Boise State Holds Off UNLV 78-67 on the Road
Jan. 15, 2015
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Boise State withstood a late UNLV rally attempt to claim a 78-67 road victory at UNLV on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. Boise State never trailed in the game and took a 14-point 38-24 lead into halftime. The Broncos led by as many as 17 points in the second period before holding off UNLV which pulled to within four at 65-61 with 4:14 to go.
The Broncos regrouped and out scored the Lady Rebels 13-6 down the stretch by converting on 13-of-17 free throw attempts in the final 3:36 of the game. Boise State’s final field goal came from Shalen Shaw with 4:37 remaining.
The win improved Boise State to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in Mountain West play. The Broncos return to Boise to host New Mexico at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“I am really pleased with the way our team came back when UNLV made its run in the second half,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “This was a good win for us after last Saturday’s loss. We bounced back and played with energy and emotion. I thought several players stepped up at key times for us tonight. Deanna (Weaver) was strong once again and it was good to get Camille (Redmon) back in the lineup. Now we have to keep it going and carry the momentum into Saturday’s game against New Mexico.”
Deanna Weaver scored 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor with three 3-pointers to lead Boise State. The senior also had six rebounds, one assist, one block and three steals in 33 minutes of action.
Weaver was one of four Broncos to record two or more made 3-pointers. Boise State hit 12 3-pointers against the Lady Rebels, it was the sixth time this season that the Broncos have made 10 or more in a game. Sophomore Brooke Pahukoa was perfect from the arc hitting 4-of-4 attempts as she finished with 14 points, five rebounds, one assist and one block. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego went 3-of-6 from the arc in addition to two rebounds, team-high five assists and one steal. Kayla Reinhart rounded out the long range barrage for Boise State with two 3-pointers as she finished the night with six points.
Camille Redmon returned to the starting lineup after missing the Wyoming game because of an injury. Redmon caused UNLV all sorts of trouble while finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, one assist and four blocks in 19 minutes of action. Shaw tallied a team and career-high 10 rebounds to go with four points, three assists, one block and two steals.
Boise State finished the night shooting 39 percent (25-of-64) from the floor, 43 percent (12-of-28) from the 3-point arc and 73 percent (16-of-22) from the free-throw line. The Broncos out rebounded the top rebounding team in the Mountain West by 10, 49-to-39, including a 18-to-15 edge in offensive boards which were good for a 15-to-6 advantage in second chance points.
UNLV had the advantage in the paint 24-to-18 in points and held a 24-to-19 edge in points off turnovers. Once again the Bronco bench came through and had a major impact in the Boise State victory out scoring UNLV 30-to-18.
UNLV finished the contest shooting 34 percent (21-of-61) from the floor, 24 percent (4-of-17) from the arc and 68 percent (21-of-31) from the charity stripe. With nearly eight minutes remaining in the game, UNLV held a 29-to-3 advantage in free throw attempts over Boise State. Two Lady Rebels finished with double digit points led by Danielle Miller with 22. Alana Cesarz followed with 10 points and team-high seven rebounds.
Boise State opened the game on a 4-0 Deanna Weaver run to quickly grab momentum for the Broncos who never trailed in the contest. UNLV came back to tie the game at six all on a pair of Nikki Wheatly free throws at 17:08 of the first period, but that would be the last tie of the game.
It remained tight within three points until the Broncos pulled away midway through the first half. It was a one-point 14-13 game when Boise State rolled off a 11-4 run to take control. Weaver scored six points in the run including converting the first four-point play this season at 9:33.
The Blue and Orange took a period-high 14-point advantage into the break when Kayla Reinhart drained a trey from the right corner to make it 38-24 with 44 seconds left. Neither team scored in the final moments of the half. Weaver lead the Broncos with 13 points and five rebounds in the period.
UNLV opened the second half on a 4-0 run, but the Broncos responded by taking a game-high 17-point advantage at 51-34 on a Brooke Pahukoa 3-pointer with 13:52 to play.
The Lady Rebels slowly chipped away at the deficit as the Broncos began to struggle with fouls and holding onto the ball. UNLV climbed back to within singles digits when Miller hit a jumper with 7:10 left and the score 58-50. As the contest continued to turn ugly, the Lady Rebels pulled closer coming within four points at 65-61 with 4:14 on the clock.
That was as close as UNLV would get as the Broncos went to the free-throw line 17 times in the final 3:34 and converted on 13. Meanwhile, the Lady Rebels went cold from the floor as Boise State put the game away down the stretch.
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