Broncos Cruise Past SDSU on the Road
Jan. 16, 2016

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (1-16-2016) - Boise State handed San Diego State a dominating 30-point loss Saturday afternoon winning 75-45 in a Mountain West women’s basketball game at San Diego. All five starters for Boise State scored double-figure points, including Shalen Shaw (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego (14 points, 10 assists) who finished with double-doubles. Boise State trailed for only 41 seconds in the game at 2-0 to open the contest. The Broncos responded with a 21-5 run to seize control and never looked back.  

Up15 at the end of the third quarter, Boise State put the clamps down defensively holding the Aztecs scoreless in the fourth to run away with the Broncos first ever win in six trips at San Diego State. The victory improved Boise State to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in MW play.  Next up is a road game at San Jose State next Wednesday.

“I am really pleased with the way we played today to get our first win ever here in San Diego,”  said head coach Gordy Presnell. “This was the best game we played all year. We played with energy and we played with intensity the entire game. I thought Yaiza (Rodriguez Ortego) was dominating for us at point guard, while Brooke (Pahukoa) and Shay (Shaw) were unstoppable.”

Brooke Pahukoa led Boise State in scoring for the 10th time this season with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. The junior guard entered the game ranked in the top-five nationally for 3-point shooting at 48.7 percent, she upped that percentage to 49.3 after today.

Shaw tallied her fifth double-double in the last six games on 11 points and 13 rebounds to go with four assists, one block and two steals.  It is the sixth-consecutive contest that Shaw has reached double-digit rebounds, she has grabbed 74 rebounds during that stretch to average 12.3 per game.  

Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego tallied her first career double-double on a team-second-best 14 points and a career-tying 10 assists. She is only the second Bronco in history to record 10 or more assists twice during a career, since Elaine Elliott ─ former head coach at Utah ─ accomplished it three times in the mid 1970’s. Thelast time Rodriguez Ortego did it was at Tennessee during the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

“I think it was easy getting the assists when you have players like Brooke (Pahukoa), Shay (Shaw), Marta (Hermida) and the others out there,” said Rodriguez Ortego. “It is because of them that I got the 10 assists. I didn’t do much just got the ball to them, but they had to make their shots and they did, they made everything today.”

Miquelle Asakew shot 4-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe to record her 11th game of the season with double-digit points with 10.

Freshman Marta Hermida scored 13 points with three 3-pointers and four rebounds. It is her fifth game in double-figure points this year and her third in the last four contests.

Boise State dominated the first quarter after falling behind 2-0, the Broncos rolled off a 21-5 run to go up 21-7 with 2:20 to play in period, the largest lead of the first half at 14 points.

It looked like the Aztecs would make it interesting after that as San Diego State countered with a 14-2 run that stretched into the second quarter clawing back to within two at 23-21 at 8:57 in the second.  

Boise State regrouped and responded with 8-0 run to extend its advantage back out to a double-digits up 31-21 with 6:01 left in the second.  The Broncos eventually took a five-point 39-34 lead into halftime led by 12 Brooke Pahukoa points and eight each from Askew and Hermida.

The Blue and Orange opened the third quarter on fire racing out to a 19-point lead at 58-39 on a 19-5 run in the first seven minutes of the period. SDSU scored its final points of the game with 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter as Boise State took a 15-point 60-45 lead into the fourth.

The Broncos took total control in the in the final 10 minutes forcing the Aztecs into nine turnovers, in addition to their 0-of-12 shooting from the floor. Boise State outscored San Diego State 15-0 in the final period to claim the win.

On the day Boise State shot 52 percent (26-50) from the floor, 50 percent (9-18) from the arc and 87.5 percent (14-16) from the free-throw line. They outscore SDSU 28-to-22 in the paint and 19-to-9 in points off turnovers.

San Diego State finished the game shooting 30.9 percent (17-55) from the floor, 30 percent (6-20) from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent (5-8) from the free-throw line. Ahjalee Harvey and McKynzie Fort led the Aztecs with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

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