Broncos move into three-way tie for second place in WAC standings.
BOISE, Idaho (1/25/09) - Boise State used a 16-3 run midway through the second half to break open a close game and claim a 10-point 52-42 victory over Western Athletic Conference rival Louisiana Tech Sunday afternoon in Boise. The game was not pretty as neither team shot the ball well and combined for 40 turnovers leading to a low score. Boise State entered the game needing a strong performance by its post players to counter La Tech's strength. Sophomores Janie Bos (13 pts, 6 rbs) and Marisa Stotler (12 pts, 8 rbs) gave the Broncos what they needed combining for 25 points and 14 rebounds down low to lead the home team to its third-consecutive win over the Lady Techsters.
"I was really pleased with the way our team responded in the second half," said Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell. "It was a hard fought game, one we needed to win...our post did a good job for us this afternoon and I thought that was key for us down the stretch."
The first half was tight from the tip as neither team could get any momentum going. The contest was a five point or less game throughout the first 20 minutes with Boise State holding the lead for most of the period. Both teams struggled getting their shots to fall for them as the Broncos hit 30 percent (9-30) from the floor, 14.3 percent (1-7) from the arc, and 50 percent (1-2) from the free-throw line. Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech countered with 20 percent (7-35) shooting from the court, 8.3 percent (1-12) from the 3-point line, and 80 percent (4-5) from the charity stripe.
Boise State had no answer for the Lady Techsters’ Adrienne Johnson in the first half as she dominated the boards recording 12 points and five rebounds, four offensive, to lead four La Tech players who scored in the half. Boise State was more balanced with six players recording points led by Courtney VanBrocklin’s five.
The Broncos were lucky they led by one point, 20-19, at the half after the Lady Techsters crashed the boards for a 29-20 advantage on the glass resulting in a 10-to-four margin in second chance points. Over 50 percent of La Tech’s first half points came from put-backs after misses.
The second half started with the Lady Techsters taking a 23-22 lead at the 16:52 mark. La Tech’s first lead since midway through the first half up 13-12 with 11 minutes to go.
The one-point second half advantage three minutes into the period was the last time the visitors would ever lead. The Broncos responded with a 16-3 run to take a game-high 12-point 38-26 lead with just under nine minutes to play.
However, the Lady Techsters would not fold using a 13-3 run to pull within three points, 42-39, at the 3:13 mark.
Boise State’s field goal shooting woes continued late as they went two-for-nine and turned the ball over six times in the final nine minutes of the game. Their free throw shooting is what saved the Broncos in this game as they close the contest hitting 10-of-14 from the charity stripe, including four different Boise State players combining for eight-of-10 free throws once La Tech had pulled to within three-points.
Janie Bos led Boise State in scoring with 13 points to go with six rebounds, followed by Marisa Stotler with 12 points and a team-best eight rebounds. VanBrocklin finished with eight points, four boards, one assist, and two steals. Heather Pilcher added six points, one rebound, a career-high five assists, and two steals.
Louisiana Tech was led by two players in double-figure scoring beginning with a team-high 14 points, six rebounds, and one steal by Adrienne Johnson. Boise State did a solid job on Johnson during the second half as she was held to two second-half points. Shanavia Dowdell added 10 points and four rebounds, while Tiawana Pringle collected a team-best nine rebounds to go with seven points, four assists, and two steals.
Boise State finished the game shooting 33.3 percent (18-54) from the hardwood, 16.7 percent (2-12) from the arc, and 63.6 percent (14-22) from the free-throw line. La Tech finished at 24.3 percent (17-70) from the court, 9.5 percent (2-21) from long range, and 66.7 percent (6-9) from the foul line. The Broncos crashed the boards in the second half out rebounding the Lady Techsters 27-to-20, ending the game a miss two in rebound margin 49-to-47.
The victory improves Boise State to 11-9 overall and moved the Broncos into a three-way tie with Fresno State and Idaho for second place in the league standings at 4-2. The win also extended the Broncos' conference home win streak to 14 straight. The loss dropped Louisiana Tech to 10-10 on the year and 3-3 in conference play.
Louisiana Tech vs Boise State
01/25/09 2:00 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 52, LOUISIANA TECH 42
LOUISIANA TECH (10-10,3-3 WAC)
Johnson, Adrienne 5-10 4-5 14; Dowdell, Shanavia 5-11 0-0 10; Pringle,
Tiawana 3-14 0-0 7; Warren, Keisha 1-1 1-2 3; Jones, Whitney 1-12 1-2 3;
Thomas, Brietta 1-9 0-0 3; Young, Kiara 1-3 0-0 2; Mulford, Shordy 0-1 0-0
0; Stewart, Sidney 0-9 0-0 0. Totals 17-70 6-9 42.
BOISE STATE (11-9, 4-2 WAC)
Bos,Janie 5-9 3-4 13; Stotler,Marisa 5-10 2-4 12; VanBrocklin,Courtney 2-8
3-4 8; Pilcher,Heather 3-10 0-0 6; Malone,Jamia 1-5 1-2 4; Moore,Brittany
1-7 2-2 4; Galassi,Jenna 1-3 2-4 4; Sanders,Ainsleigh 0-1 1-2 1;
Rima,Melissa 0-1 0-0 0; Kepilino,Rebecca 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 14-22 52.
Louisiana Tech................ 19 23 - 42
Boise State................... 20 32 - 52
3-point goals--Louisiana Tech 2-21 (Thomas, Brietta 1-4; Pringle, Tiawana
1-4; Jones, Whitney 0-4; Young, Kiara 0-1; Mulford, Shordy 0-1; Stewart,
Sidney 0-6; Johnson, Adrienne 0-1), Boise State 2-12 (VanBrocklin,Courtney
1-3; Malone,Jamia 1-3; Pilcher,Heather 0-2; Moore,Brittany 0-4). Fouled
out--Louisiana Tech-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Louisiana Tech 49
(Pringle, Tiawana 9), Boise State 47 (Stotler,Marisa 8). Assists--Louisiana
Tech 9 (Pringle, Tiawana 4), Boise State 7 (Pilcher,Heather 5). Total
fouls--Louisiana Tech 16, Boise State 13. Technical fouls--Louisiana
Tech-None, Boise State-None. A-833
Boise State has active 14-game conference home win streak.