RUSTON, Louisiana - (1/13/07) - The Boise State Broncos pulled off one of the biggest wins in program history with a stunning 68-47 victory over five-time WAC champion Louisiana Tech in Ruston on Saturday night. It was a team effort for Boise State as they snapped one of the nation’s longest home win-streaks in league games with the win. The Lady Techsters had not lost a home conference game in 15 years spanning 114 games, the last league loss in the Thomas Assembly Center was on January 30, 1992 to New Orleans 69-54. With the win the Broncos claimed sole possession of first place in the WAC standings at 4-0.
Boise State never trailed in the game as the Broncos started fast and never looked back running out to a 15-4 lead in the first seven and half minutes. The 2,027 fans in attendance sat in stunned silence throughout the contest as the Broncos executed their game plan to perfection. Boise State’s WAC leading scoring offense averaging 68.7 points a game was on fire from the tip as they over powered the league’s top scoring defense, Louisiana Tech was allowing 62.3 points a game, claiming a 17 point advantage by halftime.
Sophomores Rebecca Kepilino and Jessica Thompson powered the Broncos in the opening half with 10 points each followed by eight from junior Jackie Lee. Boise State shot a solid 42.9 percent (15-of-35) from the floor, 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from three-point range, and hit their only free throw in the first half. Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech struggled against the Bronco defense and shot only 26.7 percent (8-of-30) from the floor, missed all seven three-point attempts, and hit only four-of-ten free throws (40 pct.). Senior post Ty Moore had a Lady Techster team high five points in the first period.
The second half was more of the same as the Broncos slowly pulled their lead into the 20-point margin range. Louisiana Tech would never get closer than the halftime deficit of 17 points in the second half . Boise State’s largest lead of the game was 25 points which they hit four times, the first at 59-34 with 6:13 left and the last came with 55 seconds remaining and the score 68-43.
The Broncos did hit a dry spell early in the second half and went five minutes without scoring. They claimed a 44-23 lead with 16:27 showing on the clock when the spell began. Boise State did not score again until the 11:23 mark when senior Nadia Begay hit the first of two back-to-back three-pointers to spark the Bronco offense to life. Fortunately, Louisiana Tech continued to struggle during the same time span and failed to close on Boise State. With 10 minutes left in the final half Boise State had only scored 15 points. However, the Lady Techsters had managed just nine points of their own to make the score 52-29 in favor of the Broncos.
Boise State maintained a 20 plus point lead in the final 12 minutes of the game as they answered everything Louisiana Tech tried in an effort to close the gap.
Four Broncos recorded double-figure points in the game led by Jessica Thompson with 14 to go with her three rebounds, one assist, and four steals. Jackie Lee, Tasha Harris, and Rebecca Kepilino all scored 12 points each. Lee contributed a team high eight rebounds in her best game of the year. Boise State ended the game shooting 42.9 percent (24-of-56) from the hardwood, 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from behind the arc, and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the charity stripe.
Senior Ty Moore led Louisiana Tech with a double-double on 16 points and 10 rebounds. She was followed by Amber Metoyer with six points and eight rebounds. The Lady Techsters shot 31.6 percent (18-of-57) from the floor, 9.1 percent (1-of-11) from three-point range, and 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from the foul line. Louisiana Tech out rebounded the Broncos 43-to-36, while the Broncos forced 19 turnovers compared to giving it away 16 times themselves.
The win gives Boise State sole possession of first place in the conference standings at 4-0. They have now won 10 of their last 11 games and improve to 13-4 overall. It is the first time they have ever been 4-0 in league since joining the WAC. The last time they were 4-0 in league play was during the 1993-94 season, that team went 4-0 to begin Big Sky Conference play before losing their fifth game. This continues to be the best start for the program in 13 years, also since the 1993-94 team went 16-2 to open the year. Louisiana Tech falls to 7-9 on the year and 2-1 in WAC play. Next up for Boise State is a road game at Hawaii (6-10, 0-4 WAC) next Saturday, January 20, night. Hawaii lost a pair of games this weekend at Nevada (69-59) Thursday and at Fresno State (75-69 ot) Saturday afternoon.
Newspaper Box Score
Boise State vs Louisiana Tech
01/13/06 7 p.m. at Thomas Assembly Center, Ruston, La.
BOISE STATE 68, LOUISIANA TECH 47
BOISE STATE (13-4, 4-0 WAC)
Thompson, Jessica 4-10 4-5 14; Harris, Tasha 4-11 3-5 12; Kepilino, Rebecca
5-12 1-1 12; Lee, Jackie 4-6 1-2 12; Hessing, Michelle 4-7 1-1 9; Begay,
Nadia 2-5 0-0 6; Galassi, Jenna 1-3 0-0 2; Stewart, Amanda 0-1 1-2 1;
Thompson, Jackie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 11-16 68.
LOUISIANA TECH (7-9, 2-1 WAC)
Moore, Ty 6-15 4-10 16; Metoyer, Amber 3-7 0-0 6; Kursh, Tamika 2-6 1-3 5;
Williams, April 2-7 1-2 5; Moore, Shan 1-5 2-4 4; Mangum, Eboni 2-9 0-0 4;
Levingston, Nastassj 1-3 0-0 3; Dowdell, Shanavia 1-3 0-0 2; Sneed, JoKeirra
0-0 2-4 2; Nixon, Sierra 0-1 0-0 0; Pringle, Tiawana 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-57
Boise State................... 37 31 - 68
Louisiana Tech................ 20 27 - 47
3-point goals--Boise State 9-23 (Lee, Jackie 3-5; Begay, Nadia 2-5;
Thompson, Jessica 2-5; Harris, Tasha 1-3; Kepilino, Rebecca 1-3; Galassi,
Jenna 0-2), Louisiana Tech 1-11 (Levingston, Nastassj 1-3; Metoyer, Amber
0-2; Moore, Shan 0-2; Mangum, Eboni 0-3; Pringle, Tiawana 0-1). Fouled
out--Boise State-None, Louisiana Tech-None. Rebounds--Boise State 36 (Lee,
Jackie 8), Louisiana Tech 43 (Moore, Ty 10). Assists--Boise State 12
(Harris, Tasha 4), Louisiana Tech 3 (Williams, April 2). Total fouls--Boise
State 18, Louisiana Tech 18. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Louisiana