Boise State Holds Off Northwest Nazarene 84-83
Nov. 7, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - In the lone exhibition game of the fall, Boise State held off the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders for an 84-83 women’s basketball victory Friday night at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. It looked like it would be all Boise State early as the Broncos raced out to a 19-point lead in the first half, then watched as NNU rallied back to make a game of it. Boise State never trailed in the game but the Crusaders tied the game on two occasions in the second period. Sophomore guard Brooke Pahukoa led the Broncos with 15 points followed by Deanna Weaver with 13.
Four Broncos reached double-figures in points led by Brooke Pahukoa with her 15 to go with two rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Weaver added her 13 points along with five rebounds, two assists and team-high three steals.
Miquelle Askew chipped in 10 points, five boards and two assists. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego matched Askew’s points and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Kinzi Poteet saw her first action in two years scoring nine points in addition to grabbing six rebounds. Camille Redmon debuted for the Broncos recording a team-high 11 rebounds to go with her four points, team-high three blocks and two steals. Keiahnna Engel finished with nine points as well, while freshman Shalen Shaw contributed five points, six rebounds, team-high four assists, one block and one steal in her first action as a Bronco.
Boise State finished the night shooting 33 percent (22-of-66) from the floor, 31 percent (9-of-29) from 3-point range and 74 percent from the charity stripe making 31-of-42 attempts.
NNU countered with 45 percent shooting, 44 percent (7-of-16) from the arc and 83 percent (20-of-24) from the free-throw line. CoCo Gall led the Crusaders with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Taylor Simmons added 16 points, while Lexi Tubbs recorded 12.
Boise State opened the game racing out to a 15-3 advantage four minutes into the contest. The Broncos had their own way with the Crusaders during the first 15 and a half minutes extending their lead to a game-high 19 points at 37-18 with 5:38 to go before half.
That is when the Broncos began to struggle going cold from the floor and turning over the ball. In the meantime, the Crusaders picked up their pace and energy beating the Blue and Orange to lose balls and forcing turnovers.
Boise State’s 19-point lead shrunk as the Broncos turned it over five times and NNU outscored the Broncos 16-6 down the stretch, including a 8-0 run to close the half. The Broncos took a nine-point 43-34 advantage into the break led by Brooke Pahukoa with eight points followed by Engel with seven.
The Crusaders extended their 8-0 run to close the first half to 14-0 as they scored the first six points of the second period to pull to within 43-40 with 17:40 to play.
Boise State responded with an 8-2 run which included back-to-back 3-pointers by Weaver and Brooke Pahukoa to make it 51-42. NNU rallied again scoring nine points off Boise State turnovers to tie the scored at 54 all.
The Broncos’ Camille Redmon and Kenna McDavis then combined for four made free throws to go up four, only to see the Crusaders tie it up for the second and last time in the period at 58 all with 10:27 remaining.
The game remained one of runs as Boise State once again responded taking a 10-point 78-68 advantage with 3:28 to play. NNU clawed back as the Crusaders pulled to within in one point three times in the last 1:04. The Broncos responded each time refusing to give up the lead as they held on. Both Rodriguez Ortego (0:15) and Weaver (0:05) hit a pair of free throws to keep the Broncos on top, even as NNU hit a last second shot to make it a one-point 84-83 victory.
Boise State will officially open the regular season next Friday night at 7 p.m. when the Montana State Bobcats come to town. MSU is coached by former Bronco great Tricia (Bader) Binford. The Broncos will be honoring the 1993-94 team that was the Big Sky Conference co-champion and advanced to the NCAA tournament as an at-large selection during halftime. Both Binford and current Boise State assistant coach Heather Sower were members of that team.
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