Broncos Surprise Oregon 56-47 In Women's Basketball To Improve To 3-1 Overall . . .
EUGENE, Oregon - (11/24/2006) - Boise State opened the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament by defeating their host the Oregon Ducks 56-47 Friday night in Eugene. Sophomore guard Jessica Thompson led the Broncos with a season high 25 points as Boise State improved to 3-1 on the season. The victory was the first for Boise State over a PAC-10 team since December 21, 1997 when they defeated Southern California 70-60 in Boise.
The first half went back and forth as the teams traded leads. Boise State’s largest lead of the first period was four points while Oregon’s was five. Boise State rallied from five down at 21-16 with 2:33 remaining to claim a one-point lead at 22-21 with under a minute to go. Oregon then hit a free throw in the final seconds to knot the score at 22 all going into the intermission. Jessica Thompson led the Broncos with eight first half points while Jackie Thompson grabbed 10 of her game high 14 rebounds.
The second half started by Oregon taking an early 25-24 lead on a Taylor Lilley three-pointer two minutes into the period. That was the last time Boise State trailed in the game as they maintained a lead of one-to-six points for the majority of the final period.
The Broncos claimed the lead for good (27-25) over Oregon when Jessica Thompson nailed a three-pointer from the right side with 17:20 to go. Boise State then stretched it out to five on a layup by Michelle Hessing and a free throw by Jessica Thompson. That is when the teams began to trade basket leading up to the final seven and a half minutes.
Oregon managed to tie the game at 39-39 with 7:20 to go behind back-to-back three pointers from the Ducks’ Kaela Chapdelaine and Taylor Lilley. Those shots got the 2,896 Oregon faithful back into the game and on their feet as the Ducks rallied.
However, Boise State would go on a 17-to-8 scoring run to end the game. The Broncos eventually pulled out to their largest lead of the game at nine points with 28 seconds to go in the contest. The teams traded free throws at the end before the buzzer sounded giving Boise State the nine-point 56-47 victory.
On the night, Boise State controlled the ball well making only 12 turnovers, five in the last half, during the game compared to 19 by Oregon. That led to 18 more shots and a 14-to-2 advantage for the Broncos in points off turnovers. Boise State also out rebounded Oregon 50-to-36 including 23 offensive boards to give the Broncos a 13-to-8 edge in second chance points. However, Oregon had more points in the paint by a 26-to-18 margin.
Jessica Thompson led Boise State with a season high 25 points to go with her three rebounds and two steals. Tasha Harris was second in scoring with 10 points, followed by six points from both Michelle Hessing and Nadia Begay. Jackie Thompson led the Bronco effort on the glass with 14 rebounds followed by seven from Amanda Stewart.
One other noteable for Boise State, Freshman Ja'Lara Walker, a 6-4 center from Merced, California, saw her first action as a Bronco tonight with five minutes of playing time.
Oregon was led by Eleanor Haring with a team high 11 points, followed by Carolyn Ganes with nine points and Jamie Hawkins with eight. Jessie Shetters had the high on the boards with 11 rebounds to go with four points, Hawkins had a second best seven boards. Boise State did a stellar job on Oregon’s Lilley who entered the game averaging 20.5 points per game, the Broncos held her to a season low six points.
Boise State continued to struggle shooting the ball hitting 27.7 percent from the floor, 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from the arc, and 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the foul line. Oregon hit 34 percent from the hardwood, 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from beyond the three point line, and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the charity stripe.
The win improves Boise State to 3-1 on the year while Oregon suffers their first loss of the season falling to 2-1. In the first game of the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament Pittsburgh defeated Utah 59-51. That sets up a Boise State (3-1) versus Pitt (5-0) championship game at 5:00 p.m. (pacific) at McArthur Court in Eugene on Saturday. It will be the first meeting ever between the two schools.
Newspaper Box Score
BOISE STATE 56, OREGON 47
Boise State................... 22 34 - 56
3-point goals--Boise State 3-17 (Thompson, Jessica 2-2; Harris, Tasha 1-5;
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