BOISE, Idaho (Feb. 6, 2016) - Shalen Shaw recorded her eighth double-double of the year on 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boise State to a dominating 61-48 victory over the U.S. Air Force Academy Saturday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State never trailed in the game after opening on a 13-0 run. The Broncos led by double-digits most of the way, by 16 at half and by as many as 26 points late in the fourth quarter.
The win is the eighth straight for Boise State as the Broncos clinched their third-consecutive winning season with the victory while improving to 16-6 overall and 9-2 in Mountain West Conference play to stay in sole possession of third place. Next up is a crucial game at home against league leading Colorado State on Wednesday night.
"We had some good moments today, I thought that Shay (Shaw) was terrific both on the offensive end scoring for us and on the defensive end rebounding," head coach Gordy Presnell said. "This is a learning process for us and we made a lot of mistakes down the stretch up by 26, then letting them come back on us. We did not play as well down the final stretch of the game as we need to. We are going to have to learn from this and keep moving forward and hopefully have a good finish to our season. It has been a great season so far."
Shalen Shaw scored 11 of her team-high 15 points in the first half. She added a team-best 11 rebounds to earn her eighth double-double in the last 12 games, the most in a season since Lauren Lenhardt had seven during the 2012-13 season. Shaw scored nearly half of her points from the charity stripe where she went 7-of-10 on the day.
"I thought we could have done better. I thought we still came out and played hard, but not to the best of our abilities," said Shaw. "At times it's hard to stay motivated and be enthusiastic when your up a lot. I felt really good coming into the game, I saw the ball better today on rebounding than I have lately and felt it was a good game for me."
Boise State opened the game on a 13-0 run led by seven Marta Herimda points. The Broncos dominated the opening 10 minutes pushing the ball into the key out scoring the Falcons 20-0 in the paint while shooting 58 percent from the floor, in addition to forcing eight turnovers to take a 24-11 lead heading into the second period.
Hermida scored seven of her points in the first quarter to lead the Broncos. She finished the day with nine points, five rebounds, two assists and team-high three steals.
The second quarter was rough for the Broncos who saw foul trouble strike early for the second straight game as Brooke Pahukoa had three, Askew and Shaw two each.
Up 36-17 with 5:47 to go in period two the Broncos went cold going nearly five minutes without scoring until Lexie Der hit two free throws with 57 seconds left. Boise State led by as many as 19 points in the first half and eventually took a 16-point 38-22 lead into halftime.
Brooke Pahukoa, the fourth-ranked scorer in the MW at 16.2 points per game, battled foul trouble most of the day and was held to seven points going 3-of-6 from the floor with one 3-pointer. She added five rebounds, one assist and one steal in the winning effort.
Brooke Pahukoa opened the scoring in the third quarter with her lone made 3-pointer of the game. Both teams struggled scoring in the period as the Broncos shot 25 percent and Air Force 18 percent. Marijke Vanderschaaf scored at the buzzer to give Boise State a 19-point 51-32 lead after 30 minutes.
Boise State went up by 26 points at 60-34 with 2:39 to go in the fourth when Vanderschaaf scored on a layup. With the Boise State bench in for most of the final three minutes the Falcons rallied late on a 14-1 run to make the final victory margin 13 points.
"I was impressed with the way Air Force played with where they are in their season (0-22), obviously there is no white flag going up," said Presnell. "They played with a lot more heart and energy than we did and we're going to have to do better if we are going to compete on Wednesday against Colorado State."
No one other than Shaw reached double-digit scoring for Boise State, however, Vanderschaaf chipped in a team-second-best nine points with four rebounds. Miquelle Askew followed with eight points and five rebounds, while Jordan Tully contributed eight points and two boards.
On the day, Boise State shot 38.6 percent (22-57) from the floor, 12.5 percent (2-16) from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent (15-22) from the free-throw line. The Broncos out rebounded the Falcons 41-to-39 and held a 16-to-6 advantage in second chance points. They also won the paint out scoring Air Force 34-to-16.
Air Force countered by shooting 31.6 percent (18-57) from the floor, 33.3 percent (4-12) from the arc and 61.5 percent (8-13) from the charity stripe. Sarah Cantu led two Falcons in double-figure points with 15 followed by Dee Bennett with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Additional Post-Game Notes
The win today clinched the Broncos' third-straight winning season.
Boise State now leads the Air Force series 10-1 all-time and 8-1 in MW regular season games.
Miquelle Askew moved into sole possession of 16th in career rebounding with five today giving her 553 overall.
Shalen Shaw's eighth double-double is the most in a season at Boise State since Lauren Lenhardt had seven in 2012-13 ... Shaw's seven in league play is the most by anyone in the conference.
Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego dished out eight assists in the win over Air Force moving her into second place at Boise State for career-assists with 373 passing Tasha Harris (2004-10) who had 372.