Boise State Wins Opener 75-60 Over Montana State
Nov. 14, 2014
Senior Deanna Weaver led all scorers with 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds. She went 7-of-15 from the floor with three 3-pointers, as well as tallying two assists. Keiahnna Engel was next with 13 points, while Miquelle Askew added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Kinzi Poteet returned to the court for the first time in two years after missing the previous two campaigns because of injury. The sixth-year senior responded by hitting 4-of-5 field goal attempts and making four free throws to score 12 points. She also recorded six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 23 minutes of action.
Camille Redmon contributed four points, six boards and two blocks in the Boise State victory. Sophomore Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego dished out a team-high six assists to go with her four rebounds. Joining Redmon with a debut performance for the Broncos was freshman Shalen Shaw who tallied four rebounds and two blocks.
Boise State opened the game on a 10-0 run and never trailed in the contest. Momentum was going the way of the Blue and Orange early. The Broncos extended their advantage out to a 20-point, 31-11, lead eight and half minutes into the contest when the winter chill from outside entered the building.
The Broncos went on a dry spell that saw them hit two of their next 20 shots over a nine-minute span as the Bobcats rallied. Montana State slowly chipped away at the Bronco lead and closed the half outscoring Boise State 18-8 in the final 11:30.
Boise State led by only 10 points at the half up 39-29 and was powered by Weaver with 13 first half points, which included three treys.
The second half started out like the first with a Boise State run. This time it was 8-0 as the Broncos claimed a 47-29 advantage three and a half minutes into the period. Though Boise State would never trail, Montana State put a scare into the home standing Broncos by pulling to within five points on two occasions in the final 20 minutes.
The first came with 11:35 remaining and the score at 52-47 Broncos. The last came after MSU's Alexa Dawkins hit a layup two and half minutes later to make it a 54-49 ball game.
Boise State regrouped and rattled off a 14-0 run to seize control and put the game away as it took a 68-51 lead at the 4:07 mark of the half. Askew led the Broncos on their decisive run with six points, followed by Engel's four, Poteet's three and Weaver with one. Montana State did not have another rally in it as Boise State claimed the victory.
The Broncos finished the night shooting 40 percent from the floor, 22 percent (5-of-23) from long range and 70 percent (14-of-20) from the free-throw line.
Boise State out rebounded the Bobcats 45-to-34 for a 15-to-7 advantage in second chance points. The Blue and Orange also dominated the paint by a 36-to-22 point margin. Turnovers were numerous in this game as the teams combined for 43, but in the end the Broncos claimed a 30-to-20 point advantage off 24 MSU miscues.
Montana State shot 41 percent from the floor against Boise State, 31 percent (5-of-16) from the arc and 54 percent (7-of-13) from the charity stripe.
Jasmine Hommes fouled out of the game with 9:34 to play but not before she scored a team-high 15 points for the Bobcats. She was followed by Lindsay Stockton, daughter of former NBA star John Stockton, with 12 points and Jackie Elliott with 10 points and team-high nine rebounds.
Boise State is now 1-0 overall with a home game against New Mexico State on the slate for Tuesday night in a doubleheader with the men's team, the women's tip is set for 5:35 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
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