Broncos Go Back-To-Back!
March 9, 2018

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LAS VEGAS (AP) A'Shanti Coleman scored 10 points, including a game-winning buzzer beater, to give Boise State a 62-60 come-from-behind victory over Nevada on Friday in the Mountain West women's championship game.

The top-seeded Broncos (23-9) won their second straight and third Mountain West tournament title in four years, and get the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Boise State was led by the tournament's Most Outstanding Player Riley Lupfer, who scored 19 points on 6 of 17 shooting, including 5 of 13 from 3-point range. Braydey Hodgins added 14 and Shaelin Shaw 10.

Teige Zeller led seventh-seeded Nevada (17-16) with 14 points, while Jade Redmon had 11 and T Moe chipped in with 10.

The Broncos erased a 10-point lead in the third quarter, and made their final run over the last two minutes of the game.

After Redmon's baseline jumper missed, and the ball went out of bounds to Boise State, the Broncos patiently set up their final sequence. Marta Hermida's short jumper from the right baseline clanked perfectly for Coleman to grab the rebound and put it back as time expired.

Clinging to a one-point lead early in the third quarter, Moe ignited an 11-2 run for the Wolf Pack, which opened a 46-36 lead with 6:02 left. At the other end, Boise State struggled beyond a five-point spurt from Hodgins, as the Broncos shot just 33.3 percent (4 of 12) from the floor. Nevada took a 46-43 lead into the final quarter.

Nevada opened the game red hot from the field, hitting 6 of its first 9 from the floor en route to an 18-13 lead after one. Behind the shooting touch of Camariah King, the Wolf Pack shot 50 percent from the field, hitting 7 of 14 in the first quarter. Nevada also outrebounded Boise State 10-5 over the first 10 minutes.

Boise State tried to keep pace from the 3-point stripe, but Lupfer was the only one who could connect. The Broncos were 3 of 9 from long range, with Lupfer draining all three.

After falling behind nine early in the second quarter, 24-15, the Broncos made a run of their own, scoring the game's next eight points to pull within one. The teams traded baskets until Boise State took a 31-29 lead behind a Marta Hermida 3-pointer. Nevada closed the half with four unanswered points and took a 33-31 lead into the locker room at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Boise State: Hodgins has elevated her game at the right time for the Broncos, as she scored a career-high 25 points on 8-for-11 shooting in Wednesday's semifinal win over Colorado State. She averaged 16.7 in the tournament.

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Boise State: The Broncos advance to the NCAA Tournament


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