Lee Leads Boise State to 52-50 Win Over South Dakota
Broncos rally from seven down in second half to defeat Coyotes.
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State rallied from seven points down midway through the second half to defeat the South Dakota Coyotes 52-50 in a women's basketball game Saturday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. Tied at 46 with one minute to go, Diana Lee scored five consecutive points on a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to give Boise State a 51-46 lead with 39 seconds remaining to key the Bronco victory. Boise State improved to 6-5 on the year with the win over South Dakota who fell to 5-8 overall.
Lee came up huge when her team needed her most as the Broncos rallied from seven down for the win. The junior point-guard scored 10 of her team and season-high 13 points in the final half, including the five crucial points in the final minute of the contest. Lee hit three treys in the game while adding five rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes of action.
Freshman Miquelle Askew in her second start of the season at center also had a big game for the Broncos finishing with 12 points, she went six-for-six from the charity stripe, and six rebounds.
Junior forward Amber Vandiver added a team-high 12 rebounds and eight points, while Lexie Der, a redshirt freshman forward, chipped in with a carer-high 11 boards to go with six points. Erica Martinez added a pair of 3-pointers to finish with eight points overall.
Boise State shot 30.8 percent (16-52) from the floor on the day, 35.7 percent (5-14) from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free-throw line. Remarkably, the Broncos first free throw came with 11:37 left in the game.
The blue and orange out rebounded the Coyotes 48 to 40, but the visitors had a slim seven to six edge in second chance points. South Dakota finished the contest hitting 29.9 percent (20-67) from the court, 6.7 percent (1-15) from the 3-point arc and 56.3 percent (9-16) from the charity stripe.
Nicole Seekamp led three Coyotes in double figure scoring with 13 points to go with five rebounds, two assists and four steals. Tempestt Wilson followed with 11 points, while Pam January added 10 points and team-high six rebounds.
The opening 20 minutes was a struggle for both teams who traded runs and leads throughout the period. The Coyotes opened by taking a 6-2 lead with just over 14 minutes to go.
The Broncos responded with a 10-0 run to take a 12-6 advantage with 7:27 on the clock. Martinez helped the Broncos extended the run to 15-5 with back-to-back 3-pointers as Boise State took a game-high eight-point lead, 19-11, with three minutes left.
Down eight, the Coyotes rallied with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 19 with 1:04 to go. The teams eventually went into the break tied at 21. Neither team could get their shots to fall in the half as the Broncos shot 28 percent from the floor to South Dakota's 25 percent.
The second period opened with South Dakota taking the lead 12 seconds into the half on a Polly Harrington jumper for a 23-21 advantage. The Coyotes then held onto the lead for the next 12 and a half minutes. South Dakota took its largest lead of the game up seven, 33-26, at the 12:23 mark.
Boise State kept the game in reach as the Broncos began their rally. Down four, 40-36, Vandiver came alive. She scored six straight points to power the blue and orange into the lead at 42-40 with 6:30 remaining.
South Dakota rallied to regain the lead at 46-44, but that would be the last time the Coyotes would have the scoreboard advantage. Askew gave the lead back to the Broncos, 46-44, with four straight points on a jumper and two free throws. Seekamp scored for the Coyotes to tie the game at 46 with 1:30 to go, setting up Lee's last minute heroics.
Lee hit her third 3-pointer of the game with 1:02 on the clock to break the tie, then hit a pair of free throws with 39 seconds left to spot her team the five-point advantage, 51-46. Martinez gave the Broncos a six-point, 52-46, lead when she hit one-of-two free throws with 11 seconds left.
The game ended with South Dakota hitting a pair a jumpers in the final 10 seconds sandwiched around a Bronco turnover before Boise State claimed the two-point 52-50 victory.
Boise State will now take a short break for the holidays before traveling to play at No. 27 ranked (WBCA coaches poll) Syracuse on Dec. 30.
Final Game Summary
South Dakota vs Boise State
12-22-12 12:05 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 52, SOUTH DAKOTA 50
SOUTH DAKOTA (5-8)
SEEKAMP, Nicole 4-19 4-4 13; WILSON,Tempestt 5-16 1-3 11; HARRINGTON, Polly 4-9 2-5 10; MCCLOUD, Margaret 3-8 0-2 6; JANUARY, Pam 1-2 0-0 2; HOFF, Heidi 1-2 0-0 2; LOEFFLER, Lisa 1-3 0-0 2; YACKLEY, Alexis 1-4 0-0 2; HEMILLER, Tia 0-2 2-2 2; MEHR,Sam 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-67 9-16 50.
BOISE STATE (6-5)
LEE, Diana 3-11 4-4 13; ASKEW, Miquelle 3-7 6-6 12; MARTINEZ, Erica 2-6 2-4 8; VANDIVER, Amber 3-8 2-3 8; DER, Lexie 3-8 0-0 6; CUTRI, Rosalie 2-5 1-2 5; PELSE, Laura 0-0 0-0 0; REINHART, Kayla 0-0 0-0 0; HENTON, Brandi 0-3 0-0 0; MARSHALL, Julia 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 16-52 15-19 52.
South Dakota.................. 21 29 - 50
Boise State................... 21 31 - 52
3-point goals--South Dakota 1-15 (SEEKAMP, Nicole 1-6; WILSON,Tempestt 0-4; HOFF, Heidi 0-1; LOEFFLER, Lisa 0-1; YACKLEY, Alexis 0-1; MEHR,Sam 0-2), Boise State 5-14 (LEE, Diana 3-7; MARTINEZ, Erica 2-4; HENTON, Brandi 0-2; MARSHALL, Julia 0-1). Fouled out--South Dakota-HARRINGTON, Polly, Boise State-ASKEW, Miquelle. Rebounds--South Dakota 40 (HARRINGTON, Polly 6), Boise State 48 (VANDIVER, Amber 12). Assists--South Dakota 11 (YACKLEY, Alexis 6), Boise State 8 (LEE, Diana 2; HENTON, Brandi 2; MARTINEZ, Erica 2). Total fouls--South Dakota 20, Boise State 15. Technical fouls--South Dakota-None, Boise State-None. A-261
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