Boise State Battles Hard in Loss at La Tech

Lenhardt scores 19 points to lead Broncos.

RUSTON, La. (3/3/2011) - Lauren Lenhardt led Boise State University’s women’s basketball team with 19 points in a game that was closer than the score, 86-72, as the Broncos lost at Louisiana Tech University Thursday night. Boise State trailed the entire game by as many as 14 points, but kept the outcome in doubt late into the contest as the Broncos repeatedly rallied pulling to within two points, 67-65, with 7:07 to go. Unfortunately, the Broncos struggled late in getting their shots to fall, scoring only four points in the final five minutes as the Lady Techsters slowly pulled away down the stretch.

Boise State played well during the first half with one exception, turnovers. The Broncos gave it away 13 times in the first 20 minutes accounting for 17 Lady Techsters points in a period that went to halftime with an 11-point, 41-30, spread in favor of the home team. Meanwhile, La Tech turned it over only twice which Boise State failed to convert into points. The Lady Techsters took 15 more shots than the Broncos largely as a result of turnovers.

Boise State shot better than the Lady Techsters in the first half hitting 42.3 percent (11-26) from the floor, 42.9 percent (3-7) from the arc and 71.4 percent (5-7) from the charity stripe. La Tech converted 39 percent (16-41) from the floor, 18.8 percent (3-16) from beyond the 3-point line and 75 percent (6-8) from the free-throw line.

Down 11 to begin the second period, Boise State opened fast rolling off a 9-2 run closing to within four points at 43-39 with 17:49 showing on the clock. The Lady Techsters kept the Broncos at bay for the next eight minutes as they maintained a four-to-11 point lead until the 9:52 mark when their lead was 11 points at 62-51.

Boise State staged another rally with its second 9-2 run of the half, this time pulling to within three at 62-59 on a Janie Bos jumper with 8:56 remaining.

La Tech responded with five-straight points to take a 67-59 lead with eight minutes to go. Lenhardt rallied the Broncos with the first four points of a 6-0 run to cut Boise State’s deficit to two points at 67-65 with 7:07 to go, that was as close as they would get.  

Unfortunately, foul trouble caught up with the Broncos as Bos, Lenhardt and Rima all had four fouls by the six minute mark. Boise State also began to struggle getting it shots to fall scoring only seven points in the final seven minutes of the game. The Broncos last field goal was a Lenhardt layup with 4:06 left. Isham scored Boise State’s last two points on a pair of free throws with 1:48 to go.

La Tech’s final surge in the contest was powered by a pair of Brietta Thomas 3-pointers as the Lady Techsters slowly pulled away with a 12-2 run to close the game.   

Four Broncos scored in double-figures led by Lenhardt’s 19 despite foul trouble which had her on the bench most of the first half. She added four rebounds and two blocks on the night as well. Kati Isham added 13 points, four boards, three assists and one steal. Diana Lee had a solid night with 12 points on six-of-11 shooting, in addition to three rebounds and one assist. Janie Bos just missed a double-double with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Heather Pilcher had some big baskets at key times to spur Bronco rallies finishing with seven points, four boards and three assists.

Brietta Thomas led La Tech with a big performance from beyond the arc as she hit seven-of-nine 3-pointers and finished with 28 points on the night. Adrienne Johnson followed with 26 points and 10 rebounds, Shantale Bramble-Donaldson added 12 points including going eight-of-eight from the free-throw line.

Boise State finished the night shooting 43.3 percent (26-60) from the floor, 37.5 percent (6-16) from the arc and 87.5 percent (14-16) from the free-throw line. La Tech countered hitting 40.8 percent (29-71) from the floor, 30.8 percent (8-26) from the arc and 74.1 percent (20-27) from the charity stripe.

The Broncos finished the night with 20 turnovers accounting for a 24-5 Lady Techster advantage in points off turnovers. La Tech dominated the paint in the first half 22 to 12, but Boise State drove it inside during the second half eventually being outscored 36 to 32 down low. Rebounding favored the Lady Techsters as well by a slim 43-38 margin, but they had a 12-2 advantage in second chance points over the Broncos.    

With the loss Boise State falls to 12-17 overall and 3-12 in Western Athletic Conference play, while Louisiana Tech improved to 22-6 on the year and 14-1 in league. Next up for the Broncos is their final WAC  game ever and the regular-season finale when they play at  New Mexico State University in Las Cruces Saturday afternoon, tip is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (Mountain).

Final Game Summary

Boise State vs Louisiana Tech
3/3/11 6:00 p.m. at Thomas Assembly Center (Ruston, La.)


BOISE STATE (12-17, 3-12)

Lenhardt, Lauren 6-12 5-5 19; Isham, Kati 4-8 3-4 13; Lee, Diana 6-11 0-0
12; Bos, Janie 3-5 4-5 10; Pilcher, Heather 3-6 0-0 7; Poteet, Kinzi 3-7 0-0
6; Brady, Nicole 1-5 2-2 5; Rima, Melissa 0-4 0-0 0; Kearney, Janelle 0-0
0-0 0; Lister, Cinnamon 0-2 0-0 0; Gross, Stacie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-60
14-16 72.

LOUISIANA TECH (22-6, 14-1)
Thomas, Brietta 10-13 1-2 28; Johnson, Adrienne 10-17 6-7 26;
Bramble-Donaldson, S 2-2 8-8 12; Jones, Whitney 2-12 4-6 8; Bendolph,
Jasmine 3-11 0-0 7; Young, Kiara 2-9 1-4 5; Felton, Angie 0-2 0-0 0;
Holloway, Martina 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 29-71 20-27 86.

Boise State................... 30 42 - 72
Louisiana Tech................ 41 45 - 86

3-point goals--Boise State 6-16 (Isham, Kati 2-4; Lenhardt, Lauren 2-3;
Brady, Nicole 1-4; Pilcher, Heather 1-1; Rima, Melissa 0-2; Lee, Diana 0-2),
Louisiana Tech 8-26 (Thomas, Brietta 7-9; Bendolph, Jasmine 1-5; Jones,
Whitney 0-5; Young, Kiara 0-1; Felton, Angie 0-2; Holloway, Martina 0-4).
Fouled out--Boise State-None, Louisiana Tech-None. Rebounds--Boise State 38
(Bos, Janie 9), Louisiana Tech 43 (Johnson, Adrienne 10). Assists--Boise
State 8 (Isham, Kati 3; Pilcher, Heather 3), Louisiana Tech 12 (Bendolph,
Jasmine 4). Total fouls--Boise State 19, Louisiana Tech 15. Technical
fouls--Boise State-None, Louisiana Tech-None.

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