Marta Hermida hit five 3-pointers.
Feb. 24, 2016
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The February chill continued for Boise State Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Nev., where the Broncos fell 78-68 to the UNLV Lady Rebels in a Mountain West Conference women’s basketball game. Boise State opened well taking a 15-11 lead midway through the first quarter, but UNLV answered rolling off a 12-0 run to take control. Boise State never led again but stayed within three-to-nine points most of the way. The Broncos who have now lost four straight fall to 16-10 overall and 9-6 in league play, tied with San Jose State for third.
“I thought we played better tonight than we have over the last couple weeks, but we need to find away to finish games,” said coach Gordy Presnell “We shot the ball pretty we against UNLV up around 47 percent and we hit from 3-point range, but defensively we struggled again tonight. We need to focus on that as we get ready for the final three games.”
For the second straight game freshman Marta Hermida led Boise State in scoring with 17 points powered by a career-tying five 3-pointers. Miquelle Askew followed with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. Yaiza Rodriguez added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Shalen Shaw finished with 11 points, six rebounds and career-high eight assists.
Boise State opened the game solid taking a 15-11 lead midway through the first period. UNLV then rolled off a 12-0 run and took a 23-17 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Rebels led the rest of the way in the first half extending their lead out to 11 points at 28-17 with 8:46 left int he second quarter. Boise State slowly battled back pulling to within three points when Marta Herimda hit her second 3-pointer of the game with 55 seconds remaining to make it 38-35. UNLV’s Brooke Johnson hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left to give the Lady Rebels a 41-35 lead at halftime.
Boise State shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half, 50 percent (6-12) from 3-point range and went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. UNLV hit 50 percent from floor, 55.6 percent (5-9) from 3-point range and 80 percent (4-5) from free-throw line.
After UNLV opened third quarter on a 4-0 run, Boise State responded with an 8-0 run, six by Askew, to close within 46-43 with 6:03 to go. The Broncos could not manage to take the lead but pulled to within two at 50-48 with 3:42 to go in period. The Lady Rebels regrouped and took a 59-52 lead into the fourth.
Boise State rallied from 10 down, 70-60, with 4:18 left in the fourth quarter to within four points 70-66 with 2:25 to go after Hermida hit back-to-back 3-pointers. The Lady Rebels then held the Broncos off who made one basket in the final two minutes before falling 78-68.
Boise State shot the ball well against the Lady Rebels going 47.4 percent (27-57) from the floor, 35.5 percent (11-31) from 3-point range and 75 percent (3-of-4) from the free-throw line.
UNLV countered by shooting 46.7 percent (28-60) from the floor, 33.3 percent (7-15) from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free-throw line. The Lady Rebels out rebounded the Broncos 38-to-25 and 16-to-8 in offensive boards which led to a 16-to-4 advantage in second chance points for UNLV.
Brooke Johnson led UNLV with 25 points and seven assists, followed by Aley Rohde with 18 points and eight rebounds.