Boise State Sweeps Opening Weekend With 66-58 Victory Over Weber State...
Harris scores 17 second-half points to lead Broncos.

BOISE, Idaho (11/15/2009) - Tasha Harris scored 17 second-half points to lead Boise State to a 66-58 victory over Weber State in women's basketball Sunday afternoon in Boise. After trailing 2-0 the Broncos rolled off a 10-0 run and never trailed again as they remain perfect on the year. Harris led the Broncos with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists, all team highs, as the Broncos improve to 2-0 on the young season.

Weber State opened the game with a basket 12 seconds into the contest to take a 2-0 lead. Boise State responded with a 10-0 run to take control as the Broncos never trailed again. Each time Weber State made a run to get back into the contest Boise State rallied keeping the Wildcats at a distance throughout most of the game.

The Wildcats pulled to within two points with 11:12 to play in the opening period with a 8-2 run to close to 12-10. That proved to be the closest Weber State would get in the final 31 minutes as the Broncos finished the first half with a 15-5 run to take a 12-point lead, 27-15, lead into the break.

Julia Marshall scored a team-high seven points in the first 20 minutes to lead the Broncos in scoring at the break, seven of 11 players scored for Boise State in the first half. 

Boise State maintained an eight to 13-point lead for most of the second half as Harris came alive to score 17 second-half points. The Broncos were comfortably ahead by double-digits for most of the final 20 minutes.

However, a gutsy Weber State team refused to give up as they continued to battle back into the game pulling as close as six points, 62-56, with 52 seconds to play on a pair of free throws by Caitlin Anderson.

Boise State converted on four-of-six free throws, two makes apiece by Harris and Taylor McGilbra, in the final minute to hold the Wildcats off down the stretch as they pulled out to a 66-56 advantage with 17 seconds to play. Weber State hit the final shot of the game with 13 seconds left to cut the final margin to eight points at 66-58.

On the day, Boise State shot 44.6 percent from the floor, 61.9 percent in the second half, 9.1 percent (1-11) from the arc, and 75 percent (15-20) from the foul line. Weber State countered with 36.4 percent shooting from the court, 29.6 percent (8-27) from three-point range, and 66.7 percent (10-15) from the free-throw line.

Neither team dominated the glass as they tied with 33 boards apiece. One big key in the contest was turnovers as the Broncos forced 21 giveaways for a 29-to-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

Following Harris for Boise State was senior Rebecca Kepilino with 10 points and three rebounds, freshman Julia Marshall recorded nine points, four rebounds and three assists. Senior Jessica Van Hoogen added six points, two boards, two assists, and a team-high five steals, while sophomore Heather Pilcher recorded six points, four rebounds, one block and one steal.

Weber State was led by Caitlin Anderson with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists, followed by Sarah Conner with 10 points, four boards and one assist.

Next up for the Broncos, Boise State closes a three-game homestand to open the season on Thursday night when they host Portland State at 7:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. The loss was the first of the year for Weber State who moved to 1-1 on the season.  

Final Game Summary

Weber State vs Boise State
11/15/09 at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


Anderson, Caitlin 3-7 6-6 12; Conner, Sarah 3-9 2-3 10; Schnibbe, Tonya 3-9
2-4 9; Thorderson, Ali 3-13 0-1 8; Woodfield, Mikell 2-3 0-0 4; O’Neill,
Joey 2-2 0-0 4; Thorderson, Abby 1-2 0-0 3; Patterson, Megan 1-5 0-0 3;
Mohre, Caela 1-3 0-0 3; PARKS, Nicke 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 20-55 10-15 58.


Harris, Tasha 7-12 8-10 22; Kepilino, Rebecca 4-8 2-2 10; Marshall, Julia
4-8 0-0 9; Pilcher, Heather 3-4 0-2 6; Van Hoogen, Jessica 3-11 0-0 6;
McGilbra, Taylor 1-1 3-4 5; Rima, Melissa 2-4 0-0 4; Bos, Janie 1-2 0-0 2;
Poteet, Kinzi 0-2 2-2 2; Lenhardt, Lauren 0-3 0-0 0; Gross, Stacie 0-1 0-0
0. Totals 25-56 15-20 66.

Weber State...................   15   43  -   58
Boise State...................   27   39  -   66

3-point goals--Weber State 8-27 (Conner, Sarah 2-7; Thorderson, Ali 2-6;
Patterson, Megan 1-5; Thorderson, Abby 1-1; Mohre, Caela 1-2; Schnibbe,
Tonya 1-4; Anderson, Caitlin 0-2), Boise State 1-11 (Marshall, Julia 1-2;
Pilcher, Heather 0-1; Van Hoogen, Jessica 0-4; Lenhardt, Lauren 0-1; Gross,
Stacie 0-1; Harris, Tasha 0-2). Fouled out--Weber State-None, Boise
State-None. Rebounds--Weber State 33 (Thorderson, Ali 5), Boise State 33
(Harris, Tasha 6). Assists--Weber State 13 (Schnibbe, Tonya 8), Boise State
10 (Harris, Tasha 4). Total fouls--Weber State 18, Boise State 17. Technical
fouls--Weber State-None, Boise State-None. A-616

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