Broncos are Mountain West Champs!
March 13, 2015

Final Stats

Final Box (pdf)Get Acrobat Reader

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (3/13/2015) - Brooke Pahukoa and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego combined for 34 points to lead Boise State to the 2015 Mountain West Championship defeating the New Mexico Lobos 66-60 Friday afternoon at Las Vegas. Boise State never trailed in the game and led by as many as 14 points with 14:05 left in the game. The Lobos attempted to rally back pulling to within five points on three occasions late, but could not get any closer as the Broncos held on for their second tournament title in program history.

"Yeah, we just kind of grinded it out and never stopped believing," said coach Presnell. "You know, we let them get it down to five, but never let them get all the way back into it. I was really proud of them (the Broncos). I thought Yaiza (Rodriguez Ortego) was terrific. She kept calling the same pick'n roll over and over and over. Brooke has been all in. It's been a great run. They're Boise State believers, both of them, and we're excited about the win."

"I'm really proud of them (the team). We haven't done very much grinding out," commented Presnell. "We kind of made that a point of emphasis. We did have a team meeting down at New Mexico after we played pretty flat. We had a little more urgency the rest of the year. I didn't know what would happen. We were ahead all but 14 seconds at Fresno State last week (an overtime loss). They (the Broncos) got right back up and got going."

Brooke Pahukoa and Rodriguez Ortego where both named to the Mountain West Championship All-Tournament Team, while Pahukoa was also named most valuable player. Pahukoa finished the game with 16 points powered by 3-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line, to go with five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. Rodriguez Ortego had a team and season-high 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor, one 3-pointer and went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. She added two rebounds, team-high four assists and one steal.

On what the championship means, "I mean, it's really hard to be here," said Rodriguez Ortego. "I don't know, I was thinking about my parents, that they cannot be here watching me. They need to wake up at 5:00 in the morning and watch my game online. About the team, we worked so hard to get this win and we got it, so... I was just happy for my teammates, too."

On playing in front of a large pro New Mexico crowd and it being like a road game Brooke Pahukoa said, "they had an amazing crowd. Even when we're at home (Albuquerque) for them, it's crazy. They definitely are good enough to have that many fans, so it was a fun atmosphere to play in. I thank the New Mexico fans for coming, it was awesome. There's not many chances we get to play in front of that many people. It was a special opportunity. I mean, we were playing our best basketball. This was probably the best game we've had as a team. That's what you want at the end of the year is have that championship game be your best game."

Miquelle Askew was the third Bronco to reached double-figure points with 12 after going 4-of-5 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. Askew grabbed three rebounds and added two assists, one block and one steal to her stat line. Shalen Shaw battled foul trouble and fouled out with seven points, a team-high eight rebounds, a career-tying two blocks and one steal. Deanna Weaver finished with six points and six rebounds.

Boise State finished the day shooting 37 percent (18-of-49) from the floor, 36 percent (8-of-22) from beyond the arc and 71 percent (22-of-31) from the charity stripe. The Broncos out rebounded the Lobos 39-to-31 and 19-to-15 in offensive boards.

New Mexico countered Boise State by shooting 31 percent (16-of-52) from the floor, 25 percent (3-of-12) from the arc and 89 percent (25-of-28) from the free-throw line. Antiesha Brown led the Lobos with 23 points and six rebounds, while Khadijah Shumpert added 17 points.

Boise State will now move on to the NCAA National Tournament as the Mountain West's representative. The selection show will take place on Monday at 5 p.m. on ESPN. This will be the Broncos third trip all-time to the national tournament and the second under coach Presnell.

» «