Boise State Comes Up Short in WAC Quarterfinal Loss to Nevada 64-59...
Harris hits 1,751 career points to move to ninth all-time in WAC history in scoring.

RENO, Nev. (3/10/10) - Boise State University’s women’s basketball came up short in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday night falling 64-59 to the University of Nevada at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev. The Broncos battled hard and had their chances but struggled to find consistency as the Wolf Pack defeated Boise State for the second year in a row in the WAC quarters. Tasha Harris led Boise State with 19 points to move into ninth-place all-time in WAC history with 1,751.

The first half saw Boise State start strong rolling off a 12-2 run early to take a 14-4 lead six minutes into the contest. Like the previous two encounters the game turned into one of runs. The second came from Nevada who had a 15-0 run to take a 19-14 lead with eight minutes left before the half. The Broncos rallied next out scoring the Wolf Pack 10-4 to close the period down two points, 27-25.

The second half saw Nevada run out to three 10-point advantages with the last coming at 52-42 with 10:14 to play. Boise State rallied again with a 12-1 run to take a 54-53 lead by the 4:32 mark powered by nine Jessica Van Hoogen points in the stretch.

Unfortunately, the Broncos struggled to get a good shot off in the final four and half minutes as they scored five points compared to 11 for the Wolf Pack. Nevada converted only three field goals in the final 11:30 of the contest. However, the Wolf Pack converted nine-of-13 free throws in the final four and half minutes to hold off Boise State 64-59.      

Boise State was led by Tasha Harris with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal. Jessica Van Hoogen followed with 13 points, two rebounds and two steals. Meanwhile, freshman Lauren Lenhardt added 10 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. No one else had more than six points for the Broncos.

The Wolf Pack was led by three players in double-figure points with Tahnee Robinson having a team-high 20 to go with six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. Shavon Moore was second in scoring with a double-double on 14 points and 13 boards, while Johnna Ward added 12 points.

Boise State finished the game shooting 35 percent (19-54) from the floor, 31 percent (4-13) from the 3-point arc and 77 percent (17-22) from the free-throw line.  Nevada finished hitting 33 percent (19-58) from the floor, 26 percent (5-19)  from the arc and 78 percent (21-27) from the charity stripe.

Nevada out rebounded Boise State 46 to 35 and 20 to 12 in offensive boards that resulted in a big 21 to seven advantage for the Wolf Pack in second chance points.

The loss drops Boise State to 19-12 on the year while Nevada improved to 17-14 overall and will advance to Friday’s semifinal round. The loss was potentially the last game in the careers for three Boise State seniors Tasha Harris, Rebecca Kepilino and Jessica Van Hoogen. The Broncos will now wait and see if they get an at-large bid to either the WNIT or women’s CBI next Monday.

Final Game Summary

Boise State vs Nevada
3/10/10 6 p.m. at Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Events Center)


Harris, Tasha 7-14 4-4 19; Van Hoogen, Jessica 3-11 6-8 13; Lenhardt, Lauren
4-9 2-2 10; Marshall, Julia 2-4 0-0 6; Bos, Janie 2-7 1-2 5; Kepilino,
Rebecca 1-6 3-4 5; Poteet, Kinzi 0-1 1-2 1; McGilbra, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0;
Gross, Stacie 0-0 0-0 0; Pilcher, Heather 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-54 17-22 59.

NEVADA (17-14)
Robinson, Tahnee 5-14 8-8 20; Moore, Shavon 5-13 4-7 14; Ward, Johnna 3-12
3-4 12; Williams, Nicole 3-7 2-2 8; Williams, Kayla 2-7 0-0 4; Johnson,
Amanda 0-3 2-4 2; Lombardi, Marianne 1-1 0-0 2; Jones, Holly 0-1 2-2 2;
Hammond, Marissa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-58 21-27 64.

Boise State...................   25   34  -   59
Nevada........................   27   37  -   64

3-point goals--Boise State 4-13 (Marshall, Julia 2-2; Van Hoogen, Jessica
1-4; Harris, Tasha 1-2; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-3; Pilcher, Heather 0-1;
Lenhardt, Lauren 0-1), Nevada 5-19 (Ward, Johnna 3-10; Robinson, Tahnee 2-7;
Williams, Nicole 0-1; Johnson, Amanda 0-1). Fouled out--Boise
State-Lenhardt, Lauren, Nevada-None. Rebounds--Boise State 35 (Bos, Janie
8), Nevada 46 (Moore, Shavon 13). Assists--Boise State 8 (Harris, Tasha 4),
Nevada 9 (Jones, Holly 2; Robinson, Tahnee 2; Ward, Johnna 2). Total
fouls--Boise State 23, Nevada 15. Technical fouls--Boise State-None,

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