Braydey Hodgins Wins Family Battle
Dec. 3, 2017

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CHENEY, Wash. - Boise State held off a late Eastern Washington rally Sunday to pick up its first win away from home in 2017-18, defeating the Eagles, 61-57.

Three days after letting a 10-point lead after three quarters slip away in a loss to Saint Mary's, the Broncos went into the Sunday's final frame with a 44-32 advantage, and still led by 12 with 7:47 left in the contest. Eastern Washington slowly chipped away at the Bronco lead over the next four minutes, as Eagles guard Delaney Hodgins scored nine points over a 14-7 Eagles stretch over 5:11 to make it 55-50. The Eagles got as close as three points on Uriah Howard's layup with 1:26 remaining, making it a 55-52 game, but Bronco guard Braydey Hodgins, Delaney's younger sister, drew a key foul and sank both free throws to get the Bronco lead back up to five with 1:06 to go, and the Broncos would go 4-for-6 from the line over the final minute to seal the win.

"I thought that we played really well in the last three minutes. We made good decisions, we had a big block. But we've still got to do better in the middle of the quarter," said Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell.

Each Hodgins sister led her respective team in scoring Sunday, with Delaney leading the Eagles, and all players, with 26, and Braydey scoring a career-high 14 to pace the Broncos. Braydey, playing 22 minutes off the bench in just her second game back from a preseason injury, went 3-for-5 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, and 6-for-6 from the line, pacing Boise State's 13-for-15 showing from the stripe on the day.

"I think it was very special. It was special to be here with my sister, but it was also special for the team," Braydey said. "We needed a win, and no better than to get it here and hold a fourth-quarter lead."

Despite allowing the Eagles to within three late, the Broncos never trailed after taking the lead midway through the second quarter. After giving up a bucket to open the second frame and fall behind 15-11, the Broncos (3-3) rode a 15-4 run over the final 8:04 of the half to take a 26-19 lead into the break. Tess Amundsen opened the run with a 3-pointer with 8:04 to go in the quarter, while Riley Lupfer added one of her own to contribute to 10-straight points from the Broncos, who led 21-15 with 5:08 on the clock.

After Symone Starks broke the run with a layup to pull the Eagles (2-5) to within four at 21-17, Braydey Hodgins hit a triple and a pair of free throws to sandwich a jumper from Delaney. The younger Hodgins' five points over the final 1:55 of the half helped the Broncos flip a two-point first-quarter deficit into a seven-point lead at the break.

Overall, the Broncos shot 52.6 percent (10-for-19) in the first half, as Lupfer scored seven of her 10 points for the game.

Boise State overcame a slow start to get back into the game early on, as a 1-for-3 start from the field and four turnovers over the opening 3:57 put the Broncos into a 9-2 hole. Delaney Hodgins scored six-straight points over a span of 1:26 midway through the quarter to give the Eagles the seven-point lead, but the Broncos answered with a 7-0 run sparked by Marijke Vanderschaaf's three-point play with 5:44 left.

Overall, the Broncos had five players finish the game scoring in double digits, as Marta Hermida and Marijke Vanderschaaf each finished with 11 points, and Shalen Shaw scored 10 to go with Hodgins' 14 and Lupfer's 10.

Boise State returns to action Thursday (Dec. 7), hosting Washington at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.

Postgame Quotes

Boise State Head Coach Gordy Presnell
On the game
"I thought that we played really well in the last three minutes. We made good decisions, we had a big block. But we've still got to do better in the middle of the quarter. We've had three games and an exhibition where we've had a fourth-quarter lead, but at least [today] we got over the hump and got a win, and now we can move forward and look ahead to facing Washington."

On Braydey Hodgins' performance
"I thought Braydey played with a lot of confidence, and she played pretty fearlessly. She came up big. She hit two big threes and hit her free throws today, and that really helped us."

On Hodgins' impact on the team's performance the past two games
"It's helpful for us because [Braydey is] another player who is just dipping her toes in the water, so to speak. She's our leading 3-point shooter returning, percentage-wise, so I think she adds a lot and brings a lot, and is a very competitive person."

On the win giving the team confidence ahead of Thursday's game against Washington
"Hopefully it gives us some momentum going forward. Washington is a terrific team, and they're playing really well, and had a big win yesterday over Idaho. It'll be a tough task, but we're looking forward to competing against them."

Sophomore Guard Braydey Hodgins
On getting the win
"I think it was very special. It was special to be here with my sister, but it was also special for the team. We needed a win, and no better than to get it here and hold a fourth-quarter lead."

On playing against her sister, Delaney
"It's definitely very cool, and it's sad that it's the last time that we'll get to play against each other, but I'm hoping for the best for her and her season, and that this kind of kicks off our season."

On how she feels after two games back from her preseason injury
"[Today was] definitely better than the first game, I took the tape off and was ready to go. This game felt different, just playing against my sister, being a competitive game but also knowing that I need to play a big role to get this win."


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