Feb. 25, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Shalen Shaw scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Boise State to its 20th win of the season as the Broncos defeated San Jose State 69-61 on the road Saturday afternoon. Marijke Vanderschaaf added a double-double on 10 points and career-high 16 rebounds, while Yaiza Rodriguez chipped in 16 points and seven assists in the victory.
“I am excited that we won our 20th game, I thought the team played with energy and really wanted this one,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “We really want to get that bye on the first day of the tournament and get gets us closer. I am happy with the way Yaiza (Rodriguez), Shay (Shaw) and MArijke (Vanderschaaf) stepped up today and really led this team. This was an overall team victory and now we have to move onto the next game at Fresno State.”
Boise State used an 18-3 run midway through the first half to take control of the contest up 31-14 with 3:43 to go in the second quarter. Leading by 11 (38-27) at halftime Boise State never allowed San Jose State to get any closer than eight points during the second half, including the final victory margin.
The Broncos led 59-42 after three quarters to match its largest lead of the game as Boise State secured their fifth-consecutive victory and seventh 20-win season in program history as it improved to 20-7 overall and 10-6 in Mountain West play.
Shaw came in off the bench to go 12-of-17 from the floor and a perfect 2-of-2 from 3-point range in scoring her 26 points. The junior from Reno, Nev., just missed a double-double grabbing nine rebounds to go with three assists and one steal in 32 minutes.
Rodriguez scored 10 of her 16 points in the second 20 minutes of action. She went 4-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the arc in the second half. On the day she added two rebounds, team-high seven assists and one steal in 35 minutes.
Vanderschaaf turned in her third double-double of the season with the 10 points and 16 rebounds, nine of the board were offensive rebounds. The red-shirt sophomore now has a team-high 15 games with double-figure points.
Leading 13-11 with 1:50 to play in the first quarter, Boise State used a 18-3 run to take control while holding San Jose State without a made field goal for just over seven minutes. The final points of the decisive run came when Shaw beat the defense for a layup to give the Broncos a 31-14 lead with 3:43 to go in the second period.
The Broncos stretched their advantage out to a half-high 17 points twice, the last came with 1:29 remaining in the second period when Vandeschaaf hit a layup to give her 10 points in the first 20 minutes.
San Jose State closed the second quarter with back-to-back treys to give Boise State a 11 point 38-27 lead at the break.
The Spartans rallied twice during the third quarter to pull within eight points, the last came with 3:07 to go and the Broncos up 50-42. Boise State responded with a 9-0 run to close the third up 59-42, tying its game-high 17-point lead from the first half.
Boise State went into cruise control during the fourth quarter holding off San Jose State’s last rally attempt that pulled the Spartans to within eight at the final buzzer.
For the 20th time in 27 games the Broncos have had three or more players score in double-figure points, they are 18-2 in those games.
Brooke Pahukoa finished the game with nine points, four rebounds, one assist and one block.
The Broncos finished the day shooting 43.1 percent (31-72) from the floor as a team, 33.3 percent (6-18) from 3-point range and a perfect 1-of-1 from the free-throw line.
For only the third time in program history Boise State had one free-throw attempt, that was made by Brooke Pahukoa in the second quarter. It was not as if San Jose State had that many more attempts either going 5-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Boise State dominated the paint 32-to-16 and out rebounded the Spartans 48-to-33.
Dezz Ramos, the leading scorer in the MW, tallied 27 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead the Spartans against Boise State.
SJSU shot 36.4 percent (24-66) from the floor and 27.6 percent (8-29) from beyond the arc.
Boise State opens the final week of the regular season Tuesday night at Fresno State, before returning home for the finale and Senior Night on Friday versus Air Force.