Nevada Rallies in Second Half to Down Broncos 75-70
Keiahnna Engel led the Broncos with a career-high 17 points.

March 4, 2014

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RENO, Nev. - Boise State let one slip away as the Broncos fell by five 75-70 on the road at Nevada Tuesday night in a Mountain West Conference women’s basketball game in Reno. Boise State led by as many as 11 points in the first half including a 44-33 advantage at halftime. Nevada opened the second period fired up and rolled off a 15-3 run to take its first lead 48-47 with 12:25 to go.

The Wolf Pack then held off the Broncos down the stretch in a tight battle for the big conference win which moved Nevada (17-11, 12-5 MW) into a tie for second-place with Fresno State (12-5 MW). The loss drops Boise State to 16-12 overall and 11-6 in MW action to take sole possession of fourth place.

Even though there is an outside chance the Broncos could still tie for second place in the regular season, Boise State now knows it cannot be seeded higher than fourth in next week’s conference tournament. Fresno State and Nevada hold the tiebreakers over the Broncos. The Blue and Orange also know they will face Wyoming in the second game on Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in the four-five contest at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain).

Keiahnna Engel led the Broncos with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor with one 3-pointer and went 4-of-6 from the free throw line. She added three rebounds, tied her career-high for assists with seven and had a team-high three steals. Miquelle Askew followed with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, while Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego added 14 points and Deanna Weaver 10. Askew and Weaver tied for the team-high on the glass with eight rebounds apiece.

Boise State shot 39.4 percent (26-of-66) from the floor, 21.7 percent (5-of-23) from the 3-point arc and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line. Nevada shot 44.8 percent (26-of-58) from the floor, 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from the arc and 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from the charity stripe. The Wolf Pack dominated rebounding 48-to-32.

Emily Burns and Danika Sharp led the Wolf Pack with 13 points each, followed by Arielle Wideman with 11. Mimi Mungedi led Nevada in rebounding with 13.

Boise State opened the first period racing out to a 17-6 advantage with 15:32 to play powered by 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. However, the Broncos then struggled for the next three minutes as the Wolf Pack stormed back with an 11-0 run to tie the score at 17 with 12:33 on the clock.

Nevada never managed to gain the lead as the Broncos regrouped and responded with a 13-5 run to push its lead out to 30-22 with eight and a half to go before halftime. After being tied at 17 with 12:33 to go, Boise State finished the half out scoring the Wolf Pack 27-16 to take a 44-33 advantage into the break.

The Broncos shot 53 percent from the floor in the period with four 3-pointers, as well as hitting all four free throw attempts. Defensively, Boise State held Nevada to 41 percent shooting from the floor, the Wolf Pack went 0-of-5 from beyond the arc and 7-of-11 from the charity stripe.

Nevada opened the second period on fire as the Broncos came out flat. The Wolf Pack rolled off a 15-3 run to take their first lead of the game at 48-47 with 12:25 remaining. The game then went back and forth as the Wolf Pack slowly took control down the stretch going up eight points twice at 63-55 and again at 66-58 with 5:45 left.

Boise State rallied pulling to within three points 71-68 with 54 seconds to go and again at 73-70 with 14 seconds remaining. Eventually Nevada held off the Broncos in the final seconds at the free throw line to take the five-point 75-70 victory.

Boise State vs Nevada Wolf Pack
3/4/14 6:30 p.m. at Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Events Center)


BOISE STATE (16-12, 11-6)
Engel, Keiahnna 6-10 4-6 17; Askew, Miquelle 8-12 0-0 16; RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 4-18 4-4 14; Weaver, Deanna 4-13 2-2 10; Reinhart, Kayla 3-7 0-0 7; McDavis, Kenna 1-1 1-2 4; Childress, Tonishia 0-2 2-2 2; Pahukoa, Brooke 0-3 0-0 0; Pahukoa, Brittney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-66 13-16 70.

NEVADA WOLF PACK (17-11, 12-5)
SHARP, Danika 5-15 1-2 13; BURNS, Emily 5-10 1-4 13; WIDEMAN, Arielle 3-7 5-7 11; MUNGEDI, Mimi 3-6 2-6 8; SMITH, Amber 3-7 0-0 7; MOE, Terilyn 0-4 6-8 6; JOHNSON, Aja 3-4 0-0 6; LESURE, Nyasha 1-1 3-4 5; KAELIN, Kelsey 2-3 0-0 4; CAMERON, Anna 1-1 0-0 2; LATHAN, Iman 0-0 0-0 0; SHELBOURN, Julia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 18-31 75.

Boise State................... 44 26 - 70
Nevada Wolf Pack.............. 33 42 - 75

3-point goals--Boise State 5-23 (RODRIGUEZ, Yaiza 2-9; Engel, Keiahnna 1-3; McDavis, Kenna 1-1; Reinhart, Kayla 1-3; Pahukoa, Brooke 0-1; Childress, Tonishia 0-2; Weaver, Deanna 0-4), Nevada Wolf Pack 5-13 (BURNS, Emily 2-3; SHARP, Danika 2-7; SMITH, Amber 1-2; KAELIN, Kelsey 0-1). Fouled out--Boise State-None, Nevada Wolf Pack-WIDEMAN, Arielle. Rebounds--Boise State 32 (Askew, Miquelle 8; Weaver, Deanna 8), Nevada Wolf Pack 48 (MUNGEDI, Mimi 13). Assists--Boise State 19 (Engel, Keiahnna 7), Nevada Wolf Pack 17 (WIDEMAN, Arielle 5). Total fouls--Boise State 20, Nevada Wolf Pack 18. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Nevada Wolf Pack-None. A-1325

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