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Van Hoogen and Harris combine for 42 points to lead Broncos.


BOISE, Idaho (11/19/2009) - Jessica Van Hoogen and Tasha Harris combined for 42 points to lead Boise State to a 92-80 women’s basketball victory over Portland State in Taco Bell Arena Thursday night at Boise. The game turned into a high-scoring shootout as both teams raced up and down the floor. Even though the Broncos never trailed in the contest, they could not put the pesky Vikings away until the final minute.

It was an impressive display of basketball considering the two teams combined for 172 points in the high pace game and only turned the ball over 25 times, 13 by Portland State and 12 by Boise State. The win keeps the Broncos perfect on the season as they conclude their three-game homestand at 3-0.

The game started a little sloppy as neither team managed to score in the first minute and a half committing three turnovers and missing the first two shots. However, Boise State eventually recorded the opening goal on a Jessica Van Hoogen layup at the 18:28 mark to give the Broncos the early lead. Boise State never trailed in the contest as they stretched their advantage to eight points, 23-15, midway through the first half. 

As was the case all night long, once Boise State claimed a lead Portland State would claw its way back into the game. The Broncos eight point first half lead was cut to three by the 5:46 mark at 26-23. Eventually, Boise State took a five-point lead into the break up 35-30.

Boise State opened the second half on an 8-2 run to claim its first double-digit lead, 11 points, at 43-32.

Down 11 points, Portland State staged a rally pulling to within one point, twice by the 12 minute mark. They had chances to take a lead but failed to beat the Bronco defense.  Boise State has now trailed for only 34 seconds in the first three games of the season.

Up one with 11:53 remaining Jessica Van Hoogen hit a layup to give the Broncos life and a three-point lead at 56-53. Boise State then slowly pulled away again stretching the lead to 11 points, 70-59, with just under seven minutes to play.

Once again the Vikings fought back cutting the deficit to five points, 71-66, by the 4:56 mark. That would be the closest they would get down the stretch as Boise State pulled out to a 15-point advantage in the final minute to put the Vikings away at last. The Broncos are now 17-0 all-time in Boise versus Portland State.

It has been four years since Boise State scored 90 or more points. The last time they did so was in coach Presnell’s Bronco debut on Nov. 18, 2005 when Boise State defeated Idaho State 91-89 in double overtime at Pocatello.

On the night Boise State shot 50 percent (32-64) from the floor, but struggled from the 3-point arc and free-throw line hitting 14 percent (2-14) and 65 percent (26-40) respectively. Portland State converted 44 percent from the hardwood, 28 percent (7-25) from the arc and 50 percent (5-10) from the foul line. Boise State also controlled the glass out rebounding PSU 47-to-35.

Jessica Van Hoogen led the Broncos with a season-high 24 points, 12 in each half, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Tasha Harris followed with 18 points, five boards, two assists and one block. Melissa Rima added 12 points, went 8-of-11 from the free-throw line, two rebounds, one block and one steal. Janie Bos recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Portland State also had four players in double-digit points. Claire Faucher turned in a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists, followed by Katy Wade with 11 points and seven boards, Kelly Marchant with 11 points and one rebound, and Kelli Valentine’s 10 points, three rebounds and three assists.

The loss drops Portland State, the favorite to win the Big Sky title this year, to 2-1 overall. Next up for the Broncos, Boise State will start a six game road stretch over the next three weeks beginning with a trip to Idaho State this Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff in Reed Gym.     


Game Summary

Portland State at Boise State
11/19/09 7:05 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)

BOISE STATE 92, PORTLAND STATE 80


PORTLAND STATE (2-1)

Faucher, Claire 6-14 3-3 16; Marchant, Kelly 4-8 0-0 11; Wade, Katy 5-10 1-3
11; Valentine, Kelli 5-14 0-2 10; Jones, Eryn 3-9 1-2 9; Depaepe, Kate 4-10
0-0 8; Jackson, Nichole 3-4 0-0 7; Lampman, Karley 2-5 0-0 4; Cremer,
Courtney 1-2 0-0 2; Yankus, Erin 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-77 5-10 80.

BOISE STATE (3-0)
Van Hoogen, Jessica 10-19 3-4 24; Harris, Tasha 8-12 2-4 18; Rima, Melissa
2-3 8-11 12; Bos, Janie 5-10 1-2 11; McGilbra, Taylor 2-4 5-6 9; Poteet,
Kinzi 1-2 4-8 6; Marshall, Julia 2-4 0-0 5; Kepilino, Rebecca 1-5 2-3 4;
Pilcher, Heather 1-3 0-0 2; Lenhardt, Lauren 0-2 1-2 1; Gross, Stacie 0-0
0-0 0. Totals 32-64 26-40 92.

Portland State................   30   50  -   80
Boise State...................   35   57  -   92

3-point goals--Portland State 7-25 (Marchant, Kelly 3-5; Jones, Eryn 2-5;
Jackson, Nichole 1-2; Faucher, Claire 1-7; Lampman, Karley 0-1; Depaepe,
Kate 0-2; Valentine, Kelli 0-3), Boise State 2-14 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 1-7;
Marshall, Julia 1-2; McGilbra, Taylor 0-1; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-1; Pilcher,
Heather 0-1; Harris, Tasha 0-2). Fouled out--Portland State-Jackson,
Nichole; Marchant, Kelly; Valentine, Kelli, Boise State-None.
Rebounds--Portland State 35 (Depaepe, Kate 8), Boise State 47 (Bos, Janie
10). Assists--Portland State 17 (Faucher, Claire 10), Boise State 14
(McGilbra, Taylor 3; Kepilino, Rebecca 3). Total fouls--Portland State 31,
Boise State 14. Technical fouls--Portland State-None, Boise State-None.
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