BOISE, Idaho - Brooke Pahukoa’s five 3-pointers led a Boise State barrage from beyond the arc as the Broncos hit 14 triples to run past San Jose State 86-64 in a Mountain West women’s basketball game at Taco Bell Arena Saturday afternoon.
Boise State used a 18-0 run that spanned the final 3:50 of the first quarter to 8:55 in the second to take control of the game that put the blue and orange up 30-14. The Broncos were never really threatened after that run as they led by double digits throughout the final three quarters and by as many as 31 points (68-37) midway through the third period.
“We shot the ball well and played with great enthusiasm in the first half,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “Our freshmen played great off the bench and we really played outstanding basketball in the first half. The second half we kind of let ourselves down a little bit and didn’t play with the same kind of intensity. The result wasn’t the same.”
The win improved Boise State to 14-4 overall and 4-3 in league, while San Jose State fell to 6-13 on the year and 3-4 in MW play. Next up for the Broncos is a road trip to Reno for a Wednesday night encounter with the Nevada Wolf Pack.
Pahukoa finished the game with her sixth ─ second in a row ─ 20-plus scoring contest tallying a team-high 23 to move into 11th-place on the Bronco career scoring list with 1,166 moving past Crista Peterson (1998-02) with 1,163. The senior from Lake Stevens, Wash., was unstoppable in the first 20 minutes scoring 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor and went 3-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.
“I want a win,” said Pahukoa. “I said this before the game, I don’t care if I score two points or 20 points, if we win I go home happy. The New Mexico game was hard, but we learned a lot from it. During that game (Wednesday) our focus was to have energy and enthusiasm, play with some passion. I think we accomplished that in that game even though we didn’t come out with the win. Although we did lose, I think we got a lot from that game. Nobody came back to disappointed, we got what we wanted out of it, it’s about learning. Right now it’s about learning. When we get to the tournament, it’s about winning. All these games are helping us to get to that point.”
With the game in hand Pahukoa sat most of the fourth quarter. She finished the contest making 8-of-14 from the floor (.571) and 5-of-9 (.556) from long range. She added six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes.
The first quarter was close early with San Jose State taking a 14-12 lead with 3:51 remaining. The Broncos then seized control of the game by rolling off a 12-0 run to close the period up 24-14, interestingly enough none of the points came from Brooke Pahukoa.
Freshman Jordan Woodvine led the team during the decisive run scoring five of the points. She would finish the game with a career-high 11 points which included going 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, matching her total for 3-pointers made on the year.
Brooke Pahukoa opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run on a pair of back-to-back treys to stretch Boise State’s run out to 18-0 and spot the Broncos a commanding 30-14 lead with 8:55 left in the period.
Boise State continued to dominate throughout the second stanza as it raced up and down the floor. The Broncos scored 25 points in the quarter powered by 5-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc.
The Broncos defense was also a force against the Spartans holding them to 10 points in the second period as Boise State took a 25-point 49-24 advantage into halftime.
“We kept them out of the middle,” Presnell said. “They break you down in penetration down the middle and then hit their shooters. They only scored two or three baskets on those long transitions.”
“We want to take pride in our defense, and we’ve gotten away from that in our past couple games,” said Brooke Pahukoa. “We’ve been struggling shooting lately, so we’ve been telling ourselves that if we focus on defense, it will come together. We’re good shooters naturally, so let’s focus on our defense and stop them, then our offense will come.”
The third quarter saw Boise State extend its lead out to 31 points at 68-37 with 3:45 remaining. Rodriguez scored a team-high eight points in the period with two assists and two steals. The senior point guard finished the game with eight points, one rebound, five assists and team-high four steals in 25 minutes. Her fourth assist on a Woodvine jumper with 4:10 left in the third moved Rodriguez into fourth-place all-time in Mountain West Conference history for career assists with 547, she then moved to 548 in the fourth.
Boise State led 74-48 heading int the fourth quarter. The final period saw most of the minutes played by Broncos off the bench. San Jose State would win the final period out scoring Boise State 16-to-12.
Riley Lupfer was also hot from long distance converting on 4-of-7 3-point attempts as she finished with 13 points to go with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Marta Hermida tied her career-high on the glass with a team-high 10 rebounds. She added five points and two assists in the win.
Shalen Shaw tallied eight points, six rebounds and tied for the team-high in assists with five.
Marijke Vanderschaaf grabbed eight rebounds to record her 12th contest with six or more boards. The redshirt-sophomore added five points and one steal in 21 minutes.
Joyce Harrell pulled down seven rebounds in the win and had four points, one assist and one block in 16 minutes.
Boise State shot 41 percent (31-75) as a team from the floor, 45 percent (14-31) from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent (10-13) from the free-throw line. The Broncos out rebounded SJSU 50-to-43 and 15-to-12 in o-boards for a 16-to-8 edge in second chance points. They also had a 24-to-16 advantage in points off turnovers.
San Jose State finished the game shooting 33.3 percent (23-69) from the court, 26.1 percent (6-23) from 3-point range and 80 percent (12-15) from the charity stripe.
Taylor Turney was the only Spartan to reach double-figure points recording 15, Myzhanique Ladd had a team-high 10 rebounds to go with six points.