Boise State Runs Past Air Force
Jan. 24, 2015

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BOISE, Idaho - Brooke Pahukoa scored 17 points in Boise State's 81-54 win Saturday afternoon over Air Force in a Mountain West women's basketball game at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State opened on a 21-2 run and never looked back as the Broncos blew out the Falcons by 27 points. Pahukoa led three Broncos in double-figure scoring followed by Miquelle Askew with 12 points and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego with 10. The victory improved Boise State to 13-5 overall and 5-2 in league play. 
   
"I am really proud of the way the team bounced back today and came out with enrgy and emotion today," said coach Gordy Presnell. "I tried to give everyone opportunities today and we are still trying to figure somethings out, especially our point guard play. I think we played three or four players there today. Overall I think we played well today, but we have some areas we still need to work on if we are going to make a run down the stretch in league play."
    
The Broncos wasted little time in erasing the memory of Wednesday's disappointment, racing out to a 21-2 lead by the 12:36 mark of the first period. Boise State shot the ball well throughout the contest converting 52 percent from the floor with eight 3-pointers. 
   
The Blue and Orange took a 17-point 41-24 lead into intermission, then expended it out to a game-high 32 points 81-49 with two minutes left in the contest. Boise State opened the second half on a 6-0 run to stretch the lead to 23 points 47-24. The closest the Falcons would get after that was 20 points. 
   
Brooke Pahukoa reached double figures for the fourth-consecutive game with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor with two 3-pointers. She added three rebounds, three assists and tied her career high for steals with a team-high four in 27 minutes of action. 
   
"We can win any game that we want to and the games we have lost, we lost them oursleves," said Pahukoa. "I really understand our defense and I enjoy it alot and that fuels my offense. Coach wanted us to come out with energy and emotion in this game, I think we started out slow, but we did get there, it just took a little time." 
     
Miquelle Askew scored 10 of her 12 points in the opening 20 minutes and finished the contest hitting 6-of-8 field goal attempts in addition to grabbing five rebounds. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego was the final Bronco to reach double-digit points with 10.
   
Four other Broncos scored eight to nine points each led by Kinzi Poteet's nine on 4-of-5 shooting from the court with one free throw. Deanna Weaver, Shalen Shaw and Kenna McDavis all had eight points apiece. Weaver added five rebounds, and tied her career-high for assists with a team-best five, along with one block and three steals in 24 minutes. Shaw scored all eight points in the first half, in addition to six rebounds and three assists on the day. McDavis also had six rebounds on the day with one assist.
   
Boise State finished the day shooting 52 percent (33-of-63) from the floor, 35 percent (8-of-23) from beyond the arc and 88 percent (7-of-8) from the free-throw line. The Broncos doubled-up the Falcons on the glass out rebounding them 43-to-21 and 16-to-8 in o-boards resulting in a decisive 20-to-9 advantage in second chance points. They also dominated the paint 48-to-16, as well as the bench points 40-to-13.
   
Air Force played hard all day and finished the game converting 39 percent (21-of-54) from the floor, 33 percent (5-of-15) from 3-point range and 64 percent (7-of-11) from the free-throw line.  Jimi Blagowsky led the Falcons with 17 points, four rebounds and team-high six assists, while Madeleine Philpot added 10 points and five boards.   
   
Next up for the Broncos is a key road game at Colorado State this coming Wednesday in Fort Collins, Colo.


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