LAS CRUCES, N.M. (3-5-2011) - Boise State University’s women’s basketball team lost its final Western Athletic Conference game 82-51 Saturday afternoon to New Mexico State University in the Pan American Center at Las Cruces. The Broncos played decent for 26 minutes before the floor fell out from under them. Down three at 43-40 with 13:44 to go in the game, Boise State began to turn the ball over with regularity. Meanwhile, the Aggies countered with a barrage of 3-pointers resulting in a 29-5 run to put the game away for New Mexico State. The Broncos never recovered as they end the regular season at 12-18 overall and 3-13 in WAC play.
Boise State opened the game slow struggling to get shots to fall. Heather Pilcher hit their first field goal with 16:44 to go in the period to make the score 6-2, Aggies. Melissa Rima recorded the next two points on a pair of free throws with 12:51 on the clock, followed by a Diana Lee jumper with 10:03 to go and the Broncos down 16-6. Boise State hit just one of its first 14 shots while New Mexico State went 7-of-17.
The largest deficit of the half was 15 points which New Mexico State had twice, the first at 33-18 with 3:09 to go and the last at 37-22 with 1:13 on the clock. The Broncos came to life late closing the period on an 8-0 run with a pair of 3-pointers by Rima and Nicole Brady followed by two free throws from Lee with five seconds to go pulling Boise State within seven, 37-30, at the break.
The Broncos opened the second half strong with a 10-3 run as they clawed their way to within three points, 43-40, with 13:44 left. They had a chance to get closer but a turnover on the next possession began a down turn for Boise State as everything went bad for the visitors. The only points the Broncos would score over the next seven and half minutes was a Brady 3-pointer with 10:50 showing on the clock and two Lenhardt free throws at 10:13 to make the deficit 10, 53-43, that was as close as they would get down the stretch.
After pulling to within three points with 13:44 remaining, Boise State turned the ball over on the next four possessions. That was all the Aggies needed as the ran off an 8-0 run to take an 11-point 51-40 advantage with 11:41 to play. The streak would stretch out to 35-7 as New Mexico State claimed its largest lead of the contest at 31 points, 78-47.
Boise State which trailed the entire game, crushed its hopes with turnovers. The Broncos committed 17 in the second half which resulted in a huge 26-4 advantage for the Aggies in points off turnovers. On the game they gave it away 27 times for a 36 to nine deficit in points off turnovers. The Broncos also struggled throughout the afternoon to get their shots to fall consistently as they finished the night shooting 29.1 percent (16-55) from the floor, 26.3 percent (5-19) from 3-point range and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the free-throw line.
Melissa Rima led the Broncos with a team-high 10 points to go with five rebounds, one block and one steal. Diana Lee was second in scoring with nine points while adding four rebounds and three assists to her totals. Lauren Lenhardt and Janie Bos finished with eight points each, Bos had a team-high eight boards. Nicole Brady and Kinzi Poteet each chipped in six points, Poteet also had seven rebounds.
New Mexico State hit 11-of-18 3-pointers in the game, including seven-of-10 in the second half. The Aggies finished the contest hitting 40.6 percent (26-64) from the floor, 61.1 percent (11-18) from the arc and 73.1 percent (19-26) from the charity stripe. Danisha Corbett led with 21 points, three-of-six from the arc, and four rebounds. She was followed by Madison Spence with 18 points and Jasmine Lowe with 14, she went four-of-six from 3-point range.
Rebounding was close with the Aggies holding a slim 43-42 edge overall and a 16-15 advantage in offensive boards, second chance points favored NMSU by a 15 to nine margin.
Boise State will continue its season next Wednesday night in the first round of the WAC Tournament as the number eight seed. The Broncos will face instate-rival University of Idaho in the first game of the evening session with tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Final Game Summary
Boise State vs New Mexico State
3/5/11 3:00 p.m. at Las Cruces, N.M. (Pan American Center)
NEW MEXICO STATE 82, BOISE STATE 51
BOISE STATE (12-18, 3-13 WAC)
Rima, Melissa 3-9 2-2 10; Lee, Diana 2-6 4-4 9; Lenhardt, Lauren 2-7 4-5 8;
Bos, Janie 4-7 0-0 8; Brady, Nicole 2-4 0-0 6; Poteet, Kinzi 2-6 2-4 6;
Pilcher, Heather 1-5 0-0 2; Isham, Kati 0-7 2-4 2; Kearney, Janelle 0-0 0-0
0; Gross, Stacie 0-2 0-0 0; Lister, Cinnamon 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-55 14-19
NEW MEXICO STATE (13-17, 7-9 WAC)
Corbett, Danisha 7-12 4-4 21; Spence, Madison 7-14 2-2 18; Lowe, Jasmine
5-17 0-0 14; Wampler, Tabytha 3-6 3-4 9; Sanchez, Erica 2-4 2-2 8; Chenier,
Andrea 2-2 2-2 6; Soto, Kaitlyn 0-1 4-4 4; Rutledge, Jasmine 0-2 2-6 2;
Adams, Justina 0-0 0-0 0; McGhee, Ariella 0-4 0-0 0; Fletcher, Christina 0-2
0-2 0; Magazzeni, Malia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-64 19-26 82.
Boise State................... 30 21 - 51
New Mexico State.............. 37 45 - 82
3-point goals--Boise State 5-19 (Rima, Melissa 2-4; Brady, Nicole 2-3; Lee,
Diana 1-2; Pilcher, Heather 0-1; Isham, Kati 0-4; Gross, Stacie 0-1; Lister,
Cinnamon 0-2; Lenhardt, Lauren 0-2), New Mexico State 11-18 (Lowe, Jasmine
4-6; Corbett, Danisha 3-6; Spence, Madison 2-3; Sanchez, Erica 2-3). Fouled
out--Boise State-Poteet, Kinzi, New Mexico State-Magazzeni, Malia.
Rebounds--Boise State 42 (Bos, Janie 8), New Mexico State 43 (Rutledge,
Jasmine 7; McGhee, Ariella 7). Assists--Boise State 10 (Lee, Diana 3), New
Mexico State 21 (Spence, Madison 4). Total fouls--Boise State 22, New Mexico
State 20. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, New Mexico State-None. A-1174