MOSCOW, Idaho (2/1/08) - It was not pretty but Boise State held off Idaho for a 65-60 win in Moscow Saturday night. Jessica Thompson and Tasha Harris led the Broncos to the win with 33 combined points including going 17-for-19 from the free-throw line in the second half. The victory was the seventh in a row for Boise State who remains in second place in the Western Athletic Conference standings.
Boise State was forced to battle fatigue, playing their third game in six days, and a fired up Idaho squad for the win. The game was ugly from the opening tip as neither team shot the ball well throughout the 40 minutes of action. As a result, the game between the State’s two arch-rivals was close until the buzzer sounded signaling the end of the game. The contest saw 14 lead changes and 12 ties with Boise State’s largest lead being six, 6-0, with 15:19 to play in the first, while Idaho’s was five, 16-11, at the 4:29 mark of the opening period.
The first half opened with the Broncos going up 6-0 followed by 10 unanswered points by the Vandals to take a 10-6 lead with 6:48 to play. The two teams combined for seven field goals in the first 13 minutes of the game, five by Idaho and two by Boise State.
The teams began to warm up around the six-minute mark as they recorded 32 combined points down the final stretch heading into the half. The Broncos out scored the Vandals in the final six minutes 18 to 14 as they took a 24 all tie into intermission.
The second half was as dysfunctional as the first. Neither team could build much momentum as the largest lead in the period would be four points until Jessica Thompson hit two free throws in the closing seconds to give the Broncos the five-point victory margin.
The game was hard fought and very physical from the tip as the two rivals went toe-to-toe and left everything on the floor during the encounter. In the second half Boise State went to their go to players Jessica Thompson and Tasha Harris to lead them to the win. Harris scored eight points on 8-of-8 shooting from the foul line, while Thompson recorded 16 points including the Broncos’ final eight points in the last 1:07 of the game. The junior shooting guard hit nine-of-11 free throws in the second half.
The free-throw line proved to be the difference in the game as Boise State out scored Idaho 27 to 15 from the charity stripe. The Vandals shot better from the floor hitting 35.1 percent (20-57) from the floor, 23.8 percent (5-21) from beyond the arc, and 88.2 percent (15-17) from the foul line compared to the Broncos 29.8 percent (17-57) from the court, 21.1 percent (4-19) from the arc, and 79.4 percent (27-34) from the free-throw line. Idaho also out rebounded Boise State 44 to 38.
Jessica Thompson led the Broncos during the game with a team high 18 points to go with two rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Meanwhile, Tasha Harris added 15 points, two boards, three assist, and six steals. Harris finished the game hitting 10-of-10 free throws in the contest. No one else was in double-figure points for Boise State. Jackie Lee finished with seven points and a team best nine rebounds, while freshman Sierra Moeller had a solid night recording seven points, six boards, and a career high three blocks. Jenna Galassi added six points and six rebounds, Jamia Malone chipped in with six points and three boards of her own.
Idaho was led by sophomore Katie Madison’s double-double on 22 points and 10 rebounds, followed by 13 points from Alana Curtis, and 10 points by Carli Bakondy. Yinka Olorunnife finished with a game high 14 boards.
It was the first time in seven games that the WAC’s leading scoring offense was held to below 77 points as the Broncos recorded 65. The win improves Boise State to 15-6 on the year and guarantees them their second straight winning season. They are also 7-2 in WAC play and now have five of the final seven games at home in Taco Bell Arena beginning with Louisiana Tech this Thursday and New Mexico State on Saturday. Boise State extended their all-time lead in the series to 34-26. Idaho falls to 2-18 on the year with the loss and 1-7 in conference.
Newspaper Box Score
Boise State vs Idaho
2/2/08 7 p.m. at Moscow, Idaho (Cowan Spectrum)
BOISE STATE 65, IDAHO 60
BOISE STATE (15-6, 7-2 WAC)
Thompson, Jessica 4-15 9-11 18; Harris, Tasha 2-9 10-10 15; Lee, Jackie 2-8
3-5 7; Moeller, Sierra 3-6 1-1 7; Galassi, Jenna 1-7 4-5 6; Malone, Jamia
2-5 0-2 6; Walker, Ja'Lara 2-2 0-0 4; Rima, Melissa 1-3 0-0 2; Moore,
Brittany 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-57 27-34 65.
IDAHO (2-18, 1-7 WAC)
Madison, Katie 9-18 4-4 22; Curtis, Alana 3-10 4-4 13; Bakondy, Carli 4-11
0-1 10; Dennehy, Sara 1-3 5-6 7; Kloke, Rachele 1-4 2-2 4; Olorunnife, Yinka
2-8 0-0 4; Schlotthauer, Katie 0-1 0-0 0; Riedel, Therese 0-2 0-0 0; Koppen,
Lindsey 0-0 0-0 0; Otero, Charlotte 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 15-17 60.
Boise State................... 24 41 - 65
Idaho......................... 24 36 - 60
3-point goals--Boise State 4-19 (Malone, Jamia 2-4; Harris, Tasha 1-4;
Thompson, Jessica 1-6; Moore, Brittany 0-2; Lee, Jackie 0-3), Idaho 5-21
(Curtis, Alana 3-8; Bakondy, Carli 2-7; Kloke, Rachele 0-1; Olorunnife,
Yinka 0-2; Schlotthauer, Katie 0-1; Dennehy, Sara 0-1; Madison, Katie 0-1).
Fouled out--Boise State-None, Idaho-Bakondy, Carli. Rebounds--Boise State 38
(Lee, Jackie 9), Idaho 44 (Olorunnife, Yinka 14). Assists--Boise State 7
(Harris, Tasha 3), Idaho 11 (Bakondy, Carli 3). Total fouls--Boise State 15,
Idaho 26. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Idaho-TEAM. A-740