Broncos Let One Slip Away in 84-81 Overtime Loss at Idaho...
Bos has career night with 29 points.

MOSCOW, Idaho (1/16/2010) - Boise State fought hard but came up short when it counted in a disappointing 84-81 overtime loss at Idaho Saturday night in Moscow. As usual this rivalry game went down to the wire before it was decided in one extra period. After battling back from six points down with 1:32 to play to force overtime, the Broncos came out cold when they could least afford it. A career night by Janie Bos on 29 points and 11 rebounds was not enough to lift the Broncos past the Vandals.

Tied at 73 at the end of regulation, Boise State began the overtime period by missing its first 10 shots. Meanwhile, Idaho rolled off a 8-0 run to take a 81-73 lead with 1:31 remaining. The Broncos first points came on a pair of Tasha Harris free throws with 1:27 to play making the score 81-75.

Even as poor as the Broncos played in OT they still had their chances to win. The first Boise State field goal in the overtime came on a Lauren Lenhardt layup with 56 seconds to play to make the score 83-77 Idaho. Following a missed Vandal layup on the next possession, Boise State’s Julia Marshall drained a open 3-pointer from the left corner to cut the deficit to 83-80 with 42 seconds showing on the clock.

In the final 42 seconds Idaho made one-of-two free throws and missed a layup but still managed to hold on for the victory. During that same time span Boise State missed three 3-point shots, one layup and went one-of-four from the free-throw line. Idaho out scored Boise State 11 to eight in overtime, they hit one field goal and went 9-of-16 from the free-throw line. 

The game was close throughout the contest. Boise State scored first and stretched their advantage to a Bronco game-high seven points, 24-17, with 11:54 to go in the first half.

Unfortunately  for Boise State, Idaho was on fire from the 3-point arc in the first half as they rallied to take a eight-point lead, 37-29, by the 4:01 mark. The rallied was powered by five Idaho 3-pointers during the 20-5 run.

By the end of the opening 20 minutes the Vandals had hit eight-of-14 3-point attempts (57.1 pct.) as they took a four-point lead, 43-39, into the halftime break. Boise State is now 1-6 when trailing at the half and 10-0 when leading.

The second half opened with the Broncos tying the score at 43 with four quick points in the first minute of the period. The period then went back and forth as the teams traded leads in a half that saw eight ties and eight lead changes.

Down the stretch Boise State struggled with its shot selection as the Vandals capitalized on the Broncos misses eventually taking a six-point lead at 71-65 with 2:58 to go and again with 1:32 to left in regulation at 72-66. That setup the Boise State rally to force overtime with Janie Bos scoring the final four points of regulation including two clutch free throws with 19 seconds left that tied the score at 73 all.

Boise State had numerous chances to win on the night but the Broncos hurt themselves with forced shots at critical times in addition to missing numerous free throws. Boise State shot 53.6 percent from the charity stripe during the game going 15-of-28, including three in the final 25 seconds of overtime that would have tied the game.  

Janie Bos led Boise State on the night with a career-high 29 points to go with 11 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the year. She made 12-of-20 field goals and five-of-eight free throws. Tasha Harris was second in scoring with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Freshman Julia Marshall followed with 11 points, five boards, one assist, and two steals. Rebecca Kepilino finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

Idaho had five players in double-figure points led by Yinka Olorunnife with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bianca Cheever and Rachele Klocke added 18 points, followed by Shaena Kuehu with 11 points and Charlotte Otero with 10.

The Broncos have loss three-straight as Boise State drops to 11-6 overall and 0-3 in Western athletic Conference play. Idaho improves to 3-13 and 1-2 in league with the victory. Next up for Boise State is a pair of home games against San Jose State on Wednesday and Hawaii on Saturday.

Newspaper Box Score

Boise State vs Idaho
01/16/10 7 p.m. at Moscow, Idaho (Cowan Spectrum)


BOISE STATE (11-6, 0-3 WAC)
Bos, Janie 12-20 5-8 29; Harris, Tasha 6-16 6-7 19; Marshall, Julia 4-9 1-3
11; Kepilino, Rebecca 3-6 1-2 8; Rima, Melissa 2-3 0-0 5; Van Hoogen,
Jessica 1-10 2-4 5; Pilcher, Heather 1-5 0-0 2; Lenhardt, Lauren 1-3 0-4 2;
Poteet, Kinzi 0-2 0-0 0; Gross, Stacie 0-0 0-0 0; McGilbra, Taylor 0-1 0-0
0. Totals 30-75 15-28 81.

IDAHO (3-13, 1-2 WAC)
Olorunnife, Yinka 7-15 9-12 25; Cheever, Bianca 5-9 4-8 18; Kloke, Rachele
5-10 7-13 18; Kuehu, Shaena 4-9 2-2 11; Otero, Charlotte 4-7 0-1 10;
Sisel-Kumpfer, Ally 1-4 0-0 2; Bello, Kanisha 0-0 0-0 0; Helsham, Natasha
0-3 0-2 0. Totals 26-57 22-38 84.

Boise State...................   39   34    8  -   81
Idaho.........................   43   30   11  -   84

3-point goals--Boise State 6-22 (Marshall, Julia 2-4; Kepilino, Rebecca 1-2;
Harris, Tasha 1-4; Van Hoogen, Jessica 1-8; Rima, Melissa 1-1; McGilbra,
Taylor 0-1; Lenhardt, Lauren 0-1; Pilcher, Heather 0-1), Idaho 10-22
(Cheever, Bianca 4-6; Otero, Charlotte 2-3; Olorunnife, Yinka 2-6; Kuehu,
Shaena 1-3; Kloke, Rachele 1-2; Helsham, Natasha 0-2). Fouled out--Boise
State-Rima, Melissa; Bos, Janie, Idaho-Kuehu, Shaena; Kloke, Rachele.
Rebounds--Boise State 46 (Bos, Janie 11), Idaho 42 (Olorunnife, Yinka 10).
Assists--Boise State 10 (Harris, Tasha 3), Idaho 14 (Kuehu, Shaena 4). Total
fouls--Boise State 26, Idaho 20. Technical fouls--Boise State-None,
Idaho-None. A-702

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