Boise State Dominates on Senior Night
March 3, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State seniors Brooke Pahukoa (23), Yaiza Rodriguez (9) and Brittney Pahukoa (5) combined for 37 points to lead the Broncos to their seventh-consecutive win with a 72-48 victory over Air Force on Senior Night night in Boise.
Boise State was dominating during the win building on its lead as each quarter progressed eventually outscoring the Falcons by 24 points. The third period was decisive for the Broncos as they put the game away outscoring Air Force 25-13 to take a 23-point lead into the fourth.
“I am just excited to finish off the regular season 22-7, we’ve been on a pretty good run down the stretch and hopefully we can take the momentum into the tournament on Tuesday,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “I’m really proud of our three seniors, they really performed well tonight. I am excited to see what we can do this coming week in Vegas.”
Brooke Pahukoa scored nearly half of the Broncos points during the first 20 minutes tallying 14 of the 30 on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. The senior finished with her eighth 20-plus scoring game on a team-high 23 powered by 8-of-12 shooting from the floor with one 3-pointer.
The Broncos will enter the Mountain West Tournament next week in Las Vegas with a conference-best seven game win streak that is book marked on each side with wins over Air Force. With the win Boise State improved to 22-7 overall and 12-6 in MW play.
The Broncos finished the regular season tied for third place with UNLV and will enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed. They will face New Mexico at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain) Tuesday afternoon in the quarterfinals at UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center.
Shalen Shaw added 14 points and team-high nine rebounds. The nine boards moved her into 11th-place on the career list at Boise State with 630, two short of 10th.
Brittney Pahukoa shined on Senior Day finishing with five points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Leading by four (14-10) after one quarter, Boise State pulled away during the second outscoring the Falcons 16-9 to take a 11 point (30-19) advantage into halftime.
But it was in the third quarter that Boise State put the game away opening on a 20-6 run to double up Air Force 50-25. By the time the period ended the Broncos led 55-32.
The fourth was a virtual toss up as the Broncos subbed in the bench for a large portion of the period, but Boise State won the quarter as well outscoring Air Force 17-16.
The Broncos finished the night shooting 48.3 percent (29-60) from the floor as a team, 21.4 percent (3-14) from 3-point range and 78.6 percent (11-14) from the free-throw line.
The game was a turnover fest as the two teams combined for 50, 29 by Air Force and Boise State 21. The Broncos turned the turnovers into a 24-to-15 advantage in points.
They also dominated the paint by a 34-to-20 margin, while the bench outscored Air Force 25-to-4.
Air Force shot 42.5 percent (17-40) from the floor, 50 percent (5-10) from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent (9-13) from the free-throw line.
Mariah Forde led USAFA with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, followed by Dee Bennett with 12 points and team-high six rebounds.
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