Boise State Battles Hard but Falls 73-66 at Fresno State in Women's Basketball...

FRESNO, Calif. (1/27/10) - Tasha Harris’ and Jessica Van Hoogen’s combined 41 points was not enough for Boise State as the Broncos fell by seven 73-66 at Fresno State Wednesday night in Fresno, Calif.  The Broncos kept the game close throughout the 40 minutes of play but could never quite get over the hump.  Turnovers and mistakes at critical moments cost Boise State down the stretch against the league leading Bulldogs  who improved to 16-5 overall and 7-0 in Western Athletic Conference play. The loss drops the Broncos to 13-7 overall and 2-4 in conference.

The Bulldogs scored the opening basket and never trailed in the game even though the Broncos kept it interesting throughout the contest. Fresno State scored first then held onto the lead throughout the first period stretching their advantage to as many as 11 points 25-14 by the 10:30 mark.

However, Boise State rallied cutting its deficit to one point, 30-29, with 1:43 remaining until the break. The Broncos had chances to take the lead but turnovers and poor shot selection in the closing moments cost them as the Bulldogs scored the final six points of the half to go in seven points up at 36-29.

Boise State started the second period fast with back-to-back 3-pointers by Rebecca Kepilino and Van Hoogen to pull the Broncos to within one point at 36-35 one minute into the half. One minute later following a Bulldogs field goal, Boise State tied the game for the first time when Harris converted a three-point play by hitting a driving layup and a free throw with 18:12 to go.

Fresno State regained a three-point advantage then held on to a one to three point lead for the next three minutes. Down three Boise State’s Kepilino hit her second 3-pointer of the half tying the score up at 43 all with 14:56 on the clock.

Unfortunately, the Broncos began to struggle with foul trouble to Van Hoogen and Janie Bos, as well as, turnovers and getting their shots to fall. Meanwhile, Fresno State rolled off an 11-2 run to claim a 54-45 advantage with 10:31 to go. The run eventually stretched to 21-8 and a game-high 13-point, 64-51, lead with under seven minutes to play.

Once again the Broncos battled back. Down nine at 64-58, Van Hoogen returned to the game with just over five minutes showing on the clock. She scored the final eight points for Boise State on a pair of treys and a two-pointer to pull the Broncos to within four points 70-66 with 1:44 left.       

Boise State finished the game missing its last four shots while Fresno State converted three-of-four free throws to ice the contest.

Van Hoogen led Boise State with a team-high 23 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Harris followed with 18 points, a team-high nine rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals. Rebecca Kepilino was the only other Bronco in double-figure points finishing with 10 to go with four boards, three assists and one steal.

Fresno State had four players in double-figure points led by Joh-Teena Filipe with 18 points and nine boards, both team highs. Emma Andrews added 13 points followed by Hayley Munro’s 11 points and five rebounds, and Jaleesa Ross’ 11 points, four boards and five assists.

The Bulldogs dominated the scoring in the paint by a 38 to 22 margin. Boise State out scored Fresno State from the arc 10 3-pointers to six, the Bulldogs entered the game as one of the top teams nationally in 3-pointers made and attempted. In the end, Fresno State won the game at the free-throw line where they out scored Boise State 15 to four, the Bulldogs took 18 charity shots compared to five for the Broncos.

Next up for Boise State is a home game against Utah State this Saturday night. It will be the first game of a doubleheader that night in Taco Bell Arena in Boise, tip is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (Mountain).

Final Game Summary

Boise State vs Fresno State
1/27/10 8:05 p.m. at Save Mart Center (Fresno, Calif.)


BOISE STATE (13-7, 2-4)
Van Hoogen, Jessica 9-19 0-0 23; Harris, Tasha 7-15 3-3 18; Kepilino,
Rebecca 4-6 0-0 10; Pilcher, Heather 2-9 1-2 6; Rima, Melissa 2-3 0-0 5;
Bos, Janie 1-1 0-0 2; Poteet, Kinzi 1-3 0-0 2; Lenhardt, Lauren 0-1 0-0 0;
Gross, Stacie 0-1 0-0 0; Marshall, Julia 0-6 0-0 0; McGilbra, Taylor 0-0 0-0
0. Totals 26-64 4-5 66.

FRESNO STATE (16-5, 7-0)
Filipe, Joh-Teena 6-10 6-7 18; Andrews, Emma 4-9 5-7 13; Munro, Hayley 4-11
2-2 11; Ross, Jaleesa 4-11 0-0 11; Moult, Rosie 3-6 0-0 8; Edwards, Taja 3-6
0-0 6; Arnold, Marnique 2-6 0-0 4; Fears, LaShay 0-5 2-2 2; Drennan, Ali 0-0
0-0 0. Totals 26-64 15-18 73.

Boise State...................   29   37  -   66
Fresno State..................   36   37  -   73

3-point goals--Boise State 10-27 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 5-11; Kepilino,
Rebecca 2-3; Pilcher, Heather 1-3; Harris, Tasha 1-4; Rima, Melissa 1-2;
Gross, Stacie 0-1; Marshall, Julia 0-3), Fresno State 6-22 (Ross, Jaleesa
3-8; Moult, Rosie 2-5; Munro, Hayley 1-3; Arnold, Marnique 0-2; Fears,
LaShay 0-1; Andrews, Emma 0-2; Filipe, Joh-Teena 0-1). Fouled out--Boise
State-None, Fresno State-None. Rebounds--Boise State 39 (Harris, Tasha 9),
Fresno State 41 (Filipe, Joh-Teena 9). Assists--Boise State 12 (Kepilino,
Rebecca 3; Van Hoogen, Jessica 3), Fresno State 16 (Ross, Jaleesa 5). Total
fouls--Boise State 19, Fresno State 11. Technical fouls--Boise State-None,
Fresno State-None. A-2284

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