SAN JOSE, California - (2/22/07) - Boise State stumbled down the stretch at San Jose State to lose a key WAC game 68-60 at the Events Center in San Jose. The loss against the Spartans may come back to haunt the Broncos in their quest for the conference’s regular season title as they head into perhaps the toughest three-game stretch of the schedule and the hardest two weeks of the nine league members to end the season. For the moment, the loss was offset by second place Louisiana Tech’s 72-57 defeat tonight at Fresno State to keep the Broncos on top the league by themselves a half game ahead of the Lady Techsters. Sophomore forward Rebecca Kepilino led the Broncos with her fourth double-double of the season on 20 points and 11 rebounds in a game that saw 16 lead changes and five ties.
For the second game in a row, Boise State had their chances but failed to execute in crunch time losing the game down the stretch. After taking a four-point, 53-49, lead at the 10:49 mark of the second half on a Amanda Stewart layup, Boise State ran into a wall. They went the next 6:15 without scoring while the Spartans rallied to reclaim the lead for good at 54-53 with 7:08 to go, and eventually stretched it to seven points, 60-53, two and half minutes later. During that time span Boise State went 0-for-15 from the floor, they closed the game hitting two-of-25 shots in the final 11 minutes of the game. Adding to their struggles the Broncos also turned the ball over six times in the final seven minutes. Boise State did cut the Spartans’ advantage to three-points, 60-57, with three and half minutes left and again to four points, 64-60, with 56 seconds remaining. San Jose State closed the game out hitting six-of-eight free throws in the final 1:06 of the contest.
The game started out slow for the Broncos as the Spartans ran out to a 11-0 lead in the first two and half minutes. Boise State’s Michelle Hessing picked up her second foul less than two minutes into the game resulting in her riding the bench until the final half. Meanwhile, the Broncos responded to San Jose State’s quick start with their own 11-0 run to tie the game with 13:36 left in the opening 20 minutes. Boise State took their first lead at 16-15 with 12 minutes to go. They then extended their advantage to five points twice with the last coming at 29-24 with 3:13 left in the period. San Jose State ended the half on a six-to-two run to knot the score at 31-31 at the break.
In addition to Kepilino’s team high 20 points and 11 rebounds, she was followed by Nadia Begay’s 12 points, on four three-pointers, as they were the only two Broncos in double-digit scoring. Michelle Hessing ended up scoring seven points in the second half to match Amanda Stewart’s seven in the game to go with six rebounds. Tasha Harris recorded six points, five rebounds, and five assists before fouling out with just over two minutes to play. Alisha Hicks led the Spartans with 17 points and nine rebounds, followed by Myosha Barnes with 14 points and six rebounds.
Boise State ended the game shooting 27.8 percent from the floor, 22 percent (9-of-41) in the second half. They also hit 21.4 percent (6-of-28) from the three-point line and 70 percent (14-of-20) from the charity stripe. San Jose State hit 36.2 percent from the floor, 20 percent from beyond the arc, and 62.5 percent from the foul line.
The loss keeps Boise State at 19 wins on the season as they move to 19-7 overall and 10-3 in league play, San Jose State improves to 4-24 overall and 3-11 in conference action. Next up for the Broncos, they travel to Reno, Nevada for a 3:00 p.m. (mountain) tip-off against the Nevada Wolf Pack (14-12, WAC 8-5) in the Lawler Events Center.
Newspaper Box Score
Boise State vs San Jose State
2/22/07 7:00 p.m. at The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
SAN JOSE STATE 68, BOISE STATE 60
BOISE STATE (19-7, 10-3 WAC)
Kepilino, Rebecca 7-16 4-5 20; Begay, Nadia 4-14 0-0 12; Stewart, Amanda 3-5
1-2 7; Hessing, Michelle 2-11 3-4 7; Harris, Tasha 1-6 4-6 6; Lee, Jackie
2-12 1-1 5; Galassi, Jenna 1-3 1-2 3; Walker, Ja'Lara 0-0 0-0 0; Reyes,
Bridgette 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 20-72 14-20 60.
SAN JOSE STATE (4-24, 3-11 WAC)
Hicks, Alisha 6-16 4-8 17; Barnes, Myosha 4-14 5-6 14; Hall, Jaime 4-7 0-0
8; Jacobs, Lynette 3-10 2-3 8; White, Natalie 2-6 2-2 7; Powell, Brittany
3-7 1-2 7; Hall, Amber 2-5 0-1 4; Williams, Kalia 1-3 1-2 3; Davis, Tamiko
0-1 0-0 0; Steward, Carlyn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-69 15-24 68.
Boise State................... 31 29 - 60
San Jose State................ 31 37 - 68
3-point goals--Boise State 6-28 (Begay, Nadia 4-14; Kepilino, Rebecca 2-3;
Harris, Tasha 0-2; Lee, Jackie 0-6; Reyes, Bridgette 0-3), San Jose State
3-15 (Barnes, Myosha 1-3; White, Natalie 1-2; Hicks, Alisha 1-5; Williams,
Kalia 0-1; Jacobs, Lynette 0-4). Fouled out--Boise State-Harris, Tasha, San
Jose State-None. Rebounds--Boise State 47 (Kepilino, Rebecca 11), San Jose
State 50 (Williams, Kalia 9; Hicks, Alisha 9). Assists--Boise State 14
(Harris, Tasha 5), San Jose State 14 (Hicks, Alisha 4). Total fouls--Boise
State 23, San Jose State 19. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, San Jose