BOISE, Idaho (1/28/08) - Tasha Harris scored 24 points to surpass the 1,000 point career milestone and lead Boise State to a big 82-62 win over league leading Fresno State Monday night at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. The Broncos opened the game on a 15-3 run and never looked back as they remain undefeated at home extending their win streak to 10 at Taco Bell Arena and 11 overall in Boise. The victory cuts the Bulldogs lead in the conference standings to one over Boise State as the Broncos increased their win streak to five straight in league action.
Boise State opened the game fast and never put their feet on the breaks as they sprinted out to a early 15-3 lead with 13:26 to play in the opening 20-minutes. The Broncos held the Bulldogs to one field goal, a 3-pointer by Tierre Wilson, in the first seven minutes.
The Broncos stretched the lead to 17 points with 7:20 left before half. However, Fresno State kept battling back cutting the Boise State advantage to eight points twice, the last came at the halftime buzzer with the score reading 35-27 in favor of the Broncos. Junior guard Tasha Harris paced Boise State with 11 first half points. Meanwhile, Brittany Moore came in off the bench to spark the Broncos late in the half with eight impact points to keep the momentum on the side of the blue and orange heading into the intermission.
The second half was all Boise State as they slowly pulled away with a sizzling shooting performance hitting 60 percent (18-30) from the floor in the half. The Broncos continually pushed the tempo and stretched their lead to a game high 25 points three times late in the game, the last was 82-57 with 2:04 remaining. Boise State eventually settled for the 20-point, 82-62, victory margin while scoring 80 plus points for the fourth time in the last five games.
Boise State finished the game shooting a season high 52.4 percent (33-63) from the court, an impressive 42.9 percent (9-21) from behind the arc, and a solid 87.5 percent (7-8) from the free-throw line. Fresno State was held to 32.8 percent (20-61) shooting from the floor and 36.4 percent (12-33) from 3-point range, in addition, they converted 71.4 percent (10-14) of their foul shots.
The Bulldogs did win the rebound battle 38 to 31 over the Broncos. Boise State was surprisingly dominating in the paint out scoring Fresno State 30 to 14. The turnovers went in favor of the blue and orange as they forced 25 Bulldog turnovers compared to 16 of their own resulting in a 31 to 14 Boise State advantage in points off turnovers.
Tasha Harris extended her double figure scoring streak to 22 games with a team high 24 points for the second consecutive game. She also reached the 1,000 career point milestone when she hit a layup with 3:51 to play in the first period. The junior from Longmont, Colo. went 11-of-15 from the floor and added three rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 31 minutes of action.
In all, four Broncos recorded double digit points on the night. Following Harris was Jackie Lee with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists, and a career high seven steals. Jenna Galassi recorded her fourth consecutive game in double figure points with 11 to go with one board, two assists, and two steals. Jessica Thompson playing through a injury recorded 11 points, four assists, and three steals. Brittany Moore finished the game with eight points. Ja'Lara Walker got the first start of her career and finished with four points and a team high eight rebounds; while freshmen Melissa Rima added four points and two rebounds, and Sierra Moeller chipped in with two points and five rebounds.
Fresno State was led by LaShaunte Stephens with 17 points and five rebounds, followed by Jaleesa Ross with 12 points. The Bulldogs leading scorer and the WAC’s number three ranked player Tierre Wilson was held to eight points which ended a streak of 30 games in double figure scoring.
The win improves Boise State to 13-6 overall and 5-2 in league play claiming sole possession of third place. The loss was the first for Fresno State in WAC action and snapped their nine-game win streak as they drop to 6-1 in conference and 11-9 overall. The week continues for Boise State as they hit the road for two games beginning with San Jose State this Thursday night followed by a meeting at arch-rival Idaho on Saturday.
Newspaper Box Score
Fresno State vs Boise State
01/28/08 7:00pm at Boise, ID (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 82, FRESNO STATE 62
FRESNO STATE (11-9, 6-1)
Stephens, LaShaunte 6-16 2-2 17; Ross, Jaleesa 4-8 0-0 12; Wilson, Tierre
3-9 0-0 8; Amundsen, Bailey 3-8 0-0 8; Arnold, Marnique 1-3 3-4 5; Edwards,
Taja 1-1 2-4 4; Henry, Erica 0-1 3-4 3; Brown, LaToya 1-7 0-0 3; Jones,
Brittny 1-1 0-0 2; Munro, Hayley 0-5 0-0 0; Andrews, Emma 0-2 0-0 0;
Majewski, Rachel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-61 10-14 62.
BOISE STATE (13-6, 5-2)
Harris, Tasha 11-15 0-0 24; Lee, Jackie 5-9 2-2 15; Thompson, Jessica 5-9
0-0 11; Galassi, Jenna 4-10 3-4 11; Moore, Brittany 3-6 0-0 8; Walker,
Ja'Lara 2-3 0-0 4; Rima, Melissa 2-3 0-0 4; Malone, Jamia 1-4 0-0 3;
Moeller, Sierra 0-4 2-2 2. Totals 33-63 7-8 82.
Fresno State.................. 27 35 - 62
Boise State................... 35 47 - 82
3-point goals--Fresno State 12-33 (Ross, Jaleesa 4-6; Stephens, LaShaunte
3-6; Amundsen, Bailey 2-6; Wilson, Tierre 2-6; Brown, LaToya 1-4; Munro,
Hayley 0-3; Andrews, Emma 0-1; Arnold, Marnique 0-1), Boise State 9-21 (Lee,
Jackie 3-6; Harris, Tasha 2-4; Moore, Brittany 2-5; Malone, Jamia 1-2;
Thompson, Jessica 1-3; Rima, Melissa 0-1). Fouled out--Fresno State-Wilson,
Tierre, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Fresno State 38 (Amundsen, Bailey 5;
Stephens, LaShaunte 5), Boise State 31 (Walker, Ja'Lara 8). Assists--Fresno
State 13 (Munro, Hayley 4), Boise State 19 (Harris, Tasha 7). Total
fouls--Fresno State 14, Boise State 13. Technical fouls--Fresno State-None,
Boise State-None. A-665