BOISE, Idaho - Boise State rally attempt from 13 points down in the second half came up short in a 60-53 loss to Mountain West leader Colorado State Wednesday night in Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State held CSU scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and rolled off a 12-0 run to close within one point at 47-46 with six and a half minutes to go. Unfortunately, the Broncos could not get over the top as the Rams put the game away at the free throw line.
"I was pleased with our bench, they were really aggressive and got us back into the game," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "We just need some consistency from our starting group, if we get that I think we will be okay."
The loss drops Boise State to 15-6 overall and 5-5 in MW play, while CSU improved to 17-5 on the year and 9-1 in conference.
In her second career start, Joyce Harrell led the Broncos with a career-high 13 points to go with a team and career-high tying eight rebounds in 29 minutes against the Rams. The sophomore went 6-of-9 from the floor and hit her only free throw attempt on the night.
Boise State struggled throughout the first half getting its shots to fall finding itself in a 12-point hole heading into halftime down 28-16. The Broncos scored eight points in each the first and second quarters.
Colorado State closed the first period on a 9-0 run to take a 14-8 lead into the second. The Rams then stretched the run out to 16-2 to take control of the game up 21-10 with 6:05 to play before half.
Riley Lupfer made a mid-range jumper with 6:18 left in the second quarter to snap a 10 and half minute scoring drought for the Broncos.
Boise State battled back in the second half outscoring the Rams 23-19 in the third period, more than doubling what the Broncos scored in the first 20 minutes.
The Broncos opened the third on a 8-2 run to pull within six points at 30-24 with 6:40 left in the period.
Colorado State regrouped and took a game-high 13-point lead at 47-34 with 47 seconds to go in the third.
But the Broncos answered with a 5-0 run on a Braydey Hodgins trey and a Marijke Vanderschaaf o-board and put back to beat the buzzer making the score CSU 47-39 going into the fourth.
The Broncos picked up their pressure and began to press to start the fourth as they held Colorado State without a made field goal for the first five minutes.
Yaiza Rodriguez nailed a 3-pointer seven seconds into the fourth period as Boise State eventually extended its run 5-0 run to end the third out to 12-0 as the Broncos pulled to within one point at 47-46 with 6:29 to play.
But that was as close as Boise State could get as the Rams slowly pulled away down the stretch making two field goals in the period while going 9-of-12 from the free-throw line to ice it.
Lupfer finished the game with nine points, two rebounds, one assist and two steals to follow Harrell.
Brooke Pahukoa added eight points and three rebounds, while Hodgins finished with seven points and rebounds, a career high on the glass for the freshman. Jordan Woodvine also chipped in with seven points to go with five boards in 18 minutes of action.
On the night Boise State shot 34 percent as a team from the floor, 15 percent (4-27) from behind the arc and 80 percent (3-5) from the charity stripe.
The Broncos dominated the glass 43-to-32 and o-boards 15-to-2 but was unable to take advantage of it.
Colorado State shot 42 percent from the floor, 33 percent (7-21) from the arc and 75 percent (9-12) from the free-throw line.