Broncos Win Mountain West Opener Over New Mexico
Lenhardt scores 23 points to lead Broncos to 600th win all-time.
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University won its inaugural Mountain West women's basketball game with a convincing 65-46 victory over the University of New Mexico Wednesday night in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos with a season-high 23 points while Kati Isham added 12. The Bronco win in the inaugural Mountain West game gave the Boise State program its 600th victory all-time.
"That was one of the best games we played this year and it couldn't of come at a better time," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "I was really pleased with how the team came out and battled hard from the start. Lauren (Lenhardt) did a nice job for us, as did several others. It was a solid team effort in our first Mountain West game."
The contest was expected to be interesting entering the night and it was. The two teams were opposites of each other with Boise State featured the top scoring offense at 72.9 points per game and eight ranked scoring defense in the Mountain West allowing 68.2 points each time out. Meanwhile, New Mexico was the reverse with the top scoring defense holding teams to 54.1 points per game, while being ranked eighth in scoring offense at 55.5 points per outing.
On this night the Bronco offense came out on top. Boise State never trailed in the contest taking an eight-point (35-27) lead into the half before blowing the game open in the second period.
The first period was tight most of the way with Boise State maintaining a single digit lead on the scoreboard. A late surge by Boise State swung momentum its way as the Broncos took a period-high 10-point, 35-25, lead with 41 seconds to play before the break.
A Jayme Jackson jumper with 26 seconds remaining cut the Bronco halftime advantage to eight at 35-27. Lenhardt had 15 of her 23 points in the first period hitting five-of-10 shots from the floor including three-of-four attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Broncos opened the final 20 minutes of action on fire with a 10-0 run two minutes into the half. Combined with an 8-4 run at the end of the first Boise State broke the game open with a 18-4 surge and never looked back. Isham scored 10 points in the second half including six during the 10-0 run to break the game open at 45-27, Lenhardt recorded the other four.
New Mexico was never closer than 11 points the rest of the way. The blue and orange took a game-high 25-point, 63-38, lead with just over five minutes to play.
Lenhardt finished the night going nine-of-16 from the floor and did not attempt a 3-pointer in the second half. She added a team second-best six rebounds and two blocks to her totals in 24 minutes of action. Isham finished with 12 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 31 minutes of play.
The athletic true-freshman Keiahnna Engel continues to impress recording nine points, five boards, one assist and a career-high five steals. Kinzi Poteet followed with seven points and five rebounds, while Heather Pilcher matched Poteet's seven points in addition to having three rebounds.
Boise State struggled with its field goal shooting in the first half hitting 32.4 percent, but improved in the second at 42.4 percent from the floor. On the night the Broncos shot 37.1 percent from the court, 35.7 percent (5-14) from the 3-point arc and 66.7 percent (8-12) from the free-throw line.
Porche Torrance scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Lobos as she finished the contest with a double-double adding 12 rebounds to her stat line. Caroline Durbin followed with 13 points and seven rebounds. No one else was in double figures for New Mexico as it finished the night shooting 38 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent (3-8) from beyond the 3-point line and 62.5 percent (5-8) from the charity stripe.
For the Boise State defensive effort the 46 points by New Mexico were the fewest allowed this season. Boise State out rebounded the Lobos 41 to 35 for a slight eight to six edge in second chance points. The Broncos forced 23 New Mexico turnovers compared to 13 for the home side. Boise State out scored UNM 28 to 20 on the paint and 19 to eight in points off turnovers.
The win improves Boise State to 8-3 at home, 10-6 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Next up for Boise State is a road game at Air Force (5-11, 0-1 MW) Saturday afternoon. The Falcons lost this afternoon at Colorado State by a 73-39 score. New Mexico falls to 6-9 on the year and 0-1 in league with the loss to Boise State.
Final Game Summary
New Mexico vs Boise State
01/11/12 7:06 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 65, NEW MEXICO 46
NEW MEXICO (6-9, 0-1 MW)
TORRANCE, Porche 7-13 3-4 17; DURBIN, Caroline 6-16 0-2 13; JACKSON, Jayme 3-6 0-0 6; NELSON, Nikki 1-3 2-2 5; TAYLOR, Lauren 1-6 0-0 3; RHOADES, Ashley 1-2 0-0 2; STARK, Emily 0-2 0-0 0; PARKER, Jaime 0-0 0-0 0; NNAJI, Chinyere 0-2 0-0 0; MURAIDA, Maddie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-50 5-8 46.
BOISE STATE (10-6, 1-0 MW)
LENHARDT, Lauren 9-16 2-2 23; ISHAM, Kati 5-11 1-2 12; ENGEL, Keiahnna 4-12 1-2 9; POTEET, Kinzi 2-5 3-4 7; PILCHER, Heather 3-6 0-0 7; BRADY, Nicole 1-6 1-2 3; MARSHALL, Julia 1-5 0-0 2; LISTER, Cinnamon 1-4 0-0 2; MUNNS, Mandy 0-0 0-0 0; LEE, Diana 0-3 0-0 0; VANDIVER, Amber 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-70 8-12 65.
New Mexico.................... 27 19 - 46
Boise State................... 35 30 - 65
3-point goals--New Mexico 3-8 (TAYLOR, Lauren 1-2; DURBIN, Caroline 1-2; NELSON, Nikki 1-3; NNAJI, Chinyere 0-1), Boise State 5-14 (LENHARDT, Lauren 3-4; PILCHER, Heather 1-1; ISHAM, Kati 1-3; BRADY, Nicole 0-2; MARSHALL, Julia 0-1; LEE, Diana 0-2; ENGEL, Keiahnna 0-1). Fouled out--New Mexico-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--New Mexico 35 (TORRANCE, Porche 12), Boise State 41 (BRADY, Nicole 7). Assists--New Mexico 8 (NELSON, Nikki 3), Boise State 8 (MARSHALL, Julia 4). Total fouls--New Mexico 16, Boise State 13. Technical fouls--New Mexico-None, Boise State-None. A-614
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