Broncos Beat Nevada, 63-55
Feb. 14, 2018

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RENO, Nev. - Riley Lupfer and Tess Amundsen kept the Bronco offense afloat with a combined 10 3-pointers, and Shalen Shaw, playing in front of her hometown crowd for the final time, muscled her way to 14 points inside as Boise State won its third-straight, 63-55, Wednesday at Nevada.

Lupfer hit seven 3-pointers, going 7-for-10 from behind the arc and finishing with 23 points, as the Broncos (16-9, 10-4 MW) kept pace in the Mountain West title race, remaining a half-game back. Amundsen was perfect in three attempts from deep, finishing with 12 points, as the pair accounted for all of the Boise State points from behind the arc.

It was Amundsen who, with the Broncos trailing 55-53 after a T Moe layup with 6:15 to go, dropped a trey from the top of the key to give Boise State a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Shaw would fight her way to a pair of buckets over the next two minutes, getting the Broncos up, 60-55, with 3:56 to go.

The Bronco defense stifled the Wolf Pack (11-13, 4-9 MW) after the Moe layup, holding Nevada scoreless for the final 6:15. While each team went scoreless for over three minutes following Shaw's last bucket, Lupfer ended the drought with a dagger 3-pointer, her seventh of the game, with 45 seconds left to seal it for the Broncos.

Over the final 6:15, the Bronco defense harassed Nevada into missing its final five attempts from the field as well as four turnovers. For the game, despite shooting 50.0 percent (22-for-44) inside the arc, Nevada went just 1-for-7 from deep. Boise State countered by going 10-for-19 from behind the arc Wednesday, led by the 10-for-13 performance from Lupfer and Amundsen.

The game featured nine ties and nine lead changes before the Broncos took control for good. The Broncos were able to get ahead by five, and four, on two different occasions in the second quarter, but couldn't find a good rhythm as each spurt gave way to scoring droughts as Nevada pulled even. Two 3-pointers from Amundsen in the quarter, and Lupfer's trey five seconds before the buzzer gave the Broncos a 31-28 lead at the break.

Boise State pulled ahead by as many as seven with 5:34 left in the third after a Marta Hermida layup, but again, the offense slowed down while Nevada, behind Teige Zeller and Moe, who led the Wolf Pack with 14 and 10 points, respectively, clawed back to even at 43-43 just 1:35 later. The Wolf Pack took a 51-50 lead in the quarter's final minute until Lupfer again hit a final-minute trey, giving the Broncos a 53-51 advantage.

The Broncos close the week back on the road, heading to Colorado Springs to face Air Force Saturday at 1 p.m. MT.


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