Lenhardt and Henton come up big in final minute to lead Broncos.
BOISE, Idaho - Lauren Lenhardt's 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining propelled Boise State to a 70-68 victory in a thriller over the Wyoming Cowgirls in the Mountain West opener for both teams Wednesday night in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. Brandi Henton led the Broncos with a career-high 21 points, while Lenhardt added her fifth double-double of the year on 18 points and 10 rebounds.
"I am just really happy with the way the team came out tonight with so much energy," said coach Gordy Presnell. "It was a battle all night and they hung in there when Wyoming rallied to take the lead. Brandi (Henton) and Lauren (Lenhardt) did a great job leading the team and came up big when we needed them in the final minute."
Down four points with 1:58 to play, Boise State rallied from behind on a short Lexie Der jumper followed by a Henton basket with one minute left to tie the score at 66. Wyoming responded with a Kayla Woodward layup to regain the lead 68-66 with 33 seconds on the clock.
That setup Lenhardt's game-winning shot. The Broncos found their senior leader open high on the right wing where she let sail the decisive shot giving her team a 69-68 advantage.
On the next Wyoming possession Woodward missed a jumper from high in the key, Lenhardt grabbed the key rebound - her 10th of the contest - giving the Broncos the ball with 10 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing in bound pass Julia Marshall collided with a defender and was called for a travel. Wyoming's Ashley Sickles attempted a 3-pointer which was blocked by Der. Henton came away with the rebound for Boise State and was immediately fouled.
Henton, a red-shirt sophomore from Modesto, Calif., stepped to the line and made the first of two free throws for the final 70-68 victory margin. Wyoming was unable to get a shot off as the buzzer sounded and the Broncos survived to claim the win.
Henton and Lenhardt scored the final six points of the contest for Boise State as the duo combined for 39 points. Henton went seven-of-15 from the floor, hit three treys and was four-of-seven from the charity stripe to lead the Broncos with 21 points, 14 in the second half. Lenhardt recorded a back-to-back double-double, her fifth of the year, on 18 points and 10 rebounds, she also had a team-high three blocks.
Julia Marshall led the Broncos in the first period with a team-high 11 points as she hit three 3-pointers in the half. She finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists. In her first career start, Lexie Der scored 10 points with eight rebounds, three assists and one BIG block in the final 10 seconds.
On the night Boise State shot 39.7 percent (27-68) from the floor, a season-high 45.4 percent (9-20) from the arc and 63.6 percent (7-11) from the free-throw line. Wyoming countered at 44.4 percent (28-63) percent shooting from the court and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the charity stripe. The Broncos held the nation's third best 3-point shooting team, entering the game hitting 45.8 percent, to 26.7 percent (4-15).
Kayla Woodward led the Cowgirls with 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the floor to go with 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals. Three other Wyoming players reached double digit points led by Kaitlyn Mileto with 15 points, followed by Chaundra Sewell and Ashley Sickles with 13 each.
The first period was one of runs as momentum swung back and forth. Wyoming opened by scoring the first four points of the contest only to watch the Broncos light it up from long range, rolling off a 15-4 run powered by three Marshall 3-pointers for a 15-8 Boise State advantage. The Broncos would not trail again until the 5:55 mark in the second half.
After taking a game-high 13 point lead with 11 minutes to go in the first half, the Broncos eventually went into the break up four at 35-31. Boise State held onto the lead by as many as eight points in the second period.
Wyoming slowly chipped away at the deficit and finally took the lead back on a Mileto layup with 5:55 to go. The teams traded baskets and leads for a bit before the Cowgirls took the four point led with 1:58 left, setting up the Broncos game winning rally.
The Broncos improve to 8-6 overall and 1-0 in MW play, while Wyoming moves to 11-3 on the year and 0-1 in league action. Boise State will have the weekend off before returning to action next Wednesday when they travel to New Mexico.
Final Game Summary
Wyoming vs Boise State
1-9-13 7:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 70, WYOMING 68
WYOMING (11-3, 0-1 MW)
WOODWARD, Kayla 11-23 1-1 25; MILETO, Kaitlyn 6-11 3-4 15; SICKLES, Ashley 5-12 1-1 13; SEWELL, Chaundra 5-9 3-4 13; LEWIS, Fallon 1-2 0-0 2; BOEHME, Aubry 0-1 0-0 0; DENT, Marquelle 0-0 0-0 0; GORRELL, Alison 0-5 0-0 0; LANDRY, Chelan 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 28-63 8-11 68.
BOISE STATE (8-6, 1-0 MW)
HENTON, Brandi 7-15 4-7 21; LENHARDT, Lauren 8-18 0-0 18; MARSHALL, Julia 4-12 1-2 12; DER, Lexie 4-9 2-2 10; LEE, Diana 2-4 0-0 4; MARTINEZ, Erica 1-3 0-0 3; ASKEW, Miquelle 1-2 0-0 2; REINHART, Kayla 0-0 0-0 0; PELSE, Laura 0-2 0-0 0; CUTRI, Rosalie 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-68 7-11 70.
Wyoming....................... 31 37 - 68
Boise State................... 35 35 - 70
3-point goals--Wyoming 4-15 (WOODWARD, Kayla 2-7; SICKLES, Ashley 2-7; MILETO, Kaitlyn 0-1), Boise State 9-20 (MARSHALL, Julia 3-7; HENTON, Brandi 3-8; LENHARDT, Lauren 2-3; MARTINEZ, Erica 1-1; LEE, Diana 0-1). Fouled out--Wyoming-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Wyoming 40 (WOODWARD, Kayla 11), Boise State 39 (LENHARDT, Lauren 10). Assists--Wyoming 16 (GORRELL, Alison 6), Boise State 17 (LEE, Diana 8). Total fouls--Wyoming 9, Boise State 13. Technical fouls--Wyoming-None, Boise State-None. A-655 Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.