Boise State Rally Attempt Falls Short in Loss to Colorado State
Isham and Lenhardt combine for 35 points to lead Broncos.

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's rally attempt from 14-down fell short Tuesday night in Taco Bell Arena as the Broncos dropped a 60-52 decision to Colorado State in a Mountain West women's basketball game at Boise, Idaho. It was an up and down night for Boise State as the Broncos struggled with Colorado State's height advantage. After digging themselves a big hole, the Broncos battled back to take a short lived lead in the second half.  Unfortunately the Rams responded immediately with a 15-4 run to seize momentum and the victory. Lauren Lenhardt and Kati Isham combined for 35 points to lead the Broncos who fall to 11-7 overall and 2-1 in conference.

Boise State opened the contest slow hitting four of its first 23 shots as the Broncos fell behind early. They found themselves down 14 points, 19-5, with 12:36 left in the first half. Meanwhile, Colorado State was on fire early hitting seven-of-12 field goal attempts to open the game.

Down 14, 23-9, with just over seven minutes to play, the Broncos began to rally out scoring the Rams 11-4 to close the half down 27-20.  Lenhardt kept Boise State in the game in the first half scoring 10 of her 17 points in the opening 20 minutes of play. She finished the night six-of-14 from the floor with one 3-pointer, as well as going four-of-four from the free-throw line.

Boise State's defense late in the first half gave the Broncos momentum heading into halftime as they forced seven turnovers and held the Rams to six points in the final 11 minutes of the period.

Boise State opened the second half with a fury hitting three 3-pointers during a 15-7 run to take a 35-34 lead with 15:39 left in the game. Nicole Brady was the main force behind the run scoring seven of the 15 points.

Unfortunately, the Rams regrouped and countered with a 15-4 run of their own to take a 49-39 lead with 8:20 on the clock. Boise State never recovered from that run.

Isham tried to rally her team scoring 12 of the Broncos' final 17 points in the game but the attempt came up short. Isham scored 15 of her team-high 18 points in the second half, including three 3-pointers.

Boise State pulled as close as three points, 53-50, with 1:40 remaining before Colorado State closed the game on a 7-2 run to claim the eight-point road victory. The Rams improved to 6-12 on the year with the win and 2-1 in conference play.

The Broncos finished the night shooting a season-low 27.9 percent (19-68) from the floor, 21.4 percent (6-28) from beyond the 3-point arc and 80 percent (8-10) from the free-throw line. The Rams countered at 46.9 percent (23-49) from the floor, 37.5 percent (3-8) from the arc and 68.8 percent (11-16) from the charity stripe. Colorado State dominated the glass out rebounding Boise State by 12 (45-33).
The Broncos finished with a season-low seven turnovers while forcing 17, but only held a slim 14 to seven advantage in points off turnovers.

Nicole Brady followed Isham and Lenhardt in scoring with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. Kinzi Poteet added four points and six rebounds. No one else had more than two points for the Broncos.  

Colorado State was led by a trio that combined for 50 of its 60 points. The preseason Mountain West Player of the Year Kim Mestdagh led the Rams with a double-double on 21 points and 19 rebounds. Sam Martin was close behind in the scoring with 19 points and five boards followed by Meghan Heimstra with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Next up, Boise State will host TCU at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night in Taco Bell Arena.

Final Game Summary

Colorado State vs Boise State
01/17/12 6:02 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)

MESTDAGH, Kim 8-14 2-3 21; MARTIN, Sam 8-11 3-4 19; HEIMSTRA, Meghan 3-7 4-5 10; HARTIG, Kelly 3-4 0-1 6; THOMPSON, Hayley 1-4 2-2 4; HUNT, Morgan 0-0
0-0 0; SPOTTON, Kara 0-6 0-0 0; FORTE, LaDeyah 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 23-49 11-16 60.

BOISE STATE (11-7, 2-1 MW)

ISHAM, Kati 6-19 2-2 18; LENHARDT, Lauren 6-14 4-4 17; BRADY, Nicole 4-9 0-0 9; POTEET, Kinzi 1-5 2-4 4; ENGEL, Keiahnna 1-4 0-0 2; PILCHER, Heather 1-8 0-0 2; MARSHALL, Julia 0-3 0-0 0; LISTER, Cinnamon 0-1 0-0 0; LEE, Diana 0-3 0-0 0; VANDIVER, Amber 0-1 0-0 0; MUNNS, Mandy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-68 8-10 52.

Colorado State................   27   33  -   60
Boise State...................   20   32  -   52

3-point goals--Colorado State 3-8 (MESTDAGH, Kim 3-6; HEIMSTRA, Meghan 0-1; FORTE, LaDeyah 0-1), Boise State 6-28 (ISHAM, Kati 4-13; BRADY, Nicole 1-4; LENHARDT, Lauren 1-4; PILCHER, Heather 0-3; MARSHALL, Julia 0-1; LEE, Diana 0-1; ENGEL, Keiahnna 0-2). Fouled out--Colorado State-None, Boise State-BRADY, Nicole. Rebounds--Colorado State 45 (MESTDAGH, Kim 10), Boise State 33 (BRADY, Nicole 8). Assists--Colorado State 12 (FORTE, LaDeyah 4; MESTDAGH, Kim 4), Boise State 10 (MARSHALL, Julia 3; PILCHER, Heather 3). Total fouls--Colorado State 12, Boise State 14. Technical fouls--Colorado State-None, Boise State-None. A-502


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