Lenhardt Leads Women's Basketball Over Air Force 66-65
BOISE, Idaho - Lauren Lenhardt scored 27 points to lead the Boise State women's basketball team to a hard fought 66-65 victory over the U.S. Air Force Academy in a Mountain West conference game at Boise Saturday afternoon. The senior from Eagle, Idaho, came up big in the closing minute of the game scoring five points in the final 33 seconds to secure the home win as Boise State improved to 9-7 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Lenhardt scored 15 of her 27 points in the final period including seven of Boise State's last eight points while shooting 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from the floor in the contest. She also went seven-of-eight from the free-throw line to go with six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 34 minutes of action. Lenhardt is now 18 points shy of passing Crista Peterson (1,163) for ninth-place in the all-time scoring list with 1,145 to date.
Freshman center Miquelle Askew followed Lenhardt with 11 points, seven of which came in the final 20 minutes. In her sixth start of the season, Rosalie Cutri scored seven points and recorded team and career-highs for rebounds and assists with 11 and five respectively in 34 minutes.
Diana Lee moved into a tie for 11th-place on the all-time career assists list at Boise State with four on the day to give her a total of 243, two short of 10th-place.
Boise State finished the game shooting 39.4 percent (26-66) from the floor, 14.3 percent (2-14) from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent (12-17) from the free-throw line. Air Force countered by shooting 44.6 percent (25-56) from the court, 25 percent (2-8) from the arc and 65 percent (13-20) from the charity stripe.
The Broncos outscored the Falcons 32 to 26 in the paint and 28 to 10 in points off turnovers after forcing 24 Air Force miscues.
Two Falcons reached double-digit points led by Cherae Medina with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists. She was followed by Alicia Leipprandt with 13 points and four assists.
With just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Boise State rallied from five points down to take the lead for good when Lenhardt scored four consecutive points on two free throws and a jumper for a 19-15 Bronco lead. Boise State then held the lead for the next 23 minutes including a game-high 10 points on two different occasions, the last coming at 36-26 to open the second period with 19:52 left.
After taking an eight point lead, 34-26, into the halftime break, Boise State maintain a four to nine point lead until just over six minutes remained in the game. Air Force rallied from nine points down, 51-42, with 10:26 to go to tie the game for the sixth time with 6:05 on the clock when Air Force's Missy Byrd converted two free throws.
Boise State regrouped and never relinquished its lead as Askew capitalized on a traditional three-point play after being fouled on a short jumper, then making the accompanying free throw for a 58-55 Bronco advantage. Lenhardt followed that with a mid-range jumper from the center of the key to give Boise State a five point edge at 60-55 with 4:14 left.
The Falcons rallied once more to tie the contest at 61 with 1:53 to go and where the score stayed until 32 seconds remained. Lenhardt took over with an offensive rebound and put-back, drawing a Air Force foul as well. The senior stepped to the line and gave Boise State a three-point advantage at 64-61 with the traditional three-point play.
After a missed Falcon jumper and one-of-two free throws that cut the lead to two at 64-62, Lenhardt was fouled while dragging down the defensive rebound on the missed free throw. Once again the career 78 percent free throw shooter stepped to the line and hit both shots giving the Broncos a huge four-point advantage at 66-62 with 14 second showing on the clock.
After a missed Falcon jumper and a coupled missed Boise State free throws, the game ended when Air Force's Cherae Medina nailed a 3-pointer with one-10th of a second remaining to make the final score 66-65 in favor of the homestanding Broncos.
With the loss Air Force fell to 2-15 on the year and 1-3 in conference. Boise State will continue Mountain West action this Wednesday when the Broncos travel to play at Fresno State.
Final Game Summary
Air Force vs Boise State
01-19-13 2:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 66, AIR FORCE 65
AIR FORCE (2-15, 1-3 MW)
MEDINA, Cherae 10-19 1-1 23; LEIPPRANDT, Alicia 5-13 3-4 13; IVEY, Michelle 3-5 0-0 6; JAMES, Dymond 1-6 4-8 6; PHILPOT, Madeleine 2-4 2-2 6; THOMPSON, Camille 2-4 0-0 4; PARKER, Taylor 1-2 1-2 3; HILBIG, Katie 1-1 0-0 2; BYRD, Missy 0-0 2-3 2; PHILSON, Saphira 0-0 0-0 0; BLAGOWSKY, Jimi 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-56 13-20 65.
BOISE STATE (9-7, 2-1 MW)
LENHARDT, Lauren 10-23 7-8 27; ASKEW, Miquelle 5-8 1-1 11; CUTRI, Rosalie 3-10 1-2 7; MARTINEZ, Erica 2-8 0-0 6; DER, Lexie 2-3 2-2 6; PELSE, Laura 2-3 1-2 5; HENTON, Brandi 2-5 0-0 4; LEE, Diana 0-4 0-2 0; REINHART, Kayla 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-66 12-17 66.
Air Force..................... 26 39 - 65
Boise State................... 34 32 - 66
3-point goals--Air Force 2-8 (MEDINA, Cherae 2-5; LEIPPRANDT, Alicia 0-2; THOMPSON, Camille 0-1), Boise State 2-14 (MARTINEZ, Erica 2-4; CUTRI, Rosalie 0-2; HENTON, Brandi 0-2; LEE, Diana 0-1; REINHART, Kayla 0-1; LENHARDT, Lauren 0-4). Fouled out--Air Force-HILBIG, Katie, Boise State-HENTON, Brandi. Rebounds--Air Force 41 (MEDINA, Cherae 7), Boise State 34 (CUTRI, Rosalie 11). Assists--Air Force 15 (JAMES, Dymond 4; LEIPPRANDT, Alicia 4), Boise State 18 (CUTRI, Rosalie 5). Total fouls--Air Force 19, Boise State 20. Technical fouls--Air Force-None, Boise State-None. A-890. Mountain West Conference game.
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