Feb. 28, 2017
FRESNO, Calif. - Brooke Pahukoa scored 21 points to lead Boise State to a dominating 66-48 win at Fresno State Tuesday night at Fresno, Calif. Boise State led nearly the entire game (38:19) as they pulled away from the Bulldogs in the first half following a 31-9 run to take a 44-21 halftime advantage.
The Broncos led by as many as 28 points in the third period, then held off a Fresno State rally attempt that pulled the Bulldogs within 10 points early in the fourth quarter.
But that was as close as Boise State would allow them to come as it closed the game on a 12-4 run to record the Broncos first win in Fresno since 2004, snapping an 11-game losing streak at the Save Mart Center.
Boise State improved to 21-7 overall and 11-6 in MW play. The win and a UNLV loss Tuesday night moved the two into a tie for third place heading into Friday.
“I am really excited with the overall team play tonight, it was good to get a win here in Fresno,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “I thought Brooke (Pahukoa) stepped up when we really needed her. Now we need to keep this momentum going against Air Force on Friday. We cannot afford to let up, it would be great to be on a seven-game win streak heading into the tournament next week.”
Leading 13-12 with 1:14 to go in the first half, Boise State exploded rolling off a 16-0 run to go up 29-12 with 4:19 to play in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs were held to nine points int he second period as the Broncos stretched their run to 31-9 to close the first 20 minutes up 23 points at 44-21.
Brooke Pahukoa picked up two personal fouls by a minute and 20 seconds into the game and went to the bench. She re-entered the game early in the second quarter and score 14 points going 6-of-8 from the floor. The senior finished the game with her seventh 20-point game on a team-high 21 points going 9-of-14 from the floor with two 3-pointers.
Boise State out scored Fresno State 29-9 in the second quarter, a period that was capped by a Yaiza Rodriguez 3-pointer as time expired to end the half.
Rodriguez finished the game with nine points on three made treys to go with eight assists, one block and two steals.
Marta Hermida recorded a team-second-best 12 points with a team-high eight rebounds, two assists and team-high five steals.
Broncos opened the third on 5-0 run, then hit a cold spell where they missed seven straight shots and had a four minute scoring drought. Brooke Pahukoa snapped the drought with a left wing trey to make it 52-31 at 4:05.
Boise State led by as much as 28 points (49-21) in the third period, but Fresno State chipped away at its deficit and closed the quarter on a 8-0 run as the Broncos led 54-39 heading into the fourth.
The Broncos survived a six minutes and 37 second scoring drought that spanned the late third quarter into the first half of the fourth. By the time it ended Fresno State had cut the Boise State lead to 10 points (54-44) with 7:21 to play.
Brooke Pahukoa snapped the drought with two consecutive makes, a jumper from the right baseline with 6:33 on the clock and a driving layin on a fastbreak at 5:22 to put the Broncos up 58-44.
Boise State would put the game away down the stretch out scoring the Bulldogs 12-4 in the final six minutes.
Marijke Vanderschaaf added eight points, one rebound, three blocks and two steals to the winning effort.
The Broncos finished the game shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, 50 percent (7-14) from the arc and a perfect 100 percent (7-7) from the free throw line.
Boise State forced 15 Fresno State turnovers which the Broncos turned into a 24-to-2 advantage in points.
Fresno State shot 33.3 percent (17-51) from the floor, 18.8 percent (3-16) from the arc and 68.8 percent (11-16) from the free-throw line.
Candice White led Fresno State with 16 points followed by Bego Faz Davalos with 11 points and eight rebounds.