Boise State Struggles in 74-60 Loss to UNLV
Feb. 18, 2015
Bronco Rewind: The Boise State Broncos women’s basketball team dropped a home game for just the second time this season in a 74-60 loss Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena. Brooke Pahukoa led the Broncos with 17 points while Camille Redmon dominated the glass with 14 rebounds. Stats | Photo Gallery
BOISE, Idaho - Brooke Pahukoa tried to keep the Broncos in the game with 17 points but it was not enough as Boise State fell 74-60 at home Wednesday night in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State struggled against UNLV’s pressure defense in the final period which allowed the fired up Lady Rebels to pull away and claim a big Mountain West Conference victory. The loss drops Boise State to 16-8 overall and 8-5 in league play, while UNLV moves into a fourth-place tie with the Broncos in conference and improved to 11-13 on the year.
Brooke Pahukoa finished the night going 6-of-15 from the floor with three 3-pointers. The sophomore guard added five rebounds, as well as team-highs for assists and steals with three each in 31 minutes.
Deanna Weaver was next with seven points followed by Camille Redmon and Miquelle Askew with six each. Redmon led the team on the glass with a season-high 14 rebounds to go with a team-high two blocks and one steal. Askew battled foul trouble a good portion of the game added three rebounds, one assist and one block to her totals.
Keiahnna Engel returned to active duty after missing the last eight games while recovering from an injury. She finished with four points, one assist and one steal in 10 minutes.
On the night Boise State shot 37 percent (25-of-68) from the floor, 25 percent (7-of-28) from the arc and 75 percent (3-of-4) from the free-throw line. The Broncos did out rebound the MW’s leading rebounding team 39-to-31 and 19-to-12 in offensive boards which led to a 22-to-13 advantage in second chance points. They also out scored the Lady Rebels 30-to-22 in the paint and 22-to-9 in bench points.
UNLV countered by shooting 43 percent (23-of-53) from the floor, 39 percent (7-of-18) from beyond the arc and 91 percent (21-of-23) from the free-throw line. Four Lady Rebels reached double-figure points led by Alana Cesarz with 27, followed by Danielle Miller with 16. Brooke Johnson and Nikki Wheatley each added 10 points to the UNLV effort.
The first half was close throughout with the largest lead of four points going to Boise State, while UNLV’s was three. The opening period saw six ties and nine lead changes. The top two scoring offenses in the Mountain West during league play struggling to get shots to fall early on but eventually found their touch.
UNLV’s Brooke Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the half to give the Lady Rebels a 32-30 lead at the break. Boise State was led by Brooke Pahukoa at the intermission with two 3-pointers for six points.
The final 20 minutes was all Lady Rebels as the Broncos came out slow and were unable to find any rhythm in the half. Initially the game remained close in the final period with UNLV unable to put any distance between itself and the Broncos, but it did maintain a lead the entire way.
Down one at 43-42 with 14 minutes to play Boise State went cold. The Lady Rebels rolled off a 12-2 run to seize control taking an 11-point 55-44 lead at the 8:17 mark. The Broncos never recovered as UNLV kept a double-digit lead down the stretch. The Lady Rebels extended their advantage out to a game-high 15 points on three occasions with the last coming at 72-57 with 1:13 remaining.
The Broncos made one more field goal in the period than the Lady Rebels in the second half, but UNLV won the game at the free-throw line in the final frame where they out scored Boise State 15-to-2.
Boise State will now hit the road for two road games at Nevada this Saturday and at New Mexico next Wednesday.
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