BOISE, Idaho - Shalen Shaw recorded her seventh double-double in eight games with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boise State over Wyoming 58-49 in a Mountain West women’s basketball game at Taco Bell Arena.
Tied at 40 with 7:03 to go in the game, Shaw hit a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 Boise State run to take the lead for good. The Broncos then stretched their advantage out to a game-high 11 points, 54-43 with 2:16 left.
The win is the fourth straight for Boise State who is now 12-6 overall and 5-2 in MW play, remaining in third place. Next up is a home game with UNLV this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
“We struggled with their length and their switching on all our man-to-man plays so we have to adjust to that,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “They doubled and tripled teamed Miquelle (Askew) today which slowed us down a little. I thought Shay (Shaw) was huge for us, she had some big steals down the stretch. She is kind of a match-up nightmare for a lot of teams, just with her ability to do so many things. I thought her three (3-pointer) with the score tied in the fourth to spark us was the difference in the game.”
Shaw led Boise State in points and rebounds recording her seventh double-double with 33 seconds left in the third quarter when she corralled her 10th rebound to go with her 13 points at the time. The sophomore forward went 5-of-13 from the floor with two 3-pointers and made a living at the free-throw line making 8-of-12. Shaw just missed a triple-double finishing with a career-high eight steals, tied for third-most all-time and the most since Jessica Thompson had eight in 2009. She now has eight consecutive games with double-digit rebounds and a total of 96 boards during that stretch.
“Shay is a marvelous player with great length who can handle the ball,” commented Presnell. “She is hard for teams to guard because she can shoot the three, post up and is a great rebounder. We are really fortunate to have her at Boise State.”
Miquelle Askew felt the effects of scoring a school-record 39 points on Wednesday at San Jose State as she faced a constant double team every time she touched the ball today. The senior finished shooting 6-of-11 from the floor with 12 points, her 13th game in double-figure scoring this year. Askew added four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 30 minutes of action, the assists and blocks tied her career-highs.
Brooke Pahukoa finished the game with 12 points giving her 12 games in double-digit points during her junior campaign. She had two 3-pointers and six rebounds in the winning effort.
Trailing by two at 11-9, Boise State used a 7-0 run to take a five-point 16-11 lead with 1:16 to play in the first quarter. The Broncos led 16-13 at the end of the first period, leading the way was Brooke Pahukoa with five points.
The second quarter was rough as both teams struggled to score, the Cowgirls outscored the Broncos 8-5. Wyoming used an 8-0 run to take a three-point 21-18 lead with 5:44 to go. Boise State hit one of its last 13 shots of the second, but finished the quarter on a 3-0 run on a field goal by Marta Hermida and a free throw by Marijke Vanderschaaf to tie the score at 21 heading into halftime.
The third was a battle as the teams raced up the floor. Tied at 31 with 3:08 to play in the quarter Boise State closed on a 7-0 run to take a 38-31 lead into the fourth.
Down 40-31, Wyoming rolled off a 10-0 run, all by Marquelle Dent, to tie the score at 40 with 7:02 to play.
Shaw answered by hitting a trey from the top to make it 43-40 Boise State and spark a 7-0 run that grew to 13-3 by the 2:16 mark of the fourth quarter and the Broncos up 11 points at 54-43.
Shaw on what was said during the timeout when the game was tied at 40, “When it was tied late, we were just thinking about staying us, doing what we do, getting the ball and scoring. We are starting to play more together and wanting to win more.”
The Blue and Orange maintained control the rest of the way to claim the Broncos’ fourth-consecutive victory, the longest win streak in MW play since the 2014 Broncos won six straight.