Boise State Falls at No. 11 Washington
Dec. 11, 2016

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Boise State faced the biggest challenge of the season Sunday afternoon when they encountered the 11th-ranked Washington Huskies at Seattle falling 92-66. But the Broncos fought hard led by Marijke Vanderschaaf who scored a career-high 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor.

Down 19, 44-25, at the half, Boise State came back to within 10 points in the third and won the quarter outscoring the Huskies by five. Unfortunately, that was as close as the Broncos would get in the contest as Washington put the game away in the fourth.

“I think this was a game we can learn from. I think Washington has a very good team, they are coming off a final four appearance last year, and they have Kelsey Plum who is a terrific player,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “I think there are some things we can take from this game that we didn’t do so well, and there are things that we did do well. I really like the spirit of our team and the way they performed in the third quarter, battling to get us back into the game. Overall, this is a game we will learn from. Now we have to focus in on finals and get ready for the next game.”

The loss is the first of the season for Boise State who moves to 8-1 overall. The Broncos will return home to close out the nonconference schedule with two home games against Portland (Dec. 18) and Hawaii (Dec. 20) before Christmas.

Vanderschaaf added five rebounds, one block and one steal to her team-high point total in 26 minutes of action versus the UW.

Shalen Shaw battled foul trouble from midway through the second quarter, but just missed recording a double-double on 10 points and nine rebounds, in addition to five assists and one steal. Shaw’s nine boards moved her up the career rebound list at Boise State into 19th-place at 515, passing assistant coach Heather Sower who had 511.

The first half saw the Washington Huskies push the tempo and seize momentum early on. They opened the game on a 7-0 run just two minutes into the contest.

Boise State rallied with a 8-2 run to close within 9-8 at 6:32 and trail 14-11 with five minutes left in the first quarter. Unfortunately, following a media timeout, the Huskies rolled off a 11-0 run to go up 22-11 with one and half minutes to go in the first period.

The Broncos struggled to get their shots to fall in the first half shooting just 28 percent and found itself in foul trouble heading into the break with Shaw, Yaiza Rodriguez and Riley Lupfer all having two.

Kelsey Plum led the Huskies with 22 of her game-high 44 points at the half as the UW shot 50 percent from the floor to go into the halftime break up 19, 44-25.

Boise State battled back to within 10 points, 56-46, during the third quarter when Marta Hermida hit a baseline jumper with 3:13 left. The Broncos won the third period over Washington outscoring the Huskies 25-20, but still trailed by 14, 64-50, at quarter’s end.

Washington regrouped and outscored the Broncos 28-16 in the final period to claim the victory.

Hermida scored nine points in the loss; Brooke Pahukoa added eight points and six rebounds; Riley Lupfer went 3-of-6 from the 3-point arc to finish with nine points and three rebounds; while Rodriguez dished out a team-high six assists.

Boise State shot 38 percent (24-63) from the floor, 40 percent (10-25) from 3-point range and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Washington shot 52.5 percent (32-61) from the floor, 34.5 percent (10-29) from the arc and 81.8 percent (18-22) from the charity stripe.


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