March 6, 2015
FRESNO, Calif. (3/6/2015) - Camille Redmon led the Broncos with a double-double on 14 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough as Boise State lost a heartbreaker in overtime 55-52 at Fresno State Friday night. In a game that was tight throughout, Boise State led nearly the entire way and by as many as 11 points in the first half. Unfortunately, the Broncos could not put the Bulldogs away and watched as the home side rallied late to force overtime on a 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation, then scored the final seven points of the extra period to claim the win.
This was the third-consecutive game that these two teams have gone to overtime, including the Broncos 75-66 victory over the Bulldogs in Boise earlier this year. The loss drops Boise State to 19-10 overall and 11-7 in league play. That game closed the regular season for the Broncos who finish fourth in the conference standings. They will now face UNLV next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain) in the Reese's Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinals in Thomas & Mack Center at Las Vegas.
"I am proud of the way the team battled here tonight and fought to the end," said coach Gordy Presnell. "I thought Camille (Redmon) has a great game for us and was a impact tonight. We came out strong, battle through adversity and gave it all we had. In the end credit Fresno State for coming back for the win. We made some mistakes down the stretch that cost us tonight. Now we need to learn from this experience and get ready for the tournament at Las Vegas."
Boise State led for 40:01 minutes, was tied for 3:13 and trail for only 1:27 in 45 minutes of action Friday night in the Save Mart Center. The Broncos never trailed in the first 20 minutes and was up 13-8 with 13:34 to go in the period when they ran off a 7-1 run to take a game-high 20-9 lead at the 9:35 mark of the first half when Redmon hit a short jumper. The Blue and Orange took a nine-point 30-21 advantage into halftime.
The Broncos did not trailed in the contest until Fresno State's Alex Furr hit 1-of-2 free throws to break a 42-42 tie with 4:17 left in regulation. Boise State regrouped to take a three point lead twice more in the second half with the last coming when Redmon hit a driving layup with 2:14 on the clock. Neither team could score until Fresno State's Alex Sheedy hit a game-tying 3-pointer with four seconds left on the clock to send the game to overtime tied at 48.
Deanna Weaver gave the Broncos the early lead in overtime on a jumper. Boise State then took a four-point 52-48 lead after Weaver hit a pair of free throws with 4:02 remaining in overtime, the Broncos would not score again. Following a long delay as the officials reviewed video to set the clock, Fresno State rolled off seven unanswered points to get the win 55-52.
Camille Redmon led the Broncos with her second double-double on team highs for points and rebounds at 14 and 11, respectively. The senior shot 5-of-6 from the floor and 4-of-8 from the free-throw line, in addition to a season-high-tying six blocks and two steals in 34 minutes. Redmon is now within three blocks of tying for the school season record which stands at 69.
Weaver added 13 points and seven rebounds, followed by Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego with nine points, four rebounds, team-high six assists and career-high six steals in 40 minutes. Shalen Shaw added eight points and matched Redmon's rebound total of 11. Brooke Pahukoa chipped in with six points, five rebounds and two assists.
On the night Boise State shot 38 percent (19-of-50) from the floor, 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from the arc and 44.7 percent (11-of-17) from the free-throw line. In the end the Broncos did themselves no favors committing a season-high 32 turnovers which resulted in a 21-to-12 advantage in points of turnovers for the Bulldogs.
Fresno State countered the Broncos by shooting 32.8 percent (22-of-67) from the floor, 14.3 percent (3-of-21) from the arc and 50 percent (8-of-16) from the charity stripe. Alex Sheedy led the Bulldogs with 22 points and eight rebounds, followed by Toni Smith with 16 points and six boards.