Nov. 25, 2016
MORAGA, Calif. - Brooke Pahukoa scored a season-high 26 points to help Boise State hold off Saint Mary’s 83-78 on the opening day of the Hilton Concord Classic at Moraga, Calif.
The win was the fourth straight to open the season as the Broncos remain undefeated at 4-0. The last time Boise State won its first four games was during the 2009-10 season when they won seven in a row. The Broncos will face Charlotte at 1 p.m. (MT) Saturday afternoon on the final day of the classic at Moraga.
Pahukoa became the 18th Bronco to reach the 1,000 career point milestone as she now has 1,005. Yaiza Rodriguez also notched her own milestone in the contest dishing out eight assists that gave her the school record for career assists with 454, breaking the old mark of 451 set by Tricia Bader (1991-96).
“I’m excited that we got this win today and how the team fought through all the adversity,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “It was good to see the team fight and withstand everything Saint Mary’s through at them. I thought Brooke Pahukoa did a great job leading this team, especially with so many of our veterans on the bench in foul trouble. She stepped up when we needed her and she did not disappoint.”
Boise State was forced to depend a lot on its bench during the contest as the team was plagued with foul trouble early and eventually saw three starters Marta Hermida, Shalen Shaw and Marijke Vanderschaaf foul out in the fourth quarter.
Pahukoa shot 8-of-19 from the floor with two 3-pointers and went 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She also had two rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win.
The first half was a struggle for Boise State who battled big foul trouble from midway through the first quarter. Four Broncos Hermida, Shaw, Vanderschaaf and Riley Lupfer were all on the bench as the second period began with two each. Brooke Wheeler joined the group by mid-second quarter.
Regardless of the foul trouble Boise State battled hard relying on the bench for minutes and offense. The Broncos never trailed in the second quarter and held on for a four-point 37-33 lead at halftime.
Brooke Pahukoa led Boise State with nine points in the first half. In all 11 Broncos scored in the opening 20 minutes with Jordan Woodvine and Rodriguez having four each to back up Pahukoa.
Rodriguez finished the game with 10 points powered by 8-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. She also had a team-high eight assists with three rebounds and two steals.
Boise State shot 50 percent (14-28) in the first half and 40 percent (4-10) from behind the 3-point arc.
Turnovers kept the Gaels in the contest during the first two periods converting 10 Boise State give aways into a 12-to-5 edge in points off turnovers.
The third quarter saw Saint Mary’s rally to take its first lead since early in the first quarter. The Gaels’ Megan McKay scored four consecutive points to give Saint Mary’s a 49-48 advantage with 2:45 to go in the period. McKay finished the game with a double-double on 25 points and 13 rebounds, both team highs.
Brooke Pahukoa responded with four straight points to put the Broncos up 53-49 with a minute to go in the third.
Up two at 53-51 to open the fourth quarter Boise State began to struggled as Saint Mary’s took a five-point advantage at 58-53 two minutes in.
Boise State regrouped following a timeout and rolled off a 11-0 run which included five Brooke Pahukoa points and three triples from Pahukoa, Shaw and Hermida to put the Broncos up 64-58 with 4:50 remaining.
Boise State never trailed again but was forced to hold off the Gaels down the stretch as Saint Mary’s resorted to fouling to get back in the game.
Up 67-65 with 2:10 left in the contest, Boise State would make one more field goal, a triple by Lupfer with 48 seconds left. The Broncos went to the line 14 times in the final 2:10 of the game and hit 13 of them to secure the win. Rodriguez hit all six of her attempts as did Brooke Pahukoa with four and Lupfer with two.
Lupfer finished the game with her third double-figure point game of the season with 11 and went a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
Vanderschaaf added eight points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.
Boise State finished the game shooting 51.9 percent from the floor as a team, 41.7 percent (10-24) from the arc and a season-high 86.4 percent (19-22) from the free-throw line. The Broncos’ bench out scored Saint Mary’s 28-to-14 in the victory.
Saint Mary’s shot 44.6 percent from the floor, 14.3 percent (2-14) from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent (18-26) from the charity stripe.