Shalen Shaw recorded a double-double 16 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Dec. 21, 2015
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CHENEY, Wash. (12-21-2015) - Brooke Pahukoa scored a career-high 30 points to lead Boise State to a 84-79 road win at Eastern Washington Monday night in Cheney, Wash. Even though Boise State led for 35 and half minutes and by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, the game was a battle all night as the Broncos could not put the Eagles away.
“I am really excited for our players we needed to get a close win against a quality team and to get it on the road is even better,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “It was a really good game for us, they have a couple of very good players and for us to keep our poise and confidence was great to see. It was a good night for the Broncos.”
The win was the third straight for Boise State as the Broncos closed their nonconference schedule at 7-4 overall and 3-0 on opponents’ home floors.
Broncos opened the game on a 4-0 run and led by as many as eight points at 18-10 with 2:49 left in the first period. However, EWU rallied on a 9-0 run to close the quarter up 19-18.
The Eagles’ run grew to 11-0 as EWU took a 21-18 lead early in the second quarter. Foul trouble began to hit the Broncos as Yaiza Rodriguez, Joyce Harrell and Miquelle Askew all had two each by the eight minute mark in the second quarter.
Boise State was forced to go to its bench for most of the second quarter with starters Rodriguez Ortego and Askew in foul trouble. The Broncos battled back into the lead with a 6-2 run and never trailed again in the period but was tied on several occasions. Boise State eventually took a one-point 37-36 lead into halftime.
Brooke Pahukoa scored 20 of her 30 points during the first half including 14 in the first period. The second half saw the Eagles shadow her everywhere as they focused on closing her down. Pahukoa finished the night 9-of-16 from the floor with three 3-pointers, in addition to hitting a career-high nine free throws on 10 attempts. She added seven rebounds, one block and two steals in 33 minutes.
“Brooke obviously shot the ball well tonight, but beyond that her leadership on the floor and her calming influence on the freshmen out there was big,” Presnell said. “She is a great leader and she was outstanding tonight.”
“I am really proud of our team, we ended the year on a three-game win streak. We said we wanted to end the year the best way we could and we did,” said Brooke Pahukoa. “Eastern is a great team, they have the Hodgins sisters who are awesome. They (the Eagles) made runs on us that we just had to grind through, but we played together and got the win.”
Askew finished the night with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. She added six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
Rodriguez Ortego battled fouled trouble from late in the first quarter but tallied seven points, four assists, one rebound and one steal.
Shalen Shaw also had a huge night for Boise State recording her first double-double of the season and second of her career on 16 points and career-tying 13 rebounds.
Up 41-38 early in the third period, Boise State rolled off a 9-1 run to take a double-digit lead. Boise State led 56-45 with 5:13 to go in third period when EWU rallied with an 8-0 run to close within three at 56-53 with two minutes to go in the period.
The Broncos regrouped to take a five point 62-57 lead into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was wild as the teams ran up and down the floor, Boise State would extend its lead only to see EWU comeback.
The Broncos last field goal came with 3:40 remaining on a Askew layup to make it 74-69 Boise State. The Blue and Orange iced the game at the free-throw line going 10-of-12 in the final three minutes to win.
Boise State as a team shot 40.3 percent (27-67) from the floor, 28.6 percent (6-21) from the arc and 85.7 percent (24-28) from the free-throw line, a season-high for free throw makes and attempts.
The Broncos also out rebounded the Eagles 40 to 31 and dominated the offensive glass 17 to four, which they turned into a 15 to four advantage in second chance points.
Eastern Washington countered with a solid 56.6 percent (30-53) shooting from the floor, 33.3 percent (3-9) from the arc and 72.7 percent (16-22) from the charity stripe. Hayley Hodgins led EWU with 27 points followed by Ashli Payne with 19 and Delaney Hodgins with 18.
Boise State will now take a short Christmas break before returning to campus on Dec. 28 for practice in preparation for the conference opener at Colorado State on Jan. 2.