Miquelle Askew scored a school-record 39 points.
Jan. 20, 2016
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Miquelle Askew scored a school-record 39 points and grabbed a career-tying 13 rebounds as Boise State rallied from 13 points down in the first half to defeat San Jose State 78-75 in a Mountain West road game Wednesday night. Shalen Shaw added her sixth double-double in seven games on 21 points and 12 rebounds. Askew and Shaw combined for 60 points and 25 rebounds in the victory to lead Boise State.
Struggling from the outside early in the first half Boise State pushed the game inside where the Broncos dominated outscoring San Jose State 48-to-28 in the paint.
The win is the third straight and improves the Broncos to 11-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play. Next up is a home game against Wyoming 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“It was a big game for us, Miquelle came up so big for us tonight with a school record for points,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “We just kept throwing it to her and she kept finishing plays for us. When we were struggling early she (Askew) kept us in the game until the others kicked it in to gear in the second half. It was a good hard fought game and we got it done in the end.”
Trailing by nine, 19-10, at the end of the first period, Askew was the Broncos offense scoring seven of the points. She added 11 more in the second period to finish the half with 18 as the Broncos closed from 13 down to within four, 38-34, at the half.
Askew finished the game shooting 16-of-22 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. Seven of her 13 rebounds were offensive boards, in addition she added two assists and two steals in 34 minutes. The 39 points are the most scored this season (all games) by any player in the Mountain West Conference.
“It was a really fun game and I am happy to set the school record, but credit the guards, my teammates for getting me the ball,” said Askew. “They (San Jose State) are a good team and did a good job of speeding things up alot in transition which made us rush our shots early on. So we went inside where we made our layups. I just tried to slow it down and score the best that I could to help the team.”
Shaw had a slow start but came on in the second quarter scoring 10 of the Broncos’ final 16 points of the quarter ─ including the last six ─ to help Boise State close to within four. Shaw finished the game with 21 points shooting 8-of-14 from the floor with one 3-pointer and went 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. The sophomore added 12 rebounds, her seventh-consecutive game with double digit boards to give her a total of 86 during that stretch.
Brooke Pahukoa scored eight points in the second half, but was held to nine points in the game to go with six rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Boise State was ice cold from the floor in the first quarter making 3-of-19 shots to end the period down nine at 19-10. The Spartans took a game-high 13 point lead at 32-19 with 5:58 on the clock in the second period.
Boise State stormed back before the half powered by Askew and Shaw who combined for 29 of the Broncos’ 34 points as Boise State pulled to within four 38-34 at the half.
Boise State went 0-7 from the 3-point arc in the first quarter and 0-9 in the half. Struggling from the outside Boise State forced it inside where they outscored the Spartans 24-12 in the half.
Ella Fotu hit Boise State’s first 3-pointer from the right corner to tie the game at 47 with 5:29 on the clock in the third period. The Broncos took their first lead of the game on the next possession on a Askew layup. The score was tied at the end of the third period at 56.
SJSU took a 61-58 lead early in the fourth quarter with 9:05 on the clock. Boise State responded with a 7-0 run to go up four at 65-61 with 7:51 remaining. The Broncos never trailed again and stretched their lead to six on three occasions.
San Jose State had a chance to tie the game and force overtime at the end, but the 3-point attempt fell short of the rim followed by Shaw securing the rebound as the buzzer sounded.
On the night Boise State finished shooting the ball well hitting 46.9 percent (30-64) from the floor, that is after making 15.8 percent (3-19) in the first period. The Broncos shot 22.2 percent (4-18) from the arc and 66.7 percent (14-21) from the free-throw line.
San Jose State countered at 38.7 percent (29-75) from the floor, 25.9 percent (7-27) from the arc and 58.8 percent (10-17) from the charity stripe. The Spartans out rebounded the Broncos 45-to-43 and 23-to-16 in offensive boards for a 24-to-14 advantage in second chance points.
Dezz Ramos led SJSU in the game with 18 points followed by Riana Byrd with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Myzhanique Ladd added 16 points.