Three-Pointers Lift Broncos Past New Mexico, 74-60
Kayla Reinhart nails five 3-pointers

Jan. 22, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - Kayla Reinhart led a Bronco barrage from the 3-point arc as Boise State defeated the New Mexico Lobos 74-60 in a Mountain West Conference women’s basketball game in Taco Bell Arena Wednesday night. With the Broncos trailing 18-15 with just under eight minutes to play in the first half, Boise State caught fire from beyond the arc draining six 3-pointers — their last six made field goals of the period — to take a 34-27 lead at the break. Boise State never trailed again after that first half roll from beyond the arc.

The victory gives Boise State its first ever three-game win streak in conference since joining the Mountain West for the 2011-12 season. The win also improved the Broncos to 9-8 overall, 4-2 in league and 8-2 at home with a road game at San Jose State on the schedule for Saturday afternoon.

Reinhart made half of the Broncos 10 3-pointers going 5-of-5 on the night, including four straight during that key run in the opening period. The sophomore wing led four Broncos in double-figure scoring during the contest with a career-high 15 points as the Southlake, Texas, native became the eighth player to lead Boise State in scoring this year. She also became the second Bronco ever to be perfect from beyond the arc while making at least five or more 3-pointers in a game, Mandy Welch went 6-of-6 against Tulsa in 2003.

Deanna Weaver followed Reinhart with 14 points going 6-of-14 from the floor with two treys. The junior helped keep the Broncos in the game during the first period when both Lexie Der and Miquelle Askew were on the bench with two fouls each.

Der and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego each added 12 points apiece. Der battled foul trouble all night picking up two in the first two minutes of the game and her third with four and half left in the first period. The redshirt sophomore went 4-of-6 from the floor, 2-of-2 from the arc and 2-of-4 from the charity stripe. Rodriguez Ortego was 4-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Askew was kept to single digit points for only the second time this season finishing with nine, like Der she was plagued by foul trouble most of the contest. Keiahnna Engel added six points, while freshman Kenna McDavis played 22 big minutes for the Broncos in place of Askew and Der to finish with four points and a team-high five rebounds.

Boise State shot season-highs for field goal percentage and from beyond the arc hitting 53.8 percent (28-of-52) from the floor and 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from 3-point range. The typically good free-throw shooting team struggled from the line hitting 53.3 percent (8-of-15). The Broncos dominated points in the paint 26-to-16, second chance points 20-to-11 and bench points 21-to-11 in an overall solid team victory.

New Mexico was held to 40.7 percent (22-of-54) shooting from the floor, 20 percent (2-of-10) from the arc and hit 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the free-throw line. Antiesha Brown led the Lobos with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor, followed by Deeva Vaughn with 13 points, the only other UNM player to reach double digit points.

After New Mexico scored the initial basket of the game the Broncos surged into the lead and held it until midway through the half. With Boise State’s top two scorers, Askew and Der, on the bench with two fouls by the 14 minute mark, the blue and orange stretched its lead to as many as five early going up 15-10 with 11:16 on the clock.

The Lobos used their size advantage and a rash of turnovers by the Broncos over the next three minutes to rally with an 8-0 run to take a 18-15 lead with 7:55 to go in the period.

Down three, Boise State regrouped and stormed back using the long ball to take control of the game. The Broncos out scored New Mexico 19-9 over the last eight minutes. Boise State was on fire from 3-point range as the Broncos’ last six made field goals were all from beyond the arc, four straight by Kayla Reinhart, as they surged to a 10-point, 34-24, advantage with 32 seconds to go.

By the time the half ended the Lobos were shell shocked and looking up at a 34-27 Boise State lead at the break following a Vaughn 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining. Reinhart led the Broncos with 12 points at the half followed by Weaver with nine.

The second half remained a single-digit-points game as Boise State maintained a five-to-10 point advantage most of the way until late. The Broncos turned it on down the stretch extending their lead to a game-high 15 points, 74-59, with 1:30 to play.

After being held scoreless in the first half Der led the Broncos in the final 20 minutes with 12 points, followed by Rodriguez Ortego with 10 of her 12 on the night.

Final Game Summary
New Mexico vs Boise State
1-22-14 7 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


NEW MEXICO (7-10, 2-4 MW)
BROWN, Antiesha 8-17 1-2 18; VAUGHN, Deeva 5-8 2-4 13; HALASZ, Sara 2-5 4-6 8; OWENS, Bryce 2-6 3-4 7; SHUMPERT, Khadijah 3-8 1-2 7; KELLER, Kianna 1-5 1-2 3; ALLEMAND, Brooke 1-2 0-0 2; GREENWOOD, Josie 0-0 2-2 2; MITCHELL, Brea 0-1 0-0 0; CHAVEZ, Alexa 0-1 0-0 0; LAPEYROLERIE, Alex 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-54 14-22 60.

BOISE STATE (9-8, 4-2 MW)
Reinhart, Kayla 5-7 0-1 15; Weaver, Deanna 6-14 0-0 14; Der, Lexie 4-6 2-4 12; RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 4-8 4-6 12; Askew, Miquelle 4-5 1-2 9; Engel, Keiahnna 3-5 0-0 6; McDavis, Kenna 1-3 1-2 4; Childress, Tonishia 1-1 0-0 2; Pahukoa, Brooke 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-52 8-15 74.

New Mexico.................... 27 33 - 60
Boise State................... 34 40 - 74

3-point goals--New Mexico 2-10 (BROWN, Antiesha 1-2; VAUGHN, Deeva 1-1; OWENS, Bryce 0-2; KELLER, Kianna 0-2; ALLEMAND, Brooke 0-1; MITCHELL, Brea 0-1; HALASZ, Sara 0-1), Boise State 10-19 (Reinhart, Kayla 5-5; Weaver, Deanna 2-5; Der, Lexie 2-2; McDavis, Kenna 1-3; Pahukoa, Brooke 0-2; Engel, Keiahnna 0-1; RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 0-1). Fouled out--New Mexico-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--New Mexico 35 (HALASZ, Sara 8), Boise State 30 (McDavis, Kenna 5). Assists--New Mexico 9 (KELLER, Kianna 2; HALASZ, Sara 2; VAUGHN, Deeva 2), Boise State 17 (Engel, Keiahnna 7). Total fouls--New Mexico 17, Boise State 18. Technical fouls--New Mexico-None, Boise State-None. A-656. Mountain West Conference game.

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