BOISE, Idaho - Marijke Vanderschaaf scored a career-high 26 points, but none were more important than the last two on a 10-foot baseline jumper with one second left in the game to lift Boise State past New Mexico 64-62 at Taco Bell Arena. After trailing for nearly 35 minutes and by 10 to start of the fourth quarter, the Broncos rallied outscoring the Lobos 23-11 in the final period to win on Vanderschaaf’s clutch jumper.
“I’m so proud of the way this team hung in there and fought back tonight,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “Our freshmen Riley Lupfer and Braydey Hodgins were unbelievable for us down the stretch and played with so much confidence, they hit some huge 3-pointers for us in the second half. I also can’t say enough about Marijke’s (Vanderschaaf) game tonight, she was outstanding and came up big when we needed her most. It is about time one of these tight games went our way and it came against a very good New Mexico team. This is a big win for us and hopefully we’ve got some momentum heading to Wyoming this weekend.”
The win gives Boise State its first back-to-back victories since December 31 as it improved to 17-7 overall and 7-6 in Mountain West play, New Mexico fell to 14-11 on the year and 9-5 in conference. Next up for the Broncos is a 2 p.m. (MT) encounter with the second-place Wyoming Cowgirls in Laramie on Saturday.
Boise State struggled shooting the ball in the first 20 minutes hitting 25 percent from the floor while New Mexico was a little better at 35 percent. The Broncos poor shooting and nine turnovers led to a 10-point deficit at the half 31-21.
Marijke Vanderschaaf scored over half of the team’s points during the first half with 11 to lead the Broncos. The redshirt-sophomore center finished the night with her second double-double of the year adding a team and season-high (tied) 11 rebounds to go with her 26 points against the Lobos. She also had two blocks and two steals in 37 minutes of action.
Both teams shot the ball well during the third period as they each went 8-of-16 from the floor. New Mexico answered every Bronco run with one of its own as the Lobos maintained their 10-point halftime advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Boise State went to a five-person lineup for the entire fourth quarter as the blue and orange rallied behind the play of Brooke Pahukoa, Vanderschaaf, Shaw, Lupfer and Hodgins.
Vanderschaaf (8) and Hodgins (10) combined for 18 of the 23 Boise State points in the fourth to lead the charge.
Brooke Pahukoa hit a jumper from inside the paint with 2:23 remaining in the contest to pull Boise State within one at 59-58.
After two blocked shots by Vanderschaaf and Shaw, respectively, the Broncos came down the floor trailing by one (59-58). Vanderschaaf grabbed one of her team-high seven offensive rebounds off a missed Hodgins jumper and was fouled by UNM’s Jayda Bovero with 1:24 to go. The redshirt-sophomore from Sammamish, Wash., stepped to the line and nailed both free throws giving the Broncos their first lead since the 6:53 mark of the first quarter.
Following a missed jumper by New Mexico’s Cherise Beynon on their next possession, Hodgins brought the ball down the floor. The freshman from Pasco, Wash., eventually drove into the key and scored on a short jumper to spot Boise State a three-point 62-59 lead with 32 seconds left.
New Mexico’s Alex Lapeyrolerie answered by throwing up a 3-pointer from downtown Boise that tied the scored at 62 all with 27 seconds to go.
Boise State brought the ball down the floor and moved it around the perimeter. They passed the ball to Vanderschaaf on the right baseline with about five seconds left who then kicked it back out to Pahukoa. The ball was immediately passed back to Vanderschaaf who put up a contested 10-foot jumper to hit the game winning basket with less than a second remaining.
New Mexico called timeout and attempted a shot but it fell short of the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Lupfer finished the game with three treys and 11 points, two rebounds and team-high five assists in 26 minutes of action. Hodgins added 10 points with two 3-pointers, four rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.
Shalen Shaw came in off the bench to score eight points in the first half and grab a team-high (tied) 11 rebounds to move from 15th on the Boise State career rebound list into 12th with 598. The junior added two blocks and one assist in 27 minutes.
Brooke Pahukoa finished the game with seven points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 34 minutes.
Boise State shot 44 percent in the second half to finish the contest making 34.2 percent (26-76). They hit 25 percent (5-20) from the arc and 70 percent (7-10) from the free-throw line. The Broncos also out rebounded New Mexico 49-to-40 and 23-to-15 in offensive boards which gave them a 20-to-6 advantage in second chance points. Boise State’s bench out scored UNM’s 29-to-11.
New Mexico shot 36.4 percent in the game (24-66), 22.7 percent (5-22) from 3-point range and 64.3 percent (9-14) from the charity stripe. Richelle van der Keijl led the Lobos with a double-double on 22 points and 13 rebounds.