Boise State Rally Falls Short in 58-56 Loss to Idaho in Regular Season Finale?

Broncos to play Nevada in WAC Tournament Quarterfinals next Wednesday.

BOISE, Idaho (3/7/09) The Idaho Vandals handed the Boise State Broncos a 58-56 defeat on senior night in Taco Bell Arena Saturday evening at Boise. The Vandals used a quick second half start to seize control of the game, then held on as the Broncos battled back before coming up short at the buzzer. Boise State made too many mistakes against a scrappy Idaho squad that turned 24 Bronco turnovers into a 29-16 advantage in points off turnovers as Idaho snapped a five-game Bronco win streak in the series.

Boise State started the game strong taking an early 7-4 lead by the 16:28 mark powered by five Melissa Rima points.

Unfortunately, the Vandals responded with a 10-0 run to erase the Bronco advantage and claim a seven point 14-7 lead three minutes later. Idaho held the lead for the next six minutes and stretched it to eight points 21-13 with under  10 minutes to go in the period.

The Broncos regained the lead on a 10-0 run capped by a Heather Pilcher 3-pointer from the right corner with 6:43 remaining to make the score 23-21. A Courtney VanBrocklin jumper with 4:59 to go stretched the run to 12-0 and the lead to 25-21. Eventually Boise State settled for a two-point 29-27 lead at halftime.

For the second straight game the Broncos came out of the break slow surrendering a large run to their opponent. This time it was the Vandals who seized control of the game with a 15-0 run in the first five and half minutes of the period. Boise State went from two points up to 13 points down before they blinked. They spent the rest of the contest trying to climb back into the game.

Down 14 points with 10 minutes to play the Broncos began to slowly chip away at the Idaho lead. After only scoring two points in the first 10 minutes of the half, Boise State pulled to within two points, 46-44, by the five minute mark on a short Janie Bos jumper from inside the key.

Once again the Broncos began to struggle shooting and failed to score during the next three and a half minutes as the Vandals regrouped and stretched their lead back out to eight points, 52-44, with 2:34 remaining.

The Broncos then resorted to fouling in an effort to close the gap. The strategy worked as the Vandals went four-of-12 from the charity stripe down the stretch. Meanwhile, the Broncos pulled to within two points at 58-56 with 11 seconds to go on a Pilcher 3-pointer from the top of the arc.

On the ensuing play Idaho turned the ball over while trying to inbound it giving the Broncos one last chance. Boise State’s Jenna Galassi took a shot from the right post that was blocked by Yinka Olorunnife, Bos rebounded the miss and was fouled on the put back with three second on the clock. The sophomore missed both free throws but Pilcher  rebounded the final miss and got a shot off at the buzzer that sailed long.

Boise State finished the night shooting 38.7 percent (24-62) from the floor, 21.1 percent (4-19) from the arc, and 50 percent (4-8) from the free-throw line. Idaho countered by hitting 35.1 percent (20-57) from the court, 30 percent (6-20) from the 3-point line, and 50 percent (12-24) from the charity stripe.

Two Broncos recorded double-doubles while a third hit double-digit points. Jenna Galassi finished her senior night with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds along with two assists and one block. Janie Bos followed with 10 points and a career-high 13 boards, two assists, and one steal. Freshman Heather Pilcher led Boise State in scoring with 15 points to go with two rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

Idaho also had three players in double-figure scoring led by Derisa Taleni with 19 points and seven rebounds. Shaena Kuehu was second with 12 points and nine boards, while Yinka Olorunnife finished with a double-double on 10 points and 14 rebounds.

The loss dropped the Broncos to 16-14 on the year and 9-7 in conference. They finished the regular season tied with Utah State for fifth place and will be the number six seed into next week’s Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Reno, Nev., where they will meet the host and number three seed University of Nevada (16-13, 10-6 WAC) at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Wednesday. Idaho improves to 13-14 overall and 10-6 in WAC action.


Game Summary

Idaho vs Boise State
03/07/09 6:00 pm at Boise,Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


IDAHO (13-14, 10-6 WAC)
Taleni, Derisa 7-21 3-7 19; Kuehu, Shaena 3-13 4-9 12; Olorunnife, Yinka
4-11 2-4 10; Kloke, Rachele 3-5 3-4 9; Otero, Charlotte 3-5 0-0 8; Curtis,
Alana 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 12-24 58.

BOISE STATE (16-14, 9-7 WAC)
Pilcher,Heather 6-13 1-3 15; Galassi,Jenna 5-9 1-1 11; Bos,Janie 5-9 0-2 10;
Malone,Jamia 3-13 2-2 9; Rima,Melissa 2-4 0-0 5; Sanders,Ainsleigh 1-1 0-0
2; VanBrocklin,Courtney 1-3 0-0 2; Kepilino,Rebecca 1-3 0-0 2;
Moore,Brittany 0-7 0-0 0. Totals 24-62 4-8 56.

Idaho.........................   27   31  -   58
Boise State...................   29   27  -   56
3-point goals--Idaho 6-20 (Kuehu, Shaena 2-9; Otero, Charlotte 2-2; Taleni,
Derisa 2-7; Olorunnife, Yinka 0-2), Boise State 4-19 (Pilcher,Heather 2-3;
Rima,Melissa 1-2; Malone,Jamia 1-6; VanBrocklin,Courtney 0-2; Moore,Brittany
0-6). Fouled out--Idaho-None, Boise State-VanBrocklin,Courtney.
Rebounds--Idaho 35 (Olorunnife, Yinka 14), Boise State 45 (Bos,Janie 13).
Assists--Idaho 9 (Taleni, Derisa 3), Boise State 12 (Malone,Jamia 3). Total
fouls--Idaho 13, Boise State 22. Technical fouls--Idaho-None, Boise





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