Broncos hold off Hawaii second half rally for 77-73 road win...
HONOLULU, Hawaii (1/24/08) - Tasha Harris and Jenna Galassi combined for 45 points to lead Boise State over Hawaii 77-73 on the road in the Stan Sheriff Center at Honolulu, Hawaii Thursday night. The Broncos took a 16 point lead into halftime then battled to hold off a frantic Rainbow Wahine rally in the second half. The victory was Boise State’s fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference win in a row as the Broncos stay in the hunt for their second straight league title.
After Hawaii’s Leilani Galdones hit the opening shot from 3-point range in the first 34 seconds, Boise State responded with nine unanswered points over the next three minutes to take a 9-3 lead. Once the Broncos claimed the lead, on a Tasha Harris 3-pointer to tie the game followed by a Jenna Galassi jumper from 19 feet with 18 minutes to play in the first they would never relinquish their advantage on the scoreboard in the game.
Boise State slowly pulled away from Hawaii in the first half taking a 43-27 lead into the break. Jenna Galassi put on a career performance during the opening the period going nine-for-nine from the floor scoring 19 of her career high 21 points in the opening 20 minutes to pace the Broncos to the 16 point advantage at the intermission.
The Broncos shot an impressive 52.9 percent (18-34) from the floor in the first period, while Hawaii struggled to get shots to fall converting on 33.3 percent (11-33) of their attempts in the stanza.
The second half saw the teams reverse their fortunes as Boise State struggled to score while Hawaii slowly chipped away at the Bronco lead. By the 8:13 mark of the second half the Rainbow Wahine had whittled the lead down to two points, 56-54.
Boise State responded by stretching their lead back out to eight points on a 8-2 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Jackie Lee and Jessica Thompson to make the score 64-56 with 6:41 to play.
The two teams then traded baskets for the next four minutes as the lead fluctuated between nine points, 71-62, with 3:41 remaining and five points with 42 seconds to go.
Hawaii cut the lead to three points twice in the final minute of the game. The first came with 15 seconds left when Tanya Smith made a short jumper from the key making the score 74-71. Boise State’s Harris then hit two free throws to put the Broncos up five, 76-71, with 13 seconds on the clock.
Smith scored again for Hawaii on a rebound and put back from the left post with three seconds to go, in addition, she drew a foul on the shot from the Broncos’ Seirra Moeller. With the score reading 76-73, the senior stepped to the line and missed the free throw. Boise State’s Ja’Lara Walker stretched high for the board and was fouled immediately with 1.1 second left. The sophomore center then stepped to the line for two foul shots converting on one to make the final score 77-73.
The Broncos shot 28.6 percent (10-35) from the floor in the final period. Meanwhile, the Rainbow Wahine made 47.2 percent (17-36) from the court. Ironically, during the game both teams shot the same from the floor hitting 28-of-69 shots for 40.6 percent from the floor. Boise State converted 33.3 percent (9-27) from 3-point range and 66.7 percent (12-18) from the free-throw line. Hawaii went 28.6 percent (6-21) from the arc and 52.4 percent (11-21) from the charity stripe.
The Wahine had the advantage on the boards after Boise State’s Amanda Stewart went out in the first period with an injury. Hawaii out rebounded the Broncos 48 to 41 resulting in a 27 to 19 edge in second chance points. They also erased Boise State’s first half 16 to eight advantage in points in the paint with a dominating 24 to eight second half performance finishing the game on the high side of a 32 to 24 margin in the paint,
Tasha Harris extended her streak of double-digit scoring games to 21 while leading the Broncos for the 10th time this season with 24 points against Hawaii to go with three rebounds, three assists, and five steals in 38 minutes. Jenna Galassi finished the game going 10-of-14 from the floor recording a career high 21 points along with six boards, two assists, and three steals in 36 minutes. Jackie Lee contributed with a solid game recording 11 points, five rebounds, a career high seven assists, one block, and two steals in 37 minutes. Jessica Thompson played 20 minutes scoring eight points and grabbing four rebounds. Freshman Sierra Moeller finished the game with five points and a team high seven boards, while Ja’Lara Walker chipped in with three points and six rebounds.
Tanya Smith led Hawaii with a double-double on 25 points and 17 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards, to go with four blocks and one steal. Megan Tinnin hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points, while Saundra Cariaga added 12 points of her own along with seven boards, four assists, and two steals.
The win was the Broncos’ fourth in a row and improves Boise State to 12-6 overall and 4-2 in WAC play. Hawaii falls to 7-11 on the year and 1-4 in league. Boise State has a busy schedule next week with three games on tap. They open at home this Monday night when they host league leading Fresno State (10-8, 5-0 WAC) at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. That will be followed by a trip to San Jose State (2-16, 1-4 WAC) for a Thursday night game and a Saturday encounter at Idaho (2-16, 1-5 WAC).
Newspaper Box Score
BOISE STATE (12-6, 4-2 WAC)
HAWAII (7-11, 1-4 WAC)
Boise State................... 43 34 - 77
3-point goals--Boise State 9-27 (Lee, Jackie 3-8; Thompson, Jessica 2-4;
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