LAS CRUCES, N.M. (3/14/08) - The New Mexico State Aggies rallied from 19 down in the second half to eliminate Boise State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals 72-66. Jenna Galassi led the Broncos with 18 points but the team as a hole shot just 23 percent from the floor in the second half as the Aggies rallied late to claim the win. The loss snaps Boise State’s 15-game win streak as the WAC regular season co-champions will now wait and see if their season will continue in either the NCAA or WNIT, that decision will be announced Monday night.
Boise State played a great first half as they stormed out of the gates and did not trail in the game until 5:36 in the second half. The Broncos shot a impressive 47 percent from the floor in the first half to claim a 14-point, 44-30, lead at the intermission. Jackie Lee scored all of her 11 points in the first half while Galassi added 10.
The second half started well for Boise State as they extended their lead to 19 points, 51-32, with 16:23 to go. New Mexico State never let up and battled back. With the score reading 58-44 in favor of the Broncos at the 10:23 mark the floor fell out from under Boise State.
The Aggies rolled off a 15-0 run to take a 59-58 lead by the 5:36 mark of the final period. After trading a few baskets New Mexico State regained the lead for good with 58 seconds remaining. The Broncos last field goal came with 1:44 left. The Aggies iced the game at the free-throw line down the stretch hitting seven-of-eight attempts.
The second half fouls slanted heavily in favor of New Mexico State with seven, they had five with four minutes to go, compared to the Broncos 16 in the second half. Boise State had four points waved off because of calls down the stretch. In the end, NMSU out scored Boise State by 10 points from the foul line in the second period.
Jenna Galassi led Boise State with 18 points, three rebounds, one assists, and two steals. Tasha Harris was econd with 12 points and seven rebounds, followed by Jackie Lee with 11 points and five rebounds.
New Mexico State was led by Hannah Spanich with 18 points and six rebounds, while Anikia Jawara added 15 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Sherell Neal with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Boise State is now 23-7 on the year, while New Mexico State improves to 23-8. The Aggies advance to the tournament championship game for the third year in row and will meet Fresno State at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.