Dec. 7, 2016
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State outscored Concordia 28-7 in the fourth quarter to break a 10-point game open as the Broncos defeated Concordia (Ore.) 71-40 at Taco Bell Arena Wednesday night.
The victory over the Cavaliers keeps the Broncos perfect at 8-0 on the season as Boise State is off to its best start in 41 years, since the 1974-75 team set the school record opening with a 12-0 mark. It also moved coach Gordy Presnell within one win of his 600th career victory at 599.
“I thought we played hard at times, but we need to find a way to play consistent throughout a game for 40 minutes, “ said Presnell. “Right now we are playing to the level of our opponents. We need to start putting a full 40 minutes together. But I am pleased with the win and our start to the season. We will have our hands full when we travel to Seattle on Sunday to play a good Washington team.”
Marta Hermida scored a team-high 21 points powered by 5-of-8 shooting from the 3-point arc. She added five rebounds, one assist and one steal in the 26 minutes of action.
Hermida led the way for a dominating Bronco first quarter hitting a pair of triples to lead the team with six points after 10 minutes. Boise State hit its first three 3-pointers of the game and eventually took a nine-point 17-8 lead into the second quarter.
The second period was a cold one in Taco Bell Arena as neither team could find their shot, both teams shot 3-of-17 from the floor (.176). Concordia ended up winning the quarter 10-9 over the Broncos. Hermida continued to have the hot hand for the Broncos tallying six of the nine Boise State points in the period and had a team-high 12 at the half.
Shaw scored eight of her 15 points in the contest during the third quarter as both teams picked it up coming out of the break. After struggling in the second period both teams found their touch and hit above 40 percent during the third.
Shaw grabbed a team-high eight rebounds during the game to push her over the 500 career rebounds milestone with 506. The junior from Reno, Nev., is the 21st Bronco all-time to reach 500 and should move up the career rebound chart quickly over the next couple weeks.
Up 10, 43-33 entering the fourth period, Boise State turned it on exploding for 28 points in the stanza. Three Broncos combined for four triples during the period led by Hermida who hit a pair, while Braydey Hodgins and Jordan Woodvine each contributed one from distance.
Boise State shot 68.8 percent during the fourth quarter and held the Cavaliers to 20 percent and seven points.
Marijke Vanderschaaf finished the game with 10 points, her third double-digit scoring contests in the last four outings. She went 4-of-7 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds in the winning effort.
Boise State finished the night shooting 39.7 percent (27-68) from the floor, 34.6 percent (9-26) from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the free-throw line. The Broncos out rebounded the Cavaliers 53 to 26 and 23 to seven in offensive rebounds.
Concordia shot 28.3 percent (15-53) from the floor, 11.1 percent (2-18) from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the charity stripe.
No Cavalier reached double-figures in scoring, but Briannah Smith led CU with nine points, followed by Danielle Hartzog who had eight points and team-high eight rebounds.