Boise State Runs Over Utah State 94-55
Feb. 4, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Deanna Weaver and Brooke Pahukoa scored 12 points each to lead a pack of five Broncos in double-figure scoring as Boise State raced past the Utah State Aggies in a Mountain West women's basketball game Wednesday night in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State pulled away from the Aggies midway through the first half and never looked back as the Broncos claimed a 30 point lead 57-27 at the half, then stretched it out to a game-high 46-point advantage at 94-48 with 3:51 to play in the game.
The win improved Boise State to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in conference play with a road trip to San Diego State (8-13, 5-5 MW) on the slate for Saturday afternoon. The 39 points is the second largest margin of victory this season behind the 51 they beat the College of Idaho by on Dec. 10. The 94 points was also the fourth time this season they scored 90 or more in a game, tying the 94 they had against Portland (Dec. 21) for the season high.
"I am really proud of the way the team came out tonight with emotion and energy, we jumped on them midway through the first half and kept it going. We played at a high level of intensity tonight," said coach Gordy Presnell. "We shot the ball well from the outside today, but we also got several, four or five, old fashion three point plays tonight. I thought the keys were that we shared the ball well and we established low post play. I know everyone is going to look at the outside shots, but we established the low post, Camille (Redmon) was dominant and then Miquelle (Askew) got going. I also thought we defended well today."
Once Boise State found its rhythm the Broncos dominated th game. They broke an 18-14 game open midway through the first half with a 9-2 run capped by a Brooke Pahukoa 3-pointer to make it 27-16 with 8:56 to play. Up 30-20 with 8:08 left in the first half Boise State cruised in the final eight minutes out scoring the Aggies 27 to seven to take a 30 point 57-27 lead into intermission.
Boise State was sizzling on the night shooting 49 percent from the floor in the first half and 53 percent (8-of-15) from beyond the arc. They finished the game converting 48 percent (31-of-65) from the hardwood, 48 percent (15-of-31) from 3-point range and 81 percent (17-of-21) from the free-throw line.
The second half continued at the high pace as Boise State continued to pull away eventually claiming a game-high 46-point advantage when Miquelle Askew hit a wide open layup with 3:51 to go. One of the biggest highlights Wednesday was Tonishia Childress hitting back-to-back 3-pointers late in the contest to help the Broncos tie the school record for treys in a game with 15 on the night.
Weaver recorded 12 points against Utah State with four 3-pointers, while adding four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes of action. Brooke Pahukoa matched Weaver in scoring with 12 points. The tandem led a group of six Broncos who hit from beyond the 3-point arc during the game, including two by Pahukoa.
"One thing that I have always said about this year's team is that it is really unselfish," said Presnell. "I think Deanna (Weaver) is capable of averaging alot more points than 14 a game, but she looks for her teammates and she leads that way unselfishly. We have a team that wants to win and enjoys playing together."
Kenna McDavis hit three treys on her way to 11 points, she was 3-of-5 from the arc. Kayla Reinhart also found her long distance touch nailing three as well, she finished with 11 points. Reinhart also added three rebounds and tied her career-high for assists with four.
Camille Redmon was the fifth Bronco in double-digit points with 10 to go with six rebounds and Boise State season-high six blocks to tie for sixth most all-time in program history.
On the night 12 Broncos scored in the game, eight had eight or more points. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego tallied nine points, three rebounds and a career-high eight assists. She also recorded one 3-pointer on the night. Kinzi Poteet also scored nine points to go with six boards and two blocks. Askew finished with eight points and four rebounds. Shalen Shaw led the team on the glass with a team-best nine rebounds to go with two points and two assists.
The Broncos dominated the points off turnovers 25-to-15 as the two teams combined for 25 give-aways, 13 by USU and 12 by Boise State. The Blue and Orange out rebounded the Aggies 45-to-35 and led in second chance points 21-to-6. For the 18th time this year the bench was a factor out scoring Utah State's by 33 points, 43-to-10.
Utah State finished the night shooting 31 percent (21-of-68) from the floor, 36 percent (4-of-11) from the arc and 82 percent (9-of-11) from the charity stripe. Funda Nakkasoglu was the only Aggie in double-digit points finishing with 21 and team-high four assists.
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