Boise State Snaps Losing Streak at New Mexico
Brady and Lenhardt combine for 35 points in victory.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Nicole Brady and Lauren Lenhardt combined for 35 points Saturday afternoon as Boise State held off New Mexico 68-64 in a Mountain West women's basketball game in Albuquerque. After the Broncos rolled off a 16-4 run to take a 15-point (63-48) lead with 4:17 left, they were forced to hold off a late Lobos 16-5 run to take home the four point road win. The victory snapped Boise State's five-game losing streak and put a little distance between the Broncos and Lobos in the standings as they improved to 12-11 overall and 3-5 in conference, while New Mexico goes to 7-15 and 1-7 in league.
It was the Nicole Brady show in the first half for the Broncos as she kept Boise State in the game recording 17 of the team's 29 points in the period, she finished the game with 19. They were key first-half points for the Broncos who saw the Mountain West's leading scorer Lauren Lenhardt picked up her second foul in 19 seconds at the 15:11 mark of the first half and was forced to the bench with no points. Brady finished the game going seven-of-11 from the floor, two-of-four from the arc and a perfect three-of-three from the charity stripe. She also finished with a game-high eight rebounds.
The first 20 minutes was a battle with five ties and five lead changes before the Broncos took a 29-26 lead into the break. Both teams struggled shooting the ball most of the frame. At the eight minute media time out Boise State was shooting 23.5 percent (4-17) from the floor before warming up down the stretch hitting seven of its last 11 shots to finish at 37.9 percent. New Mexico was at 26.3 percent at the eight minute mark but went into the break at 33.3.
Boise State never trailed in the second period maintaining a single-digit lead most of the way. The second half saw Lenhardt explode for 16 points to help Boise State hold off the Lobos. At one point she scored 12 consecutive points to give her team a 45-40 lead with 11:39 to play. The junior from Eagle, Idaho, finished the contest with 16 points while shooting six-of-11 from the floor, two-of-two from the arc and from the free-throw line. She also had five rebounds and one steal.
Up 47-44 at the 9:28 mark, Boise State rolled off a 16-4 run to take a game-high 15-point (63-48) lead with 4:17 remaining. A Lobos rally attempt came up short down the stretch as they closed the game on a 16-5 run. However, the Broncos were able to hold off UNM in the end to sweep the season series and take a 4-0 lead in the all-time series.
Kati Isham joined Brady and Lenhardt in double figure scoring for Boise State with 13 points, eight in the final 20 minutes. Cinnamon Lister scored all of her seven points in the second period, she also had a team-high five assists.
Caroline Durbin led New Mexico with 27 points followed by Porche Torrance with 17 and a team-high 15 boards to record a double-double against the Broncos.
Boise State shot 43.8 percent in the second half to finish the game at 41 percent, 33.3 percent (5-15) from the arc and a solid 76.5 percent (13-17) from the free-throw line. New Mexico finished at 40.4 percent from the hardwood, 30 percent (3-10) from the arc and 75 percent (15-20) from the charity stripe.
The Lobos out rebounded the Broncos 42 to 35 and 15 to 12 in offensive boards, but Boise State had a 15 to seven edge in second chance points. The Broncos committed 14 turnovers in the game, more importantly, only four in the second half as they had a 15 to 10 advantage in points off turnovers. It is the first game in the last four that the opponents did not have 20 or more points off Bronco turnovers.
Next up for Boise State is a home game next Saturday, Feb. 11, at 4:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. It is the annual "Pack the House" as the Broncos try for their largest crowd of the year.
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