Boise State downs San Jose State 81-64 to advance to WAC semifinals against Fresno State on Friday at noon...

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - (3/7/2007) - The Boise State Broncos gained a measure of revenge Wednesday afternoon in Las Cruces defeating San Jose State soundly 81-64 at the Pan American Center in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament’s quarterfinal round. The last time these two met on February 22 in San Jose the game ended with the Spartans taunting the Broncos in a 68-60 San Jose State victory. That memory stuck in the minds of the nine Broncos who played in that game energizing them to the dominating win in the rubber match as they sent the Spartans packing for home.

The Broncos broke a close game at the half open in the second period with a 22-7 run. Up 38-31 at the break Boise State’s Jenna Galassi opened the period by nailing a three-pointer from the right wing and a pull-up jumper less than a minute later to give the Broncos a quick 43-31 lead one and half minutes into the half. Jackie Lee hit a layup and another trey, sandwiched around a Michelle Hessing jumper, and Boise State’s advantage exploded to 17 points, 50-33, with 17 minutes to go in the game.

San Jose State never recovered from Boise State’s initial run to open the second half as Boise State slowly pulled out to a 22 point lead, 60-38, with 13 minutes remaining. The Spartans were unable to get any closer than 13 points, 62-49, at the 9:33 mark as the Broncos kept them at bay most of the night. Boise State stretched their lead into the 20’s several more times before settling for the final victory margin of 81-64.

The first half was close with San Jose State’s only lead coming on the opening basket at 2-0. Tasha Harris hit a three-pointer from the high right wing with 18:40 to play in the period and the Broncos never trailed again. Boise State kept a three to eight point margin most of the half before stretching it out to 10 points twice late in the half at 32-22 on a Harris jumper with 2:48 left. The last 10 point lead came on a Rebecca Kepilino mid-range jumper from the left base line to make the score 34-24 with 2:25 showing on the clock.

Sophomore Jessica Thompson led the Broncos offensive attack with a team high 18 points to go with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Senior Michelle Hessing recorded 16 points, pulling her to within four points of 1,000 career points, two rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 27 minutes of action. Both Thompson and Hessing are 2007 All-WAC honorees as they led their team to victory. Kepilino contributed 10 points and six rebounds, followed by nine points and three boards from Nadia Begay, eight points and seven rebounds by Harris. Harris and Amanda Stewart led the Broncos on the glass with seven boards apiece.

San Jose State had two players record double-doubles led by WAC all-freshman team honoree Brittany Powell with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Alisha Hicks recorded 10 points and 15 boards. Natalie White hit 14 points followed by Lynette Jacobs with 11.

On the day, Boise State shot 38.1 percent (32-of-84) from the floor, 28.6 percent (8-of-28) from three-point range, and 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the foul line. San Jose State countered with 35 percent shooting from the hardwood, 29.4 percent from behind the arc, and 85 percent (17-of-20) from the charity stripe. The turnover margin favored Boise State by a 12-to-22 difference accounting for a Bronco 20-to-nine advantage in points off turnovers.

The win improves the Broncos to 22-8 on the year tying for second most wins in a season all-time. They now advance to Friday’s semifinal round where they will meet Fresno State at noon in the first game. The Bulldogs defeated Hawaii 72-47 in the first quarterfinal.


Newspaper Box Score
San Jose State vs Boise State
3/7/07 2:35 PM at Las Cruces, NM (Pan American Center)


SAN JOSE STATE (5-27, 4-12)
Powell, Brittany 7-11 7-7 21; White, Natalie 4-9 3-4 14; Jacobs, Lynette
5-18 0-0 11; Hicks, Alisha 2-11 5-6 10; Williams, Kalia 2-5 1-1 5; Griffin,
Lawanna 1-1 0-0 2; Hall, Jaime 0-2 1-2 1; Davis, Tamiko 0-0 0-0 0; Barnes,
Myosha 0-3 0-0 0; Hall, Amber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-60 17-20 64.

BOISE STATE (22-8, 12-4)
Thompson, Jessica 7-16 2-2 18; Hessing, Michelle 7-13 2-5 16; Kepilino,
Rebecca 5-12 0-0 10; Begay, Nadia 3-9 0-0 9; Harris, Tasha 3-11 1-2 8; Lee,
Jackie 2-10 2-2 7; Galassi, Jenna 2-6 0-0 5; Stewart, Amanda 2-2 0-0 4;
Thompson, Jackie 1-2 0-0 2; Walker, Ja'Lara 0-1 2-2 2; Reyes, Bridgette 0-2
0-1 0. Totals 32-84 9-14 81.

San Jose State................   31   33  -   64
Boise State...................   38   43  -   81

3-point goals--San Jose State 5-17 (White, Natalie 3-5; Jacobs, Lynette 1-5;
Hicks, Alisha 1-4; Williams, Kalia 0-3), Boise State 8-28 (Begay, Nadia 3-8;
Thompson, Jessica 2-5; Harris, Tasha 1-4; Lee, Jackie 1-5; Galassi, Jenna
1-2; Reyes, Bridgette 0-2; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-2). Fouled out--San Jose
State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--San Jose State 47 (Hicks, Alisha
15), Boise State 50 (Stewart, Amanda 7; Harris, Tasha 7). Assists--San Jose
State 10 (Jacobs, Lynette 4), Boise State 17 (Lee, Jackie 5). Total
fouls--San Jose State 16, Boise State 16. Technical fouls--San Jose
State-None, Boise State-None. A-535


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