BOISE, Idaho (1/13/2011) - Boise State ran out to a 20-8 lead midway through the first half and never looked back as the Broncos defeated San Jose State 83-51 in a Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball game Thursday night in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. Kati Isham and Melissa Rima combined for seven of 10 shooting from the 3-point arc in the first half as Boise State led by 29-points, 43-14, at halftime. Isham finished the game with a team-high 20 points followed by Rima with 15. Boise State improved to 10-6 on the year and 1-2 in WAC play.
After San Jose State opened the game by scoring the first basket on a 3-pointer by Marnesha Hall 2:18 into the contest for their only lead of the game. Boise State responded by seizing control of the game by recording the next 10 points storming out to a 10-3 lead with 14:17 to go in the period.
By the 11 minute mark the lead was out to 20-7. Boise State continued to dominate the game as the Bronco defense clamped down in the final 10 and half minutes of the half holding the Spartans to six points, to go into the break up 29 points at 43-14.
Kati Isham and Melissa Rima led the Broncos in the opening 20 minutes as they combined for seven 3-pointers, they went seven-of-10 from beyond the arc. Isham recorded a team-high 16 points followed by Rima with 11. Boise State shot 44 percent (15-34) from the floor and 60 percent (9-15) from the 3-point line. About the only thing the Broncos struggled at was free-throw shooting going 40 percent (4-10).
San Jose State was led by Myesha Broaden with four points while the team shot 23 percent (6-26) from the floor, 13 percent (1-8) from the arc and 50 percent (1-2) from the charity stripe.
Boise State out scored San Jose State 22 to two in points off turnovers and 10 to zero in second chance points. The 14 points scored by the Spartans was the fewest points allowed by Boise State in a half this season.
The Broncos were never seriously threatened in the second half though the Spartans picked up their game playing Boise State relatively even, 40-37 BSU.
Down 29, San Jose State opened the second period with purpose scoring the first six points pulling to within 43-20 two minutes in to the half. By the 12 minute mark the Spartans had scored 20 points, four more than they had in the first half. However, They were still down 59-34.
Boise State responded after the initial push by the Spartans by picking up its intensity. The two teams traded mini runs as the scoring margin fluctuated between 23 and 32 points for the rest of the game. During the final 20 minutes both teams pushed their game inside where the Spartans out scored the Broncos 20 to 14 in the paint for the period.
Isham finished the game with a team-high 20 points recording her sixth game with 20-plus points of the year. She went five-of-10 from the 3-point line while adding two rebounds, three assists and two steals to her totals. Melissa Rima was the second of three Broncos in double-digit points with a season-high 15 to go with a team-high nine rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. Lauren Lenhardt recorded her 13th game in double-figure points with 10, in addition to five boards, one block and one steal.
Two Spartans hit double-figure points led by Sara Plavljanin with 13 to go with six rebounds. Sayja Sumler followed with 10 points and four boards, while Brittany Johnson grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to go with her four points.
The Broncos finished the night shooting 41.9 percent (26-62) from the floor, 42.3 percent (11-26) from the arc and 64.5 percent (20-31) from the free-throw line. The 83 points was the third most points scored this season by Boise State.
San Jose State finished the night shooting 35.2 percent (19-54) from the floor, 23.1 percent (3-13) from the 3-point line and 62.5 percent (1-16) from the free-throw line.
SJSU committed 21 turnovers compared to 14 by Boise State resulting in a huge advantage in points off turnovers for the Broncos by a 33 to 13 margin. Rebounding also went the way of Boise State 44 to 36 giving the Broncos a 20 to 11 edge in second chance points.
Next up for Boise State is a home game against the University of Hawai’i on Saturday in the second doubleheader of the weekend, tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
Final Game Summary
San Jose State vs Boise State
01/13/11 6:05 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 83, SAN JOSE STATE 51
SAN JOSE STATE (0-16, 0-3 WAC)
Plavljanin, Sara 6-13 0-0 13; Sumler, Sayja 2-10 6-8 10; Newton, AJ 3-9 2-4
9; Hall, Marnesha 2-6 0-1 5; Broaden, Myesha 2-2 0-0 4; Johnson, Brittany
2-6 0-1 4; Woods, Nanea 2-3 0-0 4; Williams, Marisa 0-3 2-2 2; Johnson, Liz
0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-54 10-16 51.
BOISE STATE (10-7, 1-2 WAC)
Isham, Kati 6-13 3-4 20; Rima, Melissa 5-11 2-6 15; Lenhardt, Lauren 3-8 4-4
10; Bos, Janie 2-4 2-3 6; Poteet, Kinzi 0-1 6-8 6; Kearney, Janelle 3-3 0-2
6; Pilcher, Heather 1-6 2-2 5; Lister, Cinnamon 2-6 1-2 5; Lee, Diana 2-4
0-0 4; Brady, Nicole 1-2 0-0 3; Gross, Stacie 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 26-62 20-31
San Jose State................ 14 37 - 51
Boise State................... 43 40 - 83
3-point goals--San Jose State 3-13 (Hall, Marnesha 1-2; Newton, AJ 1-4;
Plavljanin, Sara 1-4; Johnson, Brittany 0-1; Johnson, Liz 0-1; Sumler, Sayja
0-1), Boise State 11-26 (Isham, Kati 5-10; Rima, Melissa 3-6; Pilcher,
Heather 1-2; Brady, Nicole 1-2; Gross, Stacie 1-3; Lister, Cinnamon 0-2;
Lee, Diana 0-1). Fouled out--San Jose State-Johnson, Liz, Boise State-None.
Rebounds--San Jose State 36 (Johnson, Brittany 11), Boise State 44 (Rima,
Melissa 9). Assists--San Jose State 6 (Sumler, Sayja 3), Boise State 16
(Poteet, Kinzi 3; Lee, Diana 3; Isham, Kati 3). Total fouls--San Jose State
23, Boise State 18. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, Boise State-None.
Doubleheader with Boise State men’s team vs Utah State.