Boise State Holds Off Stetson 71-65

Nov. 28, 2015

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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (11/28/2015) - Brooke Pahukoa, Miquelle Askew and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego combined for 49 points to lead Boise State past Stetson 71-65 on the final day of the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico. The Broncos led for all but 1:19 of the game and by as many as 13 points at halftime against the Hatters out of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The win improves Boise State to 3-2 overall on the year. It also handed coach Presnell his 179th victory in charge of the Broncos tying Connie Thorngren (1970-84) for most wins by a head coach in program history.

“I was glad that we finally finished a game,” said Presnell. “We had lost a couple of close games recently and we could very easily be 5-0, but we are 3-2 and we did get the win tonight which will make the long trip home a little easier. Stetson is a very good team and were a top 80 RPI team last year. We knew it was going to be tough and that they had enough pride in what they do to make a run at us.”

Brooke Pahukoa led the Broncos in scoring for the third straight game finishing with 18 points, 11 in the second half, going 8-of-14 from the floor with two second half 3-pointers. She added four rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes of action.

“When the pressure was on down the stretch we had several players step up for us,” Presnell commented. “Our leaders, Brooke (Pahukoa), Miquelle (Askew), Yaiza (Rodriguez Ortego), came through for us tonight and took over when we needed them and we got the win.”

Up 11, 54-43, with 1:09 left in the third quarter Boise State could not put Stetson away as the Hatters began to rally. They closed to within six at 54-48 by the end of the third quarter to set the stage for the fourth.

Stetson’s run would stretch to 12-2 as the Hatters closed to within one at 56-55 with 6:16 to play in the fourth. Askew and Brooke Pahukoa responded combining on a 4-0 run to extend the Broncos’ lead to 60-55 with 4:49 left.

Stetson would pull to within one three more times, the last at 66-65 with 1:05 to go, but each time Boise State answered never surrendering the lead.

Up 66-65 Boise State closed the game on a 5-0 run with a Brooke Pahukoa jumper and 3-of-4 shooting at the free-throw line, Rodriguez hit 1-of-2 with five seconds left followed by Marta Hermida’s two with one second showing on the clock.

Askew shot 70 percent from the floor going 7-of-10 for 16 points, which included 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Rodriguez Ortego went 6-of-11 from the floor and scored eight of her 15 points in the second half. The junior from Spain added six assists, two rebounds and one steal to her night.

Shalen Shaw recorded eight points to go with team highs for rebounds, assists and steals with eight, seven and two, respectively, in 33 minutes of play.

Hermida chipped in with seven points and three assists, while fellow freshman Marijke Vanderschaaf had the best game of her young career in the blue and orange with seven points going 3-of-3 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Boise State led nearly the entire way through the first half with the exception of a 2-0 deficit to start the first quarter and a momentary one-point, 17-16, deficit with 2:13 left in the first.

The Broncos quickly reclaimed the lead and held a 23-17 advantage at the end of the quarter after shooting 66.7 percent going 10-of-15 from the floor in the period.

The Blue and Orange stretch its advantage to a half-high 13 points at the end of the second quarter up 38-25.

Boise State ended the game shooting 58 percent from the floor (29-of-50), 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from beyond the 3-point arc and 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the free-throw line.

Stetson countered at 38.7 percent (24-of-62) from the floor, 30 percent (9-of-30) from the arc and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the charity stripe.

The Hatters were led by Breana Bey with a double-double on 21 points and 14 rebounds, followed by Brianti Saunders with 18 points.

Next up for Boise State is Washington State on Thursday, Dec. 3, in Taco Bell Arena at 7 p.m. The Cougars are led by former Broncos head coach June Daugherty.

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