Boise State Runs Past San Jose State on Senior Night
March 3, 2015
Bronco Rewind: The Boise State Broncos defeated San Jose State 91-76 Tuesday night at Taco Bell Arena. Shalen Shaw led the team in points for the second game in a row and got her first career double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs.
BOISE, Idaho (3/3/2015) - Shalen Shaw recorded her first career double-double Tuesday night to lead Boise State to a commanding 91-76 victory over San Jose State in a Mountain West women's basketball game at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State raced out on a 7-0 run to start the game and never trailed in the contest leading by 20 at the half. The game was not as close as the final score may look as the Broncos stretched their advantage to a game-high 31 points at 72-41 with 10:36 to go before inserting the reserves and settling for a 15-point victory. The win improved Boise State to 19-9 overall and 11-6 in MW play, while San Jose State fell to 12-16 on the year and 6-11 in league.
"I thought we came out strong and played aggressively to open the game tonight," said Presnell. "We jumped on them early and shot well from outside tonight which is something we have struggled with in recent games, we made 11 3-pointers against San Jose State. I also liked the way we dominated the boards led by Shay (Shaw) who had an incredible game with the double-double. I thought coach Sunny (Smallwood) did a good job switching things up defensively this time around with the Spartans. Overall, it was a good win for us and it sent the seniors out on a good note at home."
Shaw nearly recorded the double-double in the first half coming one rebound short of it with 10 points and nine boards. On the night the athletic freshman shot 9-of-13 (69 pct.) from the floor and went 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. In addition to her first career double-double, she also had career highs for points and rebounds. Weaver followed with 16 points powered by 4-of-5 shooting from the 3-point arc. She also added five assists and two rebounds.
Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego had an off night against the Spartans the first time the two teams met in late January on the road. Tonight she had a solid performance with nine points, six rebounds, team-high eight assists, one block and two steals.
Kayla Reinhart drilled three 3-pointers while shooting 3-of-6 from beyond the arc to finish with nine points and three rebounds. Camille Redmon added eight points and eight rebounds to go with two blocks and one steal. The two blocks moved her into sole possession of second place at Boise State for blocks in a season with 60.
On the night Boise State shot 47 percent (36-of-77) from the floor, 48 percent (11-of-23) from the arc and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. The Broncos dominated the glass out rebounding the Spartans 55-to-32 and had 19 offensive boards for a small 15-to-12 advantage in second chance points.
The Blue and Orange dominated the paint out scoring SJSU 38-to-24, while the bench held a 55-to-30 advantage in points. However, the Broncos started all four seniors on their final night in Taco Bell Arena bringing usual starters Miquelle Askew and Brooke Pahukoa off the bench.
San Jose State finished the night shooting 38 percent (28-of-74) from the floor, 32 percent (10-of-31) from 3-point range and 67 percent (10-of-15) from the free-throw line. Ta'Rae Cunnigan led SJSU with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor, four others finished with either eight or nine points for the Spartans.
The game started with the four seniors - Deanna Weaver, Kinzi Poteet, Camille Redmon and Hailey Laird - and Rodriguez Ortego on the floor for the Broncos. In the first possession of the game Laird was found wide open from behind the arc as she nailed the first 3-pointer of the game. That trey gave this year's squad the new Boise State team record for 3-pointers in a season with 226, they ended up with 11 in the game to push the record to 236.
The Broncos opened on a 7-0 run and never trailed in the game. With 13:24 to play in the first half Shaw hit a jumper to give the Broncos a 20-10 lead. Boise State's advantage never dropped bellow double-digits the rest of the way. The Broncos led by 20 at the intermission and then stretched it out to 31 points with 10 and half minutes left in the contest.
With about six minutes remaining the Broncos took the foot off the peddle and inserted most of the bench into the game. The Spartans rallied back pulling to within 14 points on three occasions but could not manage to get any closer. The last time came with 35 seconds left in the game at 88-74.
Boise State's win and UNLV's loss at San Diego State gives the Broncos sole possession of fourth place in the Mountain West standings. They will conclude the regular season this Friday night on the road at rival Fresno State who sits in third place at 20-8 overall and 12-5 in MW play. A win would give Boise State a 20 win season and third place seed into next week's conference tournament at Las Vegas.
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