Boise State Advances to MW Championship with 76-67 Win Over SJSU
March 11, 2015

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Shalen Shaw scored 10 of her career-high 20 points in the final 4:07 of the game to lead Boise State's rally over San Jose State 76-67 Wednesday night in the Mountain West Championship semifinals at Las Vegas. The victory advances the Broncos into Friday's championship game at 1 p.m. (Mountain) against either New Mexico or Fresno State.

"First I want to congratulate San Jose State on a great tournament run. I have great respect for them and their coaching staff, the way they handle themselves and the way they play," said coach Gordy Presnell. "They play a unique style of basketball that really gets in your head. I thought our kids handled themselves. We had a couple points at the beginning of our shoot around about having poise and then grinding it out. I thought those were the two key points. I thought we had poise, handled the storm, then hung in there and kind of grinded it out."

Boise State trailed most of the way as the Broncos patiently waited for the right moment to take control. Down six points on four occasions in the final 20 minutes, the last came with 11:57 remaining and SJSU up 48-42.

The Broncos slowly chipped away and took their first lead of the half on a Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego free throw with 6:27 left on the clock. The Spartans regained the lead for the last time at 5:43 on a pair of Rebecca Woodberry free throws for a 58-56 edge.

With the game tied at 58 with 4:32 to play, Rodriguez Ortego found herself at the line once more making 1-of-2 to give the Broncos the lead for good. That is when Shaw took the game over for Boise State scoring 10 of the Broncos' last 15 points in the final 4:07 of the game.

Shaw finished the night shooting 80 percent (8-of-10) from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range. It was the third double-figure scoring game in the last four contests for the freshman from Reno, Nev., who also finished with a game-high eight rebounds.

Brooke Pahukoa followed with 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the floor, 2-of-4 from the arc and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, both career highs from the line. She added six rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes of action. Deanna Weaver followed with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists. Rodriguez Ortego added eight points, two rebounds, team-high six assists and two steals. Camille Redmon chipped in with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks. Redmon extended her school record for blocks in a season to 74.

On the night Boise State shot 43 percent (26-of-61) from the floor, 50 percent (7-of-14) from the arc and 74 percent (17-of-23) from the free-throw line. The Broncos dominated the glass out rebounding the Spartans 42-to-35 and 13-to-9 in offensive boards for a 17-ot-8 advantage in second chance points. The bench also out scored San Jose State 26-to-14.

San Jose State finished the night hitting 40 percent (25-of-63) from the floor, 30 percent (8-of-27) from beyond the arc and 64 percent (9-of-14) from the charity stripe. Rebecca Woodberry led the Spartans with 17 points and seven rebounds, followed by Ta'Rea Cunnigan with 15 points.

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