Boise State Rallies for Big Road Victory at New Mexico State 79-77 in Overtime?

Five Broncos hit double-figure points in victory.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (2/6/09) Janie Bos scored with four seconds left in overtime to complete Boise State’s rally an claim a key Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball road victory 79-77 Friday night at New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M.  Twice in the second half the Broncos fought back to tie the game, the last pushed the contest into overtime where Boise State seized the last second win.  

“I was really proud of the way our team fought back all night and did not give up,” said coach Gordy Presnell. “This was a big step for our team tonight as we played with a lot of heart on the road. This is a big win for us.”

The first half was close for the first 14 minutes as both teams shot the ball well hitting over 40 percent. The Broncos were on fire from outside early making five of their first six 3-point attempts as they battled the Aggies up and down the floor. It was not until the final six minutes that Boise State began to struggle going cold from the court which allowed New Mexico State to slowly pull away and establish a double-digit lead late in the period.

Unfortunately Boise State’s last field goal in the opening half came with 6:17 remaining in the period on a Jenna Galassi jumper to make the score 26-24. From that point forward the Broncos only points came on three free throws as the Aggies claimed a 37-27 halftime advantage.   

The second half saw the Aggies take an early 13-point, 40-27, lead on a Tyshae Walton 3-pointer to open the period. That was the largest lead of the game for either team as the game turned into one of runs.

Down 10 with 19:38 to play, Boise State began their first rally slowly chipping away at the New Mexico State lead. By the 10:55 mark the Broncos had ran off an 18-5 run to tie the game at 45 apiece. Momentum appeared to be on the visitors’ side, not so fast.

New Mexico State refused to buckle and responded with its own 12-1 run to claim an 11-point advantage at 57-46 with seven minutes left. Sophomore standout Madison Spence recorded seven of the Aggies 12 points during the run to hand momentum to NMSU.  

Up 11 points everything appeared to be going the Aggies way. Once again, not so fast! The Broncos came storming back to make it exciting down the stretch.

In the final seven minutes Boise State outscored New Mexico State 18-7. The last eight came from the hands of sophomore Marisa Stotler in the final two minutes including the decisive game-tying field goal from the right post with 32 seconds remaining in regulation to knot the score at 64 all.  

After Kaitlyn Soto missed a layup for the Aggies with nine seconds remaining, Boise State had a final chance to win it in regulation. Freshman Courtney VanBrocklin had the last attempt from eight feet out but the shot came up short deflecting off the rim at the buzzer.

Overtime opened with New Mexico State taking a quick two-point lead at 66-64 on a Madison Spence layup. The Aggies stretched it to three points twice, the last coming at 72-69 with 2:24 to play.

The Broncos rallied again with a 7-0 run to take their largest lead of the game, four points, at 76-72 with 42 seconds remaining.

This time the Aggies rallied with Spence leading the way scoring NMSU’s final five points. She hit a 3-pointer followed seconds later by two successful free throws to tie the game at 77-77 with 19 seconds left.

With the game hanging in the balance Boise State drove down the floor then called timeout with six seconds showing on the clock. Rima was given the job of inbounding the ball from the right sideline near the corner. The sophomore from Fairbanks, Alaska found Janie Bos open in the right post. Bos immediately went up with the shot, touching it off the glass and into the hoop giving the Broncos the decisive 79-77 lead with four seconds to go. A last second Aggie attempt by Danisha Corbett from long distance went long off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Five Broncos scored double-figure points led by Jamia Malone’s career-high 19 to go with one rebound and five assists. Two Broncos finished the game with double-doubles as Janie Bos recorded her third of the season with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while Melissa Rima netted her first on career-highs for points and rebounds with 10 each.  Meanwhile, Brittany Moore chipped in 12 points and Marisa Stotler finished with 10 before fouling out in overtime.

New Mexico State was led by three players in double-figure points. Both Danisha Corbett and Madison Spence recorded 22 points and four rebounds, while Spence added a team-best five assists. Tyshae Walton had 11 first half points before finishing with 14.

 The victory was big for the Broncos who kept their title hopes alive with the win, especially with Fresno State’s 63-60 upset of previously undefeated Nevada (13-8, 7-1 WAC) in Reno, Nev., tonight. Boise State’s overtime victory improves the team to 12-10 overall and 5-3 in WAC play moving them into a three-way tie for third place with Louisiana Tech and Idaho. The loss drops New Mexico State to 6-16 on the year and 2-6 in league.

Next up for Boise State is a 1:00 p.m. (Mountain) tipoff at Louisiana Tech (12-10, 5-3 WAC) Sunday afternoon in the Thomas Assembly Center at Ruston, La.  The Lady Techsters defeated Idaho tonight 70-60 at home.


Game Summary

Boise State vs New Mexico State
2/6/09 7:05 p.m. at Las Cruces, N.M. (Pan American Center)


BOISE STATE (12-10, 5-3 WAC)

Malone,Jamia 6-17 3-5 19; Bos,Janie 5-7 2-2 12; Moore,Brittany 3-10 3-4 12;
Rima,Melissa 3-7 2-4 10; Stotler,Marisa 3-8 4-4 10; Galassi,Jenna 2-12 3-4
7; Pilcher,Heather 2-5 0-2 5; VanBrocklin,Courtney 2-6 0-0 4;
Kepilino,Rebecca 0-0 0-0 0; Sanders,Ainsleigh 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-73 17-25


Spence, Madison 7-15 7-8 22; Corbett, Danisha 6-16 5-6 22; Walton, Tyshae
6-10 1-2 14; Wampler, Tabytha 3-3 2-4 8; Holt, Niki 2-4 0-0 4; Soto, Kaitlyn
1-7 1-2 3; Palmer, Brittany 0-1 2-2 2; Sanchez, Erica 1-1 0-0 2; Rozendaal,
Kelsie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-58 18-24 77.

Boise State...................   27   37   15  -   79
New Mexico State..............   37   27   13  -   77

3-point goals--Boise State 10-24 (Malone,Jamia 4-12; Moore,Brittany 3-6;
Rima,Melissa 2-3; Pilcher,Heather 1-2; VanBrocklin,Courtney 0-1), New Mexico
State 7-20 (Corbett, Danisha 5-11; Walton, Tyshae 1-1; Spence, Madison 1-7;
Soto, Kaitlyn 0-1). Fouled out--Boise State-Stotler,Marisa, New Mexico
State-Wampler, Tabytha; Holt, Niki. Rebounds--Boise State 46 (Bos,Janie 12),
New Mexico State 41 (Holt, Niki 8). Assists--Boise State 11 (Malone,Jamia
5), New Mexico State 15 (Spence, Madison 5). Total fouls--Boise State 23,
New Mexico State 20. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, New Mexico
State-None. A-962


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