Game Box (pdf) BOISE, Idaho - Brooke Pahukoa exploded for 23 second half points to lead Boise State past San Jose State 81-69 in a Mountain West women’s basketball game in Taco Bell Arena Friday night. Pahukoa hit seven of her school-record-tying eight 3-pointers in the second half to help Boise State clinched third place in the standings heading into next week’s conference tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
“I am just really excited for the team finishing up the conference season in third place and earning the third seed going into the tournament next week,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “I am really proud of the team effort and specifically of Brooke (Pahukoa) and Shay (Shaw) who had mega performances, both finishing with double-doubles. I feel great where we are as a team heading into the Mountain West Tournament.”
The game was close throughout with 11 ties and 10 lead changes. Trailing 47-45 with 7:17 to go in the third quarter Boise State rolled off a 13-1 run, eight from Brooke Pahukoa, over the next five minutes to take control up 58-48. The closest San Jose State could get after that run was five points early in the fourth period.
The Broncos claimed their third-consecutive victory too improve to 19-10 overall and 12-6 in league play. Boise State will play the winner of the No. 6 UNLV versus No. 11 Air Force game in the MW Tournament quarterfinals at 9:30 p.m. (Mountain) this Tuesday in the Thomas & Mack Center at Las Vegas
Brooke Pahukoa recorded her first career double-double on a team-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. She added a season-high five assists and went 9-of-17 from the floor and 8-of-14 from beyond the arc in the win. She moved from eighth place on the Boise State career list for made 3-pointers into sixth with 143.
“It was fun like Shay said, we finally came out and thought about the little in us that started playing basketball. Senior Night does that to your team, we wanted it for the seniors,” said Brooke Pahukoa. “Last time we played San Jose State Miquelle (Askew) had a monster night, so we knew that they would be really focused on her which opened up the perimeter a lot tonight allowing to hit shots.”
Shalen Shaw earned her 11th double-double of the year with 19 points and team-high 13 rebounds which ties her fourth most double-doubles in a season in program history. The sophomore went 9-of-18 from the floor with one 3-pointer, in addition to two assists and two steals. Shaw extend her league leading marks for performances during conference play of 10 games with double-doubles and 12 contests with double-digit rebounds.
“I thought we played well, we played together and we had fun. It was a great game,” Shaw said. “It (the 11 double-doubles) brings a lot to the team in rebounding and second shots, personally it makes me want to get one more to get closer to the record and that drive helps my team.”
On senior night, Miquelle Askew finished with nine points going 3-of-4 from both the floor and free-throw line. Lexie Der started the game in the post next to Askew and finished with two points, one rebound and one assist.
Yaiza Rodriguez chipped in with six points, a team-high six assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Marta Hermida added nine points, one rebound, three assists and one steal in 25 minutes. Freshman Marijke Vanderschaaf tallied eight points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
The first quarter was a 3-point shooting display as they combined for seven made field goals from beyond the arc, three by Boise State and four by SJSU. Hermida had two of the treys for the Broncos as they took a 20-16 lead into the second period.
Askew played through foul trouble in the second quarter after picking up her second with 7:10 left. Hermida joined her with a second coming at 3:53, both remained in game to finish the half with nine points each as Boise State closed the period on a 7-0 run to take a 42-40 lead into the break.
San Jose State took a 47-45 lead to open the third period before Boise State rolled of a 13-1 run to take control up 58-48 by the 2:18 mark of the quarter. SJSU cold get no closer than fie points in the final 12 minutes. Brooke Pahukoa exploded in the third quarter hitting four 3-pointers and a driving layup for 14 points.
Boise State shot 43.8 percent (28-64) from the floor against the Spartans, 43.3 percent from beyond the arc on a season-high 13 made treys on 30 attempts. The Broncos also shot 80 percent (12-15) from the free-throw line. Boise State out rebounded San Jose State 41-to-35 and 15-to-13 in offensive boards, which the Broncos turned into a commanding 21-to-7 advantage in second chance points.
San Jose State countered by hitting 40.3 percent (25-62) from the floor, 37.5 percent (9-24) from beyond the 3-point arc and 76.9 percent (10-13) from the charity stripe. Dezz Ramos led SJSU with a team-high 19 points followed by Jasmine Smith with 15 points and team-best nine rebounds, while Paris Byrd added 14 points.
The Broncos third-straight victory over the Spartans extended their series lead to 17-11 overall and 4-1 in MW regular-season contests.