Broncos Drop Exhibition To Carroll
Nov. 5, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - Carroll College hit 12 3-pointers in Sunday's exhibition against Boise State, but it was a turnaround, mid-range jumper from Hannah Dean with 21 seconds left that beat the Broncos, 62-61, in exhibition action at Taco Bell Arena.

The Broncos will move on to Friday's 2017-18 season opener, in which they take on Northwest Christian at 5:30 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State trailed by as many as eight early in the fourth quarter before going on a 14-2 run over a span of 6:01 to take a 60-56 lead. But the Bronco offense, which couldn't quite find its rhythm all game, struggled the rest of the way, as Carroll ended the game on a 6-1 run punctuated by Dean's jumper. The Broncos had one final chance with five seconds to play, but Shalen Shaw's 3-pointer fell short.

"I do think this was a wake-up call, but it is a teaching moment. Somehow we're going to have to find a group of people that want to perform down the stretch of games," said Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell. "The reason you play exhibition games is to figure out rotations, and put yourselves in scenarios like this. Obviously we would've liked to have won, but at least I have a better understanding of where we're at. We're starting at the bottom and have to work our way up."

After Marta Hermida hit a jumper to put the Broncos up 60-56 with 3:22 to play, Boise State only got two more field-goal attempts the rest of the way, and turned the ball over twice.

Each team committed 15 turnovers, with Boise State shooting 39.2 percent (20-for-51) from the field and Carroll shooting at a 41.4-percent clip (24-for-58). The Fighting Saints, however, made their long-range chances count, finishing the game 12-for-22 from behind the arc while Boise State hit just 6-of-21 attempts, with Hermida and Riley Lupfer leading the way with two apiece. The Broncos, though, struggled at the line, shooting just 62.5 percent (15-for-24) despite attempting 19 more free throws than its opponent.

Carroll's Bailey Pasta led all players with 13 points in the contest despite shooting 5-of-17 from the field. Pasta and Brittney Johnson, who finished with 11 points for the Fighting Saints, each hit a game-high three triples. Dean's game-winner capped a performance in which she scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Senior Shalen Shaw led the Broncos with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Lupfer also finished with 12 points and center Marijke Vanderschaaf grabbed nine rebounds.

Overall, the final score reflected how tight the contest was, as it featured 15 lead changes and 11 ties, while neither team ever led by more than eight points. Bronco freshman Tess Amundsen capped a back-and-forth first quarter with a banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Broncos in front, 21-18, while Dean hit a last-minute jumper before the half to give the Fighting Saints a 29-28 lead at the break. Carroll opened the game by hitting six of its first seven attempts from 3-point range, keeping the Fighting Saints within range despite being out-rebounded, 20-13, over the opening 20 minutes.

Boise State appeared poised to take control of the contest as the second half got underway, as each of the Broncos' first four possessions resulted in points. Shaw opened the run with a layup, followed by free throws the next trip down by Vanderschaaf, a 3-pointer from Lupfer and a jumper from Ellie Woerner putting the Broncos in front at 37-31. But, in a harbinger of things to come, the Bronco offense cooled off and Carroll began to chip away at the lead. The Broncos went scoreless for nearly three minutes after Woerner's jumper with 7:33 left in the third, and Carroll got eight points from Pasta over a 20-9 stretch during the period's final 7:33 to take a 51-46 lead into the fourth.

"I thought that in the middle of the second half, we battled back and got ourselves back into the game, but then we didn't perform like we could down the last three minutes," Presnell said. "I thought Carroll played very well. They were into it, it was their fourth game this week, and it showed. We really struggled in transition and down the stretch with free throws and turnovers."

Sunday's exhibition featured three debuts for the Broncos, as transfers Woerner (Portland) and A'Shanti Coleman (Arizona) saw their first game action after having to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules, and Amundsen played her first college game. Coleman finished the game with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting and six rebounds, while Woerner scored four points with three assists, and Amundsen scored five points.

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