Harris leads Boise State rally for 66-56 victory over Seattle in season opener?

Broncos rally from 11 points down to win.


BOISE, Idaho (11/14/08) Down 11 points early in the second half Boise State rallied to claim a 66-56 win over Seattle University in Taco Bell Arena Friday night at Boise. Tasha Harris scored 25 points, 12 in the second period, to lead the Broncos to the come from behind victory over the Redhawks. It was not pretty but Boise State extended its home win streak, sixth-longest in the nation, to 18 consecutive games.


The season opener was ugly from the tip for Boise State who struggled to get anything going for most of the game. The first half saw both teams shoot below 30 percent from the floor as they went into the halftime break tied at 27. Adding to the frustration of the two squads was the fact they combined for 24 turnovers and 25 fouls in the opening 20 minutes.


However the second period was a different story for Seattle who stormed out of the intermission on a 14-3 run to seize an 11-point advantage, 41-30, with 15 minutes to play.


Boise State continued to struggle until the nine minute mark when they began their rally with an 11-1 run. Following five made free throws from Harris and Jamia Malone, Ja'Lara Walker exploded with six consecutive points on three layups to give the Broncos a one-point 52-51 lead with 6:30 left in the game.


By the time the buzzer sounded Boise State had outscored Seattle 25-6 in the final nine and a half minutes to eventually win by double-figure points.  Adding to the Bronco rally was a renewed intensity on the glass as they dominated in the second half rebound battle 25-12 after losing it to the shorter Redhawks in the first period 24-19.


Tasha Harris led Boise State with a team-high 25 points to go with five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Walker was second in scoring with 13 points along with a team-high eight rebounds. Jamia Malone earned her first career start for Boise State and responded by recording 10 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the free-throw line, one rebound, three assists and four steals.


A host of new faces saw their first action as a Bronco Friday night. Janie Bos started at power forward and finished the night with two points, four rebounds, and one assist. Marisa Stotler came in off the bench to grab a team-high eight rebounds to go with two points, one assist and one block. The two freshmen also played in their first game with Courtney VanBrocklin recording six points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 22 minutes. Heather Pilcher played 13 minutes scoring two points with one board and one assist.


Seattle had four players in double-figures led by Chelsie Morrison with 19 points and five rebounds, followed by Tatiana Heck with 12 points and six boards, Mercedes Alexander with 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds, rounding out the main contributors for the Redhawks was Cassidy Murillo with 10 points, four rebounds, and a team-high four assists.     

The win gives Boise State a 1-0 record to start the season with an encounter against the University of Portland on the schedule for Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. The Portland Pilots defeated WAC member Utah State in Logan Friday night 64-51 to open their season.



Newspaper Box Score

Seattle vs Boise State
11/14/08 6:00 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
At Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


Chelsie Morrison 5-15 4-5 19; Tatiana Heck 4-6 4-7 12; Mercedes Alexander
3-4 5-6 11; Cassidy Murillo 3-8 2-2 10; Carley Butcher 1-4 0-0 2; Bianca
Williams 1-5 0-3 2; Maylene Ornelas 0-0 0-0 0; Julee Christianson 0-0 0-0 0;
Alysse Carlson 0-2 0-0 0; Maggie McCarthy 0-1 0-0 0; Elle Kerfoot 0-2 0-0 0;
Jamie Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-48 15-23 56.

Harris, Tasha 6-10 9-11 25; Walker, Ja'Lara 6-8 1-5 13; Malone, Jamia 0-7
10-14 10; VanBrocklin,Courtney 2-4 2-2 6; Moeller, Sierra 2-2 0-2 4;
Stotler, Marisa 1-5 0-3 2; Bos, Janie 1-6 0-0 2; Pilcher, Heather 1-6 0-0 2;
Galassi, Jenna 1-7 0-0 2; Moore, Brittany 0-4 0-0 0; Rima, Melissa 0-1 0-0
0. Totals 20-60 22-37 66.

Seattle.......................   27   29  -   56
Boise State...................   27   39  -   66

3-point goals--Seattle 7-20 (Chelsie Morrison 5-8; Cassidy Murillo 2-7;
Bianca Williams 0-2; Alysse Carlson 0-1; Maggie McCarthy 0-1; Elle Kerfoot
0-1), Boise State 4-16 (Harris, Tasha 4-5; Malone, Jamia 0-5; Pilcher,
Heather 0-1; Galassi, Jenna 0-2; Moore, Brittany 0-3). Fouled
out--Seattle-Jamie Johnson; Elle Kerfoot, Boise State-Bos, Janie.
Rebounds--Seattle 36 (Mercedes Alexander 8), Boise State 44 (Stotler, Marisa
8; Walker, Ja'Lara 8). Assists--Seattle 12 (Cassidy Murillo 4), Boise State
14 (Harris, Tasha 5). Total fouls--Seattle 28, Boise State 20. Technical
fouls--Seattle-None, Boise State-None.


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