Boise State Rolls to 94-58 Victory Over Portland
Dec. 21, 2014
BOISE, Idaho (12/21/2014) - Boise State ran over the Portland Pilots by 36 points as the Broncos recorded a 94-58 victory in their final nonconference game of the season Sunday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena. It was the third straight contest in which the Broncos scored 90 or more points, a first in the program's 45-year history.
Boise State never trailed in the game as four players reached double figure points and five others had seven or more. Sophomore Kenna McDavis led the Broncos in scoring with 14 points, one shy of her career high. Brooke Pahukoa led the next three with 13 points followed by Kayla Reinhart with 11 and Camille Redmon with 10.
"I think we are playing really unselfishly and everyone is sharing the ball and people are making plays," said coach Gordy Presnell. "This is a great group to work with and they're starting to see their potential and hopefully it is a good impetus for us heading into conference play."
McDavis shot 50 percent from the floor making 4-of-8 shots, all from 3-point range where she was 4-of-6. She added a pair of free throws and had two rebounds along with one steal in 16 minutes of action.
"Honestly I have to give it (credit) to my teammates, just like Brooke (Pahukoa) said I really did not have to do much with my teammates sucking in the defense into the lane," commented McDavis. "I was just there waiting for the shot. They're doing their part and I am trying to do mine. I thought it was a really fun game, a good team win."
Brooke Pahukoa went 5-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc to record her 13 points. The sophomore also had two boards, five assists and career-high four steals in 25 minutes.
"I was getting the ball from my teammates, I was pretty open and I really didn't have to do to much on my shots," said Brooke Pahukoa. "I think we are just moving the ball really well and the easiest thing to do is knock down those open shots. When Keiahnna (Engel) and Jie (Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego) such in the defense into the key it makes it easy."
Reinhart found her touch from beyond the arc going 3-of-5 to go with two rebounds. Redmon was next in scoring with 10 points to go with five boards, two blocks and two steals. Deanna Weaver was held below 10 points for the third straight game finishing with eight against the Pilots. Miquelle Askew had seven points and team-high nine rebounds.
Tonishia Childress was all over the floor Sunday sparking the defensive effort for Boise State before fouling out with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals. Freshman Shalen Shaw also added eight points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor. Keiahnna Engel matched Shaw with eight points to go with four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego contributed six points, three rebounds, team-high seven assists and two steals.
On the day Boise State shot 43 percent (32-of-74) from the floor, the Broncos took 30 more shots from the floor than the Pilots who hit 55 percent (24-of-44). The Broncos' defense forced 30 Portland turnovers and gave it away a season-low nine times. The Blue and Orange outscored the Pilots 32-to-6 in points off turnovers.
The Broncos shot 44 percent (11-of-25) from beyond the arc and 76 percent (19-of-25) from the free-throw line. They out rebounded UP 37-to-32 and 21-to-8 in offensive boards which resulted in a 21-to-2 advantage in second chance points for Boise State.
Boise State's bench once again was huge in the victory outscoring Portland's 48-to-17. The Broncos have yet to win this year when the bench does not score more than the opponents.
Cassnadra Brown led Portland with 13 points followed by Kari Luttinen with 12. The Pilots shot 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from 3-point range and 40 percent (4-of-10) from the charity stripe.
The Boise State defense clamped down on the Pilots in the first 20 minutes. Interestingly enough, Portland actually shot 68 percent from the floor in the first half, but trailed by 16 points 46-30 at the intermission. The Broncos forced 18 turnovers in the first period which they converted into 22 extra shot opportunities and a 19-0 advantage in points off turnovers.
It was a two-point game at 24-22 Broncos with 8:05 to play when Boise State asserted itself. The Broncos rolled off an 11-2 run to take its first double-digit lead with 4:46 to go up 35-24. By the end of the half Boise State had outscored Portland 22-to-8 in the final eight minutes of the period.
The second 20 minutes went back and forth initially before Boise State regrouped with 15:33 remaining up 17 points at 54-37. The Broncos then rattled off a 16-5 run to put the game out of reach up 26 points 68-42. The Broncos reserves came in around the five minute mark and extended the Boise State advantage to a game-high 36-point margin at the buzzer.
Next up for the Broncos is the Mountain West Conference opener against the Colorado State Rams at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 in Taco Bell Arena. It will be a battle between the top two teams in the preseason poll, both are currently tied at the top of the nonconference standings at 8-3.
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