Boise State Battles Wyoming Hard but Falls 55-48
Lexie Der led Broncos with double-double

Jan. 11, 2014

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - Boise State battled to the end but lost a 55-48 heartbreaker on the road at Wyoming Saturday afternoon in Arena Auditorium at Laramie. Boise State rallied from five points down late in the game to take its last lead of the contest with 3:35 remaining up 47-46. Wyoming responded by out scoring the Broncos with a 9-1 run powered by 7-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line in the final three and a half minutes to hold off Boise State for the victory. The Broncos fell to 6-8 overall with the loss and 1-2 in MW play, while Wyoming improved to 11-3 on the year and 2-1 in league.

Down two points at the half the Broncos made a solid effort to get Miquelle Askew involved in the offense in the second period as she scored the first eight Boise State points to give the Broncos the lead. She finished the contest tying for the game-high with 12 points, 10 in the final period, on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor with two free throws. The sophomore center has now scored double-figure points in 13 of 14 games this year.

Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego matched Askew’s point total of 12 making 5-of-13 shots with two 3-pointers. Lexie Der finished with her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career recording 11 points and team-high 10 rebounds.

Boise State finished the game shooting 30.6 percent (19-62) from the floor, 25 percent (4-16) from the 3-point arc and 85.7 percent (6-7) from the free-throw line. Wyoming out scored the Broncos by nine points at the free-throw line making 15-of-26 attempts (57.7 pct.), 11-of-14 in the second half. Boise State was called for 24 fouls to Wyoming’s 13 in the game. The Broncos first free-throw of the second half came with 3:35 to play when Askew converted both attempts to give Boise State its 47-46 lead with 3:35 to go.

Wyoming finished the contest shooting 33.3 percent (18-54) from the floor, 28.6 percent (4-14) from the arc. Kaitlyn Mileto led the Cowgirls with 18 points followed by Marquelle Dent with 12.

The marquee match-up between Wyoming’s Kayla Woodward, the MW Preseason Player of the Year, and Boise State’s Deanna Weaver, the leading scorer in the MW during league games entering the contest, saw both struggle to score with nine and three, respectively.

The first half was a battle as the two teams went at each other with little runs and strong defensive stands. The Broncos’ only lead of the period came on the opening basket from Der, she ended up scoring Boise State’s first six points of the contest.

Wyoming gained the lead early on and hung onto to it for the final 19 minutes of the first half. However, the Broncos refused to let the Cowgirls pull away keeping it a one-to-three point game most of the way. Wyoming did roll off a 7-0 run late in the period to take a 17-16 lead up to eight points at 24-16 with 4:21 to play.

Boise State rallied down the stretch with Weaver and Engel on the bench with two fouls each. The Broncos used a 10-4 run, the last five points by Rodriguez Ortego, in the final four minutes to pull within two points, 28-26, at the break.

Boise State took the lead early in the second period scoring the first four points of the half to go up 30-28. The game then went back and forth with the Broncos taking a Boise State high three-point lead at 39-36 with 9:17 remaining.

Wyoming responded with a 10-2 run to take control of the momentum with a 46-41 advantage by the 6:46 mark. The Cowgirls would eventually out scored the Broncos 19-9 in the final nine minutes, 11 of those 19 from the free-throw line, for the win, but the Broncos refused to go away quietly.

Boise State played well and extremely hard throughout the game. Even though the Broncos took the lead with 3:35 to go on the two Askew free throws, they had several chances in the final five minutes to seize the victory if their shots would have fallen, unfortunately, their last made field goal came from Rodriguez Ortego with 5:11 remaining.

Holding their own for most of the game on the boards the Broncos began to fatigue in the final minutes as Wyoming began to assert itself on the glass. The Cowgirls used five offensive rebounds in the last 4:18 to work the clock in their favor as Boise State struggled to get its hands on the ball. Wyoming dominated rebounding by a 48 to 37 margin in the contest with a 17 to 13 edge in offensive boards which was good for a 10-3 advantage in second chance points.

Wyoming’s final seven-point victory margin was the largest lead of the second half as the Broncos came so close but lost the battle and the game down the stretch.


Final Game Summary
Boise State vs Wyoming
1-11-14 2:05 p.m. at Laramie, Wyo. (Arena Auditorium)

WYOMING 55, BOISE STATE 48

BOISE STATE (6-8, 1-2 MW)
RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 5-13 0-0 12; Pahukoa, Brittney 5-11 2-2 12; Der, Lexie 4-8 3-3 11; Pahukoa, Brooke 1-3 0-0 3; Weaver, Deanna 1-10 1-2 3; XX 1-7 0-0 3; Childress, Tonishia 1-3 0-0 2; Engel, Keiahnna 1-5 0-0 2; Askew, Miquelle 0-0 0-0 0; McDavis, Kenna 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-62 6-7 48.

WYOMING (11-3, 2-1 MW)
MILETO, Kaitlyn 6-10 4-5 18; DENT, Marquelle 2-6 7-12 12; WOODWARD, Kayla 4-16 0-0 9; LEWIS, Fallon 3-11 3-3 9; DAVIS, Jasmine 1-2 1-3 3; LANDRY, Chelan 1-1 0-0 2; HOFFMAN, Kaylee 1-3 0-1 2; RADER, Kaylie 0-3 0-0 0; SIBREL, Jordan 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 18-54 15-26 55.

Boise State................... 26 22 - 48
Wyoming....................... 28 27 - 55

3-point goals--Boise State 4-16 (RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 2-4; Reinhart, Kayla, 1-1; Pahukoa, Brooke 1-3; Weaver, Deanna 0-3; Childress, Tonishia 0-1; Engel, Keiahnna 0-1; McDavis, Kenna 0-2; Der, Lexie 0-1), Wyoming 4-14 (MILETO, Kaitlyn 2-3; WOODWARD, Kayla 1-8; DENT, Marquelle 1-1; LEWIS, Fallon 0-2). Fouled out--Boise State-ENGEL, Keiahnna, Wyoming-None. Rebounds--Boise State 37 (Der, Lexie 10), Wyoming 48 (LEWIS, Fallon 11). Assists--Boise State 6 (RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 2; Engel, Keiahnna 2; Childress, Tonishia 2), Wyoming 11 (SIBREL, Jordan 3; WOODWARD, Kayla 3). Total fouls--Boise State 24, Wyoming 13. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Wyoming-None. A-3280


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