Lee scores 20 points to lead Broncos past Nevada 82-74 in key WAC game...

BOISE, Idaho (1/19/08) - Jackie Lee scored a season high 20 points to lead Boise State over Nevada 82-74 in Taco Bell Arena Saturday night in Boise. The Broncos recorded their third consecutive victory in league play by scoring 80 plus points in all three games. The high scoring win keeps the Broncos in reach of the conference leaders as two of the previously undefeated teams entering today lost on the road tonight. In addition to Nevada’s loss at Boise State, New Mexico State fell at Louisiana Tech 57-50.

Five Broncos recorded double-figure points for Boise State in the solid overall team effort against the very physical Wolf Pack squad. The game was close throughout the night as the two traded baskets and mini runs for most of the contest. The 1,252 fans watched a hard fought contest that saw a combined 42 turnovers and 51 fouls. The teams played through 14 lead changes and eight ties in the game, including 11 leads changes and six ties in the final 20-minutes.

After Boise State claimed an early seven-point, 11-4, lead with 15:35 to play in the opening period, Nevada rallied with a 14-2 run to take a 18-16 advantage with 8:28 remaining until half. The Wolf Pack then maintained a small one to five point lead until the final seconds when Boise State tied the score at 31 on a pair of Jamia Malone free throws with 19 seconds left in the period.

The teams picked up their intensity in the second stanza as Boise State out scored Nevada 51-43 during the period. The Broncos jumped out early with a 17-11 advantage through the first six minutes to take a 48-42 lead. Two minutes later, Nevada took the lead, 49-48, on seven straight points with 12:15 to play.

Down two with 8:52 to go, Boise State regained the lead on Jamia Malone’s third 3-pointer (3-of-4) of the night to put the Broncos up 57-56 with just over eight minutes on the clock. Nevada and Boise State then traded the lead five times over the next three minutes until the Broncos seized control for good with 5:17 left on a Amanda Stewart layup to make the score 66-65.

Jenna Galassi nailed a mid-range jumper 30 seconds later to give the blue and orange a three point, 68-65, advantage. Slowly Boise State pulled away from Nevada taking a 10 point lead with just over a minute to play. The Broncos last field goal of the game came with 3:55 remaining and the score reading 71-65. They finished the contest converting 11-of-12 free throws down the stretch. Galassi led the Broncos in crunch time at the charity stripe hitting all four of her attempts, followed by Stewart going three-for-four, while Lee and Jessica Thompson hit two each.

Both teams struggle a bit in the first period with their shots from the floor as Nevada shot 30 percent compared to Boise State’s 32 percent. They improve considerably in the second half as Boise State made 57.1 percent (16-28) and Nevada improved to 43.8 percent (14-32). On the night, the Broncos made 45.3 percent (24-53) from the floor, 46.2 percent (6-13) from the arc, and 73.7 percent (28-38) from the free-throw line. Nevada finished with 37.1 percent (23-62) shooting from the court, 24 percent (6-25) from 3-point range, and hit 81.5 percent (22-27) of their foul shots. Boise State’s 3-point shooting was impressive considering Nevada entered the game hold WAC opponents to 17.5 percent shooting from the arc in three games.

Jackie Lee led five Broncos in double digit scoring with 20 points to go with a team high eight rebounds, one assists, one block, and five steals in 37 minutes. Jenna Galassi and Tasha Harris each added 13 points and three assists, Harris also had five rebounds, and two steals while Galassi grabbed three boards of her own. Amanda Stewart was solid once again with 12 points and seven rebounds, Jamia Malone match Stewart’s points to round out the top five scorers.

Dellena Criner recorded 33 points, seven rebounds, and three assists to lead Nevada. Johnna Ward and Jennifer Gross each chipped in with 10 points apiece. Gross led the Wolf Pack on the boards with eight followed by Criner’s seven and Bre’Anna Henry’s six.

The win improves Boise State to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in WAC play, they also remain undefeated at home this season at 7-0. Nevada falls to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in league action. Up next for the Broncos, they travel to Hawaii for a Thursday night encounter with the Rainbow Wahine followed by a home game against current WAC leader Fresno State (4-0) on Monday, Jan. 28.


Newspaper Box Score
Nevada vs Boise State
01/19/08 7:00 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


NEVADA (12-5, 3-1 WAC)
Criner, Dellena 10-17 10-13 33; Gross, Jennifer 4-11 2-2 10; Ward, Johnna
3-9 2-2 10; Fitzgerald, Brandi 2-4 2-3 6; Price, Mikail 1-8 2-2 5; Henry,
Bre`Anna 2-4 0-0 4; Franklin, Cherlanda 1-6 2-2 4; Williams, Nicole 0-1 2-2
2; Lombardi, Marianne 0-1 0-1 0; Feest, Coty 0-1 0-0 0; Keys, Sabrina 0-0
0-0 0. Totals 23-62 22-27 74.

BOISE STATE (11-6, 3-2 WAC)
Lee, Jackie 5-11 8-10 20; Harris, Tasha 5-9 2-6 13; Galassi, Jenna 3-6 7-8
13; Stewart, Amanda 4-5 4-6 12; Malone, Jamia 3-6 3-4 12; Thompson, Jessica
2-8 2-2 6; Moeller, Sierra 1-1 2-2 4; Moore, Brittany 1-4 0-0 2; Walker,
Ja'Lara 0-3 0-0 0; Rima, Melissa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 28-38 82.

Nevada........................   31   43  -   74
Boise State...................   31   51  -   82

3-point goals--Nevada 6-25 (Criner, Dellena 3-7; Ward, Johnna 2-8; Price,
Mikail 1-7; Franklin, Cherlanda 0-1; Williams, Nicole 0-1; Feest, Coty 0-1),
Boise State 6-13 (Malone, Jamia 3-4; Lee, Jackie 2-5; Harris, Tasha 1-2;
Thompson, Jessica 0-1; Moore, Brittany 0-1). Fouled out--Nevada-Fitzgerald,
Brandi, Boise State-Harris, Tasha. Rebounds--Nevada 39 (Gross, Jennifer 8),
Boise State 35 (Lee, Jackie 8). Assists--Nevada 9 (Franklin, Cherlanda 3;
Criner, Dellena 3), Boise State 16 (Moore, Brittany 5). Total fouls--Nevada
28, Boise State 23. Technical fouls--Nevada-None, Boise State-None. A-1252


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