Boise State Cruises In Logan
Jan. 17, 2018

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LOGAN, Utah - Boise State scored the first eight points of Wednesday's night's game at Utah State and never looked back, cruising to a 64-42 victory over the Aggies at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Riley Lupfer went 7-of 12 from the field and 5-for-10 from behind the arc, leading all players with 19 points, while Shalen Shaw continued her recent run of form, scoring 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds for the Broncos (11-7, 5-2 MW).

"I thought we executed defensively really well, and offensively, when we didn't turn it over. Riley hit big shots, Shay had big rebounds at critical times, so we played really well on the block," said Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell.

After Marta Hermida's jumper opened the scoring 1:25 into the contest, Lupfer hit consecutive 3-pointers to put the Broncos quickly up front, 8-0, with 6:52 left in the opening frame. Five-straight points from Ellie Woerner, who scored nine off the bench Wednesday, and a pair of free throws from A'Shanti Coleman answered Utah State's first bucket, as the Broncos stretched the lead to 15-2 at the 2:02 mark.

Boise State led by as many as 16 in the second quarter as Shaw heated up, hitting a trey then adding a layup to get the Bronco lead to 34-18 with under three minutes to go to halftime.

Utah State (4-14, 2-5 MW), however, would put together its best stretch of the night beginning with the final minutes of the second quarter. The Aggies scored the final four points of the half to go into the break trailing, 36-24, then opened the second half with a short 7-3 run capped by a Rachel Brewster triple to get to within eight at 39-31 with 6:24 remaining in the quarter.

But it would be all Boise State from there, as treys from Hermida and Lupfer paced a 12-6 Bronco stretch to get the lead back to 14 at 51-37. Lupfer would hit another jumper, and Shaw would add a layup in the final seconds to give the Broncos a comfortable 55-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter. There, Coleman, Shaw and Woerner scored the first six points to get the Broncos ahead 22 at 61-39, and the Bronco defense punctuated a solid night by holding the Aggies to just three points in the final quarter, as Terry Franson's free throw with1:59 to play finally got Utah State on the board in the frame.

"[Ellie Woerner, Joyce Harrell, and A'Shanti Coleman] provided a lot of athleticism and I thought we were pretty athletic when they were in there," Presnell said. "Joyce had live legs tonight and really attacked the boards even though [Utah State posts] were a lot taller than her. Ellie hit big shots for us, especially in the first half, and A'Shanti stretched the defense. They were pressing us, so we got some over the top with her."

The Bronco defense forced 21 Aggies turnovers while limiting Utah State to just five assists and 30.0-percent shooting (15-for-50). Boise State also out-rebounded the Aggies, 37-31, on the night, including a 21-13 margin in the second half.

Boise State, on its third three-game winning streak of the season, returns home to host Nevada Saturday at 2 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.

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