Broncos Fall in Heartbreaker to Auburn
Nov. 27, 2015

Final Stats

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (11/27/2015) - Brooke Pahukoa scored 21 points Friday night against Auburn but it was not enough as the Tigers rallied to win 55-53 handing the Broncos their second consecutive two-point loss. Boise State led by 12 points late in the first quarter and held leads at halftime and at the end of the third quarter. However, it was not the Broncos night as Auburn rallied. Boise State had a chance to tie or win it in the final seconds but Shay Shaw’s last second 3-pointer fell short as the buzzer sounded.

The loss moved the Broncos to 2-2 overall with a game Saturday against Stetson. The Hatters also fell victim to a rally falling 72-69 to Minnesota.

Brooke Pahukoa led Boise State with a solid shooting performance going 7-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. She also tallied four rebounds, and tied for the high in steals with three.

Boise State opened the game with energy and quickly established a lead. Up 9-6 the Broncos used a 9-0 run in the middle of the first quarter to take a 18-6 lead with 2:12 to go. The Blue and Orange eventually had a 10-point, 18-8, advantage as the quarter ended.

The second period went back and forth as the teams traded mini runs. Boise State never trailed in the first half, but Auburn did come back and pulled to within four points, 27-23, by halftime.

Brooke Pahukoa led Boise State in the first half scoring eight of her points in the first two periods, followed by Miquelle Askew, Shalen Shaw and Ella Fotu with four each.

Shaw finished the night with six points and team-high eight rebounds to go with two blocks and two steals in 27 minutes. Askew added six points and five rebounds, while Fotu ended with nine points and three boards.

The second half was a battle throughout as the teams traded five leads and were tied twice. The Tigers used a 12-2 run to open the third taking their first lead of the game going up 35-29.

Boise State rallied with a 8-0 run to take a 37-35 lead with less than a minute left in the quarter. After Auburn regained the lead at 38-37, Joyce Harrell drove the center of the key for a driving jumper to give the Broncos a 39-38 lead at the end of the period.

Auburn took control in the fourth quarter taking a six-point 52-46 lead with four minutes to play. Boise State rallied behind a Brooke Pahukoa trey and a Fotu fastbreak basket to pull within 52-51 with 1:49 to play.

The Broncos were unable to regain the lead as they pulled to within 54-53 on a Shaw mid-range jumper with 57 seconds left. The Tigers hit 1-of-2 free throws with 24 seconds left to make it 55-53. That set up the last second 3-point attempt by Shaw at the buzzer.

Boise State finished the contest shooting 41.7 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from the arc and 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the free-throw line.

The big difference in the game were turnovers as the Broncos committed 27 to Auburn’s 16 resulting in a 28 to 18 advantage in points off turnovers for the Tigers.

Auburn finished the night shooting 38.1 percent from the floor, 6.3 percent (1-of-16) from the arc and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the charity stripe.

Tra’cee Tanner led three Tigers in double-figure points with 17 to go with a team-high 11 rebounds. She was followed by Katie Frerking with 11 points and Brandy Montgomery with 10.

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