Broncos fall to Louisiana Tech 79-63 in front of largest home crowd in 13 years...
BOISE, Idaho - (2/3/07) - Louisiana Tech handed Boise State their first league loss of the year 79-63 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. The Broncos fell to in front of their largest crowd in 13 years as 4,518 fans showed up to watch the game. Each team placed four players in double-figure scoring but the Lady Techsters’ Shan Moore had the best night of everyone with 27 points while Jessica Thompson led the Broncos with a workman like 17 points. The win moves Louisiana Tech, 7-2 in league, within one game of first place Boise State, 8-1, in the WAC standings heading into the home stretch of the season.
Boise State started the game strong running out to a quick nine-point lead, 13-4, four and half minutes into the game as the Broncos hit five of their first six shots. They were able to keep the Lady Techsters at bay until eight minute mark by maintaining a four-to-eight point advantage. Michelle Hessing was the force for the Broncos in the first half by recording all her points, 11, in the game during the opening 20 minutes.
Down by eight with eight minutes to play in the first period, Louisiana Tech picked up their intensity. The pressure slowly ate away at the Broncos as the Lady Techsters rallied out scoring Boise State 16-to-10 in the final eight minutes to close the gap to two points, 41-39, at halftime. Eboni Mangum led the Lady Techster charge with seven of the 16 points in the final stretch to close the half.
Boise State finished the first half shooting the ball well hitting 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from the floor but struggled to hit from outside converting just one of their six attempts. After struggling in the opeing minutes of the game, Louisiana Tech finished the half strong and shot 48.4 (15-of-31) from the court and a solid 75 percent (3-of-4) from the arc. The Lady Techsters won the battle on the glass out rebounding the Broncos 19-to-13 and held an edge in second chance points seven-to-three in the period.
The second half was all Louisiana Tech as they stepped on the gas and run past the Broncos who could not buy a basket in the final 20 minutes. Boise State managed to expanded their two-point halftime lead to five points, 46-41, with 17:40 to go but trouble was about to hit them broadside.
The Lady Techsters’ played well in the second stanza and slowly seized control of the game. JoKeirra Snead made a pair of free throws with 13:34 showing on the clock to tie the score at 50-50 and spark a Louisiana Tech explosion. That was the closest the Broncos would be in the final 13 minutes as the Lady Techsters rolled off a 19-to-six run to claim a 13-point lead, 69-56, with 5:49 to go.
During that run the Broncos managed to hit just one of their nine field goal attempts and turned the ball over four times. All six Boise State points came from Jessica Thompson as she recorded eight second half points to finish with a team high 17 in the game. By the time the Broncos regrouped defensively the game was out of reach.
The final six minutes saw the Lady Techsters hold the Broncos off denying any chance for a rally by their host. Louisiana Tech out scored Boise State 10-to-six to close the game and 40-to-22 in the second half. After shooting so well in the first half the second saw Boise State struggle by hitting 20 percent (7-of-35) from the floor. Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech remained consistent hitting 52 percent (13-of-25).
Four Broncos recorded double-figure points led by sophomore Jessica Thompson with 17. She was followed by Michelle Hessing and Tasha Harris with 11 apiece, and Jenna Galsssi with 10. Hessing led Boise State on the boards with a team high eight rebounds followed by Rebecca Kepilino with six and Tasha Harris with five.
Louisiana Tech was led by senior Shan Moore with a career high 27 points to go with six rebounds. Eboni Mangum ended with a second best 17 points and six assists, followed by 13 points from Ty Moore who completed a double-double with 12 rebounds, JoKeirra Snead who added 12 points and eight rebounds.
The loss snapped Boise State’s nine-game win streak and it’s six-game home win streak as they fall to 17-5 overall, but remain in first place of the WAC with a 8-1 league record. Louisiana Tech moves to within one game of the Broncos in the standings at 7-2 while improving to 12-10 overall. The Broncos still control their own fate this season. They will have their first chance to get back on the winning track this coming Wednesday when they travel north to take on their in-state rivals the Idaho Vandals (5-16, WAC 2-8) at 8:00 p.m. MST in the Cowan Spectrum/Kibbie Dome in Moscow. Boise State will then return home to host San Jose State on Saturday (Feb. 10) in Bronco Gym next door to Taco Bell Arena.
Newspaper Box Score
LOUISIANA TECH (12-10, WAC 7-2)
BOISE STATE (17-5, WAC 8-1)
Louisiana Tech................ 39 40 - 79
3-point goals--Louisiana Tech 5-8 (Mangum, Eboni 3-5; Moore, Shan 2-2;
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