Dominating Second Half Lifts Boise State to 65-48 Win Over Texas Southern...
Presnell moves to within one of 500th career victory.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (11/28/2010) - A strong second half led Boise State University’s women’s basketball team to 17-point 65-48 victory over Texas Southern University on the final day of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational Sunday afternoon in Fort Collins, Colo.  After taking a two-point 31-29 lead into halftime the Broncos came storming out to dominate the second period. Boise State clamped down defensively and shot 50 percent from the floor to out score the Tigers 33-19 in the final half. Kati Isham led the Broncos in scoring with 15 points followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 11 as Boise State won its second game in a row to improve to 5-2 overall.

Texas Southern opened the game by scoring the first basket then rolling out to a 9-2 lead early. The Broncos rallied to take their first lead at 17-14 on a Stacie Gross 3-pointer with 9:25 on the clock.  The contest remained close for the rest of the half as the game went back and forth.

There were three ties and five lead changes during the opening 20 minutes of action. Boise State took their largest lead of the half at 31-27 on a Kati Isham trey with 1:25 to go before half. The Broncos eventually settled for a two-point advantage 31-29 at the break.

Boise State shot the ball well in the period going 12-of-27 (44 pct.) from the floor and a solid five-of-nine (56 pct.) from outside the 3-point arc. Isham led the Broncos with 10 points followed by Lauren Lenhardt with nine. Texas Southern was led by NaDosha Strickland with 17 points. The Tigers shot 45 percent from the floor in the half and 20 percent (1-of-5) from the arc.  

The Broncos opened the second period on an 11-2 run to take a quick 42-31 advantage eight minutes into the half. Boise State would never relinquish the lead in the second half as they stretched their advantage to a game-high 18 points at 62-44 with two minutes to go in the game.

Defensively the Broncos stepped it up in the second half holding the Tigers to 19 points in the period. Boise State’s pressure was a major factor in Texas Southern’s poor shooting performance in the second 20 minutes. The Broncos contested most of the Tigers’ shots and denied the open 3-pointer as Texas Southern hit 31 percent from the floor in the half and went 0-2 from the arc.

Once again Boise State struggled with turnovers committing 23 in the game, but this time that did not come back to hurt them as the Tigers only scored 15 points off the Bronco miscues. The Boise State bench also played a big part in the game out scoring TSU 21 to nine.

Boise State finished the day shooting 47.3 percent (26-55) from the hardwood. The 3-point shot came back to the Broncos who had been struggling from  behind the arc entering the game, they hit 42 percent (8-19) today. However, they shot a season-low 50 percent (5-10) from the free-throw line. Boise State won the battle on the glass by a 43 to 31 rebound margin.

Isham led the Broncos on the day shooting 50 percent (6-12) from the floor for a team-high 15 points to go with two rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes. Lenhardt followed with 11 points, a team-high five boards and two blocks in 23 minutes of play. Janie Bos added eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Diana Lee match her with eight points to go with four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Kinzi Poteet tied Lenhardt for the team high on the glass with five rebounds to go with four points, two assists, one block and one steal.

DaDosha Strickland led Texas Southern with 25 points, five rebounds, one block and one steal. She was followed by Gabrielle Rosiji with nine points and six boards. The Tigers finished the game shooting 37.8 percent (22-58) from the floor, 14 percent (1-7) from the arc and 33 percent (3-9) from the free-throw line.

Boise State’s second consecutive victory at the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational improves the Broncos to 5-2 on the year, Texas Southern fell to 0-5. Next up for Boise State is the University of Oregon at home in Taco Bell Arena this Friday night, tip is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Coach Gordy Presnell will shoot for his 500th (499-187) career victory against the Ducks. 
Game Summary

Texas Southern vs Boise State
Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational
11/28/10 12 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (Fort Collins, Colo.)



Strickland, NaDosha 12-24 0-0 25; Rosiji, Gabrielle 4-7 1-3 9; Payne,
Jasmine 2-5 1-3 5; Cannon, Jasmine 1-8 1-3 3; Smith, Stephanique 1-4 0-0 2;
Hall, Azalea 1-1 0-0 2; Price, Kenya 1-3 0-0 2; Bennett, Kyla 0-1 0-0 0;
Anyiam, Crystal 0-1 0-0 0; Walton, Nicole 0-1 0-0 0; Highgate, Sierra 0-3
0-0 0. Totals 22-58 3-9 48.

Isham, Kati 6-12 0-0 15; Lenhardt, Lauren 4-10 2-3 11; Brady, Nicole 4-8 0-1
9; Lee, Diana 3-5 0-0 8; Bos, Janie 4-5 0-1 8; Gross, Stacie 2-4 0-0 5;
Poteet, Kinzi 1-3 2-3 3; Kearney, Janelle 1-3 0-0 2; Lister, Cinnamon 1-1
0-0 2; Pilcher, Heather 0-3 1-2 1; Rima, Melissa 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-55
4-10 64.

Texas Southern................   29   19  -   48
Boise State...................   31   34  -   65

3-point goals--Texas Southern 1-7 (Strickland, NaDosha 1-3; Payne, Jasmine
0-1; Cannon, Jasmine 0-2; Walton, Nicole 0-1), Boise State 8-19 (Isham, Kati
3-6; Lee, Diana 2-3; Lenhardt, Lauren 1-2; Gross, Stacie 1-2; Brady, Nicole
1-5; Rima, Melissa 0-1). Fouled out--Texas Southern-None, Boise State-None.
Rebounds--Texas Southern 31 (Payne, Jasmine 7), Boise State 43 (Poteet,
Kinzi 5; Lenhardt, Lauren 5). Assists--Texas Southern 8 (Highgate, Sierra
3), Boise State 15 (Isham, Kati 4). Total fouls--Texas Southern 19, Boise
State 12. Technical fouls--Texas Southern-None, Boise State-None. A-133

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