Seniors Lead Broncos to Win Over Weber State
BOISE, Idaho - Kati Isham and Heather Pilcher combined for 34 points to lead Boise State to its second-consecutive victory to open the season defeating Weber State 86-68 Sunday afternoon in Boise. The Broncos trailed only once at 2-0 before rattling off a 9-0 run to seize momentum, then never let up as they took a 22-point lead into halftime before finishing with the 18-point win. The closest the Wildcats got in the second half was 16 points as Boise State answered each rally attempt.
"I was pleased with the way we play in the first half today, opening strong," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "I was a little disappointed with our focus in the second half. I thought we let up with us up double digits, we have to do better in that situation. I thought our seniors Kati (Isham), Heather (Pilcher) and Nic (Nicole Brady) played hard for us and were leaders on the floor. We are going to need them to perform well this season if we are to be successful. Overall it is a good start to the season, but we still have work to do."
Weber State won the tip and scored the opening basket for its only lead of the day as Boise State responded with a flurry. The Broncos scored the next nine points of the contest to take a seven-point advantage at 9-2, three minutes into the game. They never relinquished the lead during the final 37 minutes.
The Wildcats kept it close initially before the Broncos began to slowly pull away. Up seven at 17-10 with 11:29 on the clock, Boise State scored the next four points stretching the lead into double digits at 21-10. Weber State's Mikell Woodfield hit the next basket with about 10 minutes left in the half to cut the Wildcat deficit to nine points, that was the last time they would be within single digits. Boise State closed the half out scoring Weber State 26-13 to take a 22-point, 47-25, lead into the break.
In the season opener Friday the Broncos struggled shooting in the first half, against the Wildcats today they hit 52.6 percent (16-31) in the opening 20 minutes. Pilcher led the team with nine points followed by Mandy Munns with seven. Weber State shot 32.3 percent (10-31) and were led by Mikell Woodfield with nine points.
The second period was closer as Weber State out scored Boise State by four 43-39. Fortunately, the Broncos had put the game away in the first half and played well enough to keep the Wildcats at bay in the second. The closest WSU would get was 16 points accomplished twice during the half. However, the largest lead Boise State could get was 24 points at 59-35 with 14:41 to go in the game.
Isham led the Broncos in scoring with 18 points powered by 10-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line. Pilcher followed with 16 points and was a force down low for Boise State as she continually drove into the paint. She went five-of-eight from the floor, hit her only 3-point attempt and made five-of-seven free throws. Brady added a team-high 13 rebounds recording her second consecutive game with double-digit boards. The senior from Vernal, Utah, also had six points in 17 minutes of action.
Lauren Lenhardt had her first action of the season turning in a solid performance with 11 points, eight rebounds and team-best two blocks in 17 minutes. In all it was a balanced offensive attack for Boise State with nine Broncos scoring six points or more.
Boise State finished the game shooting 48.4 percent (30-62) from the floor, 23.1 percent (3-13) from the arc and 67.6 percent (223-34) from the free-throw line. The Broncos dominated the boards 52 to 29 giving them a 15 to four advantage on second chance points and a 46-34 margin on points in the paint. The lone part of the contest that was off against the Wildcats where 14 second-half turnovers resulting in 23 Weber State points.
The Wildcats finished the game hitting 44.6 percent (29-65) from the floor, 20 percent (3-15) from 3-point range and 38.9 percent (7-18) from the charity stripe. Woodfield led three Weber State players in double-figure points with 17 to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Amanda Hughes followed with 13 points, while Megan Patterson contributed 11.
The win improved Boise State to 2-0 on the year and gave them a 22 to 21 advantage in the all-time series, while Weber State fell to 0-1 on the year with the loss. Next up for the Broncos is a Thursday night encounter at Idaho State in Pocatello, followed by four straight games against opponents who advanced to last year's WNIT.
Final Game Summary
Weber State at Boise State
11/13/11 2:00 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 86, WEBER STATE 68
WEBER STATE (0-1)
Woodfield, Mikell 8-15 1-4 17; Hughes, Amanda 6-8 0-1 13; Patterson, Megan
5-8 0-0 11; Taylor, Shawnte 3-7 3-7 9; Mohre, Caela 2-9 2-3 6; Palmere, Laura
1-6 1-2 4; Rhodes, Kia 2-6 0-0 4; Johnson, Justine 1-3 0-1 2; Weight, Karlee
1-1 0-0 2; Lough, Carlee 0-0 0-0 0; Pfau, Jordan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-65
BOISE STATE (2-0)
Isham, Kati 4-13 10-12 18; Pilcher, Heather 5-8 5-7 16; Lenhardt, Lauren 5-9
0-0 11; Munns, Mandy 4-5 1-2 9; Brady, Nicole 2-5 1-2 6; Poteet, Kinzi 3-6
0-1 6; Lee, Diana 3-7 0-0 6; Lister, Cinnamon 1-4 4-6 6; Marshall, Julia 3-4
0-0 6; Vandiver, Amber 0-1 2-4 2; Engel, Keiahnna 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-62
Weber State................... 25 43 - 68
Boise State................... 47 39 - 86
3-point goals--Weber State 3-15 (Patterson, Megan 1-3; Palmere, Laura 1-2;
Hughes, Amanda 1-2; Johnson, Justine 0-2; Pfau, Jordan 0-1; Mohre, Caela
0-4; Taylor, Shawnte 0-1), Boise State 3-13 (Brady, Nicole 1-3; Lenhardt,
Lauren 1-2; Pilcher, Heather 1-1; Lee, Diana 0-3; Isham, Kati 0-4). Fouled
out--Weber State-None, Boise State-Vandiver, Amber. Rebounds--Weber State 29
(Woodfield, Mikell 8), Boise State 52 (Brady, Nicole 13). Assists--Weber
State 15 (Mohre, Caela 5), Boise State 16 (Lister, Cinnamon 4). Total
fouls--Weber State 24, Boise State 19. Technical fouls--Weber State-None,
Boise State-None. A-496
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