Late Surge Lifts Boise State Past New Mexico
Jan. 17, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Brooke Pahukoa scored 20 points to lead Boise State past New Mexico 86-65 in a Mountain West women's basketball game in Taco Bell Arena Saturday afternoon. The Broncos rallied from four points down 38-34 at the break to dominate the second period. Up four points 60-56 with 11:25 to play Boise State came alive while the Lobos went cold as the blue and orange outscored the visitors 26-9 down the stretch to secure the victory. The win improved the Broncos to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
"I am really happy with the way the team responded from the adversity in the first half," said coach Gordy Presnell. "I told them at half that if we cut down on our turnovers we were going to win this game. They did a much better job executing the offense in the second half and did a good job controlling the ball. I felt our bench was big today as they have been all year, they have been a big reason for our success. Now we just need to keep it going."
Brooke Pahukoa sparked the Bronco rally from four points down at the half by scoring the first nine points of the second period on three straight 3-pointers. The sophomore from Lake Stevens, Wash., finished the period off with 14 of her team-high 20 points. She shot 54.5 percent in the game making 6-of-11 field goals including four from beyond the arc. Pahukoa set her career-high for 3-pointers in the game at UNLV last Wednesday with four, she matched that total against New Mexico. On the week Pahukoa went 8-of-13 from 3-point range.
"It felt really good, but what really got me started was my teams getting me open," said Pahukoa. "Once I hit the first couple shots I started feeling more comfortable and started driving in a little and shooting under pressure."
Freshman Shalen Shaw continues to come on strong finishing the game with a career-high 14 points to record her third double-digit point game of the season. For the second-consecutive game she grabbed a team-high on the glass with nine rebounds, following a career-high 10 at UNLV Wednesday. The Reno, Nev., native finished 4-of-5 from the floor and went 2-of-2 from 3-point range, in addition, she had three assists and a steal.
Deanna Weaver was the third Bronco to reach double-figure points tallying 12 against the Lobos. She battled heavy defensive pressure all afternoon and finished with three boards, three assists, one block and two steals in 33 minutes of action.
In all seven Broncos scored seven or more points versus New Mexico. Camille Redmon battled through foul trouble with three in the first half to finish with nine points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 19 minutes.
Miquelle Askew scored eight points, all consecutively early in the second period after Brooke Pahukoa opened with her nine points. The two combined to score Boise State's first 17 points of the final half to put the Broncos up 53-48 with 14:55 remaining. Askew added four rebounds to her stat line for the day.
Kinzi Poteet matched Askew's point total of eight and tallied two boards and one assist in 14 minutes. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego followed with seven points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Tonishia Childress dished out a team-high five assists.
The Broncos concluded the day shooting 48 percent (28-of-58) from the floor, 50 percent (10-of-20) from beyond the arc and 74 percent (20-of-27) from the free-throw line. Boise State hit a season-high 20 free throws and for the seventh time this season hit 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. The bench was a factor once again outscoring UNM's 37-to-15. The Broncos also dominated the glass out rebounding UNM 37-to-28.
The first half was ugly for the Broncos who suffered 14 turnovers which resulted in a 19-to-10 advantage for the Lobos in points off turnovers. The second was drastically different committing only four as they flipped the points off turnovers deficit into a 27-to-24 advantage at game's end.
New Mexico shot 43 percent (23-of-53) from the floor, they missed all nine 3-point attempts and hit 79 percent (19-of-24) from the free-throw line. Three Lobos reached double figures in scoring led by Antiesha Brown with 17, followed by Alexa Chavez with 12 and Cherise Beynon with 11. Both Chavez and Beynon tied for the lead on the glass with five rebounds each.
The first half was one of big runs as momentum went back and forth. New Mexico opened by taking a 8-2 lead three minutes. Down 10-5 with 15:34 left in the period the Broncos rolled off a 18-3 run to take a 23-13 lead with 7:51 remaining. Brooke Pahukoa started the run with six straight points including a four-point play.
Unfortunately, the Broncos had trouble holding onto the ball as the Lobos rallied with their own run of 17-4 to regain the advantage at 30-27 with 4:18 remaining. By the end of the first 20 minutes New Mexico went into halftime with a 38-34 lead. It was only the fourth time this season that the Broncos trailed at the half.
The second was close initially and was within singles digits until the 8:21 mark. Boise State's rally from four down at the break was led by the Brooke Pahukoa and Askew combination who combined for the first 17 points to give Boise State the lead for good up 53-48 with 14:55 to go. Boise State lead by four at the 11:25 mark when the Broncos stepped on the gas an raced away from the Lobos who appeared to tired late in the game.
The Broncos blew a 60-56 lead open with a 20-3 run from 11:25 to 4:20 remaining. During that time the Broncos held New Mexico scoreless for nearly six minutes (5:49). Before the Lobos knew what hit them Boise State had put the game away and claimed a game-high 22 point advantage at 84-62 with 3:14 to go.
Next up for the Broncos is a road trip to play the top scoring team in the Mountain West in the San Jose State Spartans (8-9, 2-4 MW) who average 82.6 points per game entering today, tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. (Mountain) on Wednesday.
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