Feb. 21, 2015
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RENO, Nev. (2/21/2015) – Brooke Pahukoa scored 15 points to lead Boise State to a 51-47 road win over the Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday afternoon in Reno. After leading by 10 at the half, Boise State opened the second period by running out to a 16-point lead early. The Broncos then held off Nevada as the Wolf Pack rallied down the stretch pulling to within two points with 1:11 to play. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego hit two free throws with seven seconds left to give Boise State a game clinching four-point lead. It is the second-consecutive road victory for Boise State who improved to 17-8 overall and 9-5 in Mountain West play.
“I am pleased that the team fought through the adversity in the second half when Nevada made its run,” said coach Gordy Presnell. “We have struggled a little on the road this season and for us to come away with a win is a positive. Brooke (Pahukoa) continues to play well leading us in scoring again. Overall it was a close game and a close win, something we have not had a lot of this year. When we have won it has usually been by double figures. We have not fared well in the close games and it was good to see the team react and play hard when the game was one the line in the final seconds.”
Both teams struggled to get their shots to fall throughout the contest, especially Boise State which suffered through a seven and a half minute draught in the second half. Up 10 with 12:31 left Brittney Pahukoa hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Broncos a 41-28 lead, that was the last field goal until 5:09 was left.
In the meantime Nevada began to rally. The Wolf Pack climb back into the game and closed to within three points at 45-42 with 7:45 to go. Camille Redmon gave the Broncos a little breathing room when she hit the first of two key field goals to spot the Broncos a 47-42 lead with 5:09 on the clock.
Redmon would give Boise State a seven-point 49-42 advantage when she hit another layup with 3:07 remaining. Those were the only two field goals the Broncos made in the final 12:31 of the game. All other points came at the free-throw line.
Nevada came back one more time pulling within two points 49-47 with 1:11 to play. After a missed Boise State field goal attempt Nevada had a chance to tie or take the lead in the final minute. With 14 seconds remaining the Wolf Pack’s Emily Burns attempted a mid-range jumper from the top, but her shot was blocked by Redmon and Miquelle Askew came up with the loose ball.
Nevada was then forced to foul four times in the next seven seconds in order to send Boise State to the free-throw line for 1-and-1’s. The key foul came with seven seconds left that sent Rodriguez to the charity stripe with the Broncos leading 49-47. The sophomore from Spain calmly sank both free throws to give the Blue and Orange a four-point cushion.
Following a Nevada timeout, the Wolf Pack attempted a long pass into the front court where it was intercepted by Askew, preserving the four-point road win for Boise State.
Brooke Pahukoa led Boise State with 15 points in the game to go with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and two steals in 32 minutes. This is the 10th time in the last 11 games that Pahukoa has scored double-digit points, a team-best during that span.
No other Broncos reached double figure points as Redmon followed with nine points and team-high seven rebounds and team-best three blocks. That gives her 54 blocks this season which moved her into fourth-place all-time at Boise State for blocks in a season.
Deanna Weaver was next with seven points and four rebounds. Reno native, Shalen Shaw followed with five points and six rebounds in front of her hometown.
Boise State finished the day shooting 28 percent (17-of-61) from the floor, 32 percent (7-of-22) from beyond the arc and 83 percent (10-of-12) from the free-throw line.
Nevada countered by hitting 33 percent (19-of-58) from the floor, 10 percent (1-of-10) from 3-point range and 67 percent (8-of-12) from the charity stripe. The Wolf Pack out rebounded the Broncos 48-to-37 on the day and 22-to-18 in offensive boards. To show how much the teams struggled shooting in the game the two combined for 40 offensive rebounds, but only 24 second chance points were scored as Nevada edged Boise State 14-to-10.
Nevada’s 6-foot-8 center led the Wolf Pack against the Broncos finishing with a double-double on 13 points and 10 rebounds. Aja Johnson was close behind adding nine points and tying for the team-high on the glass with 10 rebounds.
Boise State will be on the road once again next Wednesday when the Broncos travel to play at New Mexico at 7 p.m. in the Pit.