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Harris hits career-high 14 free throws to move into 10th place in career scoring in WAC history.

BOISE, Idaho (3/6/2010) - Boise State women's basketball team sent its seniors out on a positive note defeating Louisiana Tech 74-65 in the regular-season finale at Taco Bell Arena Saturday afternoon in Boise. It was a solid team effort by the Broncos who took control of the game early then never let up as four players record double-figure points to earn Boise State the season split with the Lady Techsters. Tasha Harris led Boise State in scoring with 18 to move into the Western Athletic Conference record book as the 10th-ranked scorer all-time with 1,732 career points.

La Tech took its only lead of the game at 5-4 two minutes into the game only to see Boise State come alive. The Broncos ran off a quick 15-2 run over the next four minutes for a 19-7 advantage and never trailed again. Boise State then stretched its lead to a game-high 15 points, 27-12, by the 10 minute mark. Boise State finished the first half by holding off a La Tech rally attempt late to take a 32-26 lead into the intermission.

Freshman Lauren Lenhardt, in her second career start, opened the game by scoring eight of the Broncos first 12 points, by halftime time she had gone 5-5 from the floor for a team-high 10 first-half points.

The second half opened with the Lady Techsters pulling to within four points with the first basket. However most of the period saw the Boise State lead fluctuate between seven and 11 points. The closest La Tech would get in the final 20 minutes was four points in the final minute at 67-63 with 49 seconds to go.

Fortunately for Boise State, the Broncos stepped up when it mattered as La Tech resorted to fouling late in an attempt to get back into the game. Free throws have been an area that has haunted Boise State at times this season, but today the Broncos went to the line 10 times in the final 45 seconds and converted seven of them. Harris went four-for-six in the last minute to help hold off the Lady Techsters for the win.

Boise State closes the season 13-2 at home where the Broncos have been tough to beat in the Gordy Presnell era. They end the regular season at 19-11 overall and 8-8 in WAC play to tie for fourth place. Louisiana Tech finished at 20-8 on the season and 11-5 in league to take second place in the conference standings.  Both teams will advance to next week's WAC Tournament in Reno, Nev., with their opponents yet to be determined when this article was sent out.

Tasha Harris led Boise State in scoring converting 14-of-18 free throws on her way to a team-high 18 points to record her 25th game in double-figure points and 95th in her career. The senior, who is now ranked fifth all-time for free throws made in WAC history, also added seven rebounds and a team-high seven assists to her totals. Senior Rebecca Kepilino closed her home career with 13 points, nine rebounds, one assists and one block. Lenhardt finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block, followed by Janie Bos with her second double-double of the week on 10 points and team-high 12 rebounds. The third senior Jessica Van Hoogen added eight points, three boards, two blocks and one steal in her final home game.   

La Tech was led by Shanavia Dowdell with 14 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. Jasmine Bendolph matched Dowdell's point total while adding three rebounds and four assists. Whitney Jones had 11 points and six rebounds, while Adrienne Johnson chipped in 10 points and eight boards.

On the day Boise State shot 39.4 percent (26-66) from the floor, 23.1 percent (3-13) from the arc and 73.1 percent (19-26) from the free-throw line. La Tech finished hitting 34.3 percent (24-70) from the floor, 33.3 percent (4-12) from 3-point range and 50 percent (13-26) from the charity stripe. The Broncos out rebounded the Lady Techsters 54-40.




Final Game Summary

Louisiana Tech vs Boise State
3/06/10 2:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


BOISE STATE 74, LOUISIANA TECH 65

LOUISIANA TECH (20-8, 11-5 WAC)
Bendolph, Jasmine 6-15 1-2 14; Dowdell, Shanavia 6-14 2-7 14; Jones, Whitney
4-12 1-2 11; Johnson, Adrienne 2-10 6-9 10; Pringle, Tiawana 3-11 2-4 9;
Young, Kiara 3-8 1-2 7; Holloway, Martina 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-70 13-26 65.

BOISE STATE (19-11, 8-8 WAC)
Harris, Tasha 2-8 14-18 18; Kepilino, Rebecca 6-14 0-0 13; Lenhardt, Lauren
6-8 1-2 13; Bos, Janie 5-11 0-0 10; Van Hoogen, Jessica 3-13 2-4 8; Pilcher,
Heather 2-3 2-2 7; Marshall, Julia 1-4 0-0 3; Poteet, Kinzi 1-4 0-0 2;
McGilbra, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0; Gross, Stacie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-66 19-26 74.

Louisiana Tech................   26   39  -   65
Boise State...................   32   42  -   74

3-point goals--Louisiana Tech 4-12 (Jones, Whitney 2-4; Pringle, Tiawana
1-3; Bendolph, Jasmine 1-4; Young, Kiara 0-1), Boise State 3-13 (Kepilino,
Rebecca 1-2; Pilcher, Heather 1-1; Marshall, Julia 1-3; Van Hoogen, Jessica
0-3; Gross, Stacie 0-1; Harris, Tasha 0-3). Fouled out--Louisiana Tech-None,
Boise State-Poteet, Kinzi; Bos, Janie. Rebounds--Louisiana Tech 40 (Dowdell,
Shanavia 9), Boise State 54 (Bos, Janie 12). Assists--Louisiana Tech 7
(Bendolph, Jasmine 4), Boise State 11 (Harris, Tasha 7). Total
fouls--Louisiana Tech 20, Boise State 20. Technical fouls--Louisiana
Tech-None, Boise State-None. Attendance: 3142.