Boise State Closes 2009 on a Roll, Running Past Wyoming
Harris records double-double on 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Broncos to victory.

BOISE, Idaho (12/31/2009) - Boise State won the battle between two high-scoring teams Thursday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena as the Broncos ran past the Wyoming Cowgirls for a 73-67 win at Boise, Idaho. One of the questions entering the game was how Boise State would handle Wyoming’s 19th-ranked scoring defense that was holding opponents to 54 points per game entering the contest. The Broncos answered the call with a 14-0 run late in the first half to erase a 27-20 deficit and turn it into a 43-36 halftime lead as Boise State rolled to the six-point victory. Tasha Harris led the Broncos just missing a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Boise State closed their nonconference schedule on a three-game win streak, undefeated (7-0) at home, and with an 11-3 record as they head into Western Athletic Conference action next week.

The game was a series of runs all afternoon. Wyoming controlled the early moments of the game dictating the tempo and pace as they ran out to a seven-point, 27-20, lead 10 minutes into the contest. The Cowgirls scored first and held the lead for most of the first 11 minutes before the Broncos rallied to seize control of the momentum midway through the first period.

Down seven, 27-20, with 9:51 to play, the Broncos rallied with a 14-0 run that saw them jump out to a 34-27 lead with 6:24 to go before half. Boise State never trailed again even though Wyoming made it interesting to the final buzzer.

Freshman Kinzi Poteet sparked the 14-0 Bronco run with the first four points, then added two free throws before it was over. She had eight of her career-high 10 points in the opening 20 minutes.

Jessica Van Hoogen was also big in the first half recording a team-high 10 points as Boise State pulled out to a seven-point, 43-36, halftime lead.

The Broncos opened the second half with Van Hoogen’s third 3-pointer to extend the Boise State advantage to 10-points at 46-36, 17 seconds into the period. That was the beginning of a 12-4 run that saw the blue and orange stretch the lead out to a game-high 15 points, 55-40, with 13 minutes to play.

Wyoming responded with a rally of its own pulling to within six points, 57-51, following an 11-2 run. Aubrey Vandiver scored four of her team-high 29 points during the Wyoming run as the Cowgirls battled back into the game.

Up six points and the momentum swinging Wyoming’s way, Heather Pilcher entered the game for Boise State. The sophomore from Lynwood, Calif., provided the Broncos with two clutch back-to-back 3-pointers to give Boise State a 63-51 lead with seven and a half minutes to go. Pilcher entered the contest struggling from beyond the arc hitting 13 percent on the year.    

Boise State then slowly pulled out to a 14-point lead, 69-55, with under five minutes remaining.

Once again the Cowgirls came storming back on a 9-0 run powered by six Vandiver points cutting the deficit to five points, 69-64, with 1:25 showing on the clock.

Van Hoogen stymied the Cowgirl run with a mid-range jumper to stretch the lead to seven points with just over a minute to play. Boise State’s Harris recorded the Broncos’ final points of the game with a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left to make the score 73-65. 

The contest finished with Wyoming’s Vandiver hitting a jumper at the buzzer to make the final Boise State victory margin 73-67.

Boise State dominated the glass, especially in the second half (30-17), out rebounding Wyoming 51-34 during the game. The Broncos won the battle in the paint out scoring the Cowgirls 24 to 16, Boise State is 10-0 this year when winning the paint. 

Another key factor in the Boise State victory was its outside game. The Broncos have struggled most of the year scoring from beyond the 3-point arc entering the game at 26.6 percent. Today they finished hitting 56.3 percent (9-16) from long range with five individuals recording at least one trey.

There were three ties and seven lead changes during the game all in the first half as Boise State never trailed in the final period. The Bronco bench was big in the contest out scoring Wyoming’s 27 to 15.

The double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) was the first of the year for Harris and the fifth of her career. She recorded nine of the points and seven boards in the second half. Van Hoogen was second in scoring with 15 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Poteet added a career-high 10 points, three rebounds and two steals. Janie Bos chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.

Aubrey Vandiver led Wyoming with 29 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and two steals. She was followed by Hillary Carlson with 11 points and five boards. No one else recorded double-digit points or rebounds. The loss dropped Wyoming to 9-3 on the year.

Next up for Boise State is the WAC opener on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Taco Bell Arena versus New Mexico State University.

Final Game Summary

Wyoming vs Boise State
12/31/09 2:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)

Vandiver, Aubrey 11-15 3-7 29; Carlson, Hillary 3-12 4-6 11; Scheffler,
Kristen 2-8 2-5 7; Langford, Emma 3-10 0-0 6; Kennedy, Jade 2-5 0-0 6;
Campigli, Bec 2-7 0-0 5; FIitzgerald, Leah 1-2 1-2 3; Sewell, Chaundra 0-0
0-0 0; Richardson, Randi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-60 10-20 67.

Harris, Tasha 5-12 6-6 18; Van Hoogen, Jessica 6-15 0-1 15; Poteet, Kinzi
4-5 2-2 10; Bos, Janie 4-8 0-0 8; Pilcher, Heather 2-4 0-0 6; Marshall,
Julia 1-8 2-2 5; Lenhardt, Lauren 1-4 2-2 4; Rima, Melissa 1-3 0-0 3;
McGilbra, Taylor 0-1 2-2 2; Kepilino, Rebecca 1-4 0-0 2; Gross, Stacie 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 25-65 14-15 73.

Wyoming.......................   36   31  -   67
Boise State...................   43   30  -   73

3-point goals--Wyoming 9-25 (Vandiver, Aubrey 4-5; Kennedy, Jade 2-5;
Carlson, Hillary 1-2; Campigli, Bec 1-5; Scheffler, Kristen 1-5; Richardson,
Randi 0-1; Langford, Emma 0-2), Boise State 9-16 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 3-5;
Harris, Tasha 2-3; Pilcher, Heather 2-3; Rima, Melissa 1-2; Marshall, Julia
1-3). Fouled out--Wyoming-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Wyoming 34
(Vandiver, Aubrey 11), Boise State 51 (Harris, Tasha 11). Assists--Wyoming
16 (Langford, Emma 4; Vandiver, Aubrey 4), Boise State 13 (Harris, Tasha 8).
Total fouls--Wyoming 16, Boise State 15. Technical fouls--Wyoming-None,
Boise State-None. A-1006

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