Broncos Rally in Second Half to Down Utah State 57-47 on the Road...
Bos records 16 points and 16 rebounds, Harris eclipses 1,700 career points.

LOGAN, Utah (3/3/2010) - Janie Bos and Tasha Harris led the Broncos with a combined 31 points and 24 rebounds as Boise State’s women’s basketball team defeated Utah State 57-47 on the road in Logan, Utah Wednesday night.  Down two at the half, the Broncos rallied in the second period out scoring the Aggies 34-22 to secure the win. The victory keeps the Broncos in the running for a number five seed into next week’s Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

“I’m so proud of the team, they played so hard tonight,” said coach Presnell. “We came in two players short tonight and the team really responded by playing together and not giving up.”

The game was a close battle throughout the 40 minutes as the teams traded five leads to go with seven ties. The Aggies took their largest lead during the first  period going up 6-2 at the 18:43 mark. Boise State rallied taking a three-point advantage at 12-9 with just over 15 minutes to go.

Down two 14-12 with 14:06 to go before half the Broncos rolled off a 9-0 run to claim a seven point 21-14 lead by the 8:26 mark. The scoring them became sparse as the two teams struggled to get any shots to fall. However, USU slowly chipped away at the lead as Boise State scored two points in the final eight and a half minutes  and began to turn the ball over.

With less then 10 seconds to play before the break Utah State tied the game up at 23 on a Bawna Diop layup. On the next possession Boise State’s Tasha Harris was bumped out of bounds while trying to get the ball up the floor. The officials did not call a foul on the play giving the ball back to the Aggies with a chance to take the lead. With time running out Nicole Johnson tipped a missed Aggie shot in from three feet out to give Utah State a 25-23 lead at the intermission.

Boise State seized control early in the second period on a 17-6 run to sprint out to a nine-point 40-31 lead with just over 12 minutes to play. Harris had six of the first 10 to spark the Broncos.

Utah State attempted to rally closing to within three points twice, the last came with 4:44 to play and the Broncos up 47-44. However, Boise State regrouped and slowly pulled away out scoring the Aggies 10-3 down the stretch. Bos came alive in the final minutes as she scored eight of the last 10 Bronco points including converting four free throws on one-and-one opportunities. Harris closed the scoring by hitting two free throws with 16 seconds left to give Boise State its largest lead of the night which turned into the final victory margin at 57-47.

Janie Bos led the Broncos with a monster night recording her sixth double-double of the year on 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to go with two blocks. Harris was second in scoring adding 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and four steals. The senior from Colorado also became the second Bronco in history to eclipse 1,700 career points with 1,714. Rebecca Kepilino added eight points, three rebounds, team-high three assists, and one steal. Other highlights were Lauren Lenhardt’s first career start recording four points and one rebound while playing solid defense on Utah State’s taller post players.

Amber White led Utah State with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block. She was followed by Devyn Christensen from Caldwell, Idaho, with nine points.

Boise State finished the night shooting 41.5 percent (22-53) from the floor, 25 percent (2-8) from the arc and 84.6 percent (11-13) from the free-throw line. Utah State finished converting 32.2 percent (19-59) from the court, 25 percent (5-20) from 3-point range and 57.1 percent (4-7) from the charity stripe. The Broncos out rebounded the Aggies 44 to 30, as well as, dominated the paint 30 to 16 and points off turnovers 20 to seven.

The Broncos improve to 18-11 overall and 7-8 in WAC play, while Utah State falls to 12-16 and 4-11 in league. Next up for Boise State is the regular-season finale this Saturday afternoon when they host second-place Louisiana Tech at 2:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena followed by the Boise State men hosting San Jose State.

Final Game Summary

Boise State vs Utah State
03/03/10 7:00 p.m. at Logan, Utah (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)


BOISE STATE (18-11, 7-8 WAC)

Bos, Janie 5-10 6-6 16; Harris, Tasha 5-8 5-5 15; Kepilino, Rebecca 4-9 0-0
8; Poteet, Kinzi 3-8 0-0 6; Lenhardt, Lauren 2-6 0-0 4; Gross, Stacie 1-1
0-0 3; Van Hoogen, Jessica 1-4 0-2 3; Pilcher, Heather 1-6 0-0 2; McGilbra,
Taylor 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-53 11-13 57.

UTAH STATE (12-16, 4-11 WAC)

White, Amber 4-13 1-2 10; Christensen, Devyn 3-10 1-1 9; Diop, Banna 4-9 0-0
8; Johnson, Nicole 3-5 0-0 7; Whitehead, Lydia 2-5 1-2 5; Coddington, Alice
2-7 0-0 4; Goddard, Trisha Jo 1-6 0-0 3; Williams, TaHara 0-1 1-2 1;

Pringle-Buchanan, L. 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 19-59 4-7 47.
Boise State...................   23   34  -   57
Utah State....................   25   22  -   47

3-point goals--Boise State 2-8 (Gross, Stacie 1-1; Van Hoogen, Jessica 1-2;
Kepilino, Rebecca 0-1; Pilcher, Heather 0-1; McGilbra, Taylor 0-1; Harris,
Tasha 0-1; Bos, Janie 0-1), Utah State 5-20 (Christensen, Devyn 2-5;
Goddard, Trisha Jo 1-4; Johnson, Nicole 1-1; White, Amber 1-4;
Pringle-Buchanan, L. 0-1; Coddington, Alice 0-1; Diop, Banna 0-4). Fouled
out--Boise State-None, Utah State-None. Rebounds--Boise State 44 (Bos, Janie
16), Utah State 30 (Diop, Banna 6). Assists--Boise State 11 (Kepilino,
Rebecca 3), Utah State 11 (Johnson, Nicole 3; White, Amber 3). Total
fouls--Boise State 8, Utah State 16. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Utah
State-None. A-629

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