BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 13, 2016) - Brooke Pahukoa scored 16 points to lead Boise State in a 66-58 Mountain West Conference women's basketball win at home over Nevada Wednesday night. It was a balanced offensive effort for Boise State as the five starters combined for all but five of the team's points as Marta Herimda recorded 15, Shalen Shaw and Miquelle Askew each tallied 11, while Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego scored eight.
Boise State led or was tied for all but 35 seconds of the game. The Wolf Pack's only lead of the contest came early in the fourth quarter before the Broncos responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead for good. The victory is the Broncos' ninth of the season as Boise State improved to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in league play.
"I thought we came out with a lot of intensity and fire in the first quarter and then Shay (Shaw) got in fouled trouble and we kind of disovled a little in the second quarter and ran us out of the gym," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "Then in the second half we got down by one early in the fourth but we kept our composure and the we really executed down the final stretch of the game. We got some nice shots for Brooke (Pahukoa), I thought Marta (Hermida) got a great driving layin that created some separation for us and then Yaiza hit a couple of big jumpers for us from the elbow. Now we need to build on this heading on the road this Saturday at San Diego State."
Brooke Pahukoa recorded her 10th game of the season in double figure points and her ninth with the team-high. Pahukoa finished with 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the floor with four 3-pointers (4-of-8) and two free throws, she also grabbed six rebounds in 39 minutes of action.
"Defensively, we really wanted to focus on ourselves this game," commented Brooke Pahukoa. "We have gone away from what we like to do, and we've been changing depending on what other people are doing to us. So this game was all about sticking to what we do and our core defense. I think it actually showed, we were much more comfortable with our defense, hopefully we can stay that way a little more."
"This year we haven't played well at home, which is really disappointing for us as a team," said Pahukoa. "One of our goals is protecting the house. We need to change that mentality of getting too comfortable and complacent here, so bringing out that energy from beginning to end is important."
The first quarter was all Boise State as Shay Shaw led the Broncos with seven points and six rebounds. Up 9-6 with 5:31 to play, Boise State outscored the Wolf Pack 12-3 to close the period up 21-9. It was the 12th time in 15 games that the Broncos led after the first 10 minutes.
Shaw finished the game with her fourth double-double in five games and her fifth straight with double-digit rebounds tallying 11 points and rebounds. Once again she battled foul trouble and sat most of the second quarter. However, the sophomore forward managed to add four assists and a career-tying four steals to her double-double.
"I just tried to attack the boards today to get as many rebounds as I could and attacked on the offense as well," said Shaw. "After Saturday's game (at Fresno State) we all came in wanting to attack the boards and be aggressive offensively."
The Wolf Pack opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run to pull to within 21-18 with 7:35 to play. Boise State responded on a 9-2 run to go up 30-20 but then went cold. Nevada closed the period on a 10-0 run to tie the score at 30 going into halftime.
After going scoreless in the paint during the first period ─ Boise State outscored them 10-0 ─, Nevada pushed the game inside during the second quarter outscoring the Blue and Orange 16-to-4 in the paint during the second 10 minutes.
Shaw went to the bench with 6:33 to play in the second quarter after picking up her second personal foul and the Broncos up 25-18. Nevada rallied outscoring Boise State 12-5 with Shaw on the bench.
The third quarter was tight with Boise State either leading by five or less, or tied. Broncos led by two 42-40 at the end of the quarter.
Nevada's only lead of the game came on a 3-pointer by Stephanie Schmid with 9:48 to play in the fourth to put the Wolf Pack up 43-42.
Brooke Pahukoa answered with a trey of her own, followed by Marijke Vanderschaaf converting a three point play on a made layup and a plus one to spark a 10-0 Bronco run to go up 52-43 with 6:20 to play.
Boise State then maintained a six-point or larger lead the rest of the way including an 11-point advantage at 61-50 with 2:16 remaining.
Freshman guard Marta Hermida continues to play strong scoring 15 points against Nevada on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor with one trey and went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. She also added six rebounds and one assist in the victory.
Senior center Miquelle Askew added 11 points, six rebounds and one steal in 30 minutes. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego chipped in with eight points, one rebound, four assists and one steal in 37 minutes.
One the night, Boise State shot 34.9 percent (22-63) from the floor, 33.3 percent (7-21) from the 3-point arc and 88.2 percent (15-17) from the free throw line.
Nevada countered by shooting 35.8 percent (24-67) from the floor, 26.7 percent (4-15) from beyond the arc and 60 percent (6-10) from the charity stripe.
Nyasha Lesure led the Wolf Pack with a double-double on 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed by MorningRose Tobey with 10 points.
This is the oldest rivalry in the Mountain West for the Broncos with tonight's contest being the 50th meeting all-time. Boise State now leads the series 35-15 overall, 5-1 in MW games and 21-4 in Boise.
Next up, the Broncos travel to play at San Diego State Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. (Mountain) in Viejas Arena.