RENO, Nevada - (2/24/07) - Boise State battles hard to force overtime before falling 81-70 to Nevada at the Lawler Events Center in Reno. A slow start forced the Broncos to play catchup for most of the game after Nevada claimed a 15-point, 25-10, lead with nine minutes to play in the first period. Boise State cut the advantage to two points, 27-25, by half as they ran off a 15-2 run and held Nevada without a field goal in the final nine minutes of the period.
Boise State took an early lead in the second half scoring the first five points of the period to go up 30-27 with 18:26 left. Nevada rallied to take the lead back and held a one-to-seven point advantage until Michelle Hessing tied the game at 58 on a layup with a little over three minutes to play. The Wolf Pack reclaimed a two-point edge twice only to see Boise State tie it both times, the last came with 1.3 seconds left when Hessing put back a Tasha Harris miss to force overtime with the score knotted at 62 at the end of regulation.
Unfortunately, everything went the Wolf Pack’s way in overtime as they out scored the Broncos 19-8 going four-for-four from the floor, one-for-one from behind the arc, and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Boise State went three-of-nine from the floor, no three-point attempts, and two-of-three from the foul line.
Tasha Harris led the Broncos in the game by tying her career high for scoring with 23 points to go with five, rebounds, two assists, one block, and two steals. Jackie Lee was second in points with a season high 18 to add to her four rebounds and two steals. Rebecca Kepilino, playing sick, recorded 11 points and five rebounds, followed by Hessing with 10 points and five rebounds. Senior Jackie Thompson saw her first action in over a month playing 21 minutes, however, the Broncos were without leading scorer Jessica Thompson for the third straight game. Traci Graham led Nevada with 22 points, followed by Dellena Criner with 15, and Jessica Presslar with 14. Brandi Fitzgerald led the Wolf Pack on the glass with eight rebounds.
After struggling early in the game to hit their shots, Boise State ended up shooting 42.2 percent (25-of-59) from the hardwood, 22.2 percent (2-of-9) from the three-point arc, and 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the free throw line. Nevada shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the floor, 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from behind the arc, and 73.3 percent (22-of-30) from the foul line. Nevada out rebounded the Broncos 39-to-33 with each team collecting 14 offensive boards. Boise State turned it over a season high 24 times compared to Nevada’s 19. However, the Broncos held the edge in the specialty stats, 34-to-16 in points in the paint, 16-to-10 in second chance points, and 19-to-17 in points off turnovers. Unfortunately, they were short on the scoreboard 81-70.
The loss drops the Broncos to 19-8 overall and 10-4 in WAC play. Nevada improves to 15-12 overall and 9-5 in conference action. Next up for Boise State, they close the regular season by hosting the two hottest teams in the conference down the stretch beginning with Fresno State on Thursday and Hawaii on Saturday for Senior Night.
Newspaper Box Score
Boise State vs Nevada
02/24/07 2 p.m. at Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Events Center)
NEVADA 81, BOISE STATE 70
BOISE STATE (19-8, 10-4 WAC)
Harris, Tasha 7-15 9-10 23; Lee, Jackie 7-13 2-2 18; Kepilino, Rebecca 3-9
5-8 11; Hessing, Michelle 4-8 2-3 10; Galassi, Jenna 3-6 0-0 6; Walker,
Ja'Lara 1-2 0-0 2; Thompson, Jackie 0-0 0-0 0; Stewart, Amanda 0-1 0-0 0;
Begay, Nadia 0-3 0-0 0; Reyes, Bridgette 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-59 18-23 70.
NEVADA (15-12, 9-5, WAC)
Graham, Traci 5-14 7-8 22; Criner, Dellena 5-11 4-6 15; Preslar, Jessica
4-13 6-10 14; Hammond, Marissa 4-5 0-0 8; Fitzgerald, Brandi 1-4 5-6 8;
Sitton, Andrea 3-4 0-0 7; Price, Mikail 2-2 0-0 5; Henry, Bre'Anna 1-1 0-0
2; Lombardi, Marianne 0-1 0-0 0; Feest, Coty 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-56 22-30
Boise State................... 25 37 8 - 70
Nevada........................ 27 35 19 - 81
3-point goals--Boise State 2-9 (Lee, Jackie 2-4; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-1;
Begay, Nadia 0-3; Harris, Tasha 0-1), Nevada 9-22 (Graham, Traci 5-12;
Sitton, Andrea 1-2; Criner, Dellena 1-4; Fitzgerald, Brandi 1-3; Price,
Mikail 1-1). Fouled out--Boise State-Galassi, Jenna; Harris, Tasha,
Nevada-None. Rebounds--Boise State 33 (Kepilino, Rebecca 5; Hessing,
Michelle 5), Nevada 39 (Fitzgerald, Brandi 8). Assists--Boise State 9
(Stewart, Amanda 2; Harris, Tasha 2; Galassi, Jenna 2), Nevada 13
(Fitzgerald, Brandi 5). Total fouls--Boise State 27, Nevada 25. Technical
fouls--Boise State-None, Nevada-None. A-1120