Second half surge lifts Bronco women past Lewis-Clark State 67-55 in exhibition basketball game?
Walker and Harris combine for 31 points to lead Boise State.
BOISE, Idaho (11/1/08) Ja'Lara Walker and Tasha Harris combined for 31 points to lead Boise State to a 67-55 exhibition victory over the nation’s fifth ranked NAIA team Lewis-Clark State Warriors from Lewiston, Idaho. After a sluggish start at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, the Broncos exploded to open the second period rolling off a 22-6 run to overcome a two-point halftime deficit and seize control of the game.
Boise State opened the game slow struggling to shake off the preseason jitters. The play for the Broncos was sporadic initially as they failed to develop any sort of rhythm against the Warriors. Neither team managed to gain much momentum as the largest lead of the half was LCSC’s five-point lead with 2:40 left in the period while Boise State’s biggest advantage was two points on several occasions.
The first half saw a combined 24 turnovers, 13 by the Broncos. Adding to Boise State’s early frustrations was a poor shooting performance in which they shot 30 percent (9-30) from the floor compared to the Warriors’ 44 percent (12-27) shooting in the opening period.
The first 20 minutes ended with LCSC leading 28-26. Senior Tasha Harris paced Boise State with 10 points on four-of-seven shooting from the court, no other Bronco had more than three points. Lewis-Clark State was led by a balanced scoring attack with Sadie Short recording seven points followed by Alyssa Fierro and Kenna Reiter with six each.
Down two to start the final period, Boise State came out of the locker room fired up to seize control of the contest. The half began with Ja'Lara Walker and Jenna Galassi teaming up for a 9-0 Bronco run giving Boise State a seven point 35-28 lead with 17:54 to go.
The Broncos would not relinquish the scoreboard advantage after that initial surge to open the half and stretched it to a double-figure 10-point lead, 44-34, six minutes into the second half. The Boise State lead eventually reached a game-high 17 points with 4:39 left in the contest. The Warriors made several runs at the Broncos but could draw no closer than nine points in the final 14 minutes. The last run which cut the lead to a single-digit nine point margin came at 52-43 with 7:37 to play.
Walker came on the in second period after scoring four first half points to finished the game with team-highs in points, rebounds, and blocks with 16, six, and four respectively. Senior guard Tasha Harris, the WAC preseason player of the year as voted on by the media, finished with a second best 15 points to go with five boards, four assists, and three steals. Janie Bos recorded eight points and five rebounds, followed by Jenna Galassi with seven points, all in the final period, to go with three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Brittany Moore rounded out the top five scorers by adding seven points and five rebounds.
Sadie Short led Lewis-Clark State with 16 points and five rebounds, followed by Kenna Reiter with 12 points, and Alyssa Fierro with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Boise State improved their shooting percentage in the second half hitting 53 percent (16-30) to end the game at 41.7 percent (25-60). The Broncos also shot 23.5 percent (4-17) from behind the arc and 86.7 percent (13-15) from the free-throw line during the contest. LCSC countered with 37.1 percent (23-62) shooting for the game, 25 percent (4-16) from the 3-point line, and 55.6 percent (5-9) from the charity stripe.
Turnovers continued to plague both teams during the final stanza as the Broncos finished the game with 24 compared to the Warriors’ 21. However, Boise State won the battle on the glass out rebounding Lewis-Clark State by 15, 45 to 30, and 16 to 11 in offensive boards.
This game is the lone preseason contest for Boise State as they prepare for the regular season opener on Friday Nov. 14 when they host Seattle University in the first game of a double-header with the Bronco men.
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