, 37.5 percent (6-16) from 3-point range and 60 percent (9-15) from the free-throw line. The Broncos did hold an edge in second chance points 14-to-8 but most of the other statistics favored the Bulldogs.

Fresno State shot 41.5 percent (22-53) in the game, 36.4 percent (4-11) from the arc and 53.8 percent (14-26) from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs rally was aided greatly by they performance on the glass out rebounding the Broncos 26-to-12 in the second half for a game advantage of 42-to-34. They also held a 30-to-26 edge in points in the paint.

Four Bulldogs reached double-figure points led by Bego Faz Davalos with 13 to go with 12 rebounds and five blocks. Joining Faz Davalos with a double-double was Shauqunna Collins with 12 points and 10 boards.

Next up for Boise State is a home game Wednesday night against the Nevada Wolf Pack at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

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