Feb. 18, 2017
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Marta Hermida (2), Riley Lupfer (1) and Braydey Hodgins (1) combined for four-consecutive made 3-pointers to spark a 17-2 Boise State run in the third quarter as the Broncos rallied from 10 points down to claim their first-ever win at Wyoming 53-43 Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
“I am really excited about getting our first win at Laramie, it is a hard place to play and they’re so good a home,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “This was an overall team victory. I am so proud of the way they came back together after such a poor first half. They never stopped believing they could win the game and they pulled it out. Our freshmen are continuing to improve with each game and they are making a difference for us right now. We have now won three straight, but we need to carry this momentum on into Wednesday’s game against Nevada and down the final stretch to the tournament.”
Hermida led three Broncos in double-figure scoring with a team-high 14 points to go with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals. Lupfer added 12 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds and one steal, while Vanderschaaf had 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and one block.
For the second game in a row, Boise State rallied from 10 points down in the second half for victory as they extend their win streak to three straight. The Broncos are now 18-7 overall and 8-6 in Mountain West Conference play as they completed the regular season series sweep over Wyoming for the first time. With only their second home loss of the year the Cowgirls fall into a tie for second place in the standings at 10-5 as they move to 18-8 on the year.
Trailing 29-19 with 8:49 to go in the third period, Lupfer hit the first of two second half treys to spark the decisive 17-2 run. Over the next 5:38 the Broncos’ defense clamped down and held the Cowgirls to two points as Boise State ran up and down the floor with high energy.
During the third quarter run Boise State forced Wyoming into five turnovers and 1-of-5 shooting from the floor. Meanwhile, the Broncos went 4-of-5 from 3-point range as they raced into a 36-31 lead with 2:17 remaining.
Boise State closed the period with a pair of Marijke Vanderschaaf free throws, followed by a Hermida steal and Shalen Shaw fast break layup to take a 40-34 lead into the fourth. Boise State closed the third out scoring Wyoming 21-to-5 in the final eight and a half minutes.
Once Boise State took the lead at 32-31 with 2:52 to play in the third, the Broncos never relinquished it. They stretched their advantage out to a game-high 13 points, 51-38, with 1:35 left in the game on a Shaw layup.
Boise State struggled shooting the ball in the first 20 minutes making just 28.6 percent (8-28) of its attempts as Wyoming took a 24-16 halftime lead.
It was a different story in the second half as the Broncos hit 50 percent (13-26) from the floor and after going 0-7 from the 3-point arc in the first 20 minutes, they went 5-of-7 in the second.
Joyce Harrell finished the game tying for the team-high on the glass with eight rebounds to go with two points.
Shaw matched Harrell’s rebound total and added eight points, one block and one steal. Shaw’s eight rebounds moved her past the 600 career milestone as she became the 12th Bronco all-time to hit the mark finishing at 606.
Boise State finished the day shooting 38.9 percent (21-54) from the floor as a team, 35.7 percent (5-14) from 3-point range and 66.7 percent (6-9) from the free-throw line.
The Broncos out rebounded the Cowgirls decisively 42-to-27 and 12-to-4 in offensive boards which led to a 15-to-8 advantage in second chance points. Boise State also had a 15-to-8 edge in points off turnovers, in addition to the bench out scoring Wyoming’s 23-to-10.
Wyoming did most of its damage in the paint where it out scored Boise State 26-to-18. The Cowgirls finished the contest shooting 37.3 percent (19-51) from the floor, 19 percent (4-21) from beyond the arc and 20 percent (1-5) from the free-throw line.
Wyoming entered the game as the league leader in 3-point percentage shooting 37.7 percent on the year and 40.6 percent in league play.
Natalie Baker and Marta Gomez led Wyoming in scoring with 10 points each.