BOISE, Idaho - Riding the coattails of junior Janie Bos, the Boise State women's basketball team kicked-off their 2009-10 regular season with a 76-40 win over Western Oregon University on Friday night at Taco Bell Arena. Bos was named "Player of the Game" after earning the only double-double of the game with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 17 minutes of play.
The Broncos (1-0) got out to a 7-0 start before the Wolves (1-3) were able to get on the board just over four minutes into the game. Thanks to a well-rounded team effort the Broncos got as far as 11 points ahead mid-way through the first half bringing the score to 17-6. WOU made a slow comeback, however, bringing the game within six points and a 21-15 score at the 13-minute mark. Bronco senior Jessica Van Hoogen had a late first-half spurt, putting up seven points in six minutes to help launch the Broncos to a 38-21 lead at the half.
Senior Tasha Harris added a spark early in the second half, scoring five points in the first four minutes to hit her game total of 11 points. Shortly after Bos reached her double-double and game totals with a jump shot to put the Broncos up 44-21. Freshman Taylor McGilbra added a flash of excitement to the game near the 28-minute mark, after scoring two points on free throws she managed a quick steal to go down for a layup, followed by a second exciting steal. McGilbra ended her first collegiate game with six points and three steals. From there the Broncos coasted through the remaining minutes of the game, pushing their lead as high as 36 points with just six-seconds remaining in the game for the final 76-40 score.
The Broncos were led by Harris and freshman Julia Marshall with 11 points each while Bos and junior Melissa Rima contributed 10 points apiece. Bos was the game's top rebounder while Rim and freshman Kinzi Poteet added eight-rebounds as well. Harris led the game in assists with three, while also recording four steals to lead both teams.
Western Oregon was led by senior Katie Torland with 15 points and nine rebounds. Junior Danielle Bellando added a team-high of two assists while senior Shayla Corder and junior Sara Zahler added two steals each to lead the Wolves.
Boise State shot 40-percent inside the paint, 22-percent beyond the arc and 80-percent from the charity stripe on Friday. Western Oregon was held to a 26-percent effort under the basket, 19-percent in treys and 66-percent in free throws.
The Broncos prepare for their second match-up of a three-game homestand against Weber State. Boise State hosts the Wildcats on Sunday, Nov. 15 in Taco Bell Arena in a 2 p.m. (MT) tip-off.