Boise State stampedes past arch-rival Idaho 85-55 to remain undefeated in WAC at 7-0...

BOISE, Idaho - (1/27/07) - The Boise State Broncos cruised past the Idaho Vandals Saturday night in Boise handing their arch-rivals a commanding 85-55 defeat at Taco Bell Arena. In addition to five Broncos recording double-figure points, Boise State dominated the boards out rebounding the Vandals 60-26 in the victory. Boise State broke a close game open eight minutes into the first period and never looked back as they remain in first place of the Western Athletic Conference standings with their undefeated mark of 7-0 while moving to 16-4 on the year, clinching their first winning season since 1997-98.

The opening minutes of the contest were close as the teams traded four leads and one tie. Boise State’s Michelle Hessing scored on a layup with 17:34 left in the first period giving the Broncos the lead for good at 8-7. Neither team shot the ball well in the first half keeping the score close initially. However, the Broncos slowly found their rhythm and put the game away with a 15-0 run to to go up 21-7 with eight minutes to go before half.

Eventually Boise State stretched the advantage to 24 points, 44-20, before intermission. The Broncos ended up settling for a 20-point, 44-24, lead to close the first period after Idaho scored the final four points of the half. Jessica Thompson led Boise State in the opening 20 minutes with 10 points, while Liz Witte had a team high seven points for Idaho.

The second half saw the Broncos continue to roll out scoring the Vandals by 10 during the period. For the second game in a row the Broncos never surrendered their halftime lead as Idaho failed to get any closer than the 20-point margin Boise State held at intermission.

The teams traded baskets initially to start the second period, but like in the first half Boise State put together a run to stretch their lead. Idaho cut the Bronco advantage to 20 points, 54-34, with 15:36 remaining. Boise State countered with a 17-4 run over the next five and a half minutes to go up 33 points, the largest lead of the game, at 71-38 with 9:03 left in the game. The closest Idaho would get in the final nine minutes was 27 at 73-46 with 6:44 to go.

The game saw the Broncos dominated the glass recording a season high 60 rebounds. In fact, Boise State had more offensive boards with 30 than Idaho had total rebounds finishing with 26 on the night. The difference resulted in the Broncos out scoring the Vandals 25-to-four in second chance points during the contest.

The Broncos also controlled the paint claiming a 46-to-20 advantage in points in the paint as senior center Michelle Hessing (13), junior forward Jackie Lee (12), and sophomore forward Rebecca Kepilino (10) combined for 35 points to lead the Boise State attack into the key.

On the night, Boise State was led by sophomore Jessica Thompson with her second career double-double on 16 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs. Michelle Hessing recorded 13 points and eight rebounds, followed by Jackie Lee with 12 points and seven rebounds, Tasha Harris with 12 points and four rebounds, while Rebecca Kepilino just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Leading Idaho was freshman Katie Madison with 15 points and three rebounds, while Charlotte Otero added 10 points. Sara Dennehy led the Vandals on the glass with eight boards to go with eight points.

Boise State ended the game shooting 40.5 percent from the floor, while struggling with a season low 8.3 percent (1-of-12) from three-point range, and a seven game low 64.5 percent (20-of-31) from the foul line. Idaho countered with 34.6 percent shooting from the floor, 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from behind the arc, and a solid 85 percent (17-of-20) from the charity stripe.

In addition to clinching their first winning season in 10 years, the win moves Boise State’s win streak to eight games, the longest win streak in 13 years since the 1993-94 team won nine in a row. The Broncos also have a six game home win streak in tack following this week’s sweep of Utah State on Thursday and Idaho today.

Next up for Boise State is a pair of home games as the Broncos conclude a four-game homestand. This coming week’s action begins with New Mexico State (9-10, WAC 4-3) on Thursday followed by a meeting Saturday night with five-time defending WAC champion Louisiana Tech (10-10, WAC 5-2).

Newspaper Box Score
Idaho vs Boise State
01/27/07 7:00 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


IDAHO (4-15, WAC 1-7)
Madison, Katie 6-17 3-5 15; Otero, Charlotte 4-8 2-2 10; Witte, Liz 4-10 0-0
9; Dennehy, Sara 1-7 6-7 8; Koppen, Lindsey 1-6 4-4 7; Schlotthauer, Katie
1-1 2-2 4; Wells, Hannah 1-1 0-0 2; Jones, Stephanie 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-52
17-20 55.

BOISE STATE (16-4, WAC 7-0)
Thompson, Jessica 8-13 0-0 16; Hessing, Michelle 5-14 3-4 13; Harris, Tasha
5-10 2-5 12; Lee, Jackie 2-7 7-7 12; Kepilino, Rebecca 4-9 2-5 10; Galassi,
Jenna 3-12 2-4 8; Walker, Ja'Lara 3-4 1-2 7; Stewart, Amanda 2-4 0-0 4;
Begay, Nadia 0-6 3-4 3. Totals 32-79 20-31 85.

Idaho.........................   24   31  -   55
Boise State...................   44   41  -   85

3-point goals--Idaho 2-14 (Witte, Liz 1-6; Koppen, Lindsey 1-3; Dennehy,
Sara 0-1; Jones, Stephanie 0-2; Otero, Charlotte 0-2), Boise State 1-12
(Lee, Jackie 1-5; Harris, Tasha 0-2; Begay, Nadia 0-4; Thompson, Jessica
0-1). Fouled out--Idaho-Witte, Liz, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Idaho 26
(Dennehy, Sara 8), Boise State 60 (Thompson, Jessica 10). Assists--Idaho 4
(Wells, Hannah 1; Koppen, Lindsey 1; Dennehy, Sara 1; Witte, Liz 1), Boise
State 11 (Lee, Jackie 4). Total fouls--Idaho 18, Boise State 17. Technical
fouls--Idaho-TEAM, Boise State-None. A-1851


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