Boise State Pulls Away Down the Stretch in Tough 76-60 Win at Idaho State in Women's Basketball...

For second consecutive game Harris and Van Hoogen combine for 40 plus points.

POCATELLO, Idaho (11/21/2009) - Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen combined for 44 points to lead the Broncos over instate-rival Idaho State 76-60 Saturday afternoon in Pocatello, Idaho. The game was closer than the score would indicate as Boise State could not shake the Bengals until the final four minutes of the contest when they out scored ISU 21-10 down the stretch. The win was the Broncos fourth consecutive to open the season and seventh straight over their rivals.

Boise State led for the majority of the contest opening as much as a five-point lead several times in the first 20 minutes. The second half saw the Broncos pickup the tempo extending the lead into double-digits with the largest lead of the day being 16 points in the final minute of the game. Idaho State lead only once during the game for 32 seconds at 7-5 at the 14:30 mark of the first period. The theme of the night was Boise State stretching their lead, only to see ISU claw back into contention until the final minutes of the game. 

The first half was tight throughout with Boise State taking a four-point lead into the halftime break led by Tasha Harris with 10 points followed by eight from Van Hoogen.

The Broncos opened the second half on a 8-2 run during the first two minutes of the period to stretch their advantage to double-figures for the first time at 38-28. The lead then went to 11 points at 41-30 with just under 15 minutes to go.

Down 11, Idaho State rallied with a 10-2 run pulling to within two points, 43-41, with 9:16 remaining.  Following a missed jumper by Van Hoogen, the Bengals had a chance to tie the game or take the lead on the next possession. However they came up short when Brea Matthews was fouled and then missed the free throws that would of pulled ISU even. The two-point deficit, 43-41, was the closest that the Bengals would get in the final period.

Following the missed Matthews free throws, Van Hoogen hit a clutch 3-pointer to make the score 46-41 to give her team a little breathing room. The contest remained close, three to seven points, until the final four minutes when the Broncos made their final push.

Up five, 55-50, with four minutes to play, Boise State started to pull away out scoring the Bengals 21-10 and extend the lead to a game-high 16 points twice in the final minute.

On the day, Boise State shot 37 percent (22-59) from the floor, a season-best 35 percent (8-23) from the 3-point line, and 77 percent 24-31 from the free-throw line. Idaho State countered by hitting 34 percent (20-59) from the floor, 21 percent (3-14) from the arc, and 77 percent (17-22) from the charity stripe. For the first time this year the Broncos were out rebounded 43-to-38.

The Broncos continue to control the ball committing only 14 turnovers in the game while forcing 23 for a 25-to-6 advantage in points off turnovers. Boise State also continued to dominate the scoreboard, they have now trailed a total of 1:06 in 160 minutes (four games) of action to date.

Tasha Harris led Boise State with 23 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Jessica Van Hoogen added 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Janie Bos recorded 12 points and four boards, followed by Melissa Rima with eight points and five rebounds. Rebecca Kepilino grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Idaho State was led by Chelsea Pickering with a career-high 19 points to go with four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Oana Iacovita followed with 12 points and a team-high nine boards.
The win keeps the Broncos perfect on the year at 4-0, while Idaho State fell to 0-4. Next up for Boise State, the Broncos continue their six-game road stretch by traveling to Orem, Utah, for a Tuesday night encounter at Utah Valley (2-3)    


Final Game Summary

Boise State vs Idaho State
11/21/09 3:35 pm at Pocatello, ID - Reed Gym



Harris, Tasha 7-18 7-10 23; Van Hoogen, Jessica 6-15 6-9 21; Bos, Janie 5-6
2-2 12; Rima, Melissa 2-5 3-4 8; McGilbra, Taylor 0-0 6-6 6; Marshall, Julia
1-5 0-0 3; Pilcher, Heather 1-6 0-0 3; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-3 0-0 0;
Lenhardt, Lauren 0-1 0-0 0; Poteet, Kinzi 0-0 0-0 0; Gross, Stacie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 24-31 76.

Pickering,Chelsea 6-13 5-5 19; Iacovita,Oana 6-13 0-0 12; Videbeck,Andrea
3-5 3-3 9; Wohltman, Morgan 2-9 2-2 6; Vella,Ashleigh 1-3 3-4 5; Oakes,Kaela
0-3 4-5 4; Matthews,Brea 1-2 0-2 3; Byrne,Shannon 1-4 0-1 2; Diehl,Devin 0-6
0-0 0; Smith,Ashley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-59 17-22 60.

Boise State...................   30   46  -   76
Idaho State...................   26   34  -   60

3-point goals--Boise State 8-23 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 3-7; Harris, Tasha 2-5;
Rima, Melissa 1-1; Marshall, Julia 1-4; Pilcher, Heather 1-4; Kepilino,
Rebecca 0-2), Idaho State 3-14 (Pickering,Chelsea 2-4; Matthews,Brea 1-1;
Wohltman,Morgan 0-3; Vella,Ashleigh 0-1; Byrne,Shannon 0-1; Diehl,Devin 0-3;
Smith,Ashley 0-1). Fouled out--Boise State-None, Idaho State-Iacovita,Oana;
Videbeck,Andrea. Rebounds--Boise State 38 (Kepilino, Rebecca 8), Idaho State
43 (Iacovita,Oana 9). Assists--Boise State 9 (Harris, Tasha 3; Van Hoogen,
Jessica 3), Idaho State 12 (Videbeck,Andrea 4). Total fouls--Boise State 26,
Idaho State 24. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Idaho State-None. A-747

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