BOISE, Idaho (12-29-2016) - Shalen Shaw recorded her second double-double of the season with team highs for points and rebounds with 19 and 10, respectively, as Boise State rolled past Utah State 76-56 in the Mountain West Conference opener at Taco Bell Arena Thursday night.
“I am really happy with the way we came out tonight, taking control early,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “I thought Marta (Hermida) and Shay (Shaw) were terrific tonight. They came to play and went hard. Everyone was excited to see Brooke Pahukoa play tonight and it was good to have her back. I think our team has come a long way, they all get along and the chemistry is really strong with this group of kids. You can tell when they are out there everyone plays hard and supports each other. This was a good win for us tonight, now we have to focus on the next game at Colorado State on Saturday.”
Boise State took control of the game in the first half shooting 55.7 percent (19-34) from the floor as the Broncos doubled-up the Aggies 46-23 by halftime and never looked back.
Utah State cut its deficit below 20 points only once in the final two quarters pulling within 18 points, 74-56, late with 2:28 remaining in the game.
Boise State’s Leonie Edringer hit a mid-range jumper over the outstretched hands of a defender to score the final points of the game with 1:24 left to give the Broncos their final 20-point winning margin at 76-56. This was the eighth time this season that Boise State has scored 70 or more points, the Broncos are undefeated when doing so.
Boise State improved to 11-1 overall and 1-0 in MW play with the win, while Utah State moved to 7-5 on the year and 0-1 in conference. Next up is an encounter with defending champion Colorado State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Collins, Colo., the Rams defeated UNLV by 20 tonight to improve to 9-4 overall and 1-0 in league.
Boise State opened the game fast taking control early racing out to a 11-4 lead by the 6:32 mark of the first quarter. The Broncos were on fire throughout the period shooting 55 percent from the floor in the first quarter to take a 16-point 26-10 advantage into the second period.
Shalen Shaw scored 13 of her game-high 19 points during the opening quarter hitting 5-of-7 field goal attempts with one 3-pointer. She finished the game with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 32 minutes.
The second quarter saw Boise State shoot even better hitting 57.1 percent making 8-of-14 shots. Marta Hermida led the Broncos scoring eight points during the period including two of her three triples in the half.
Hermida scored 13 of her 16 points in the game during the first 20 minutes. She added six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes. The sophomore guard finished the night going 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
Boise State turned a 13-to-20 advantage in turnovers into a 29-to-11 edge in points off turnovers during the game.
The Broncos also outscored the Aggies 36-to-26 in the paint powered by 13 Marijke Vanderschaaf points. In addition, the redshirt-sophomore had five rebounds, two assists and career-high three blocks in 22 minutes of action.
The game also saw the return of Brooke Pahukoa to the lineup after missing two games because of injury. The senior from Lake Stevens, Wash., started and played in 21 minutes recording four points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Senior point guard Yaiza Rodriguez dished out six assists to go with five points, three rebounds and two steals. Rodriguez, the Boise State career assists record holder, is now sixth all-time in MW history with 513, one short of fifth place.
Boise State finished the night shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent (8-24) from beyond the arc and 61.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Utah State was led by Shannon Dufficy with a double-double on 13 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Eliza West with 14 points and five assists, both team highs.
The Aggies finished the night hitting 33.9 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent (3-8) from beyond the arc and 75 percent (15-20) from the free-throw line.