Brooke Pahukoa went 4-of-4 from the arc.
Jan. 25, 2014
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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Boise State freshmen Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and Brooke Pahukoa combined for 32 points to lead Boise State to a dominating 90-69 road victory in a Mountain West Conference women’s basketball game at San Jose State on Saturday. Both freshmen went 4-of-4 from the 3-point arc to record eight of Boise State’s school record tying 15 made field goals from beyond the arc. The Broncos took control early and never let up as they recorded their fourth-consecutive conference win of the season, the largest such streak since the 2007-08 team won 15 straight on its way to the Western Athletic Conference title. The victory improves Boise State to 10-8 overall and 5-2 in league play, surpassing last year’s total of four conference wins.
Seven Broncos nailed at least one 3-pointer against the Spartans with Kenna McDavis hitting the record tying shot with 5:20 left in the game. In all, four freshmen combined for 11 of the 15 3-pointers with McDavis making two and Tonishia Childress adding another.
Rodirguez Ortego and Brooke Pahukoa tied for the Boise State scoring lead with 16 points each. Rodriguez Ortego went 6-of-7 overall from the floor to go with a career-high seven rebounds, while Pahukoa went 5-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
Lexie Der and Miquelle Askew followed close behind the two freshmen finishing with 15 points each in what was a balanced Boise State scoring performance Saturday afternoon. Askew went 6-of-12 from the floor and added a team-high eight rebounds. Der hit 7-of-13 shots with one 3-pointer to go with four boards and career-high four assists.
Deanna Weaver finished with seven points and seven rebounds, while Keiahnna Engel and Kenna McDavis each chipped in with six points. Engel also recorded a team-high six assists against the Spartans.
The 90 points scored were the most by the Broncos since defeating Montana Tech 97-61 on Dec. 8, 2011. Boise State finished the game shooting 47.9 percent (34-of-71) from the floor, 50 percent (15-of-30) from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the free-throw line.
The Broncos out scored the Spartans 28-to-16 in the paint, 21-to-13 in points off turnovers and 31-to-18 in bench points. San Jose State held a 40-to-37 advantage on the glass. Boise State tied its season high for assists with 24 and turned the ball over only 13 times.
San Jose State was led by Ta’Rea Cunnigan with 16 points, Riana Byrd with 13 and Jasmine Smith with 10. The Spartans shot 28.1 percent (16-of-57) from the court, 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from 3-point range and 88.6 percent (31-of-34) from the foul line.
Boise State took 14 more field goal attempts and made 18 more than the Spartans, but SJSU’s free throw shooting kept the game as close as it was with the Broncos having only nine free throws in the entire contest, 22 fewer than San Jose State made.
The Spartans opened the contest by taking the early lead with a 4-0 run, then held onto the lead until the 15:31 mark. Yaiza Rodriguez nailed three 3-pointers in the first four minutes to keep the Broncos close early.
Down 12-5 with 16:46 on the clock, the Broncos slowly took control pulling into a 14-14 tie on a Askew layup with 14:38 left in the period. She gave Boise State the lead with a short jumper moments later, the Broncos never trailed again.
Before the Spartans could blink Boise State had rolled off a 21-4 run to take a 10-point 26-16 lead with 11:57 still remaining in the half. The two squads than traded mini runs before the Broncos settled for a 45-35 halftime lead.
Both Rodriguez and Brooke Pahukoa went 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes, the team was 7-of-13. Pahukoa had a team-high 13 points at the break.
The second half opened with SJSU hitting the first basket to pull within eight points at 45-37, that was as close as the Spartans would get in the rest of the contest. Boise State responded with a 24-6 run over the next eight minutes to take a 26-point 69-43 advantage with 11:43 to play.
Boise State stretched its lead out to a game-high 30 points on two occasions, the last coming at 85-55 with 5:20 to play when McDavis hit the final Bronco 3-pointer to tie the school record. San Jose State would rally a bit down the stretch pulling to within 21 at the buzzer. Boise State went 8-of-17 from beyond the 3-point arc in the second period.
FINAL GAME SUMMARY
Boise State vs San Jose State
01/25/14 2:00 p.m. at San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center)
BOISE STATE 90, SAN JOSE STATE 69
BOISE STATE (10-8, 5-2 MW)
RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 6-7 0-0 16; Pahukoa, Brooke 5-5 2-2 16; Askew, Miquelle 6-12 3-4 15; Der, Lexie 7-13 0-0 15; Weaver, Deanna 2-11 1-2 7; Engel, Keiahnna 2-7 1-1 6; McDavis, Kenna 2-5 0-0 6; Childress, Tonishia 2-4 0-0 5; Reinhart, Kayla 2-5 0-0 4; Pahukoa, Brittney 0-0 0-0 0; Laird, Hailey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-71 7-9 90.
SAN JOSE STATE (8-11, 2-6 MW)
CUNNIGAN, Ta’Rea 5-18 5-6 16; BYRD, Riana 2-5 9-11 13; SMITH, Jasmine 3-6 4-4 10; JAMES, Classye 0-5 9-10 9; HALL, Britta 3-9 0-0 8; TAUALA, Jayzyl 1-2 2-2 5; WOODBERRY, Rebecca 1-6 2-2 5; WEST, Rachol 1-5 0-0 3; BAIRD, Paris 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-57 31-35 69.
Boise State................... 45 45 - 90
San Jose State................ 35 34 - 69
3-point goals--Boise State 15-30 (RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 4-4; Pahukoa, Brooke 4-4; Weaver, Deanna 2-7; McDavis, Kenna 2-5; Childress, Tonishia 1-1; Engel, Keiahnna 1-3; Der, Lexie 1-2; Laird, Hailey 0-2; Reinhart, Kayla 0-1; Askew, Miquelle 0-1), San Jose State 6-19 (HALL, Britta 2-5; TAUALA, Jayzyl 1-2; WEST, Rachol 1-3; CUNNIGAN, Ta’Rea 1-4; WOODBERRY, Rebecca 1-4; JAMES, Classye 0-1). Fouled out--Boise State-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--Boise State 37 (Askew, Miquelle 8), San Jose State 40 (BYRD, Riana 12). Assists--Boise State 24 (Engel, Keiahnna 6), San Jose State 12 (HALL, Britta 3; JAMES, Classye 3). Total fouls--Boise State 21, San Jose State 14. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, San Jose State-None. A-369