BOISE, Idaho (2/10/2010) - Boise State turned in an impressive performance Wednesday night when it dominated second-place Nevada 65-51 in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. The Broncos broke open an 11-11 game with a 16-1 run midway through the first half and never looked back in a key Western Athletic Conference game as Boise State improved 4-6 in league play and 15-9 overall. It was a solid team effort for the Broncos against the Wolf Pack who were led by senior Rebecca Kepilino’s 13 points and seven rebounds, both team-highs. The win gives Boise State an impressive 11-1 record at home this year.
Nevada opened the scoring and held onto the lead for the first four minutes before Boise State took control. Down 11-9 with 16:20 to play the Broncos started to roll as they ran off the 16-1 run over the next seven minutes to take a 25-12 advantage by the 9:12 mark. Kepilino sparked the run with the first two baskets for four points.
Boise State extended the run to 30-9 by the end of the period stretching its lead out to 19 points, 39-20, at the break. They actually had a brief 21-point lead at 39-18 before the Wolf Pack scored the final points of the half with a pair of Shavon Moore free throws.
Nevada never pulled closer than 14 points in the second half, which they did on three occasions. Boise State’s largest lead of the game came with 7:25 to play in the contest up 26 points at 62-36. The Wolf Pack made a late run against the Bronco bench to cut the deficit to the final 14-point victory margin of 65-51.
Boise State shot the ball well in the game hitting 48 percent (24-50) from the floor and 50 percent (5-10) from the 3-point arc. The one poor statistic was 12-of-20 (60 pct.) shooting from the free-throw line. Nevada struggled from the floor during the contest converting 33 percent (18-54) from the court and 18 percent (2-11) from the 3-point line. They did hit a decent 72 percent (13-18) from the charity stripe.
Kepilino was one of two Broncos in double-figure points leading all Boise State scorers with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one block and three steals. Tasha Harris record her 21st double-digit point game of the year with 11 to go with one rebound and one assist. Nine Broncos scored during the game with Melissa Rima adding nine points and four rebounds, while Heather Pilcher chipped in seven points and seven rebounds in her second start of the year. Freshman Lauren Lenhardt recorded three blocks to go with six points and four rebounds. Boise State’s coaching staff was able to rest its senior guard tandem in the second half as Harris did not play in the final six minutes and Jessica Van Hoogen did not play in the last 10.
Nevada placed three in double-figure points led by Shavon Moore’s 13 points and six boards. She was followed by Tahnee Robinson with 11 points and four rebounds, while Nicole Williams added 10 points and four rebounds.
The loss dropped Nevada to 13-11 overall and 7-3 in WAC play. Boise State now has a week off before it host arch-rival Idaho next Wednesday night in a doubleheader with the Bronco men at Taco Bell Arena, tip for the women’s game is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (Mountain).
Final Game Summary
Nevada vs Boise State
02/10/10 7:05 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 65, NEVADA 51
NEVADA (13-11, 7-3 WAC)
Moore, Shavon 3-8 7-8 13; Robinson, Tahnee 5-18 0-0 11; Williams, Nicole 3-5
4-5 10; Williams, Kayla 3-5 0-1 6; Lombardi, Marianne 2-5 0-0 4; Ward,
Johnna 1-4 0-0 3; Hammond, Marissa 0-2 2-4 2; Johnson, Amanda 1-6 0-0 2;
Jones, Holly 0-0 0-0 0; Woodard, Brittany 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 13-18 51.
BOISE STATE (15-9, 4-6 WAC)
Kepilino, Rebecca 6-8 1-2 13; Harris, Tasha 3-4 4-6 11; Rima, Melissa 2-5
4-6 9; Pilcher, Heather 2-6 1-2 7; Van Hoogen, Jessica 3-5 0-0 7; Marshall,
Julia 3-8 0-0 6; Lenhardt, Lauren 3-6 0-0 6; Bos, Janie 2-5 0-0 4; McGilbra,
Taylor 0-1 2-4 2; Poteet, Kinzi 0-1 0-0 0; Gross, Stacie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals
24-50 12-20 65.
Nevada........................ 20 31 - 51
Boise State................... 39 26 - 65
3-point goals--Nevada 2-11 (Ward, Johnna 1-3; Robinson, Tahnee 1-5; Johnson,
Amanda 0-3), Boise State 5-10 (Pilcher, Heather 2-2; Van Hoogen, Jessica
1-2; Rima, Melissa 1-2; Harris, Tasha 1-1; McGilbra, Taylor 0-1; Gross,
Stacie 0-1; Marshall, Julia 0-1). Fouled out--Nevada-None, Boise State-None.
Rebounds--Nevada 30 (Moore, Shavon 6), Boise State 39 (Pilcher, Heather 7;
Kepilino, Rebecca 7). Assists--Nevada 10 (Johnson, Amanda 4), Boise State 12
(McGilbra, Taylor 3; Pilcher, Heather 3). Total fouls--Nevada 14, Boise
State 19. Technical fouls--Nevada-Ward, Johnna, Boise State-None. A-664