Kepilino Scores 19 as Boise State Runs Past San Jose State 80-62 to Snap Road Losing Streak...

Broncos snap eight-game road losing streak with the win over the Spartans.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (2/20/10) -  Boise State earned a much needed road win Saturday night at San Jose State defeating the Spartans by 18 points 80-62 in the Events Center in San Jose.  The Broncos never trailed in the contest and used a 14-2 run midway through the first period to seize control of the game. Boise State took a 16-point lead into the half then stretched it to 24 points in the second period.

“I was really pleased with our intensity and play tonight,” said coach Presnell. “We had a lot of people step up for us especially Rebecca Kepilino and Tasha Harris. They led a tremendous effort by the team to break the streak.”

Rebecca Kepilino led the Broncos with a season-high 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. Tasha Harris followed with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Janie Bos added 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and one block. 

With the score tied at 13 with 11:56 left in the opening period, Boise State began to pull away. It started with a 14-2 run for a 27-15 advantage by the 8:04 mark. San Jose State battled back pulling to within six at 29-23 with 6:17 to play before the break only to see the Broncos respond. The visitors rolled off another run out scoring the Spartans 13-3 in the final six minutes to eventually take a 16-point 42-26 lead into intermission. Senior Rebecca Kepilino led Boise State during the opening 20 minutes with 13 of her game-high 19 points coming in the first half.

Boise State maintained a double-digit lead throughout the final half claiming a game-high 24 point lead twice, the last came at 72-48 with 3:37 remaining. With the game under control the Broncos played primarily the underclassmen for the final six minutes of the contest. The closest that San Jose State would come in the final period was 14 points on a couple of occasions including at 74-60 with 2:02 to play.

San Jose State was led by Chasity Shavers with a career-high 34 points on 12-of-24 shooting while adding three rebounds, one assist, one block and five steals to her total. Sayja Sumler was the only other Spartan in double-figure points finishing with 12 to go with six boards, and four assists.

On the night, Boise State shot 45.5 percent (25-55) from the floor, 25 percent (3-12) from the 3-point arc and 77.1 percent (27-35) from the free-throw line. San Jose State finished hitting 34.4 percent (21-61) from the floor, 18.8 percent (3-16) and 77.3 percent (17-22) from the charity stripe. 

The win snaps an eight-game road losing streak for Boise State dating back to Nov. 29 when the Broncos defeated Washington State 68-64 in the championship game of the Lady Rebel Round Up in Las Vegas, Nev. The Broncos are now 17-9 overall and 6-6 in league, good for sole possession of fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings. The Senior Day defeat dropped San Jose State to 6-20 overall and 2-11 in league. Next up for Boise State is a Wednesday night encounter at the University of Hawai’i (9-18, 3-11 WAC) in Honolulu. The Rainbow Wahine lost tonight at home to La Tech 79-71.

Final Game Summary

Boise State vs San Jose State
02/20/10 7:00 p.m. at The Event Center (San Jose, Calif.)


BOISE STATE (17-9, 6-6 WAC)
Kepilino, Rebecca 9-15 1-1 19; Harris, Tasha 4-7 4-7 13; Bos, Janie 3-5 6-7
12; Van Hoogen, Jessica 2-7 2-2 8; Poteet, Kinzi 1-2 5-6 7; Lenhardt, Lauren
2-3 3-4 7; Marshall, Julia 1-6 3-4 5; Pilcher, Heather 2-6 1-2 5; Rima,
Melissa 1-4 2-2 4; McGilbra, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0; Gross, Stacie 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 25-55 27-35 80.

SAN JOSE STATE (6-20, 2-11 WAC)
Shavers, Chasity 12-24 7-9 34; Sumler, Sayja 3-9 6-6 12; Marez, Samantha 2-5
0-0 4; Bradley, Britney 0-2 3-5 3; Brown, Ashley 1-6 0-0 2; Edinburgh,
Aumornai 1-1 0-0 2; Ridge, Shaunna 1-8 0-0 2; Atoe, Palagi 1-2 0-0 2; Hall,
Marnesha 0-1 1-2 1; Hamilton, Dominique 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 17-22 62.

Boise State...................   42   38  -   80
San Jose State................   26   36  -   62

3-point goals--Boise State 3-12 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 2-4; Harris, Tasha 1-3;
Marshall, Julia 0-2; Pilcher, Heather 0-2; Rima, Melissa 0-1), San Jose
State 3-16 (Shavers, Chasity 3-10; Marez, Samantha 0-2; Brown, Ashley 0-1;
Ridge, Shaunna 0-3). Fouled out--Boise State-None, San Jose State-Ridge,
Shaunna. Rebounds--Boise State 40 (Bos, Janie 7), San Jose State 36 (Ridge,
Shaunna 9). Assists--Boise State 16 (Harris, Tasha 5), San Jose State 11
(Sumler, Sayja 4). Total fouls--Boise State 20, San Jose State 25. Technical
fouls--Boise State-None, San Jose State-None. A-441

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