Nov. 26, 2016
MORAGA, Calif. - Boise State was forced to rally from double-digits down for the second time at the Hilton Concord Classic as Yaiza Rodriguez scored a career-tying 24 points to lead the Broncos past the Charlotte 49ers 68-65.
The Broncos either trailed or were tied throughout the first three quarters before rallying for the win in the fourth. Rodriguez nailed her fourth 3-pointer of the contest with 8:06 remaining to give the blue and orange its first lead of the game at 57-55.
The Broncos only trailed once more before holding on for their fifth consecutive victory to remain undefeated on the season. The win was also coach Presnell’s 200th of his Boise State tenure and 596th of his career.
“I thought our kids hung in there when we didn’t start strong,” said Presnell. “But I thought we played very good basketball at the end of the game. I thought Yaiza (Rodriguez) had absolutely the best game of her career, she controlled the whole game and did a really nice job out there today.”
“I thought we had some young players step up today and do a good job. Braydey (Hodgins) hit a huge shot late in the game for us and Jordan Woodvine played well. I also think Marijke Vanderschaaf by far played one of her best games today. She was really competitive down there against some very tall athletic kids. Overall I’m really pleased with this tournament. I think we got better as a team overall and I’m happy with the wins.”
Rodriguez turned in one of her top career performances when the Broncos needed her most. The senior point guard shot 81.8 percent from the floor making nine of 11 field goal attempts and went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc as she tied her career high for points with 24. Rodriguez also dished out a team-high six assists to go with two rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes of action.
Boise State struggled in the first 20 minutes holding onto the ball turning it over 13 times limiting their opportunities. Charlotte scored the opening basket and never trailed during the first half leading by as many as 11 points, 24-13, with eight minutes to go in the second.
Rodriguez came to life in the second period scoring 10 of Boise State’s final 16 points in the quarter, including five straight to close the half and tying the score at 32.
The Broncos came out slow in the third and watch Charlotte roll off a 14-5 run to go up 46-37. Boise State, who was led by Shalen Shaw and Marijke Vanderschaaf during the period combining for 12 of the 20 Broncos points, never gained the lead in the quarter as the teams traded runs. The 49ers were clinging to the lead 55-52 at the end of the period.
Shaw scored five of her 11 points and four of her eight rebounds during the third quarter. She then added four points, two rebounds and two steals in the fourth as Boise State gained momentum.
Vanderschaaf score seven of her 11 points in the third, she also had four of her eight rebounds in the second half.
Trailing by one at 55-54, Rodriguez nailed her fourth 3-pointer of the game to give Boise State its first lead at 57-55 with 8:06 remaining the fourth.
Boise State led most of the way in the final eight minutes trailing only once more late in the contest at 63-61 with 2:51 to play.
Trailing 63-62 with 1:31 to go, Shaw drove through the defense for a basket giving the Broncos the lead for good at 64-63.
Braydey Hodgins followed Shaw’s basket with a driving layup of her own to spot Boise State a three-point advantage at 66-63 with 42 seconds left.
Rodriguez iced the game when she hit two free throws with 14 seconds remaining.
Charlotte’s final attempt to tie the score came up short when Ciara Gregory’s triple missed wide as the buzzer sounded.
Boise State finished the game shooting 45.3 percent as a team from the floor, 47.1 percent (8-17) from beyond the arc and 85.7 percent (12-14) from the free throw line. Boise State controlled the glass out rebounding the 49ers 39-to-25 in the game.
Grace Hunter led Charlotte with 16 points and four rebounds. Laia Raventos was the only other 49er to reach double-figure scoring finishing with 10, she also had a team-high six assists.
Charlotte shot 44.4 percent from the floor, 30.4 percent (7-23) from the 3-point arc and hit both free throw attempts.