Boise State Falls in Heartbreaker at CSU
Jan. 28, 2015
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Deanna Weaver scored 17 points to lead the Broncos Wednesday night as Boise State lost a heartbreaker 83-82 at Colorado State in Fort Collins. Weaver was one of five Broncos to reach double figure scoring in the shootout as Brooke Pahukoa added 16 points followed by Miquelle Askew who scored 12, Kayla Reinhart with 11 and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego with 10.
It was a classic basketball game that was tight throughout with Boise State's largest lead being 12 points, 49-37, at the half after rolling off an 11-3 run to close the period. Colorado State's was four points at 82-78 with 2:04 to play in the contest. The game which came down to the final seconds saw eight ties and nine leads changes throughout the 40 minutes.
Boise State rallied from the four points down on two free throws by Weaver followed by two more from Brooke Pahukoa to tie the score at 82 with 19 seconds remaining.
Colorado State regained a one-point, 83-82, lead when Gritt Ryder hit one-of-two free throws with 14 seconds to play.
Boise State had a chance to take the lead with six seconds left trailing by one, but Shalen Shaw's long jumper came up short off the rim. The Rams managed to grab the rebound to close out the game.
The game featured two of the top defenses in the Mountain West but it was all offense in Fort Collins as both teams shot lights out, Boise State was 50 percent from the floor and Colorado State hit 48 percent.
The Rams led the conference in scoring defense holding teams to 55.6 points per game, while Boise State was allowing 60.7, fourth. Offensively, Boise State was second on the year in scoring average at 73.2 points per game while CSU was fifth averaging 66.9.
For only the sixth time this year Boise State was outrebounded. The Rams won that battle 36-to-29 in a game that saw alot of made field goals.
Weaver led Boise State making 6-of-13 shots with two 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws. Brooke Pahukoa continues to be a force recording double-digits for the fifth straight contest with 16 on 6-of-11 shooting from the court with one 3-pointer and going 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
Miquelle Askew was next with 12 points and four rebounds. Kayla Reinhart had a solid game with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor with two 3-pointers. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego tallied 10 points and team-high six assists in her first start since November. Shaw finished with eight points, four boards, five assists and two steals. Kinzi Poteet grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Boise State shot 50 percent (30-of-60) from the floor, 38 percent (11-of-29) from the arc and 79 percent (11-of-14) from the free-throw line. For the ninth time this season the Broncos made 10 or more treys in a game.
Colorado State hit 48 percent (29-of-61) from the floor, 47 percent (8-of-17) from the arc and 77 percent (17-of-22) from the free-throw line. Gritt Ryder led four Rams in double-figure points with 24. AJ Newton was next adding 13 points, followed by Emilie Hesseldal and Ellen Nystrom with 11 each.
The loss drops Boise State to 13-6 overall and 5-3 in Mountain West play. The Broncos have a bye this weekend and will be back in action next Wednesday (Feb. 4) when Utah State comes to town.
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