Boise State Completes Weekend Road Sweep with 66-61 Victory at La Tech, Move to Within One Game of First Place?
RUSTON, La. (2/8/09) For the second consecutive game Boise State rallied for a crucial Western Athletic Conference victory defeating Louisiana Tech 66-61 Sunday afternoon in Ruston, La. The Broncos rallied from a nine-point deficit midway through the first half to claim their third-straight victory over the Lady Techsters in Ruston. The victory completed the weekend road sweep of New Mexico State and La Tech as Boise State kept its conference title hopes alive.
The first half started slow for Boise State who found themselves down 13-12 with 7:52 to play when the Lady Techsters ran off an 8-0 run to take a La Tech game-high nine-point, 21-12, lead.
The Broncos responded with a 16-2 run that began with back-to-back 3-pointers by Jamia Malone and Brittany Moore. By the time the Lady Techsters knew it they were down five points 28-23 going into the break.
Boise State came out on fire to open the second period. Moore scored seven points in the first four minutes as the Broncos claimed a Boise State-high 13-point lead at 44-31 with 16:06 to play.
The Broncos then kept La Tech at bay trading mini runs until the 11 minute mark with Boise State up 52-41. That is when the Lady Techsters picked up the tempo and pressure as they slowly chipped away at the deficit.
The game was a five point or less contest from the 6:44 mark when Jasmine Bendolph hit one-of-two free throws to make the score 54-49. They pulled to within one point three times down the stretch but the Broncos refused to relinquish the lead.
Each time the Lady Techsters pulled close and threatened to take the lead Boise State responded. Up 60-59 with 2:06 remaining Moore hit a back-door layup to give the Broncos a three-point lead.
With 32 seconds to play and the Broncos up three points Moore went to the line and missed the front end of a one-and-one. La Tech controlled the rebound and raced down the court where Whitney Jones hit an off balance layup to make the score 62-61 Broncos.
On the next possession the Lady Techsters fouled Moore again. This time the best free throw shooter for the Broncos, hitting 83 percent on the year, nailed both shots extending the Boise State advantage back to three points at 64-61.
La Tech had two chances to tie the contest in the final 10 seconds but 3-pointers by Shanavia Dowdell and Whitney Jones were off target.
Courtney VanBrocklin clinched the Boise State victory when the freshman hit two free throws with three seconds showing on the clock giving the visitors a decisive five-point lead at 66-61. La Tech’s final last second shot fell short as the Broncos claimed their first road sweep of the season.
The Broncos shot the ball well during the game hitting 41 percent (23-63) from the floor, 26 percent (6-23) from the arc, and 67 percent (8-12) from the foul line. La Tech countered by converting 38 percent (27-72) from the floor, eight percent (1-13) from the 3-point line, and 38 percent (6-16) from the charity stripe. After turning the ball over 14 times in the first half the Broncos finished the game with 19 while forcing the Lady Techsters into 17 resulting in a 21-17 advantage for La Tech in points off turnovers.
Brittany Moore led Boise State with 16 points, two boards, three assists, and one steal. Jamia Malone added 12 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists, and one steal, followed by Marisa Stotler with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, two blocks, and one steal. Janie Bos recorded a team-high 11 rebounds along with two points, and two assists.
Adrienne Johnson led Louisiana Tech with a double-double on 16 points and 10 rebounds. Shanavia Dowdell added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Whitney Jones contributed 12 points, four boards, and six assists.
The win was big for Boise State who improved to 13-10 on the year and 6-3 in WAC play. The loss dropped La Tech to 12-11 overall and 5-4 in league. Combined with Utah State’s upset victory at Nevada this afternoon Boise State is now one game behind Nevada and Fresno State who are 7-2 in league play and tied for first place. Both of those teams will be in Boise over the next two weeks. Next up for the Broncos is a four-game homestand beginning with San Jose State next Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:00 p.m. followed by Nevada on Sunday, Feb. 15.
Boise State at Louisiana Tech
02/08/09 2:00 p.m. at Ruston, La. (Thomas Assembly Center)
BOISE STATE 66, LOUISIANA TECH 61
BSU (13-10, 6-3 WAC)
Moore,Brittany 6-15 2-3 16; Malone,Jamia 5-12 0-1 12; Stotler,Marisa 5-8 1-2
11; VanBrocklin,Courtney 2-5 3-4 8; Rima,Melissa 3-7 0-0 6; Pilcher,Heather
3-8 0-0 6; Galassi,Jenna 1-3 2-2 5; Bos,Janie 1-4 0-0 2; Sanders,Ainsleigh
0-0 0-0 0; Kepilino,Rebecca 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-63 8-12 66.
LATECH (12-11, 5-4 WAC)
Johnson, Adrienne 8-15 0-1 16; Jones, Whitney 5-20 2-4 12; Dowdell, Shanavia
5-10 0-0 10; Stewart, Sidney 4-7 0-1 9; Pringle, Tiawana 3-8 0-2 6; Thomas,
Brietta 1-4 1-2 3; Young, Kiara 1-3 1-2 3; Bendolph, Jasmine 0-4 2-4 2;
Wysinger, Tarkeisha 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-72 6-16 61.
BSU........................... 28 38 - 66
LATECH........................ 23 38 - 61
3-point goals--BSU 6-23 (Malone,Jamia 2-7; Moore,Brittany 2-9; Galassi,Jenna
1-2; VanBrocklin,Courtney 1-3; Pilcher,Heather 0-1; Rima,Melissa 0-1),
LATECH 1-13 (Stewart, Sidney 1-3; Jones, Whitney 0-4; Dowdell, Shanavia 0-1;
Pringle, Tiawana 0-2; Thomas, Brietta 0-2; Young, Kiara 0-1). Fouled
out--BSU-None, LATECH-Pringle, Tiawana. Rebounds--BSU 46 (Bos,Janie 11),
LATECH 46 (Johnson, Adrienne 10). Assists--BSU 15 (Malone,Jamia 5), LATECH
12 (Jones, Whitney 6). Total fouls--BSU 16, LATECH 13. Technical
fouls--BSU-None, LATECH-None. A-1617
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