POCATELLO, Idaho - Boise State's women's basketball team opened up their road season with a tough loss to in-state rival Idaho State (2-1), falling 84-75. In a dog-fight of a match-up the game went through neck-and-neck periods, but ended in the Broncos' (2-1) first loss.
Junior Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos with 17-points and five rebounds off the bench. Seniors Kati Isham and Heather Pilcher were also key contributors adding 15 and 11-points, respectively.
Boise State struggled with turnovers, tallying 17, while Idaho State was able to earn 26-points off those turnovers. In the second half the Broncos were hampered by fouls with three players fouling out during their key comeback attempt.
The game opened up with a 9-4 lead in favor of the Broncos after Nicole Brady nailed a pair of free throws at 16:20 in the game. Idaho State responded with eight-straight points, taking the lead for the first time. Lenhardt knocked down a three-point shot at the 12:45 mark, breaking a nearly four-minute scoring drought for the blue and orange, while Lister hit the team's second-straight three to put the Broncos up 15-12 before Idaho State had a chance to respond.
Counting down the bottom of the first half, Idaho State's Ashleigh Vella garnered five-straight points, starting a seven-point run for the Bengals taking their second lead over the Broncos at 22-17. Lenhardt and Julia Marshall then combined for eight points, narrowing the Bengals' lead to 27-25 at the 6:19 mark. ISU was able to hold off the Broncos, racking up a 13-point lead before Boise State's Marshall responded with a three-point shot with 38-seconds left, closing out the half at a 38-28 Idaho State lead.
Boise State improved their play in the later 20-minutes, chasing down the deficit with a spark mid-way through the half. Idaho State opened up a 14-point lead early on, but Boise State's Isham sparked the teams with a seven-point run, followed by a Kiahnna Engel lay-up bringing the score to 50-42. Lenhardt narrowed the deficit to seven after an old-fashioned three-point play, with Poteet following suit with a quick jumper, bringing the score to a 54-49 Bengal lead.
From the 8:00 mark to 4:00 mark the two teams danced around a five-point spread before ISU was able to put up four points in a 30-second period. They continued to open up their lead over the Broncos, bringing a 75-65 score with just over two-minutes remaining. Boise State continued to fight including a big effort by Lenhardt who nailed a lay-up and free throw with 42-seconds left. Idaho State was able to hold off the Broncos, however, capturing their second win of the season.
ISU's Jessa Jeppesen was nearly unstoppable with 29-points and 11 rebounds, while Lindsey Reed added 18-points and seven rebounds.
The Broncos next contest will be at home on Sun., Nov. 20 when they host Pepperdine in a 2:00 p.m. (MT) game at Taco Bell Arena.