Deanna Weaver scored career-high 33 points.
Feb. 12, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Deanna Weaver and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego came up big for Boise State combining for 57 points as the Broncos survived in Albuquerque, N.M., defeating the New Mexico Lobos 86-80 in overtime. Weaver scored a career-high 33 points to keep the Broncos up most of the game, while Rodriguez Ortego scored a career-high 24, 13 points in overtime, to help secure the key Mountain West Conference road win.
This was Boise State's first overtime game since Feb. 6, 2009 when the Broncos defeated New Mexico State on the road 79-77. The Broncos improved to 14-9 overall and 9-3 in conference play to remain in sole possession of second place in the MW standings. New Mexico fell to 8-14 overall and 3-8 in league.
Boise State led nearly the entire way until late in regulation. With the Broncos up three, 65-62, with 11 seconds left New Mexico drove the floor and hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to tie the score and force overtime. But not before Keiahnna Engel put a scare into the loud Lobo fan base of 5,311 with a mid-court heave that hit the back board and off the front of the rim at the buzzer falling no good.
With Askew, Der and McDavis on the bench after fouling out in regulation, Boise State took control early in the overtime period.
Rodriguez Ortego struggled in the first half scoring two points, but exploded after the break and especially in overtime when her team needed her most. She played 21 minutes scoring 22 points in the second half and overtime. The true freshman from Spain was big in the extra stanza scoring the first 13 Boise State points on perfect shooting going 2-of-2 from the floor and 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. From the 6:57 mark of the second period to 1:43 left in overtime Rodriguez Ortego scored 18 of Boise State's 23 points during that 10 and half minute stretch.
Engel scored the next two points in overtime on free throws, followed by Weaver who scored the final six Boise State points in the last 36 seconds to secure the win. The Broncos scored 21 points during the extra period behind 14-of-15 free throw shooting.
Weaver's 33 points is a career-high going 9-of-20 from the floor, 4-of-6 from the arc and 11-of-14 from the charity stripe. She added four rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals in 44 minutes of action. Kayla Reinhart added nine points including a huge 3-pointer with 3:25 left in regulation that moved the Broncos from two points down, 59-57, to a point up at 60-59.
Boise State finished the night shooting 37.9 percent (25-of-66) from the floor, 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from the arc and 82.9 percent (29-of-35) from the free-throw line. Boise State hit 16 consecutive free throws with 53 seconds remaining in regulation until Weaver missed her last attempt with 10 seconds left in overtime.
New Mexico countered at 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the floor, 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from 3-point range and 52.8 percent (19-of-36) from the foul line. Khadijah Shumpert led five Lobos in double figure scoring with a team-high 22, followed by Antiesha Brown's 14, Deeva Vaughn's 11, while Sara Halasz and Alexa Chavez each added 10 points. Chevaz recorded a double-double by grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds.
The two teams finished the contest combining for 60 fouls, 30 each, and 85 free throws, four Broncos fouled out of the game Askew, Der, McDavis and Engel, while three Lobos joined them on the sidelines.
The first half was an ugly one as the teams combined for 23 fouls and 23 free throw attempts. Fortunately, the Broncos battled through the trouble and controlled most of the period. After the Lobos opened on a 5-0 run, Boise State rattled off an 18-4 run to take a 18-9 lead with just over 12 minutes to play.
Foul trouble began to hit the Broncos midway through the period as Engel, Askew and Der were on the bench with two each by the nine minute mark. Boise State struggled initially with the three starters on the bench as New Mexico rallied to pull within one point at 25-24 with six minutes remaining.
However, Weaver and Reinhart sparked a 13-3 run to close the half to spot Boise State an 11-point 38-27 advantage at the break. It was the Deanna Weaver show in the opening 20 minutes as she scored 17 of the Broncos' 38 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor with one 3-pointer and went 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.
The second period was a slugfest as the teams battled for momentum. Boise State took a game-high 13-point lead, 40-27, on a Rodriguez Ortego jumper less than a minute into the half. They would gain a 13-point advantage twice more with the last coming at 45-32 with 16:47 to play.
Up 12 at 48-36 with 15 and half minutes left the Broncos began to struggle. New Mexico responded with a impressive 16-4 run that would tie the game at 52 all when Chavez hit a layup with 8:44 on the clock. Boise State regained the lead shortly afterward.
Shumpert hit one of two free throws for UNM to tie the score again, this time at 57 all with 6:20 left. She would give her team its first lead since the 5-0 run to open the game when she converted two more free throws at the 5:33 mark to put the Lobos up 59-57.
That setup Reinhart's 3-pointer with 3:25 to go giving the Broncos a 60-59 edge. A Rodriguez Ortego trey at 2:02 pushed the advantage to four at 63-59. Weaver added two free throws to give Boise State a seemly comfortable six point, 65-59, lead with 53 seconds remaining.
However, a Halasz 3-pointer from the right wing pulled UNM to within three points, 65-62, with 39 seconds to go. After a missed jumper by Boise State's Weaver with 11 seconds left, the Lobos drove the floor when Vaughn nailed the game-tying trey with three seconds left. That was followed by Engel's near miracle mid-court shot at the buzzer and the overtime period.
FINAL GAME SUMMARY
Boise State vs New Mexico
2-12-14 7:00 p.m. at The Pit/Bob King Court
BOISE STATE 86, NEW MEXICO 80
BOISE STATE (14-9, 9-3 MW)
Weaver, Deanna 9-20 11-14 33; RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 6-13 11-11 24; Reinhart, Kayla 4-7 0-1 9; Der, Lexie 3-7 1-1 7; McDavis, Kenna 2-4 1-2 6; Engel, Keiahnna 0-5 4-4 4; Childress, Tonishia 1-1 1-2 3; Pahukoa, Brittney 0-1 0-0 0; Pahukoa, Brooke 0-5 0-0 0; Askew, Miquelle 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 25-66 29-35 86.
NEW MEXICO (8-14, 3-8 MW)
SHUMPERT, Khadijah 6-8 10-18 22; BROWN, Antiesha 6-9 2-5 14; VAUGHN, Deeva 3-10 2-4 11; CHAVEZ, Alexa 4-5 2-3 10; HALASZ, Sara 3-11 3-6 10; OWENS, Bryce 3-10 0-0 7; LAPEYROLERIE, Alex 3-5 0-0 6; KELLER, Kianna 0-0 0-0 0; MITCHELL, Brea 0-0 0-0 0; PERRY, Marissa 0-1 0-0 0; ALLEMAND, Brooke 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 19-36 80.
Boise State................... 38 27 21 - 86
New Mexico.................... 27 38 15 - 80
3-point goals--Boise State 7-22 (Weaver, Deanna 4-6; RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 1-4; Reinhart, Kayla 1-4; McDavis, Kenna 1-2; Pahukoa, Brooke 0-2; Engel, Keiahnna 0-3; Der, Lexie 0-1), New Mexico 5-19 (VAUGHN, Deeva 3-7; OWENS, Bryce 1-6; HALASZ, Sara 1-2; PERRY, Marissa 0-1; BROWN, Antiesha 0-3). Fouled out--Boise State-McDAVIS, Kenna; Engel, Keiahnna; Askew, Miquelle; Der, Lexie, New Mexico-BROWN, Antiesha; VAUGHN, Deeva; OWENS, Bryce. Rebounds--Boise State 40 (Der, Lexie 7), New Mexico 45 (CHAVEZ, Alexa 11). Assists--Boise State 13 (RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 4), New Mexico 15 (HALASZ, Sara 5). Total fouls--Boise State 30, New Mexico 30. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, New Mexico-None. A-5311