BOISE, Idaho (1/12/09) The freshmen duo of Heather Pilcher and Courtney VanBrocklin combined for 31 points, 22 in the second half, as Boise State rallied from 11 down to defeat Hawaii 70-61 in Taco Bell Arena at Boise, Idaho Monday night. The Broncos exploded out of the gates to open the second period on a 30-10 run as they seized control of the game taking a 13-point lead with eight minutes to play. That was following a first period where they could not hit the side of a barn and trailed by as many as 11 points before cutting the deficit to seven, 34-27, at the half.
In the opening 20 minutes Boise State struggled to get anything to fall for them as they shot 29 percent (9-31) from the floor, 10 percent (1-10) from the 3-point arc, and 66.7 percent (8-12) from the free-throw line. Meanwhile, Hawaii could not miss at one point finishing the half hitting 48 percent (12-25) from the court, 36.4 percent (4-11) from the 3-point line, and a perfect six-for-six from the foul line.
Hawaii ran out to a quick six-point lead at 8-2 to open the game and eventually stretched it to 11 points, 24-13, by the 8:21 mark. The Broncos chipped away at the Rainbow Wahine lead cutting it to three points a couple of times before settling for the seven-point deficit at the intermission.
The second half saw a reversal of luck in shooting the ball as Boise State stormed out of the gate. After Tara Hittle hit a short jumper for Hawaii to open the half and give the Wahine a nine-point advantage 20 seconds into the period, Boise State rolled off a 9-1 run that pulled the Broncos to within one, 37-36, with 15:54 to play.
Down 41-40 with 14:46 to go, Marisa Stotler hit the first of two back-to-back layups that gave the Broncos their first lead, 41-40, since a 2-0 advantage to open the game. Boise State would never trail again in the game as the Broncos pulled away.
By the time Hawaii could blink Boise State had opened the second half on a 30-10 run to claim a 13-point advantage, 57-44, with 8:12 remaining. VanBrocklin and Pilcher combined for 18 of the 30 points during the run with 10 and eight respectively. The Broncos took the largest lead of the game with 5:28 showing on the clock up 14 points at 65-51.
With the offense struggling early Boise State used defense to stay in the game and then take control. By the time the contest ended the Broncos had forced 23 turnovers resulting in a 31-to-seven advantage in points off turnovers. Once Boise State had seized the momentum with the dominating run, Hawaii would get no closer than eight points which they accomplished three times down the stretch.
Boise State finished the period shooting 51.6 percent (16-31) from the court and was a perfect five-for-five from behind the arc until a late miss. The Broncos finished the game at 40.3 percent (25-62) from the floor, 37.5 percent (6-16) from the arc, and 63.6 percent (14-22) from the free-throw line.
Hawaii shot 32 percent (8-25) from the floor and 33.3 percent (2-6) from the 3-point line in the second half. They finished the game hitting 40 percent (20-50) from the court, 35.3 percent (6-17) from the arc, and a solid 88.2 percent (15-17) from the charity stripe.
Boise State’s high scorers were Heather Pilcher with 16 points to go with three boards, two assists, and four steals, while Courtney VanBrocklin added 15 points along with six rebounds, three assists, one block, and three steals. It is the third consecutive game that Pilcher has led the team in scoring. Janie Bos added nine points, a team-high seven rebounds, and one block. Jamia Malone finished with eight points, four rebounds, a team-high four assists, and two steals.
Hawaii had four players record double-digit points led by Keisha Kanekoa with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one block. Dita Liepkalne and Megan Tinnin each added 11 points, while Tara Hittle finished with a double-double on 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
The nine-point victory extended the Broncos conference home win streak to 12-consecutive games as they improve to 9-8 overall and 2-1 in Western Athletic Conference action. It was the third road game in five days for Hawaii who slipped to 3-13 overall and 0-3 in league play. Up next for Boise State is a one-game road trip to Utah State this Saturday afternoon, tip is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at Logan, Utah.
Newspaper Box Score
Hawaii vs Boise State
01/12/09 7:00 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 70, HAWAII 61
HAWAII (3-13, 0-3 WAC)
Kanekoa, Keisha 6-12 3-4 18; Liepkalne, Dita 4-7 3-4 11; Tinnin, Megan 4-12
1-1 11; Hittle, Tara 2-5 6-6 10; Galdones, Leilani 1-3 2-2 5; Jones, Ebony
1-2 0-0 2; Arbuckle, Breanna 1-2 0-0 2; Hamilton, Jennifer 1-2 0-0 2;
Wilson, Katie 0-1 0-0 0; Cho, Catherine 0-3 0-0 0; Linton, Briauna 0-0 0-0
0; Dew, Rebecca 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-50 15-17 61.
BOISE STATE (9-8, 2-1 WAC)
Pilcher,Heather 6-15 2-2 16; VanBrocklin,Courtney 5-5 4-5 15; Bos,Janie 4-5
1-4 9; Malone,Jamia 2-9 3-4 8; Stotler,Marisa 3-10 1-2 7; Rima,Melissa 2-4
0-0 5; Kepilino,Rebecca 2-5 0-0 4; Sanders,Ainsleigh 0-0 3-4 3;
Moore,Brittany 1-6 0-0 3; Galassi,Jenna 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 25-62 14-22 70.
Hawaii........................ 34 27 - 61
Boise State................... 27 43 - 70
3-point goals--Hawaii 6-17 (Kanekoa, Keisha 3-4; Tinnin, Megan 2-8;
Galdones, Leilani 1-3; Hamilton, Jennifer 0-1; Liepkalne, Dita 0-1), Boise
State 6-16 (Pilcher,Heather 2-4; Rima,Melissa 1-2; VanBrocklin,Courtney 1-1;
Moore,Brittany 1-5; Malone,Jamia 1-4). Fouled out--Hawaii-Tinnin, Megan,
Boise State-None. Rebounds--Hawaii 36 (Hittle, Tara 11), Boise State 36
(Bos,Janie 7). Assists--Hawaii 12 (Hittle, Tara 2; Tinnin, Megan 2; Cho,
Catherine 2; Liepkalne, Dita 2; Kanekoa, Keisha 2), Boise State 15
(Malone,Jamia 4). Total fouls--Hawaii 16, Boise State 18. Technical
fouls--Hawaii-None, Boise State-None. A-494
Boise State has active 12-game conference home win streak.