Santa Clara Outlasts Broncos 67-65 In Women's Basketball Action...
BOISE, Idaho - (11/20/06) - The Boise State Broncos lost a tough two-point 67-65 decision to the Santa Clara Broncos of the West Coast Conference Monday night in Boise. Santa Clara maintained a lead throughout the second half stretching it out to eight points on four occasions. Boise State managed to fight back each time finally tying the score at 65 with 2:26 left in the contest. Unfortunately, they failed to score again missing on several opportunities in the closing minutes, while Santa Clara managed to score the final two points to hold off Boise State for the win.
The game went back and forth throughout the first half with the teams trading baskets and leads. Boise State had several chances to make a run but missed numerous layups in the period. Santa Clara gained their largest lead of the period, five points, with just under three minutes left. Eventually they took a three-point advantage into the break. Boise State’s last lead of the night came at the 6:37 mark of the first half at 24-22.
The second half saw Santa Clara slowly stretch their lead to eight points three minutes into the period. The next 13 minutes saw the two teams trade baskets keeping the point margin between two and eight points in favor of Santa Clara.
Sophomore Jenna Galassi helped keep the Broncos in the game in the second half with 10 of her team high 12 points coming during the period. She scored the first basket of the Broncos’ final run with four minutes left in the game as they fought back to tie the score at 65-65 two and half minutes remaining.
The final push by Boise State saw Galassi hit a layup with 4:01 left, followed by a pair of layups by Jackie Lee and a short jumper by Michelle Hessing to erase the Santa Clara lead with 2:26 showing on the clock.
The last two and a half minutes went back and forth as the two teams struggled to score. Galassi missed a three-pointer at 1:58, while Santa Clara’s Tracey Walker ran the length of the floor to score the final points of the game on a layup at the 1:37 mark.
In the last 90 seconds Boise State had chances to tie the game twice at the foul line but Lee and Harris both missed the front ends of one-and-one opportunities. Boise State was unable to get a solid opportunity for a shot in the closing moments as Santa Clara held on for the win.
Jenna Galassi came off the bench to lead Boise State in scoring with a season high 12 points to go with two rebounds and one assist. Boise State had an extremely balanced attack during the game with eight players scoring between 12 and six points. Michelle Hessing recorded nine points and had five rebounds, Jess Thompson added nine points, four boards, two assists, and two steals. Nadia Begay netted seven points with four rebounds, followed by six points from Jackie Lee, Tasha Harris, Amanda Stewart, and Rebecca Kepilino. Kepilino led the team in rebounds with a season high eight boards.
Santa Clara was powered by three players in double-digit points, including Jen Gottschalk’s double-double on 17 points and 12 rebounds. Backing Gottschalk up was Tracey Walker with 12 points followed by Chandice Cronk with 11. Boise High graduate Kasey Monteith led Santa Clara on the boards with 12 rebounds.
Boise State shot a decent 40.8 percent from the floor but struggled for the third time this season from beyond the arc hitting 15.4 percent (2-of-13) of their opportunities. Boise State also struggled from the foul line hitting 50 percent (5-of-10) on the night. Santa Clara shot 38.2 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the three-point line, and 75 percent (9-of-12) from the charity stripe.
The loss is the first of the young season for Boise State moving to 2-1 overall, while Santa Clara improves to 3-1. Boise State’s next game will be this Friday at the University of Oregon’s Thanksgiving Tournament against their host the U of O Ducks (2-0), tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (pacific). They will then played at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday against either Utah (1-2) or Pittsburgh (3-0).
Newspaper Box Score
SANTA CLARA 67, BOISE STATE 65
SANTA CLARA (3-1)
BOISE STATE (2-1)
Santa Clara................... 35 32 - 67
3-point goals--Santa Clara 6-14 (CRONK, Chandice 3-5; MARTIN, Anna 1-4;
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