Boise State Runs Past Western Oregon in Exhibition
Brady leads Broncos with 15 points.
BOISE, Idaho - Five Broncos hit double-figure points as Boise State ran past Western Oregon University 82-45 in a women's basketball exhibition game at Taco Bell Arena Saturday afternoon. Nicole Brady led the Broncos against the Wolves with 15 points followed by 13 from Kati Isham. Boise State opened the contest on a 12-0 run and never looked back as the Broncos led by 33 at the half. They shot 50 percent from the floor and nearly 70 percent from the newly extended 3-point arc in the lone exhibition game of the year for Boise State.
"I was really happy with the way we played this afternoon," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "We opened fast and shot the ball well. I thought Nic (Nicole Brady) played hard and I was happy with the way Kinzi (Poteet) rebounded. Overall, I liked the way we played together as a team."
The first half was all Boise State as the Broncos opened on a 12-0 run in the first three and a half minutes and never looked back. Their largest lead was 33 points, 44-11, with two minutes to go in the period. Boise State went into halftime up 46-13 over the Wolves.
Nicole Brady had a team-high 11 points at the break on four-of-six shooting from the floor including three-of-four from the arc. Four other Broncos had six points by half, while Kinzi Poteet recorded a team-high six rebounds followed by freshman Amber Vandiver with five. Jade Haas led WOU with six points on three-of-five shooting from the floor.
The Broncos shot impressively during the half hitting 52.9 percent (18-34) from the floor, 70 percent (7-10) from beyond the arc and 75 percent (3-4) from the free-throw line. They forced 12 Western Oregon turnovers in the half for a 17-1 advantage in points off turnovers. The Wolves finished the half shooting 18.5 percent (5-27) from the floor, 10 percent (1-10) from the arc and 50 percent (2-4) from the charity stripe.
The second half was much closer as Western Oregon came out with intensity while the taller Broncos struggled to maintain theirs with such a large lead. Though the Wolves would get no closer than 29 points, 68-39, with 7:56 to go, they played the Broncos to a four-point second half on the short end of a 36-32 score.
The second half was time for Boise State to experiment and play alot of the younger players for valuable game experience. None of the Broncos recorded double-figure points in the period which saw freshman Keiahnna Engel lead with eight points followed by senior Kati Isham with seven.
Boise State finished the game shooting 50 percent (32-64) from the floor, 69.2 percent (9-13) from the arc and 69.2 percent (9-13) from the free-throw line. The Broncos took only three 3-pointers in the second half making two of them. Boise State dominated the paint by a 34 to 10 margin while the bench out scored WOU's 34 to 16. Western Oregon shot much better in the final 20 minutes hitting 34.5 percent from the floor to finish the game at 26.8 percent (15-56), 20.8 percent (5-24) from 3-point range and 55.6 percent (10-18) from the foul line.
Nicole Brady led Boise State over the Wolves with a team-high 15 points to go with two rebounds, one assist and four steals. Kati Isham followed with 13 points, and two steals, while Keiahnna Engel added 12 points, four boards, three assists and two steals. Diana Lee and Amber Vandiver each had 10 points. Kinzi Poteet had a team-high nine rebounds to go with eight points and three blocks.
Rylee Peterson led Western Oregon with 12 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs. Jade Haas was second in scoring with nine points followed by Dijana Topalovic with eight.
Boise State will begin the regular season next weekend starting with Southern Oregon University at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the first game of a doubleheader with the men. The Broncos will follow that up with a meeting with Weber State University on Sunday, Nov. 13.
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