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Lenhardt ties school record for points in a game with 37.

BOISE, Idaho (1/15/2011) - Lauren Lenhardt tied the school scoring record with 37 points to lead Boise State University’s women’s basketball team to a 69-63 Western Athletic Conference win over the University of Hawai’i in Taco Bell Arena. The game was a typical  battle between these two teams for the entire 20 minutes with the largest lead being eight points by Boise State. The Broncos held off a late push by the Rainbow Wahine to win their second-consecutive home game this week as they improved to 11-7 overall and 2-2 in league, while Hawai’i fell to 6-11 on the year and 0-4 in conference play.
 
Lenhardt was on fire throughout the game scoring 23 of  her 37 points in the first half. At one point she was eight-for-eight before missing her first shot. She finished the night with her second career double-double adding a team-high 13 boards. She set personal bests for points, field goals made with 14, field goal attempts at 20, minutes played at 36, while tying her highs for rebounds (13) and free throws made with eight. She was a little over two months old win the Bronco scoring record was set by Lidiya Varbanova in February of 1991, 19 years later she tied it as a sophomore.

The first half was a tightly contested affair as the two teams went back and forth. There were five ties and five lead changes in the first half. Neither side could shake the other in a physical battle that saw a seven-point 23-16 lead by Boise State with 7:24 to play as the largest advantage of the period. Hawaii’s largest lead of the game was four at 8-4 with 14:13 showing on the clock.

The Rainbow Wahine rallied from the seven-point deficit at 7:24 to take a one-point 30-29 lead into the break. Hawai’i dominated the glass in the first half out rebounding Boise State 35 to 17 for a 13 to four advantage in second chance points. Boise State had the edge in points in the paint 18 to 10 and points off turnovers 11 to two.

Lauren Lenhardt lit up Hawaii in the first half scoring 23 of Boise State’s 29 points going nine-of-11 from the floor and five-of-six from the free-throw line. Megan Tinnin led Hawaii with 10 points while Kamilah Jackson grabbed 13 boards.

The second 20 minutes was as intense as the first with the two teams playing physical, hard ball. However, other Broncos stepped up to help in the scoring in the final period. Only three Boise State players scored in the first half, by the end of the game seven of the 11 had points.

Janie Bos who was in foul trouble most of the night had four points in the first period, but finished with 10 and five rebounds. Melissa Rima, who was scoreless in the first half, hit two big 3-pointers to shift momentum to Boise State as she finished with six points and six boards. The first of Rima’s treys came after Hawai’i had tied the score at 42 all with 11:44 to go to spark a 8-0 run as the Broncos took the largest lead of the game at 50-42 with 10:27 left. Rima’s  second trey came with 9:09 remaining to give the Broncos a six-point lead at 53-47.

There were three ties and five lead changes during the last period. Hawai’i’s last lead came at 12:58 to play in the game up 40-39. Cinnamon Lister hit a trey on the next possession to give the Broncos at two-point 42-40 lead. Though they would be tied at 42 all a  minute later, Boise State never trailed again in the contest.     

The Rainbow Wahine kept close on the backs of Shawna Kuehu, Megan Tinnin and Keisha Kanekoa who combined for 48 points, 24 in each half. Kuehu led Hawai’i with 18 points and eight rebounds, followed by Tinnin with 16 points and nine boards, and Kanekoa with 14 points and six assists. Kamilah Jackson entered the game as Wahine’s leading scorer at 14.2 points per game was held to seven, however, she dominated the glass with 22 rebounds.

Kuehu hit a 3-pointer with 1:57 to play to pull Hawai’i within one at 64-63. That was the last point of the game for the Rainbow Wahine as Boise State responded with the final five points of the contest. Lenhardt hit a short jumper with 1:41 left to put the Broncos up three at 66-63. Bos then finished the game off hit three of four free throws in the last 20 seconds to push the score to the final six-point victory spread at 69-63.

The Boise State team played well overall in a tight game that could have gone either way. All 11 players contributed to this win. The two freshmen point-guards Diana Lee and Cinnamon Lister played extremely well for the Broncos. Though they did not score a lot of points they were steady in the back court.

On the night Boise State shot 34.8 percent (23-66) from the floor, 26.3 percent (5-19) from behind the arc and 75 percent (18-24) from the free-throw line. Hawai’i countered with 31.5 percent (23-37) percent shooting form the court, 40.9 percent (9-22) from 3-point range and 50 percent (8-16) from the charity stripe.

Hawai’i dominated the glass on the night out rebounding Boise State 59 to 43 giving them a slight edge in second chance points 16 to 11. However, the Broncos made up for the deficit on the boards by forcing 21 Wahine turnovers while committing a season-low nine for a decisive advantage in points off turnovers by a 24 to six margin. The battle in the post evened out by the end of the game as Boise State held a 26 to 22 edge in points in the paint. The Broncos bench was big out scoring Hawaii 20 to four.

Next up for Boise State is a big game, the traditional instate battle with the University of Idaho. It will be a Boise State-Idaho men’s and women’s doubleheader this coming Saturday in Moscow. Tipoff has been moved up to 5:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Cowan Spectrum inside the Kibbie Dome on the U of I campus. The men’s game will follow afterward.

 
Final Game Summary

Hawai’i vs Boise State
01/15/11 6:05 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)

BOISE STATE 69, HAWAI’I 63

HAWAI’I (6-11, 0-4 WAC)
Kuehu, Shawna 7-16 1-3 18; Tinnin, Megan 5-10 2-2 16; Kanekoa, Keisha 5-16
2-6 14; Jackson, Kamilah 3-13 1-2 7; Arbuckle, Breanna 1-9 2-3 4; Ayabe, Mai
1-3 0-0 2; Haydel, Sydney 1-2 0-0 2; Dew, Rebecca 0-1 0-0 0; Bungaite,
Julita 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-73 8-16 63.

BOISE STATE (11-7, 1-3 WAC)
Lenhardt, Lauren 14-20 8-9 37; Bos, Janie 3-5 4-8 10; Lister, Cinnamon 2-4
2-2 7; Rima, Melissa 2-12 0-0 6; Isham, Kati 0-9 4-5 4; Gross, Stacie 1-2
0-0 3; Lee, Diana 1-9 0-0 2; Poteet, Kinzi 0-0 0-0 0; Brady, Nicole 0-0 0-0
0; Kearney, Janelle 0-0 0-0 0; Pilcher, Heather 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 23-66
18-24 69.

Hawai’i....................... 30 33 - 63
Boise State................... 29 40 - 69

3-point goals--Hawai’i 9-22 (Tinnin, Megan 4-7; Kuehu, Shawna 3-5; Kanekoa,
Keisha 2-5; Ayabe, Mai 0-2; Bungaite, Julita 0-3), Boise State 5-19 (Rima,
Melissa 2-6; Lenhardt, Lauren 1-1; Gross, Stacie 1-2; Lister, Cinnamon 1-2;
Lee, Diana 0-3; Isham, Kati 0-5). Fouled out--Hawai’i-Arbuckle, Breanna,
Boise State-None. Rebounds--Hawai’i 59 (Jackson, Kamilah 22), Boise State 43
(Lenhardt, Lauren 13). Assists--Hawai’i 11 (Kanekoa, Keisha 6), Boise State
17 (Isham, Kati 5). Total fouls--Hawai’i 24, Boise State 20. Technical
fouls--Hawai’i-None, Boise State-TEAM.
Doubleheader with men’s team versus Nevada.