RENO, Nev. (1/8/20110) - Boise State University’s women’s basketball team lost its second road game of the weekend to open Western Athletic Conference play dropping a 68-51 decision at the University of Nevada Saturday evening in Reno. The Broncos controlled play in the first half, then struggling during the second half as the Wolf Pack turned a 26-26 halftime tie into a dominating 17-point victory over the Broncos. Turnovers and poor rebounding crushed Boise State Saturday night as what started as a close contest got away from the them down the stretch. Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos with 12 points as Boise State fell to 9-7 on the year and 0-2 in WAC play, while Nevada improved to 12-3 overall and 1-1 in league.
Boise State opened with more energy than Thursday night’s game as the Broncos pushed it up the floor with purpose. They controlled the first half scoring the first four points of the game and led for nearly the entire period. However, Boise State’s lead was never larger than four points in the opening 20 minutes as Nevada kept the Broncos within reach.
Twice the Wolf Pack took short lived leads only to watch the Broncos quickly regained the advantage on the scoreboard. The first came at 16-14 with just under eight minutes to go, while the second was at 1:42 with Nevada up one 25-24. At the end of the first half the teams went into the break tied at 26.
Boise State shot 39 percent (12-31) from the floor during the first half and had numerous chances to take leads larger than four points but the Broncos could not get the ball to fall for them. They shot 29 percent (2-7) from the 3-point arc and missed their two free throw opportunities. Lauren Lenhardt led the team with eight first half points followed by Kati Isham with seven.
Nevada was led by Marissa Hammond with eight points as the Wolf Pack shot 26 percent (9-35) from the court, 10 percent (1-10) from behind the arc. The free throw line keep them close as they converted 7-of-10 (70 pct) opportunities. They out rebounded Boise State 24 to 22 for a 7-0 advantage in second chance points.
The second half was a different story for the Broncos as they had trouble holding onto the ball and rebounding. They turned it over seven times in the first eight minutes accounting for 10 quick Wolf Pack points. In addition, Lenhardt and Kinzi Poteet each had four fouls five minutes into the half and were forced to the bench, Poteet fouled out with eight minutes to go.
Nevada ran out to a nine-point 42-33 lead by the 12 minute mark to seize control of the game. Boise State struggled getting its shots to fall during the half making five field goals in the final 20 minutes as they shot 24 percent (5-21) from the floor.
With Boise State struggling in the second period, the Wolf Pack slowly extended their lead to a game-high 17 points late in the game including the final score of 68-51.
Three Broncos scored double-figure points led by Lauren Lenhardt’s 12 to go with five rebounds, followed by Kati Isham and Melissa Rima who each added 10 points. Isham also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Rima contributed three boards, one assist, two blocks and a pair of steals. Diana Lee and Janie Bos added eight points each.
Boise State finished the night shooting 32.7 percent (17-52) from the floor, 23.1 percent (3-13) from the arc and 63.6 percent (14-22) from the free-throw line. The Broncos scored more points one free throws (14) than they did from field goals (11) in the second half.
Nevada was led by Tahnee Robinson with 15 points and seven rebounds, followed by Marissa Hammond with 14 points and seven boards, and Shavon Moore with 13 points and team-high nine rebounds.
The Wolf Pack shot 36.7 percent (22-60) from the court, 21.1 percent (4-19) from 3-point range and 74.1 percent (20-27) from the charity stripe. They dominated the boards 45 to 34 good for an 8-0 edge in second chance points.
Turnovers were frequent throughout the game as the two teams combined for 42, 22 by Boise State and 20 for Nevada. However, the Wolf Pack converted their chances into a 24 to nine advantage in points off turnovers, including a 16 to five difference in the second half. Nevada also forced the game into the paint in the final period out scoring the Broncos 14 to four in the post giving them a 28 to 18 edge during the game.
Boise State will host San Jose State University and the University of Hawai’i next week as the Broncos try to get their first win of the year in conference play.
Final Game Summary
Boise State vs Nevada
1/8/11 4:30 p.m. at Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Event Center)
NEVADA 68, BOISE STATE 51
BOISE STATE (9-7, 0-2 WAC)
Lenhardt, Lauren 5-8 2-2 12; Isham, Kati 4-9 1-2 10; Rima, Melissa 2-6 6-6
10; Lee, Diana 3-8 0-0 8; Bos, Janie 2-7 4-6 8; Lister, Cinnamon 1-3 0-0 2;
Kearney, Janelle 0-0 1-2 1; Poteet, Kinzi 0-2 0-2 0; Brady, Nicole 0-4 0-2
0; Gross, Stacie 0-1 0-0 0; Pilcher, Heather 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 17-52 14-22
NEVADA (12-3, 1-1 WAC)
Tahnee Robinson 5-18 4-5 15; Marissa Hammond 5-5 4-5 14; Shavon Moore 4-11
5-7 13; Nicole Williams 2-5 4-6 8; Johnna Ward 2-4 0-0 5; Kate Kevorken 1-3
1-2 4; Danika Sharp 1-4 0-0 3; Kayla Williams 1-3 0-0 2; Arielle Wideman 1-1
0-0 2; Amber Smith 0-1 2-2 2; Amanda Johnson 0-2 0-0 0; Holly Jones 0-0 0-0
0; Megan Cherry 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 20-27 68.
Boise State................... 26 25 - 51
Nevada........................ 26 42 - 68
3-point goals--Boise State 3-13 (Lee, Diana 2-3; Isham, Kati 1-4; Brady,
Nicole 0-3; Rima, Melissa 0-2; Lenhardt, Lauren 0-1), Nevada 4-19 (Johnna
Ward 1-3; Danika Sharp 1-2; Tahnee Robinson 1-7; Kate Kevorken 1-3; Amber
Smith 0-1; Megan Cherry 0-2; Nicole Williams 0-1). Fouled out--Boise
State-Poteet, Kinzi, Nevada-Shavon Moore. Rebounds--Boise State 34 (Bos,
Janie 5; Lenhardt, Lauren 5), Nevada 45 (Shavon Moore 9). Assists--Boise
State 7 (Isham, Kati 3), Nevada 13 (Holly Jones 3). Total fouls--Boise State
22, Nevada 18. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Nevada-None. A-901