Boise State Holds Off San Jose State 58-53 in Women's Basketball
Next up is a first place showdown this Sunday versus Fresno State...
BOISE, Idaho (2/13/09) Boise State held off a scrappy San Jose State team to claim a hard fought 58-53 Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory Friday night in Taco Bell Arena at Boise, Idaho. The Broncos rallied from eight points down in the first half to take an 11-point lead midway through the second. They then had to fight off a pesky San Jose State rally attempt down the stretch to secure the five-point win. The vixtory extended Boise State’s home win streak versus WAC opponents to 15 games.
The first period was a night mare for the Broncos who struggled to get shots to fall coupled with a spell where they turned the ball over four times resulting in a 11-2 Spartan run that gave them an eight-point advantage at 22-14 with 8:41 to play before halftime.
However, Boise State battled back to within one at the break, 30-29. Jamia Malone and Brittany Moore powered the Bronco rally by scoring eight and four points respectively as the home team outscored San Jose State 15-8 to close the half.
Boise State ended the period shooting 28 percent (9-32) from the floor while San Jose State lit it up converting on 44 percent (12-27) of their field goal attempts, including 46 percent (5-11) from behind the 3-point arc.
The second half started slow before the Broncos picked up their intensity. Down two points, 35-33, with 16:08 left, Boise State rolled off a 9-0 run to take a 42-35 lead with just under 13 minutes to play. The Broncos would never trail again in the contest.
After a Spartan 7-1 run cut the lead to three points, 42-39, the Broncos responded by stretching their advantage back out to a game-high 11 points at 52-41 with 7:23 showing on the clock.
Unfortunately, up 11 with just over seven minutes to play Boise State went cold again from the floor. The Broncos would hit just two more field goals and two free throws from that point on as San Jose State clawed its way back into the game.
The Spartans ran off a 10-2 run over the next five minutes to pull within three points, 54-51, with 2:10 remaining in the contest. However, Boise State held San Jose State at bay with two Marisa Stotler free throws and a Malone layup in the final minute and four seconds to defeat the Spartans by five 58-53.
Three Broncos recorded double-figure points led by Stotler’s 14, her sixth-consecutive game in double-figures, to go with six rebounds, and three steals. She was followed by Moore and Malone with 13 and 10 points respectively, while Melissa Rima added a team-best 10 rebounds along with four points and two assists.
San Jose State was led by Natalie White with a double-double on 13 points and 11 boards. Kelly Blair matched White’s points with 13 of her own.
Boise State’s shooting improved in the second half as the Broncos hit 38 percent (11-29) from the floor during the period to finish the game at 33 percent (20-61), while converting 22 percent (4-18) from the arc, and a mere 56 percent (14-25) from the charity stripe. Boise State shut San Jose State down in the final period holding the Spartans to 29 percent (8-28) from the floor as they ended the contest at 36 percent (20-55) overall, in addition to going 32 percent (7-22) from 3-point range and 46 percent (6-13) from the foul line. The Broncos dominated the glass out rebounding the Spartans 48-to-38 and 19-to-11 in offensive boards.
It was not a pretty game, but a win is a win as the pieces keep falling into place for Boise State’s conference title defense as they improve to 14-10 overall and 7-3 in WAC play. The Broncos victory coupled with New Mexico State’s come from behind 54-51 win over Nevada and Idaho’s 59-47 victory over Fresno State Friday night moves Boise State into a three-way tie with Nevada and Idaho for second place in the league standings, a half game behind first place Fresno State at 8-3.
It just so happens that the Fresno State Bulldogs are coming to Boise for a Sunday afternoon matinee with the Broncos, tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. A win by Boise State would put them in first place with three weeks left. Who would have thought this scenario would happen last November let alone two weeks ago with all the injuries and adversity the Broncos have experienced this season?
San Jose State vs Boise State
BOISE STATE 58, SAN JOSE STATE 53
SAN JOSE STATE (2-22, 1-10 WAC)
BOISE STATE (14-10, 7-3 WAC)
San Jose State................ 30 23 - 53
3-point goals--San Jose State 7-22 (Blair, Kelly 3-12; White, Natalie 3-7;
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