Hermida Paces Season-Opening Win
Nov. 10, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - Junior guard Marta Hermida came within a rebound and an assist of just the second triple-double in Boise State history, finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine assists in the Broncos' season-opening, 83-51 victory over Northwest Christian Friday night at Taco Bell Arena.

Hermida opened the scoring just 11 seconds into the contest, hitting an uncontested 3-pointer, then assisted on Shalen Shaw's triple 24 seconds later to facilitate Boise State's hot start. Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer hit a 3 on the next trip down as the Broncos (1-0) matched a program record with six triples in the quarter, and scored a program-record 32 points in the opening frame. Hermida's layup with 5:46 left in the frame stretched the Bronco lead to 12 at 20-8, as she finished the quarter with five points, three rebounds and three assists.

"The first time I played point guard was a little different for me, but I figured if it's what I needed to do to help the team, that I would work on it. I was glad to take on responsibility," Hermida said after the game.

Hermida came out of the game for good with 8:22 to go and the Broncos up 74-45, although Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell admitted afterwards that he didn't know how close the Madrid native was to history.

"That's totally on me. I didn't know it, and it would've been the first one in 30 years," Presnell said. "But [Marta] connected and communicated with everybody and did what a point guard is supposed to do. It's a new challenge for her, she's always been a shooting guard for us. I think she is all-in. She's ready to mix it up defensively and on the boards. A point guard getting nine rebounds is pretty good, so we felt good about her."

Lupfer hit three triples and scored nine points over the opening 10 minutes as Boise State raced out to a 32-14 lead, and that advantage widened to 27 nearly halfway through the second period as Shaw scored the first seven points of the period during a 9-0 run. The Broncos would remain comfortably ahead throughout the frame, with Hermida capping the half with a buzzer-beating 20-footer to make it 50-25 at the break.

Shaw went on to lead all players on the night with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with six rebounds, four assists and three steals, with Lupfer scoring 15 points and handing out three assists. Overall, five Broncos scored in double figures, with Ellie Woerner (12 points) and Marijke Vandrschaaf (11) joining Shaw, Lupfer and Hermida.

The healthy lead allowed Presnell to spread out the minutes, as twelve Broncos would see action in the contest. Redshirt sophomores Woerner and A'Shanti Coleman, who sat out the 2016-17 season after transferring from Portland and Arizona, respectively, made their long-awaited Boise State debuts, with Woerner starting and going 5-for-10 from the field including 2-for-5 from behind the arc, scoring 12 points, and Coleman scoring seven points with five rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Freshmen Tess Amundsen (three points, four rebounds in 13 minutes) and Hailey Vice-Neat (two points, three rebounds in seven minutes) also made their collegiate debuts.

"We want to be balanced and able to attack people from all angles, so we still need more post presence to get more posts established, but I feel good about tonight," Presnell said.

Northwest Christian showed fight as the second half got underway, outscoring the Broncos, 12-7, over the opening 3:45 to get to within 20 at 57-37. Anamaria Virjoghe, who led the Beacons with 12 points on the night, and Katerina Brejchova, who finished with six points and seven rebounds, fueled the surge, but the Broncos answered quickly with 12-straight points featuring five from Hermida over a span of 3:05 to get the lead to 32 at 69-37.

For the night, Boise State shot just 39.0 percent (32-for-82) while its 33 3-point attempts tied for fourth-most in program single-game history. The Broncos out-rebounded the Beacons, 57-35, in the contest, and forced 22 turnovers.

Boise State returns to action next weekend, traveling to Honolulu for the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic. There, the Broncos will face San Diego Friday (Nov. 17) at 7:30 p.m. MT before closing the trip Sunday (Nov. 19) against Northern Arizona at 5:30 p.m. MT.

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