Boise State Rallies to Defeat Hawaii 73-64 in Women's Basketball...
Five Broncos hit double-figure points in victory.

BOISE, Idaho (1/23/2010) - Boise State University rallied from eight points down early in the second half to defeat the University of Hawaii 73-64 in a key Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball game in Taco Bell Arena at Boise, Idaho, Saturday night. The Broncos pulled away from the Rainbow Wahine with a 19-9 run in the final six minutes to earn their second consecutive victory of the week while improving to 9-1 at home on the year. 

Seniors Tasha Harris, Jessica Van Hoogen and Rebecca Kepilino combined for 44 points, 29 in the second half, and 17 rebounds to lead Boise State to the victory as the Broncos improve to 13-6 overall and 2-3 in league play.  Hawaii falls to 8-12 overall and 2-5 in league. 

The game was a battle throughout as the two teams went back and forth in a contest that saw 10 ties and 12 lead changes. The largest lead in the first half was five points, 11-6, by Hawaii four minutes into the game, while Boise State’s was four points, 20-16, with eight minutes to go before the break.

The Rainbow Wahine took a four point 30-26 advantage into halftime powered by 5-of-12 shooting from behind the 3-point arc. Boise State struggled during the opening 20 minutes hitting 23.5 percent (8-34) from the floor and 8.3 percent (1-12) from the arc in the period.

The second half saw Hawaii take a Wahine-high eight point 36-28 lead two minutes into the half. Boise State responded with a 15-6 run to take a 43-42 lead by the 13:47 mark. A Melissa Rima layup gave the Broncos the one-point lead.

After a Harris free throw extended the Boise State lead to 44-42, Hawaii regained the scoreboard advantage when Breanna Arbuckle converted a three-point play hitting a jumper and a free throw with 10:07 left and the score reading 45-44.

Hawaii then clung to a small 1-5 point lead until the 6:12 mark. With the score showing 55-54 the two teams traded missed shots and opportunities to take control.

Down one, 55-54, freshman Julia Marshall hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Broncos a 57-55 advantage with 3:52 remaining. That began the decisive Boise State run where the Broncos out scored the Wahine 19-9 in the final four minutes.

In the Broncos’ three conference losses entering the week Boise State had struggled tremendously from the free-throw line hitting 55.4 percent. Tonight Boise State shined from the charity stripe down the stretch converting 10-of-10 in the final 2:16 to ice the game, Harris hit six while Marshall nailed the other four to ice the game.

Boise State shot 41.2 percent (14-34) from the floor, 33.3 percent (3-9) from the arc and 80 percent (16-20) from the line in the second half. They finished the game at 32.4 percent from the floor, 19 percent from the 3-point arc, and a solid 83.3 percent (25-30) from the free-throw line.  

Tasha Harris was one of several Broncos to have solid outings just missing her third double-double since Dec. 31 with 16 points and nine rebounds to go with three assists, one block, and one steal. Jessica Van Hoogen match Harris’ points while adding five rebounds, three assists and a team-high four steals. Rebecca Kepilino was third in scoring with 12 points and three boards, followed by Janie Bos with 10 points and nine rebounds, and Julia Marshall with 10 points and five rebounds.

Breanna Arbuckle led Hawaii with 16 points and five rebounds followed by Dita Liepkalne who added 13 points and five boards.

Next up for Boise State is an encounter this Wednesday at WAC leader Fresno State (15-5, 6-0 WAC) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 9:00 p.m. (Mountain) from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

Final Game Summary

Hawaii vs Boise State
01/23/10 7:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


HAWAII (8-12, 2-5 WAC)
Arbuckle, Breanna 5-7 5-8 16; Liepkalne, Dita 5-15 1-2 13; Kanekoa, Keisha
2-7 4-4 9; Dew, Rebecca 4-6 0-0 8; Patterson, Allie 3-10 0-1 6; Linton,
Briauna 1-1 3-4 5; Galdones, Leilani 2-10 0-0 5; Gaddis, Courtney 1-1 0-0 2;
Bungaite, Julita 0-1 0-0 0; Wilson, Katie 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 13-19 64.

BOISE STATE (13-6, 2-3 WAC)
Harris, Tasha 3-10 9-10 16; Van Hoogen, Jessica 7-15 1-2 16; Kepilino,
Rebecca 4-9 4-4 12; Bos, Janie 4-10 2-2 10; Marshall, Julia 2-9 5-6 10;
Lenhardt, Lauren 1-3 2-4 5; Gross, Stacie 0-3 2-2 2; Rima, Melissa 1-4 0-0
2; Poteet, Kinzi 0-2 0-0 0; McGilbra, Taylor 0-1 0-0 0; Pilcher, Heather 0-2
0-0 0. Totals 22-68 25-30 73.

Hawaii........................   30   34  -   64
Boise State...................   26   47  -   73

3-point goals--Hawaii 5-20 (Liepkalne, Dita 2-6; Galdones, Leilani 1-6;
Arbuckle, Breanna 1-1; Kanekoa, Keisha 1-3; Bungaite, Julita 0-1; Wilson,
Katie 0-1; Patterson, Allie 0-2), Boise State 4-21 (Marshall, Julia 1-4; Van
Hoogen, Jessica 1-6; Harris, Tasha 1-2; Lenhardt, Lauren 1-1; Rima, Melissa
0-1; McGilbra, Taylor 0-1; Pilcher, Heather 0-1; Gross, Stacie 0-2;
Kepilino, Rebecca 0-3). Fouled out--Hawaii-Kanekoa, Keisha, Boise
State-None. Rebounds--Hawaii 42 (Kanekoa, Keisha 7), Boise State 46 (Bos,
Janie 9; Harris, Tasha 9). Assists--Hawaii 7 (Kanekoa, Keisha 3), Boise
State 10 (Harris, Tasha 3; Van Hoogen, Jessica 3). Total fouls--Hawaii 24,
Boise State 16. Technical fouls--Hawaii-None, Boise State-None. A-1149

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