Boise State Falls Short Against Utah Valley 73-70 in Women's Basketball?
Freshmen guard tandem of VanBrocklin and Pilcher combined for 32 points.
BOISE, Idaho (11/29/08) A combined 32 points by the freshmen guard tandem of Courtney VanBrocklin and Heather Pilcher were not enough to carry Boise State as the Broncos fell in the final minute to Utah Valley 73-70. The Broncos rallied from nine points down in the second half to take a six-point 62-56 lead with 6:33 to play, only to let the game slip away at the end.
The Broncos did not play particularly well during the game which was close throughout the 40 minutes. The contest was a single-digit game to the end with Utah Valley taking a nine-point lead a couple of times, while Boise State’s largest lead was six-points after rallying from nine down in the second period.
The first half saw Boise State struggle on both ends of the court as Utah Valley staked itself to a 36-30 halftime advantage. Impressively enough, as poor as the Broncos played in the first 20 minutes shooting 32 percent from the floor, 20 percent (2-10) from the arc, 44 percent (4-9) from the free-throw line, and being out rebounded by 11, they were still in the contest down only six at the break.
For the first time in three games the Broncos came out well to start the second period. They closed to within two early, then refused to let Utah Valley get away from them as the game remained within reach.
Down nine with 13:16 to play, Boise State slowly chipped away at the Utah Valley lead until catching and passing the Wolverines with eight minutes to play. Down four, 56-52, with 9:37 remaining, VanBrocklin scored four points of a 10-0 Bronco run that gave Boise State a 62-56 lead with 6:33 to go.
Boise State then held the lead until the final minute when Utah Valley rallied regaining the advantage on a Sandy Marvin-Wall layup with 57 seconds remaining and the score reading 69-68.
The final minute saw Boise State finish the game with two missed field goals and two turnovers. Meanwhile, Utah Valley held off the Broncos at the foul line as Asumi Nakayama hit four-of-four free throws in the last 30 seconds.
On the positive side Boise State showed more improvement since the loss of starting point guard Tasha Harris a week ago. However, they are still looking for the game when everyone is on. While the post play of Marisa Stotler and Ja'Lara Walker has been a key factor in the last couple of games they struggled tonight while the guards stepped forward.
The guard trio of VanBrocklin, Pilcher, and Brittany Moore accounted for 40 of the team’s 70 points while the fourth Jamia Malone played well controlling the tempo on the floor at the point. Unfortunately, the Broncos’ post presence was questionable for most of the game as they allowed the Wolverines to outscore Boise State 44-to-26 in the paint. In addition, they were severely out rebounded early in the game before regrouping in the second half.
On the day, VanBrocklin led Boise State with a career-high 19 points on six-of-nine shooting from the floor and seven-of-eight from the free-throw line to go with five rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 23 minutes. Pilcher was second in scoring tying her career-high with 13 points while adding two assists and two steals. Brittany Moore followed her career-high 16-point scoring performance at Wyoming Tuesday night with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal tonight. Jenna Galassi added seven points followed by Sierra Moeller with six points, a team-high nine rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. Ja'Lara Walker finished the game with six points and three boards.
Three players recorded double-figure scoring to lead Utah Valley beginning with Robyn Fairbank’s double-double on 24 points and 16 rebounds. Julie McMurray was second with 19 points followed by Sandy Marvin-Wall with 15.
The loss was the fourth in a row for Boise State who fell to 2-4 overall. On the horizon is a 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) home game Monday night against Southern Utah University (1-4) in Taco Bell Arena. The UVU Wolverines improved to 2-3 on the year.
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