Freshman Heather Pilcher records fourth double-figure point game in seven contests.
BOISE, Idaho (12/1/08) Freshman Heather Pilcher scored a career-high 19 points to lead Boise State to a dominating 74-60 victory over Southern Utah in Taco Bell Arena at Boise, Idaho. The Broncos had been struggling this year hitting from the arc and free-throw line. Tonight they came out firing, hitting 10-of-26 shots from 3-point range and 16-of-20 free throws as they led on the scoreboard the entire 40 minutes.
It was a much needed win for Boise State which snapped a four-game skid against the Thunderbirds and has a tough two-game road trip to Montana State and Montana looming this weekend.
Senior Jamia Malone opened the game for Boise State by hitting her first three field goal attempts, all from behind the arc. With three and half minutes gone in the opening period she had given the Broncos a quick 11-6 advantage. They never looked back after that stretching the lead to 18 points twice in the opening 20 minutes, the last came with 3:38 remaining and the score reading 33-18 Broncos.
Down 18, Southern Utah managed to chip away at the lead before the break scoring the last seven points of the period to cut the Boise State advantage to 11 points by halftime at 33-22.
Up 39-28 with 16:25 to play in the second half, Boise State rolled off an 8-0 run to stretch their advantage to 19 points by the 11 minute mark, 47-28. The Broncos eventually claimed a game-high 23 point advantage at 50-37 with 7:18 remaining.
Southern Utah made one final rally attempt before the game ended by hitting three 3-pointers and a pair of short shots to cut the deficit to 11 points 71-60 with 1:22 showing on the clock.
That would be as close as the Thunderbirds would get as Boise State’s Heather Pilcher hit the final field goal of the game by either team from 3-point range with 33 seconds remaining for the final 74-60 victory margin.
Pilcher led Boise State in scoring with her fourth double-figure point game in seven outings a career-high 19 points to go with two rebounds, one block, and one steal. Jamia Malone finished with 14 points, hitting 4-of-eight 3-point attempts, while grabbing four boards and dishing out a team-best four assists. Marisa Stotler got back on track recording 10 points and seven rebounds, followed by Sierra Moeller’s nine points and team-high nine rebounds.
Moeller, a sophomore from Pierre, S.D., earned her first career start in place of junior center Ja’Lara Walker who was out with an injury. That marks the fourth projected starter entering the season that is out for Boise State. Walker’s status is currently day-to-day.
Southern Utah was led by two players in double-figure points. Anne Higbee led the team in scoring with 17 points to go with seven boards, two assists, and one block. She was followed by Kaila Goff’s 14 points, one rebound, five assists, and two steals. Cassi Jones had a team-high eight rebounds along with six points.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Boise State as they improved to 3-4 on the year. Southern Utah fell to 1-5 on the year with the loss. Next for Boise State is an encounter with Montana State Friday night at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Bozeman, Mont. The game against the Tricia Bader-Binford, Boise State alum, coached Bobcats is the first of two games for the Broncos in the Big Sky state this weekend.