Bronco Women Remain Undefeated In WAC Play With 62-53 Victory At Hawaii...

HONOLULU, Hawaii - (1/20/07) - The Boise State women defeated the University of Hawaii 62-53 in Honolulu Saturday night to remain undefeated and in first place in the WAC. It was another solid team effort for the Broncos as everyone contributed to the landmark win against the Rainbow Wahine. Sophomore point guard Tasha Harris led Boise State with a team high 16 points as the Broncos won for the first time in Honolulu over the Wahine and moved to 5-0 in league for the first time in 30 years. Not since the 1977-78 team went 10-0 to open Northwest Women’s Basketball League (NWBL) play have the Broncos open a conference season so well.

The opening five minutes of the game were close as the teams traded eight leads along with one tie. Boise State slowly seized control of the game claiming the lead for good, at 10-9, on a Jackie Lee jumper with 14:05 left in the first period. The Broncos then ran off a 13-4 run to stretch their advantage to 23-13 with seven and a half minutes remaining in the first.

Boise State’s largest lead of the game was 13 points which they hit three times in the opening half. The first came with 4:52 remaining and the score at 28-15, the last was 32-19 with 3:25 to play in the period. Michelle Hessing had a team high six points in the first period followed by four teammates with five points each. Janevia Taylor recorded a Hawaii high seven points in the opening stanza to lead the Wahine.

The second half began with the Rainbow Wahine cutting the Broncos’ nine-point, 32-23, halftime lead to five two minutes into the period. Brittany Grice and Tanya Smith each nailed short jumpers to open the half making the score 32-27 in favor of Boise State. The Broncos answered on a Jessica Thompson three-pointer from the high left wing putting Boise State up by eight at the 17:56 mark.

The Broncos would keep the Wahine at bay maintaining a five to eight point lead for most of the next nine minutes. Hawaii made a final run with 10:41 left on the clock and the Broncos up 10, 45-35. The Wahine rattled off nine unanswered points to cut the Bronco lead to one at 45-44 with 7:30 to play.

The Broncos did not break, weathering the Hawaii run to respond with 10-3 run as Hessing (3 points) and Harris (7 points) combined for all ten Boise State points. That gave the Broncos an eight-point lead, 55-47, with 2:05 remaining. With time running out, Hawaii then began to foul in order to close the gap. Boise State hit five-of-seven free throws, four by Jessica Thompson the WAC’s third ranked free throw shooter at 79 percent, in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.

Three Broncos finished in double-figure points led by Harris’ team high 16 to go with her five rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Jessica Thompson added 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal, followed by Jackie Lee with her second career double-double on 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hessing finished with nine points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Nadia Begay chipped in seven points. Tanya Smith led Hawaii with a double-double 12 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Amy Kotani with 10 points.

Boise State shot 37.7 percent (23-61) from the floor, 30.4 percent (7-23) from behind the arc, and 69.2 percent (9-13) from the foul line. Hawaii went 40 percent (22-55) from the hardwood, 21.1 percent (4-19) from three-point range, and 41.7 (5-12) from the charity stripe. The Broncos forced 23 Wahine turnovers compared to their 15 giveaways resulting in a 25-to-17 advantage in points off turnovers.

The win keeps the Broncos undefeated in WAC action and at the top of the league standings at 5-0 while moving to 14-4 overall. The Hawaii Rainbow Wahine move to 1-5 in league and 7-11 overall. Boise State returns home for four consecutive home games beginning this Wednesday with Utah State (7-10, 3-2 WAC), tip-off is 7:00 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos will then host arch-rival Idaho (3-13, 0-5 WAC) at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Newspaper Box Score
Boise State vs Hawaii
1/20/07 7:00 p.m. at Stan Sheriff Center - Honolulu, HI


BOISE STATE (14-4, 5-0 WAC)
Harris, Tasha 6-9 2-5 16; Thompson, Jessica 4-15 4-4 14; Lee, Jackie 4-12
0-0 10; Hessing, Michelle 3-7 3-4 9; Begay, Nadia 3-9 0-0 7; Kepilino,
Rebecca 2-5 0-0 4; Galassi, Jenna 1-1 0-0 2; Stewart, Amanda 0-2 0-0 0;
Walker, Ja'Lara 0-0 0-0 0; Reyes, Bridgette 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-61 9-13 62.

HAWAII (7-11, 1-5 WAC)
Smith, Tanya 6-12 0-3 12; Kotani, Amy 3-6 1-2 10; Taylor, Janevia 4-11 0-0
9; Zagrobelna, Iwona 3-8 0-1 6; Grice, Brittany 2-5 2-4 6; Cariaga, Saundra
1-3 2-2 4; Tambini, Pam 2-9 0-0 4; Lee, Amber 1-1 0-0 2; Liepkalne, Dita 0-0
0-0 0; Chretien, Cassidy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 5-12 53.

Boise State...................   32   30  -   62
Hawaii........................   23   30  -   53

3-point goals--Boise State 7-23 (Lee, Jackie 2-5; Thompson, Jessica 2-7;
Harris, Tasha 2-4; Begay, Nadia 1-7), Hawaii 4-19 (Kotani, Amy 3-6; Taylor,
Janevia 1-4; Cariaga, Saundra 0-1; Tambini, Pam 0-6; Zagrobelna, Iwona 0-2).
Fouled out--Boise State-None, Hawaii-None. Rebounds--Boise State 34 (Lee,
Jackie 10), Hawaii 42 (Smith, Tanya 13). Assists--Boise State 14 (Hessing,
Michelle 3; Lee, Jackie 3), Hawaii 14 (Kotani, Amy 3). Total fouls--Boise
State 15, Hawaii 16. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Hawaii-None. A-1072


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