Broncos Can't Hold Late Lead
Nov. 19, 2017

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    HONOLULU, Hawaii - Leading by 14 after three quarters, Boise State chose the wrong time to go cold, going 2-for-19 from the field, including 0-for-6 from behind the arc, over the final 10 minutes as Northern Arizona erased a 14-point deficit to beat the Broncos, 62-60, at the Bank of Hawai'i Classic Sunday. Boise State finished its trip to Hawaii 0-2, including Friday night's loss to San Diego.

    The Broncos (1-2) managed to retake the lead, 60-58, with 1:04 to go, but Northern Arizona, meanwhile got a free throw from Kenna McDavis with 53 seconds left, and another from Kaleigh Paplow with 16 seconds remaining to tie it up. Boise State called timeout to advance the ball, but couldn't capitalize as Tess Amundsen's 3-pointer was short, and, after a timeout of its own, Northern Arizona (1-3) got the winning bucket on Olivia Lucero's backdoor layup with 1.6 seconds left. The Broncos had one more chance, but A'Shanti Coleman's 3-point attempt at the buzzer hit back iron.

    Coleman hit 1-of-2 free throws with 7:47 to play to get Boise State its largest lead of the game at 54-39. Paplow hit a layup, and after a stop, went 1-for-2 from the line after a Coleman foul, but Marijke Vanderschaaf got Boise State's lead back to 14 at 56-42 with a short jumper.

    Vanderschaaf's jumper would be Boise State's last points for the next 5:41, as the Broncos went 0-for-11 over that span and 1-for-15 the rest of the game. Northern Arizona slowly chipped away at the lead, with Paplow, who scored 18 points on the day, scoring four during the comeback and Lucero, who led all players with 20 points, scoring six. McDavis also scored seven the rest of the way, including a pair of 3-pointers. She finished the game with nine points and 12 rebounds.

    "We have a real long way's to go. We've had the same leadership for four years prior to this, and been able to execute with a lot of positivity down the stretch at the end of games, and now we're just searching," said Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell. "Hopefully we do get better. I think we have the talent but right now we can't execute down the stretch of games."

    The Lumberjacks only went 7-for-13 from the line over the final period, and 16-for-28 in the contest, giving the Broncos chances to stem the tide, but cold shooting and foul trouble cost Boise State, which shot just 25.0 percent (19-for-76) for the contest. The Broncos committed 26 fouls in the contest, and 11 in the final quarter. Senior forward Shalen Shaw fouled out with 2:04 remaining and the Broncos trailing, 57-56, while Hermida picked up her fifth foul with the game tied 60-60 and 16 seconds left.

    After the teams played to a 30-30 deadlock through the first half, Boise State appeared to take control of the contest in the third quarter, outscoring the Lumberjacks, 23-9. Hermida, who finished the game with a season-high 14 points, began the half with a jumper, then hit a triple after one from Ellie Woerner, sparking a 12-0 half-opening run. When Northern Arizona cut it to nine at 42-33, Vanderschaaf scored Boise State's next eight points, and ended the quarter with a pair of free throws to give the Broncos a 14-point lead entering the final frame. The quarter highlighted Vanderschaaf's first double-double of the season as she finished the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

    The Broncos out-rebounded the Lumberjacks, 17-7, over the quarter, and for the second half won the battle on the glass, 28-16. But missed bunnies and failed second-chance opportunities haunted Boise State over the final 10 minutes.

    "We didn't get the ball inside effectively in the first half, so at halftime we talked about establishing post play, so we really tried to make an effort to establish that," Presnell said.

    Boise State begins a two-game stand at Taco Bell Arena next Sunday, hosting Corban at 2 p.m. The stand will conclude Nov. 30 as the Broncos take on Saint Mary's at 7 p.m.

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