Boise State Rolls Past UNLV in MW Quarterfinals
March 10, 2015


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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (3/10/2015) - Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego scored 15 points to lead Boise State to a 64-46 victory over UNLV in the Mountain West Conference Championship Tournament quarterfinals at Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon. Boise State trailed for only 49 seconds in the game and led by as many as 18 points in the second half as the fourth-seeded Broncos pulled away from the fifth-seeded Lady Rebels. The Broncos claimed their 20th win of the season at 20-10 and advanced into Wednesday's semifinal round against No. 8 San Jose State, who upset the top-seeded Colorado State Rams 64-55 earlier in the day. It is Boise State's sixth 20-win season in program history and third under coach Gordy Presnell.

"I am really pleased with the intensity and the way the team played today," said coach Presnell. "It was tight most of the way and I thought we handled their pressure well. Yaiza (Rodriguez Ortego) did a great job running the game plan for us and kept us in the game even when we struggled. Overall, it was a great win for the team and it gives us our 20th win. Now we turn our attention towards San Jose State tomorrow."

Boise State won a contest that saw both teams struggle through several long scoring droughts. One such spell came for the Broncos late in the first half where they hit one field goal between from 8:33 to 2:31, just over six minutes. The Broncos found themselves down 22-20 with less than three minutes to play in the half when they rolled off a 10-0 run powered by back-to-back 3-pointers from Deanna Weaver and Rodriguez Ortego to close the period and seize control of the game up 30-22 at the break.

The Lady Rebels pulled to within four points at 36-32 with 15:30 to play but was unable to get any closer after that. Over the next eight and half minutes the teams struggled to score as the Broncos used a 9-3 run to stretch their lead to double-digits for the first time at 45-35 on a Miquelle Askew free throw with 6:52 to go.

Camille Redmon hit a jumper with 5:32 left to give the Broncos an 11-point 50-39 lead. The Boise State advantage never slipped below double digits after that as the Broncos stretched it out to a game-high 18-points at 58-40 with 1:51 remaining and again at the end of the game.

Rodriguez Ortego scored 10 of her team-high 15 points in the second half. The sophomore from Spain also added a career-high eight rebounds, team-best six assists and two steals in 32 minutes of action.

Weaver and Askew both reached double-figure points as well with 11 each. Weaver added five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Askew chipped in with four rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal.

Redmon just missed her third double-double finishing with nine points, team-high 12 rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Her four blocks, the last coming with 1:11 left in game, set a new school record for a single season at Boise State as she now has 70 on the year.

Brook Pahukoa added seven points, four rebounds and four assists. Kayla Reinhart contributed six points, while Shalen Shaw had five points, seven boards and three assists.

Boise State finished the day shooting 33 percent (19-of-58) from the floor, 33 percent (9-of-27) from beyond the arc and 74 percent (17-of-23) from the free-throw line. For the third-straight meeting the Broncos out rebounded the Mountain West's top rebounding team, this time 49-to-37.

UNLV shot 31 percent (18-of-59) from the floor, 22 percent (4-of-18) from the arc and 43 percent (6-of-14) from the charity stripe. Alana Cesarz led the Lady Rebels with 14 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Danielle Miller with 13 points.

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