Win keeps Boise State a half game ahead of Fresno State in the league standings.
BOISE, Idaho (3/1/2008) - Boise State University sent its seniors off in style with a 66-55 victory over the University of Hawai’i in the home finale Saturday night in Taco Bell Arena at Boise, Idaho. Ja’Lara Walker continued her recent surge leading the Broncos with team-highs for points and rebounds on 14 and eight respectively. After taking a three-point lead into halftime the Broncos slowly pulled away from the Rainbow Wahine in the second half to win their 13th game in a row, the second longest win streak in program history. The victory keeps Boise State at first place in the Western Athletic Conference standings with a 13-2 league record.
The first half was a struggle as neither team seemed to get any momentum. Hawaii started the game with a 7-2 run to take their largest lead of the game three minutes into the contest. Boise State countered with a 12-2 run which included taking the lead for good on a Jenna Galassi jumper from the top of the key with 14:35 to play giving the Broncos a 11-9 advantage. By the time the run ended at the 13:56 mark Boise State led 14-9.
After extending their lead to six points, 23-17, with 6:31 left, the Broncos eventually settled for a three-point 25-22 score at the break. Both teams struggle with their shots as Boise State hit 29.4 percent from the floor compared to Hawaii’s 30.8.
The second half saw the Broncos increase their fortunes from the line hitting 46.9 percent (15-32) while Hawaii continued to struggle at 33.3 percent (10-30). Boise State opened the final 20 minutes with a 8-0 run to take an 11-point, 33-22, lead. The Broncos then maintained at least a seven point lead until the Hawaii pulled to within four points, 41-37, with 9:36 to go.
With the Rainbow Wahine closing in, the Broncos responded with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to take a 11 point, 50-39, advantage. They eventually stretched it to a game-high 14 points, 55-41, with 5:34 remaining. Hawaii was unable to pull any closer than eight points in the final five and half minutes.
Turnovers were big in the game as Hawaii gave it away 28 times compared to Boise State’s season low (tied) 11, resulting in a 26-to-nine Bronco advantage in points off turnovers. The blue and orange also dominated the paint 26-to-12 behind Walker’s 14 points.
Jenna Galassi followed Walker’s team highs with 12 points, four rebounds, one assist, while tying her career high for steals with four. Tasha Harris added 11 points, three boards, five assists, and four steals, followed by Jackie Lee’s 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block, and three steals. Jamia Malone finished with nine points while Sierra Moeller chipped in five. Jessica Thompson finished with two points on a pair of free throws making it the first game in her career, 86 games, without a field goal.
Saundra Cariaga led Hawaii with a team-high 15 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, Tanya Smith finished with a double-double on 12 points and 15 rebounds. No one else had double digit points for the Wahine.
The win improves Boise State to 21-6 on the year and 13-2 in WAC action. It also increases their home win streak to 16 games making it the sixth longest active streak in the NCAA. The 13 consecutive league wins is also a new Bronco record. Hawaii drops to 11-16 overall and 5-9 in WAC play. Next up for Boise State is the season finale at Utah State this Thursday in Logan, Utah. A win there would guarantee the Broncos a share of their second consecutive league championship.
Newspaper Box Score
Hawaii vs Boise State
03/01/08 7:00 PM at Boise, Idaho
BOISE STATE 66, HAWAII 55
HAWAII (11-16, 5-9)
Cariaga, Saundra 6-15 2-2 15; Smith, Tanya 4-12 4-6 12; Galdones, Leilani
3-5 0-0 8; Kotani, Amy 1-4 4-4 7; Hittle, Tara 1-3 4-4 6; Liepkalne, Dita
1-6 0-0 3; Tinnin, Megan 1-6 0-0 2; Kanekoa, Keisha 1-4 0-0 2; Jones, Ebony
0-0 0-0 0; Cho, Catherine 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-56 14-16 55.
BOISE STATE (21-6, 13-2)
Walker, Ja'Lara 7-13 0-2 14; Galassi, Jenna 6-13 0-0 12; Harris, Tasha 2-6
6-8 11; Lee, Jackie 4-10 1-2 10; Malone, Jamia 3-9 1-4 9; Moeller, Sierra
2-4 1-2 5; Moore, Brittany 1-3 0-0 3; Thompson, Jessica 0-7 2-2 2; Stewart,
Amanda 0-0 0-0 0; Rima, Melissa 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-66 11-20 66.
Hawaii........................ 22 33 - 55
Boise State................... 25 41 - 66
3-point goals--Hawaii 5-14 (Galdones, Leilani 2-2; Kotani, Amy 1-3;
Liepkalne, Dita 1-2; Cariaga, Saundra 1-4; Kanekoa, Keisha 0-1; Tinnin,
Megan 0-2), Boise State 5-25 (Malone, Jamia 2-8; Lee, Jackie 1-6; Moore,
Brittany 1-3; Harris, Tasha 1-4; Rima, Melissa 0-1; Thompson, Jessica 0-2;
Galassi, Jenna 0-1). Fouled out--Hawaii-Smith, Tanya, Boise State-None.
Rebounds--Hawaii 50 (Smith, Tanya 14), Boise State 31 (Walker, Ja'Lara 8).
Assists--Hawaii 11 (Smith, Tanya 4), Boise State 16 (Thompson, Jessica 6).
Total fouls--Hawaii 16, Boise State 15. Technical fouls--Hawaii-Smith,
Tanya, Boise State-Lee, Jackie. A-1697