Boise State Rally Comes Up Short Against UNLV
Lenhardt and Engel combined for 22 second-half points to lead Bronco rally.

BOISE, Idaho (2/22/12) - Boise State's rally from 17 down came up short Wednesday night as the Broncos lost 75-66 to UNLV in a Mountain West women's basketball game in Taco Bell Arena at Boise.  Down 17 with 14:39 to play in the contest, Boise State rallied pulling to within four points twice in the final four minutes.

The loss drops Boise State to 13-14 overall and 4-8 in MW play, while UNLV improved to 20-8 on the year and 8-4 in conference.

The last came when Lauren Lenhardt hit two free throws with 3:22 remaining to cut the deficit to  66-62. Unfortunately, the Broncos turned the ball over four times in the final 2:40 as UNLV regrouped to hold off the Broncos out scoring them nine to four in crunch time to get the road victory.

Lenhardt and freshman Keiahnna Engel led three Broncos in double-figure points against the Lady Rebels with 14 apiece, a career-high for Engel. The duo combined for 22 of Boise State's 36 points in the second half, including 20 of the final 28 from the 10:17 mark on.

Engel was huge for the Broncos in the rally attempt as she scored all 10 second half points in the final 10:17 of the frame. At one point she scored six consecutive points to bring Boise State from 10 down to within four points, the first time, with 3:38 on the clock. She used her athleticism to continually drive into the paint finishing the night going six-of-11 (54.6 pct.) from the floor and two-for-two from the free-throw line. It was also the third game for the Anchorage, Alaska, native to record five steals, a team and career-high (tie).

After spending the final nine minutes of the first half on the bench with two points and two fouls, Lenhardt came alive in the second period with 12 points. After hitting a mid-range jumper with 16 minutes to go, the senior from Eagle, Idaho, scored the remaining 10 points in the final eight minutes of the contest as Boise State attempted to rally, including the two free-throws to pull her team within four with 3:22 to go.  Lenhardt finished the night shooting four-of-nine from the floor with one 3-pointer, while going five-of-six from the charity stripe. The junior was second on the glass for the Broncos with seven rebounds.

Kati Isham followed those two with 10 points on two 3-pointers and four-of-four shooting from the free-throw line. Kinzi Poteet added nine points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Diana Lee chipped in six points on three-of-five shooting from the floor.      

Boise State opened the game solid playing even through the first eight minutes. The Broncos led 15-13 at the 12:31 mark when they began struggling with their shooting. UNLV rolled off a 11-2 run to take a 24-17 lead with just under nine minutes to go. The Lady Rebels then held the Broncos off out scoring the Blue and Orange 17-13 the rest of the way to halftime.    

Kelli Thompson led four Lady Rebels in double-figure scoring with 22 points, including 10-of-11 shooting from the free-throw line. She also added four rebounds, six assists and four steals. Mia Bell followed with 17 points, while Lenita Sanford added 14 points and team-high nine rebounds, Jamie Smith chipped in 12 points and seven boards.  

It was a sloppy game as the teams combined for 41 turnovers, 23 by Boise State with 18 for UNLV. However, the points off turnovers where a wash with the Broncos holding a 22 to 21 edge. Crunch time turnovers hurt Boise State again as they gave it away four times which accounted for five of UNLV's final nine points as the Rebels held off the Broncos in the last two and half minutes.  

Points in the paint were close with Boise State having a 30-28 advantage, second chance and bench points also favored the Broncos 13 to eight and 26 to eight respectively.

Next up for Boise State is the final home game of the season when the Broncos host the University of Wyoming Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. It will be Senior Day for Boise State's three seniors Heather Pilcher, Kati Isham and Nicole Brady.

Final Game Summary
UNLV vs Boise State
02/22/12 7:06 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)

UNLV (20-8, 8-4 MW)

THOMPSON, Kelli 5-13 10-11 22; BELL, Mia 6-10 4-4 17; SANFORD, Lenita 6-13 2-2 14; SMITH, Jamie 5-9 0-0 12; STYLES, Markiell 2-7 0-0 4; CESARZ, Alana 2-4 0-0 4; NZEUKOU, Sandrine 1-4 0-0 2; MILLER, Danielle 0-1 0-0 0; HAYNES, Rmanii 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-62 16-17 75.

BOISE STATE (13-14, 4-8 MW)
ENGEL, Keiahnna 6-11 2-2 14; LENHARDT, Lauren 4-9 5-6 14; ISHAM, Kati 2-9 4-4 10; POTEET, Kinzi 3-5 3-4 9; LEE, Diana 3-5 0-0 6; BRADY, Nicole 2-5 0-0 5; VANDIVER, Amber 1-1 2-2 4; LISTER, Cinnamon 0-2 2-2 2; PILCHER, Heather 1-5 0-0 2; MUNNS, Mandy 0-0 0-0 0; MARSHALL, Julia 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-53 18-20 66.

UNLV..........................   41   34  -   75
Boise State...................   30   36  -   66

3-point goals--UNLV 5-15 (SMITH, Jamie 2-4; THOMPSON, Kelli 2-6; BELL, Mia 1-3; MILLER, Danielle 0-1; HAYNES, Rmanii 0-1), Boise State 4-15 (ISHAM, Kati 2-5; BRADY, Nicole 1-4; LENHARDT, Lauren 1-3; PILCHER, Heather 0-1; MARSHALL, Julia 0-1; LEE, Diana 0-1). Fouled out--UNLV-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--UNLV 32 (SANFORD, Lenita 9), Boise State 33 (POTEET, Kinzi 9). Assists--UNLV 17 (THOMPSON, Kelli 6), Boise State 7 (LISTER, Cinnamon 2; POTEET, Kinzi 2). Total fouls--UNLV 15, Boise State 18. Technical fouls--UNLV-None, Boise State-None. A-684

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