Boise State Dominating in Win Over Eastern Washington
Dec. 14, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho (12/14/2014) - Brooke Pahukoa and Miquelle Askew combined for 43 points to lead Boise State to a dominating 90-72 victory over Eastern Washington in a women's basketball game in Taco Bell Arena on Sunday. Pahukoa and Askew both recorded season highs in points with 22 and 21, respectively, to lead the Broncos during an impressive performance where they led for all but the first 36 seconds at the beginning of the contest. 
   
The win improved the Broncos to 7-3 overall with one non-conference game remaining next Sunday at home against the Portland Pilots. The victory over the Eagles also extended the Broncos' home win streak to seven.
   
"We came out with energy, this team had nailed us twice the last two years," said coach Gordy Presnell. "I felt we came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, we established our low post play with Miquelle (Askew). Brooke (Pahukoa) hit some big perimeter shots when we started to go dry. Overall, I was really pleased with our offense, I thought we shared the ball well and did a solid job passing the ball. That was a really good team win for us, it is kind of where we need to be. We have one game left before we open league with Colorado State which is a really big game for us." 
     
Brooke Pahukoa had a solid day against the Eagles shooting 8-of-13 from the floor including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. She added a 2-for-2 shooting from the free-throw line to record her 22 points. In addition, the sophomore tallied one rebound and three assists in 27 minutes of action. 
    
"I have been trying to work on defense more lately and that has fueled my offense," said Brooke Pahukoa. "I think as a team we have more confidence in each other and trust in each other. We have been moving the ball around a lot better over the last couple of games."
   
Askew was close behind with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the court and went 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. The junior added four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes.
    
Keiahnna Engel was the final Bronco to reach double-digit points coming off the bench to shoot 6-of-8 from the floor, finishing with a season-high 14 points to go along with five rebounds, one assist and two steals. 
   
Deanna Weaver was held to single digits in points for the second straight contest tallying eight to go with a team-high eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 22 minutes of action. Camille Redmon battled foul trouble to finish with five points, six rebounds and one block in 11 minutes. 
  
Boise State shot 60.5 percent from the floor in the first half as the Broncos scored 51 points. The Blue and Orange finished the game converting 54.5 percent, the second-best performance of the season. The Broncos shot 42 percent (8-of-19) from beyond the arc and 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from the free-throw line. 
    
The Broncos dominated the paint outscoring the Eagles 42-to-24 down low. They also saw their bench outscore the EWU reserves 30-to-16. The Boise State bench has outscored the opponent in all seven victories this season, they have not won when the opponent has led in bench scoring. 
    
Eastern Washington finished the game shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, 60 percent (9-of-15) from the arc and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the charity stripe. EWU had four players record double figure points led by Lexie Nelson with 19, Hayley Hodgins with 16, Jade Redmon with 14 and Tisha Phillips with 11. 
    
After EWU scored the first points of the game on a pair of free throws 17 seconds into the contest, Boise State slowly asserted itself as the Broncos methodically pulled away from the Eagles. 
    
Boise State claimed its first double-digit lead on a Weaver 3-pointer with 10:25 left in the first period to make it 27-16. EWU cut the lead to single digits once in the final 10:25 of the half at 31-22 to cut its deficit to nine points. The Broncos took a half-high 15 point lead on a Brooke Pahukoa trey with 3:14 to go before the break and Boise State up 41-26. 
    
Eventually, the Broncos went into the break up 14 points after Engel drove into the paint with two seconds left and nailed a driving layup that made it 51-37 at the horn.   
   
Up 14 points to start the second half, Boise State withstood an early surge by the Eagles as they attempted to rally. EWU opened the period on a 7-2 run to pull within seven at 53-46 with 17:05 to play, that was as close as the Eagles would get in the final stanza. 
    
The Broncos regrouped and kept the Eagles at arms length in the final 17 minutes by maintaining a eight-to-11 point lead until about the 11 minute mark. Up 11 with 10:48 left in the contest, the Blue and Orange rattled off a 14-3 run to put the game away taking a game-high 22-point, 82-60, advantage with six minutes to go. Boise State then put it in cruise control as the bench closed out the game for a impressive 19-point win. 

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