BOISE, Idaho (11/16/2015) - Shalen Shaw scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed a team-best nine rebounds to lead Boise State past the College of Charleston 61-38 in a nonconference women's basketball game in Taco Bell Arena Monday night. Boise State started the game slow then found its game in the second quarter as the Broncos slowly pulled away from the Cougars stretching an 11-point halftime lead out to a 23-point victory.
"I am really excited for our kids. I am excited for Shay (Shaw)," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "It's a good bounced back game after really getting it handed to us by Cal State LA the other night in terms of athleticism."
The win keeps the Broncos undefeated at 2-0 overall, while the College of Charleston moved to 1-1 with the loss. Next up for Boise State is the final contest of a three-game homestand to open the season when Utah Valley comes to town Thursday night.
The first quarter was low scoring as the two teams struggled shooting, Boise State shot 25 percent while Charleston hit 23 percent. The Broncos held a 9-6 lead heading into the second period and were led by Shaw with four points and three rebounds.
Shaw scored eight of her season-high 18 points in the first half. She finished the game making 8-of-16 shots from the floor and went 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. The sophomore forward also had a team-high nine rebounds to go with four assists, one block and tied for the team-high in steals with three.
"Shay (Shaw) had a great game and kept herself on the floor tonight by not fouling," Presnell said. "Not many teams at any level have a player like Shay Shaw who is really long but can handle the ball like a point guard, shoot it like a wing and can defend the post."
Shaw on what was the big difference tonight, "Not fouling, I kind of got not really yelled at, but talk to about needing to stay in the game and keeping my hands off."
The Cougars opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 12-9 lead at the 7:29 mark. Boise State responded with a 10-0 run to claim a 19-12 lead with five minutes to play and closed the quarter out scoring C of C 20-6.
Boise State took an 11-point 29-18 lead into halftime with Shaw leading the Broncos on eight points and five rebounds. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and Marta Hermida hit two treys in the first half for six points each.
Rodriguez and Hermida combined for 5-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Rodriguez finished the contest with nine points on three treys, one rebound, team-high seven assists and three steals. Hermida tallied seven points, three boards, four assists and two steals.
"I was really pleased with Yaiza," commented Presnell. "I thought she did a nice job running the team and getting penetration to get people shots."
Boise State opened the third quarter on a 6-0 run with all six points coming from Shaw to spot the Broncos a 35-18 lead two minutes into the period.
The Broncos claimed a 19-point, 39-20, lead with five minutes left in third before settling for a 15-point, 43-28, advantage heading into the fourth.
After C of C opened the fourth on a 4-0 run, Boise State then rolled off a 9-0 run to put the game away taking a 52-32 lead with six minutes to play.
Marijke Vanderschaaf had a good night coming in off the bench to score eight points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor and hit both of her free throw attempts.
Boise State as a team finished the game shooting 39 percent from the floor, 30 percent (7-of-23) from beyond the arc and 62 percent (8-of-13) from the charity stripe.
The Broncos did a better job holding onto the ball tonight committing only 16 turnovers compared to 21 for C of C, Boise State had 12 steals. The Blue and Orange dominated points off turnovers 31 to 11.
Boise State also dominated second chance points 23 to three out rebounding the Cougars 15 to 11 in offensive boards and 39 to 33 overall.
The College of Charleston shot 30 percent from the floor, 10 percent (1-of-10) from the arc and 70 percent (7-of-10) from the free-throw line. Breanna Bolden led the Cougars with 15 points followed by Kelsey Booth with eight and a team-high eight rebounds.