BOISE, Idaho (3/20/2008) - Boise State exploded past Idaho State late in the second half to defeat the Bengals 77-54 in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament Thursday night in Boise. The Broncos seized control of the game with a 16-0 run to take a 65-44 lead with four minutes to go. Jamia Malone led the Broncos with a career-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range as the Broncos extended their school record home win streak to 17 games. The victory advances Boise State into a second round match-up with Texas Christian at 5:00 p.m. (Central) Sunday evening in Fort Worth, Texas.
The first half was a typical Boise State-Idaho State battle with the game reaming within five points throughout the period. The Bengals opened up with a Jenna Brown 3-pointer 31 seconds into the game. ISU then opened its largest lead of the night at 13-9 with 13:34 left in the opening 20-minutes.
However, Boise State responded by taking the lead for good on the first of six 3-pointers by Malone followed by a Tasha Harris jumper with 11:35 remaining to claim a 14-13 advantage. The Broncos never trailed again extending their lead to five points, 28-23, three minutes and 21 seconds before the break. They eventually went into halftime up four, 32-28.
The Broncos opened the second period by scoring the first four points to go up eight, 36-28, less than five minutes into the half. Boise State’s lead fluctuated between eight and four points until the eight minute mark when the Broncos exploded. Up five points, 49-44, with 8:01 to play, Boise State ran off a 16-0 run to take a 21-point, 65-44, lead with just over four minutes remaining.
Shell shocked, Idaho State would pull to within 15 points with 2:57 left but could get no closer. The Broncos finished the game out scoring the Bengals 28-10 in the final eight minutes. Malone hit three 3-pointers in the final two and a half minutes to keep Idaho State at a distance as Boise State claimed the 23-point victory over their rivals from eastern Idaho.
Boise State finished the game shooting 31.8 percent from the floor while taking a season-high 85 field goal attempts. The Broncos shot a solid 40 percent from the arc making 40 percent (8-20) of their attempts, while making 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free-throw line. Idaho State countered with 25.4 percent shooting from the court, 32.1 percent from the 3-point line, and 68.2 percent from the charity stripe.
The Broncos dominated the boards out rebounding the Bengals 66-to-44 accounting for 26 extra shot attempts and a 21-to-two advantage in second chance points. Boise State also dominated the paint out scoring the visitors 34-to-six.
Malone led four Broncos in double-figure points with 18 to go with four rebounds. Tasha Harris was one-of-two players with a double-double on 17 points and 11 boards, while Jenna Galassi recorded her first ever on 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jackie Lee added 11 points and five rebounds, followed by Sierra Moeller with four points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
Idaho State was led by Andrea Lightfoot’s 16 points, six rebounds, and one assist. Natalie Doma, the Big Sky’s all-time leading scorer, was held to 13 points and 17 rebounds. She entered the game third in the nation in scoring at 25.1 points per game.
The win was the first ever postseason victory for the Boise State women’s basketball program. They are now 24-7 overall which ties the school record for wins in a season matching last year’s mark (24-9). The Broncos also extended their school record home win streak to 17 games. Jackie Lee became the 15th Bronco all-time to record 1,000 career points and the third this season to hit the mark. It is the first time in history for three players to reach that milestone in the same season. Meanwhile, Tasha Harris became the third Boise State player all-time to score 500 points in one season.
Idaho State ends their season with a solid 20-10 overall record. Boise State now advances to the second round where they will play at Texas Christian this Sunday, tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (Central). TCU was given a bye into the second round and has not play yet in the WNIT. They enter Sunday’s encounter at 21-11 overall and 14-3 at home.
Newspaper Box Score
Idaho State vs Boise State
03/20/08 7:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 77, IDAHO STATE 54
IDAHO STATE (20-10)
Lightfoot, Andrea 5-16 4-4 16; Doma, Natalie 4-16 4-6 13; Brown, Jenna 2-7
2-3 8; Grohs, Michelle 1-2 2-4 5; Iacovita, Oana 1-4 1-2 4; Cheever, Bianca
1-6 0-0 3; Diehl, Devin 1-6 0-0 3; Fager, Kaylynn 0-1 2-3 2; Sisel, Ally 0-0
0-0 0; Videbeck, Andrea 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-59 15-22 54.
BOISE STATE (24-7)
Malone, Jamia 6-10 0-0 18; Harris, Tasha 6-18 4-4 17; Lee, Jackie 4-7 2-2
11; Galassi, Jenna 4-15 2-3 10; Thompson, Jessica 2-14 2-2 6; Moeller,
Sierra 2-9 0-0 4; Rima, Melissa 1-4 2-4 4; Stewart, Amanda 1-1 2-2 4;
Walker, Ja'Lara 1-4 0-0 2; Moore, Brittany 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 27-85 15-19 77.
Idaho State................... 28 26 - 54
Boise State................... 32 45 - 77
3-point goals--Idaho State 9-28 (Brown, Jenna 2-4; Lightfoot, Andrea 2-6;
Cheever, Bianca 1-3; Iacovita, Oana 1-4; Grohs, Michelle 1-1; Doma, Natalie
1-4; Diehl, Devin 1-4; Videbeck, Andrea 0-1; Fager, Kaylynn 0-1), Boise
State 8-20 (Malone, Jamia 6-10; Lee, Jackie 1-2; Harris, Tasha 1-4; Rima,
Melissa 0-1; Moore, Brittany 0-2; Thompson, Jessica 0-1). Fouled out--Idaho
State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Idaho State 44 (Doma, Natalie 17),
Boise State 66 (Harris, Tasha 11; Galassi, Jenna 11; Moeller, Sierra 11).
Assists--Idaho State 13 (Videbeck, Andrea 4), Boise State 13 (Harris, Tasha
4). Total fouls--Idaho State 17, Boise State 19. Technical fouls--Idaho
State-TEAM, Boise State-None. A-1314
First round game of WNIT