BOISE, Idaho - Brooke Pahukoa, Shay Shaw and Joyce Harrell combined for 65 points in a 52-point win over Southern Oregon in an exhibition game Friday night in Taco Bell Arena. Pahukoa led with a team-high 23 points, followed by Harrell with 22 and Shaw with 20. In all, five Broncos reached double-figure points as Marta Hermida and Miquelle Askew added 13 and 10 points, respectively. It was a solid showing for the Broncos in their first outing of the season and the first under the new four-quarter format. "It was good (to get alot of players involved), really pleased with our veterans and I thought Yaiza was unbelievable," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "I think she took two shots, but she was unbelievable getting everyone involved. Brooke shot the ball really well. I thought our freshman - Marta Hermida and Joyce Harrell - are going to be really fine players."
Boise State opened the game by racing out to a 28-13 first quarter lead led by 12 Brooke Pahukoa points. The junior from Lake Stevens, Wash., finished the game with a team-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 6-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. She just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
The game was all Broncos who ran at will against the Raiders stretching their lead to 53-28 by halftime before finishing with a 52-point victory margin at 102-50. Boise State score 20-plus points in all four quarters, while holding SOU to 15 or less.
Freshman Joyce Harrell made a strong debut, even though the exhibition will not count in the season stats, tallying a double-double on the night with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She shot 11-of-13 from the floor in the game.
"It felt really great (tonight), my team supported me," said Harrell. "The team is really like a family, everyone has each others back even if you have a mistake they have your back. I just try to help my teammates whenever I come in and do whatever they ask me to do, whether it is coming in to rebound or whatever, that's what I will do."
Shalen Shaw added 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.
Yaiza Rodriguez Ortegeo led the offensive attack for the Broncos by dishing out 16 assists, which would be a career high and school record if this was a regular season contest.
Boise State's newest Spaniard Marta Hermida from Madrid also had a strong outing scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and going 3-of-5 from the arc. Hermida added four assists and a team-high four steals in the winning effort.
Senior center Miquelle Askew played 18 minutes in the win recording 10 points and five rebounds. Brittney Pahukoa battled foul trouble but managed to grab four rebounds and dished out three assists.
Four other freshmen were on display as well for Boise State starting with Leonie Edringer from Treir, Germany, who chipped in nine points going 3-of-4 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. Also debuting for the Broncos where Ella Fotu, a freshman from Auckland, New Zealand, who had four points and three rebounds, Jordan Tully from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and redshirt-freshman Marijke Vanderschaaf from Sammamish, Wash.
On the night Boise State shot 56.3 percent from the floor, 50 percent (9-of-18) from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent (13-19) from the free-throw line.
Southern Oregon was held to 25.8 percent shooting, 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from long distance and went 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the charity stripe.
The Broncos out rebounded the Raiders 51 to 29 and recorded 32 assists, five blocks and 11 steals.
SOU was led by Tiani Bradford with 14 points and five rebounds, followed by Autumn Durand with 12 points and three boards.
Next up for Boise State is the regular-season opener next Friday, Nov. 13, when the Broncos host Cal State Los Angeles in Bronco Gym at 7 p.m.