Broncos complete sweep of Louisiana Tech with 70-54 win at Taco Bell Arena...
BOISE, Idaho (2/7/08) - Jessica Thompson scored a team high 20 points to lead Boise State past Louisiana Tech 70-54 Thursday night at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. For the second game in a row it was not pretty but to the Broncos credit they hung in there and found a way to win. The 16-point victory completes their first ever season sweep of the Lady Techsters in seven years and keeps Boise State’s title hopes alive at 8-2 in Western Athletic Conference action, a game back of Fresno State at 8-1.
The first half had moments where you thought the Broncos were still in Moscow playing the Vandals as they struggled to hit their shots like they did in last Saturday’s game. Boise State had trouble finding any since of rhythm against the athletic Lady Techsters in the opening 20-minutes.
To Louisiana Tech’s credit they used their athletic advantage to their favor dominating the boards 28 to 19 in the period as they kept the contest close. Boise State battled from the start but things did not fall their way as they seemed a step slow early. However, they managed to maintain the lead until the final 26 seconds of the half when Louisiana Tech’s Shordy Mulford hit a running layup to give the Lady Techsters a one point, 27-26, halftime advantage.
After going into the break down one, the Broncos came out inspired in the second half running off a 7-0 run to start the period to take the lead for good. During the run Boise State hit six straight free throws, two from a technical foul called on Louisiana Tech’s head coach Chris Long.
Unfortunately, the Lady Techsters came right back like they did in the first half tying the game at 39 with 15:21 to play. But they failed to recapture the lead. Boise State then slowly began to pull away from Louisiana Tech with a 17-4 run over the next eight minutes. The run was sparked by a Jamia Malone layup and a Jackie Lee 3-pointer to take a 44-39 advantage with 14:16 showing on the clock.
Once the Broncos stretched the lead to double digits, 53-43, by the 9:49 mark of the period the Lady Techsters would not get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way. The largest lead of the game was the final 16-point margin, 70-54, at the buzzer.
Boise State made a dramatic improvement in the second half on the boards. After trailing by nine at the half, 28-19, the Broncos crashed the boards winning the second by a 26-16 margin and 45-44 in the game. Boise State had 24 offensive boards in the game against the WAC’s top rebounding team resulting in a 17-11 edge in second chance points. The Broncos also took advantage of 21 Lady Techster turnovers out scoring the visitors 26-12 in points off turnovers, Boise State committed 13 turnovers.
The Broncos ended the contest shooting 32.4 percent (24-74) from the court, a solid 36 percent (9-25) from the 3-point arc, and 81.3 percent (13-16) from the free-throw line. Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech countered with 33.9 percent (20-59) shooting from the hardwood, 10 percent (1-10) from long distance, and matched Boise State’s 81.3 percent (13-16) from the charity stripe.
Jessica Thompson led the Broncos with a team high 20 points to go with seven rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Jackie Lee was the second of three Boise State players in double figures with 13 points while adding three boards, and three assists. Jamia Malone finished the game with 11 points hitting three-of-seven from the arc in addition to a pair of rebounds, one assist, and three steals. Tasha Harris was held below 10 points for the first time in 25 games as she finished with nine points, a team high eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Jenna Galassi added six points followed by Ja'Lara Walker with five, Sierra Moeller’s four, and Melissa Rima’s two. Both Rima and Moeller grabbed five boards apiece.
JoKierra Sneed led Louisiana Tech with a double-double on 19 points and 15 rebounds. No one else recorded double figure points for the Lady Techsters as Shanavia Dowdell, Tarkeisha Wysinger, and Adrienne Johnson all added eight points each, followed by seven from Nastassja Levingston. Dowdell and Wysinger recorded seven rebounds apiece while Johnson chipped in with six.
The win was the eighth in a row for Boise State as they improve to 16-6 overall and 8-2 in WAC action. They also increased their home win streak to 12 games. Louisiana Tech falls to 10-12 overall and 4-5 in conference play with the loss, virtually eliminating them from title contention which would snap what is believed to be a 16-year streak of league titles. Up next for the Broncos is another key WAC meeting on Saturday when New Mexico State comes to town for a 7:05 p.m. (Mountain) tip in Taco Bell Arena. The Aggies, who are the last team to defeat Boise State this year, were at Idaho Thursday night. New Mexico State has never won in Boise going 0-6 in their previous trips dating back to the Big West Conference days of the late 90’s.
Newspaper Box Score
LOUISIANA TECH (10-12, 4-5 WAC)
BOISE STATE (16-6, 8-2 WAC)
Louisiana Tech................ 27 27 - 54
3-point goals--Louisiana Tech 1-10 (Levingston, Nastassj 1-5; Wysinger,
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