Third Quarter Surge Lifts Broncos in Win
Feb. 11, 2017

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USAFA, Colo. - Marijke Vanderschaaf (13), Marta Hermida (13) and Brooke Pahukoa (10) combined for 36 points to lead Boise State to a 69-59 Mountain West Conference road victory at Air Force Saturday afternoon. In all, six Broncos scored between seven and 13 points as Boise State won with a balanced offensive attack which shot 45.9 percent from the floor against the Falcons.

After a night mare of a third quarter at Utah State last time out, it was the third quarter today when Boise State took control outscoring Air Force 23-13 to stretch a two-point (30-28) halftime lead out to 12 (53-41) heading into the fourth. The Broncos led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter before winning by 10.

“I’m excited about the road win. It’s a long time coming!,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “It was great to have Shay (Shaw) back. It was a team win, everyone got to play, and everyone contributed.”

The win snaps a four-game road losing streak as Boise State improves to 16-7 overall and clinches its fourth-consecutive winning season, the Broncos are now 6-6 in conference play.

Several Broncos struggled with foul trouble during the game including Vanderschaaf who finished with 13 points, on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line, to go with two rebounds in 19 minutes of action before fouling out with 1:25 remaining in the game. Hodgins also fouled out with 1:45 to go.

Hermida had a solid outing against the Falcons finishing with team scoring honors (tied) on 13 points in addition to four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

The game was tight throughout the first half with the Broncos taking their first lead at 11-10 with 5:09 to go in the first quarter when Shalen Shaw drove into the paint and scored on a layin for her first points of the game, 42 seconds after entering the contest for the first time.

Shaw returned to action for the first time since the Nevada game on Jan. 25. After missing the last three contests the junior from Reno, Nev., came in off the bench for short stretches to record eight points with five rebounds, one assist, team-high three blocks and one steal in 15 minutes of action.

Boise State trailed by one, 18-17, after one period before taking a 30-28 lead into halftime. The largest lead of the first 20 minutes was five points (9-4) by Air Force early in the contest.

There where nine lead changes and five ties during the first 20 minutes, with two ties and two lead changes early in the second 20.

Brooke Pahukoa did most of her scoring in the first half recording four points in each quarter to give her eight heading into halftime. The senior finished with 10 points in the game in addition to tallying a team-high six rebounds, three assists, one block and a career-high seven steals, the most by a Bronco this year.

The third quarter was when the blue and orange took control outscoring the Falcons by 10 in the period. Up two (41-39) with 3:15 to play in the third, Boise State used a 12-2 run to close the quarter and surge into a double-digit lead up 53-41 heading into the fourth. Shaw recorded a high of six points for the Broncos followed by five from Yaiza Rodriguez to lead the Broncos in the quarter.

Boise State stretched the lead out to 18 points on three occasions during the fourth quarter. The first came with 6:44 remaining up 63-45, while the last was with 3:50 left up 67-49.

The Broncos scored two points in the final 3:50 of the game on a pair of Braydey Hodgins free throws with 2:40 to go. Air Force attempted to rally on Boise State but could get no closer than the final 10-point margin at the buzzer.

Rodriguez finished the game with seven points, one rebound, team-high four assists and one steal.

Jordan Woodvine came on strong in the second half scoring all eight points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and grabbing all three of her rebounds during the final 20 minutes.

On the day Boise State shot 45.9 percent from the floor, 12.5 percent (1-8) from the arc and 66.7 percent (12-18) from the free-throw line.

The Broncos took fewer 3-pointers than normal as they forced the ball into the paint where they outscored the Falcons 46-to-26. They also held a 22-to-12 advantage in points off turnovers forcing 21 Air Force turnovers while committing 14.

Air Force finished shooting 33.9 percent from the floor as a team, 22.2 percent (4-18) from beyond the arc and 65.2 percent (15-23) from the free-throw line.

Kailin Davis led three Falcons in double-figure scoring with 15 followed by Mariah Forde and Erika Chapman with 14 apiece.

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