Boise State Tops San Diego State 64-58
Feb. 28, 2015

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The Boise State Broncos defeated San Diego State 64-58 Saturday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena. Shalen Shaw lead the Broncos with 15 points and 6 rebounds.

BOISE, Idaho - Shalen Shaw scored 15 points to lead four Broncos in double-figures as Boise State defeated San Diego State 64-58 in a Mountain West women's basketball game in Taco Bell Arena Saturday afternoon. It was a close battle throughout the 40 minutes with an eight-point 23-15 first half Bronco lead being the largest of the game. Down one 37-36 with 13:42 to play Shaw scored on a layup to give the Broncos the lead for good. Joining Shaw in double-digit scoring were Deanna Weaver, Miquelle Askew and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego as each added 11 points apiece. The win improved Boise State to 18-9 overall and 10-6 in league play, moving them back into a tie for fourth-place.

"I am really happy with the way the team bounced back today, they played hard and handled San Diego State's pressure well," said coach Gordy Presnell. "I thought Shay (Shaw) played well for us and was big in the second half when we needed someone to step up. Overall the team played together and won a close game against an athletic San Diego State team. We just need to keep it going in the final two games."

Shaw scored 11 of her team-high points in the second period going 2-of-2 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. For the game the freshman from Reno., Nev., went 4-of-5 from the floor with a career-high seven free throws for 15 points to go with a team-high six rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes.

Weaver added 11 points, three rebounds, team-high four assists and one steal. Askew went 4-of-6 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in collecting her 11 points, she added two rebounds and one steal. Rodriguez Ortego went 3-of-6 from 3-pointer range to help her reach 11 points on the day, in addition to two rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.

Boise State shot 44 percent (22-of-50) from the floor, 33 percent (7-of-21) from 3-point range and 62 percent (13-of-21) from the charity stripe. Boise State forced 18 SDSU turnovers and converted them into a 20-to-12 advantage in points off turnovers. When the Broncos score more off turnovers they are 14-1 this year.

San Diego State shot 47 percent (22-of-47) from the floor, 18 percent (2-of-11) from the arc and 60 percent (12-of-20) from the free-throw line. No one from SDSU reached double-figures in points as three Aztecs Erimma Amarikwa, McKynzie Fort and Lexy Thorderson finished with eight points each. Amarikwa added a team-high eight rebounds to lead the Aztecs on the glass.

The first half went back and forth most of the way. When one team managed a small run, the other countered. Down 12-11 with 13:56 to go in the first period, Boise State rolled off a 12-3 run to take a game-high eight-point lead up 23-15 on a Shaw layup. However, the Aztecs regrouped and came back to take a 30-29 lead with 34 seconds left in the half.

The Broncos' Weaver sank a long jumper with five seconds left to give Boise State a 31-30 advantage at the intermission. Weaver led the team at half with nine points as the Broncos shot 43 percent from the floor in the period.

The second half was a 1-to-4 point game most of the way. With the Broncos trailing 37-36 with 14:18 to go in the contest Shaw gave the Broncos a 38-37 lead with a layup at 13:42. Boise State never trailed again, but the Aztecs did tie the game two times with the last coming at 8:08 when Thorderson hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 46 all.

Boise State responded by taking a seven-point 59-52 lead with 1:50 remaining. The Broncos then held off the Aztecs down the stretch to claim the six-point victory.

The Broncos will close the home slate on Tuesday night against the San Jose State Spartans at 7 p.m. It will also be Senior Night as Boise State says farewell to its four seniors.

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