Boise State Falls at UNLV
Lenhardt scores 17 second-half points to lead Broncos.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -  Boise State fell 66-50 at UNLV Wednesday night in a Mountain West women's basketball game at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nev. The final score does not tell the story of a much closer game which the Broncos let get away from them down the stretch. Foul trouble to three starters and 27 turnovers were a major impact on the outcome of the contest as Boise State hung with the Lady Rebels for 35 minutes.

Boise State falls to 11-9 on the year and 2-3 in conference play. Next up for the Broncos is a Saturday afternoon encounter in Laramie, Wyo., with the Wyoming Cowgirls. UNLV improves to 16-5 and 4-1 in league.

After playing only five minutes in the first half, Lauren Lenhardt score 17 of her team-high 19 points in the second half to lead the Broncos. The junior from Eagle, Idaho, was nearly flawless in the final 20 minutes as she missed only one shot. Lenhardt finished the game going six-of-seven from the floor, two-of-three from the arc and five-of-five from the free-throw line. She also had three rebounds, two assists and one block. No one else reached double figure points for Boise State.

The Broncos struggled with foul trouble and turnovers throughout the game, but especially in the first half. Lenahrdt and Kati Isham, the top two scorers for Boise State on the year, combined for 12 minutes and four points in the opening period. A third starter Nicole Brady, the third-best scorer, played 14 minutes before a second foul sidelined her with no points.

The first half was not pretty for Boise State as the Broncos compounded the foul trouble with 14 turnovers. Fortunately, Boise State went into halftime down only eight points, 26-18, as UNLV failed to take advantage of the Broncos generosity converting the giveaways into only eight points.

Down eight, Boise State opened the second half fast with Lenhardt and Isham combining for an 11-2 run in the first two minutes to give the Broncos their first lead, 29-28, since they led 11-10 with 12:34 to play in the first. During the run Lenhardt hit two 3-pointers while Isham added one along with a layup.

UNLV countered immediately with a Sandrine Nzeukou layup for a 30-29 lead. On the Broncos next possession Brady converted a layup to give Boise State its final lead of the game at 31-30 with 16:56 to go.

The Lady Rebels answered with a 11-2 run to take control of the game up 41-33 with 12:24 remaining. Boise State kept it close until late when turnovers and defensive brake downs ended the Broncos chances to rally. They scored six points in the final seven and a half minutes while UNLV recorded 14 to take a game-high 16-point, 66-50, lead with 2:02 to go. Neither team scored in the final two minutes of the contest.

Boise State finished the night shooting 40.8 percent (20-49) from the floor, 33.3 percent (4-12) from the arc and 85.7 percent (6-7) from the free-throw line. Freshman Keiahnna Engel followed Lenhardt with eight points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals. Kinzi Poteet, Heather Pilcher and Kati Isham each added seven points. Poteet had a team-high seven rebounds.

UNLV finished hitting 40.9 percent (27-66) from the floor, 27.3 percent (3-11) from the 3-point arc and 9-17 from the free-throw line. Kelli Thompson led four Rebels in double figure points with 24 followed by Sandrine Nzeukou, Jamie Smith and Mia Bell with 10 each.

Boise State out rebounded UNLV 37 to 35 but the Rebels had a 16 to 10 edge in offensive boards which they turned into a 18 to 11 advantage in second chance points. They also dominated the paint 46 to 30. But the key was turnovers. UNLV defeated Boise State by 16 points, the Lady Rebels outscored the Broncos by 18 (24-to-6) on points off turnovers.

Final Game Summary
Boise State vs UNLV
01/25/12 7:00 pm at Las Vegas, Nev. (Cox Pavilion)

BOISE STATE (11-9, 2-3 MW)

LENHARDT, Lauren 6-7 5-5 19; ENGEL, Keiahnna 4-7 0-0 8; PILCHER, Heather 3-11 0-0 7; ISHAM, Kati 3-6 0-0 7; POTEET, Kinzi 3-8 1-2 7; BRADY, Nicole 1-4 0-0 2; VANDIVER, Amber 0-1 0-0 0; MUNNS, Mandy 0-1 0-0 0; MARSHALL, Julia 0-1 0-0 0; LISTER, Cinnamon 0-2 0-0 0; LEE, Diana 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 6-7 50.

UNLV (16-5, 4-1 MW)
THOMPSON, Kelli 10-20 2-3 24; SMITH, Jamie 3-8 3-3 10; BELL, Mia 5-12 0-0 10; NZEUKOU, Sandrine 5-11 0-1 10; STYLES, Markiell 3-9 1-4 7; CESARZ, Alana 1-2 2-4 4; MILLER, Danielle 0-3 1-2 1; MODEREGGER, Fredi 0-0 0-0 0; CHARLES, Briana 0-1 0-0 0; HAYNES, Rmanii 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-66 9-17 66.

Boise State...................   18   32  -   50
UNLV..........................   26   40  -   66

3-point goals--Boise State 4-12 (LENHARDT, Lauren 2-3; PILCHER, Heather 1-5; ISHAM, Kati 1-2; BRADY, Nicole 0-2), UNLV 3-11 (THOMPSON, Kelli 2-6; SMITH, Jamie 1-3; MILLER, Danielle 0-1; BELL, Mia 0-1). Fouled out--Boise State-None, UNLV-None. Rebounds--Boise State 37 (POTEET, Kinzi 7), UNLV 35 (STYLES, Markiell 8; SMITH, Jamie 8). Assists--Boise State 11 (LISTER, Cinnamon 3), UNLV 11 (THOMPSON, Kelli 3; SMITH, Jamie 3). Total fouls--Boise State 19, UNLV 11. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, UNLV-None. A-688

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