BOISE, Idaho - Miquelle Askew scored 23 points Sunday afternoon to reach 1,000 in her career and lift Boise State to an 84-77 nonconference women's basketball victory over visiting Concordia (Ore.) in Taco Bell Arena. Askew went 8-of-13 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line to move her to 1,002 career points, the 17th Bronco all-time to reach the milestone.
"I am excited getting to 1,000 points," said Askew. "We still need to work on the little things but I think overall our intensity is good and we're getting better. We are looking for the extra passes which is sometimes hard to do in a game like this, but we are looking for each other and not being selfish, that is a good thing."
Boise State wasted no time in taking control of the game early in the first quarter opening with a 5-0 run, then rolled off a 12-0 run to go up 19-6 with 3:35 to go.
Shalen Shaw scored eight of her 10 points on the day in the first quarter as the Broncos took a 23-17 advantage into the second period. She battled foul trouble much of the game but managed to add three rebounds, four assists and one steal to her point total in the victory.
Concordia started to stage a come back late in the first quarter as it erased a 23-10 deficit with a 19-6 run to tie the score at 29 with 5:43 to go in the second.
Boise State never trailed in the game and with the score tied at 31 with 5:05 on the clock it began to assert itself once again closing the period on a 15-4 run to go into the halftime break up 11 at 46-35.
The Broncos shot 63 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes and were led by Askew with 10 of her 23 points coming in the first half.
Boise State dominated the third period as the Broncos held Concordia to five points in the final 8:43 of the quarter. With Shaw on the bench for most of the period in foul trouble, the Blue and Orange took a 15-point lead by the end of the quarter up 60-45.
"I am pleased with Miquelle (Askew) and I am excited that she got her 1,000 points in front of the home crowd. She is a wonderful kid and a great representative of Boise State," head coach Gordy Presnell said. "Overall it was a win but we have some work to do defensively. We will go back to the drawing board and see if we can get things going on that end of the floor."
The fourth quarter was in large part about getting Askew to the 1,000 point milestone as the Broncos sent the ball inside to their 6-3 center. The native of South Jordan, Utah, hit the benchmark point by converting on a old fashion three-point play making a layup, then sinking the plus one with 5:05 left and the Broncos up a game-high 20 points.
The youngsters played hard throughout the game combining for 35 points, 15 rebounds in 83 minutes and getting valuable game experience. Vanderschaaf continues to shine for Boise State recording her fourth-consecutive double-figure point game with 13 on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, in addition to a team and career-high seven rebounds.
Hermida and Tully added eight points each, while Harrell finished with six.
"We still have to execute better but I am glad that we are getting those kids (freshmen) into the game and that they are getting those types of opportunities," said Presnell. "We get people's best shot after the year we had last year, so we have to do a better job of handling that pressure. I am excited for our team, people don't realize that we only have one senior playing for us from last year and that we are pretty young. But we just need to keep working hard and get better."
Concordia refused to go away easily and attempted to rally in the final five minutes pulling to within seven at the buzzer.
Boise State finished the afternoon shooting 52 percent (32-62) from the floor, 31 percent (4-13) from beyond the arc and 80 percent (16-20) from the free-throw line. The Broncos out rebounded the Cavaliers 36-to-31 and held a 18-to-8 advantage in second chance points.
Concordia countered by shooting 43 percent (29-67) from the floor, 39 percent (9-23) from 3-point range and 83 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line. Sierra Dean led the Cavaliers with 22 points, followed by Briannah Smith and Keesha Sarman with 13 each.
Boise State will take the week off for finals before returning to action next weekend on the road at Seattle U on Saturday and at Eastern Washington the following Monday (Dec. 21) to close the nonconference schedule.