BOISE, Idaho (12/11/2015) - Shalen Shaw’s career-high 32 points were not enough for Boise State as the Broncos lost another close one Friday night 80-77 to Idaho State at Taco Bell Arena. The contest was close throughout with Boise State’s largest lead being nine points and Idaho State’s 11 with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter. The loss drops Boise State to 4-4 overall while Idaho State moved to 5-4. It is the fourth loss for the Broncos by five points or less this season.
Down 11 with 3:22 to play, Boise State rallied pulling to within two, 76-74, with 33 seconds remaining. But that was as close as the Broncos could get in the final minute as the Bengals snapped a two-game losing streak to Boise State in the 69th meeting of the series.
Shalen Shaw was on fire Friday night going 13-of-18 from the floor with two 3-pointers as she tallied a team-high 32 points, tied for eighth most in program history. The sophomore forward also added a team-high seven rebounds to go with three assists, one block and one steal in 34 minutes of action.
Boise State opened the game on a 8-0 run with six of the points coming from Shaw. The Broncos led by as many as nine points during the period when Brooke Pahukoa hit a mid-range jumper to give Boise State a 14-5 lead with 2:50 on the clock.
Idaho State came back in the second period outscoring the Broncos 19-12 as Boise State struggled to get shots to fall. Both Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and Marta Hermida picked up two fouls each with Rodriguez sitting the last 6:18 of the half. The Bengals led 31-26 at halftime despite the Broncos shooting 47 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Boise State trailed by seven early in the third quarter at 35-28. The Broncos then rolled off a 8-0 run to take a 36-35 advantage. The rest of the quarter went back and forth with ISU taking the lead back with seconds left up 57-55.
The fourth period proved to be decisive as Idaho State gained the momentum slowly pulling out to an 11-point 74-63 lead with 3:22 to go. Boise State rallied fighting back to within two points in the final minute but came up short at the end.
Shaw led three Broncos in double-figure scoring as both Brooke Pahukoa and Marijke Vanderschaaf each tallied 11 points. Pahukoa added six rebounds, two assists, one block and team-high three steals in 38 minutes. Meanwhile, Vanderschaaf went 5-of-7 from the floor and 1-of-3 from the free-throw line to earn her points.
Boise State shot 47.7 percent from the floor (31-65), 25 percent (4-16) from beyond the arc and 64.7 percent (11-17) from the charity stripe. Boise State out scored ISU 38-to-30 in points in the paint and 19-to-15 in points off turnovers, but Idaho State dominated the glass out rebounding the Broncos 38-to-28.
The biggest difference in the game was ISU’s 3-point shooting hitting 11-of-20 attempts, while Boise State finished with four made.
Idaho State shot 48.3 percent from the floor (29-60), 55 percent (11-20) from the arc and 61.1 percent (11-18) from the free-throw line. Brooke Blair led the Bengals with 27 points followed by Anna Policicchio and Isabel Vara de Rey with 12 each.
Boise State will be back in action Sunday afternoon when they host Concordia (Ore.) at 2 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.