Boise State Lets One Get Away As Broncos Fall 68-67 at Hawaii?
HONOLULU, Hawaii (3/1/09) Boise State let a 17-point halftime lead get away Sunday night as Hawaii rallied to defeat the Broncos 68-67 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Rainbow Wahine opened the second half on a 16-0 run to cut Boise State’s advantage to one four minutes into the period. The Broncos appeared to have weathered the storm reclaiming a 10 point lead before Hawaii rallied once again to grab the victory.
The first half was all Boise State as they lead the entire period. Up two at 10-8 the Broncos rolled off an 8-0 run to take a 10-point lead with 11:38 to go. Hawaii pulled to within five, 20-15, by the nine-minute mark when Boise State bumped the pressure up.
In the final nine minutes Boise State outscored Hawaii 19-7 to take a 17-point advantage into the break up 39-22, the Broncos largest lead of the game came with 2:02 to play before half up 20 at 39-19. Senior Brittany Moore led Boise State recording all 13 of her game points in the opening 20 minutes.
Hawaii opened the second period fired up while the Broncos came out lethargic and slow. Before Boise State know it the 17 point halftime lead had vanished to one on a Wahine 16-0 run cutting the Bronco lead to one with 16:26 to go.
Boise State responded by stretching the lead back out to 10 points, 54-44, four minutes later. At that time it appeared the Broncos had weathered the Hawaii rally attempt.
However, Hawaii had another run in them. They ran off a 12-2 run to tie the game on a Dita Liepkalne Jumper with 5:01 to play. Moments later, Boise State’s Jenna Galassi hit two free throws to give the Broncos back the lead at 58-56.
The Wahine’s took their first lead of the game on the next possession on a Megan Tinnin 3-pointer from the left corner with 4:31 to play.
Boise State answered with a 7-0 run to reclaim a six-point lead, 65-59, with 2:28 showing on the clock. The Broncos held the lead until the final nine seconds of the game when Keisha Kanekoa hit a layup after it appeared she had traveled. The basket counted giving Hawaii the final 68-67 victory.
Boise State had a chance at the end to win but came up short when Janie Bos missed a contested jumper at the buzzer.
After shooting 40 percent in the first half the Broncos struggled in the second period hitting 25 percent. They finished the night shooting 33 percent (22-66) from the floor, 28 percent (5-18) from the arc, and 86 percent (18-21) from the free-throw line. Hawaii countered with 53 percent shooting in the second half compared to 31 in the first. They finished the game at 43 percent (29-68) from the court, 33 percent (5-15) from the 3-point line, and 71 percent (5-7) from the foul line.
Four Broncos hit double-figure scoring led by Janie Bos with 15 points and nine rebounds, Courtney VanBrocklin followed with 14 points and four rebounds, while Brittany Moore had 13 points and Heather Pilcher added 10.
Dite Liepkalne and Keisha Kanekoa led four Hawaii players in double-digit scoring with 15 points each, while Catherine Cho and Megan Tinnin finished with 12 each.
Boise State falls to 16-13 overall and 9-6 in WAC play. Hawaii improves to 7-21 overall and 4-11 in conference. The Broncos conclude the regular season next Saturday when they host Idaho at 6:00 p.m.
Newspaper Box Score
Boise State vs Hawai`i
HAWAI`I 68, BOISE STATE 67
BOISE STATE (16-13, 9-6 WAC)
HAWAI`I (7-21, 4-11)
Boise State................... 39 28 - 67
Hawai`i....................... 22 46 - 68
3-point goals--Boise State 5-18 (Moore,Brittany 3-6; Rima,Melissa 1-1;
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