BOISE, Idaho (11/13/2015) - Miquelle Askew scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds to lead Boise State to a 58-44 season opening win over Cal State Los Angeles Friday night in Bronco Gym. The senior center from South Jordan, Utah, went 10-of-16 from the floor in the Bronco win.
The first half was close as Boise State struggled at times getting their shots to fall before hitting 43 percent going into halftime. After CSULA came from seven down to tie the score at 23 in the second quarter, the Broncos finish the period on a 7-0 run in the final 3:23 to take a 30-23 lead heading into halftime.
Boise State never trailed in the second half and only trailed once in the entire contest early in the first quarter. The Broncos opened the second half on a 5-0 run to take a quick 12-point lead at 35-23. CSULA then countered with a 13-4 run as the Golden Eagles pulled within 39-36 with three minutes left in the third quarter.
The Broncos then used three CSULA turnovers, two were Boise State steals by Brooke Pahukoa and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego, to roll off an 8-0 run to go up 47-36 with under a minute to play in the third. Boise State took a nine-point 47-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
Rodriguez Ortego finished the game with eight points, three bounds, seven assists and two steals. Brooke Pahukoa struggled a bit against CSULA finishing the night with four points, seven boards, two assists and team-high three steals.
Boise State maintained at least a seven-point lead throughout the fourth quarter and ended up stretching its advantage out to a game-high 14 points at on a Marta Hermida jumper with 21 seconds left in the game to give the Broncos a 58-44 victory.
Hermida, a freshman from Madrid, Spain, played solid in her Boise State debut finishing with a team-second-best 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor with two 3-pointers, she also added seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in the Broncos winning effort.
Five other Broncos debuted for Boise State against Cal State LA including freshman Joyce Harrell who played 21 minutes and finished with four points and five rebounds. Redshirt-freshman Marijke Vanderschaaf saw her first action as a Bronco recording two points and three rebounds in five minutes. Jordan Tully played five minutes and tallied four points, two boards, one assist and one steal. Leonie Edringer and Ella Fotu also saw their first action in the blue and orange.
You could tell it was Friday the 13th because the game was at times ugly as the two teams combined for 51 turnovers, 30 by Boise State and 21 by CSULA. However, the Broncos held a slight edge in points off turnovers by a 19 to 15 margin.
On the night Boise State shot 41 percent from the floor, 23 percent (3-of-13) from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line (7-of-8). The Broncos outscored the scrappy Golden Eagles 34 to 26 in the paint and 10 to six in second chance points.
Cal State LA ended up shooting 32 percent from the floor, 13 percent (3-of-23) from the 3-point line and 50 percent (5-of-10) from the charity stripe. Boise State out rebounded CSULA by 21 44- to 23.
The Golden Eagles had no one reach double-figure points but were led by Bree Parsons and Ali Orlich with nine points each, followed by Franeka Hall with eight.
Boise State will be back in action Monday afternoon when the Broncos host the College of Charleston at 4 p.m. in the first contest of a doubleheader with the men's team in Taco Bell Arena.