Broncos Rally to Win Third Straight
Nov. 20, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - Brooke Pahukoa scored four of her 16 points in overtime to lead Boise State from 16 points down in the first half to a 73-68 overtime win against Seattle U Sunday afternoon in Boise. The senior guard was big for Boise State down the stretch as she scored eight of the Broncos’ final 11 points in the game, including four of the five in overtime as the blue and orange rallied for the victory.

“I like the way we came back. We could have easily folded up, but we just kind of battled back,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “In the second half I thought we played with a lot more enthusiasm and more intensity. I thought Riley Lupfer came to play, she can really shoot. We need to get better because our schedule really jumps up.”

Boise State remains perfect on the year at 3-0 with the win over the Redhawks. The contest closes a three-game homestand for the Broncos who will now head to the Saint Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic next weekend to face the Saint Mary’s Gaels on Friday followed by Charlotte on Saturday.

Brooke Pahukoa shot 60 percent from the floor for the Broncos who struggled as a team early on before finishing at 35.7 percent.

“That high intensity game at the end, that’s what we want right now, because it’s only going to prepare us for those games in March,” said Pahukoa. “Although it’s not fun when you’re in it at times, those are the kind of games everyone wants to be in. It’s not fun blowing teams out. It’s fun to work your way back, be the underdogs and see a victory at the end.”

Seattle opened the game on fire shooting 62.5 percent (10-16) from the floor in the first 10 minutes as the Redhawks used a 13-0 run to race out to a 10-point lead 24-14 at the buzzer. Boise State was held to 25 percent from the floor as the Broncs hit 4-of-16 field goal attempts in the period.

Yaiza Rodriguez and freshman Riley Lupfer kept the Broncos close during the first quarter as both nailed two 3-pointers each to account for 12 of Boise State’s 14 points.

The duo remained hot from downtown as they combined for nine made triples during he contest with Lupfer going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and Rodriguez making 4-of-8, both above 50 percent from long range.

“She (Lupfer) has the most talent I’ve ever seen from a player at Boise State,” said Brooke Pahukoa. “The sky is the limit for her. She keeps getting more confidence every single game and she’s going to be a top player here at Boise State.”

Lupfer ended up recording a team and career-high 17 points in 20 minutes, while Rodriguez, a senior from Spain, dished out a team-high seven assists to go with four rebounds in 37 minutes.

The Broncos played better in the second quarter as they began to find their shot hitting 43.8 percent from the floor. However, they found themselves down nine, 42-33 at halftime.

Shalen Shaw was held to two points in the first period before finding her touch in the second tallying six to go with four rebounds. Shaw ended the contest with her first double-double of the season on 14 points and team-high 11 rebounds, in addition to four assists, two blocks and one steal in 40 minutes of action.

“I’m very proud of my team,” said Shaw. “We pulled together as a team and went to overtime and got the win overall.”

“At halftime, I said in a very intense way that we need to get more intense more than anything,” Presnell said. “We didn’t go over X’s or O’s much, but we need to play hard. It’s our home court and we need to protect our home court. I was proud of the way Brooke Pahukoa played at the end.”

The third quarter saw Boise State chip away at its deficit as the Broncos slowly inched closer to Seattle U. A Shaw layup with 4:04 to go pulled Boise State to within one at 47-46. Not long after Lupfer hit one of her five treys to give the Broncos their first lead since early in the first quarter up 49-47 with 3:20 showing on the clock.

With Boise State leading by three at the end of the third quarter the game remained intense the rest of the way. The largest lead in the fourth quarter was four by the Broncos at 59-55 with 6:55 to go.

With Boise State trailing Seattle U 64-62 with 2:35 remaining in the fourth Brooke Pahukoa hit a running jumper to tie the score.

Then with the Broncos trailing 67-66, Pahukoa struck again driving past her defender before pulling up for a short jumper to give Boise State the lead at 68-67 with 21 seconds left in regulation.

Boise State had opportunities to seal the victory in regulation but came up short. Seattle’s Kaylee Best hit one of two free throws with four seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Initially, Boise State struggled to score in overtime. With the score knotted up at 68 all with 1:28 remaining, Brooke Pahukoa hit a jumper to put the Broncos up 70-68.

She then gave the Broncos a four point cushion by converting two clutch free throws with 43 seconds left to make it 72-68. That was all it would take as Boise State shutout the Redhawks in overtime out scoring them 5-0 to put the game away.

Boise State finished the day shooting 40.6 percent from the 3-point arc making 13-of-32 attempts. The Broncos continue to struggle from the free-throw line hitting 58.8 percent (10-17). They out rebounded the Redhawks by nine 46-to-37 and had a season-high six blocks.

Seattle U shot 44.8 percent from the floor in the game, 30 percent (6-20) from long range and 52.6 percent (10-19) from the charity stripe. Both teams committed 19 turnovers with the Redhawks having a 19-to-18 advantage in points of turnovers.

Boise State’s bench was huge in the game, led by Lupfer’s 17, outscoring Seattle’s 27-to-7.

Seattle U had four players reach double-figure points led by Alexis Montgomery’s 16, followed by Best with 15, Claire Metoyer with 11 and Joana Alves with 10.

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