BOISE, Idaho (Feb. 17, 2016) - Marta Hermida's career-high 20 points was not enough to lead the Broncos to victory as Boise State lost 70-60 to New Mexico Wednesday night in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State opened the game on a 8-3 run, then watched as the Lobos took momentum on a 24-6 run.
Down a game-high 14 points at 46-32 with 7:11 to go in the third, the Broncos rallied and eventually tied the score at 55-55 with nine minutes to play in the game. Unfortunately, Boise State ran out of gas as the Lobos rallied to out score the blue and orange 15-5 down the stretch to claim the win. It is the third straight loss for the Broncos who are now 16-9 overall and 9-5 in MW play, tied for third.
"I felt like we really struggled to score, especially in the second quarter," head coach Gordy Presnell said. "From the end of the first quarter into the second we had a long scoring drought and only scored from the free-throw line, which we shot we from today. We tied it at 55-55 and they got a really long possession with a couple rebounds and a jump ball, maybe it would of made a difference if we could of secured to ball. We had started to flow a bit at that time."
Herimda used a career-best five made 3-pointers to help her reach the career-high 20 points. She shot 6-of-11 from the floor, 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. The freshman from Madrid, Spain, added five rebounds and one block in 39 minutes of action.
Brooke Pahukoa regained her shooting touch against the Lobos going 4-of-6 from the 3-point line as she finished the night with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Miquelle Askew scored 10 of her 15 points in the second quarter powered by 9-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line. The senior added five rebounds, one block and three steals in 32 minutes.
"I think coming off two really really bad losses that we came out with good energy, but we still have a lot of practice to do," said Askew. "I thought we had a lot more energy tonight but we just have to execute better."
Boise State opened the game on a 8-3 run only to see UNM counter with a 14-2 run to take 17-10 lead at 2:36 in first quarter. Hermida had six points in first quarter, but Broncos trailed 17-12 at the end of the period.
The Lobos extended their run to 24-6 to take a 13-point 27-14 lead with 5:40 to go in the second period. Boise State regrouped pulling to within four at 30-26 following a 12-3 run. UNM then closed the half out scoring the Broncos 7-4 to take a 37-30 lead into the break.
Following a Shaw layup to open the third, the Lobos rolled off a 9-0 run to take a 14-point 46-32 lead three minutes into the period. Boise State came back to within one at 50-49 at 3:40 on the clock. They trailed by five, 55-50, at after three periods.
Boise State rallied to open the fourth on a 5-0 run to tie the score at 55, only to see the Lobos out score the Broncos 15-5 down the stretch to claim the 10-point win.
Even though the Broncos shot better tonight, the February chills that have been plaguing the blue and orange continued Wednesday night as they shot 37 percent (17-46) from the floor. However, they shot a solid 52.9 percent (9-17) from beyond the arc, an area they have been struggling in recent games. Boise State shot 85 percent (17-20) from the free-throw line which kept the Broncos in the game.
New Mexico dominated the glass out rebounding the Broncos 36-to-27 and 13-to-6 in offensive boards which they converted into a 11-to-4 advantage in second chance points. Turnovers were also a problem for Boise State committing 20 on the night that the Lobos turned into a 18-to-11 lead in points off turnovers.
On the night New Mexico shot 42 percent (24-57) from the floor, 50 percent (9-18) from the arc and 72.2 percent (13-18) from the free-throw line.
Four Lobos recorded double-figure points led by Bryce Owens with 13, Alex Lapeyrolerie with 12, Cherise Beynon with 11 and Jaisa Nunn with 10.
Boise State will take the weekend off with a bye before returning to action on Wednesday at UNLV.