There's No Place Like Home, Boise State Defeats San Diego 47-29 ...

BOISE, Idaho - (12/3/2006) - After two frustrating road losses the Broncos turned the table Sunday afternoon as they handed the previously undefeated Toreros a 47-29 loss at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. Senior post Michelle Hessing led Boise State with 10 points and was the only player on either team in double-figures during the low scoring affair. The Broncos also held the high scoring San Diego Toreros, who entered the game averaging 72 points a game, to a Boise State 30-year low 29 points allowed. Not since January 20, 1977 when the Broncos defeated Northwest Nazarene 64-29 has Boise State held an opponent to below 30 points.

Both teams struggled throughout the game to build momentum as it turned into a defensive battle from the tip. After two quick baskets by Boise State to open the game, San Diego ran off a 10-0 run to claim a seven-point 11-4 lead over the Broncos with 15:25 remaining in the game.

Two and a half minutes later the Toreros led 13-8 on a layup by Sabine Loewe with 12:55 to go. That is when San Diego hit a wall. USD went ice cold from the floor and failed to score another field goal in the period finishing the half shooting 14.8 percent (4-of-27) from the floor.

Though the Broncos did not light the scoreboard up either hitting 10-of-30 shots (33.3 pct) from the hardwood, they did manage to rally from the five-point deficit with a 13-0 run to end the half. Their last field goal in the first half came on a Jackie Thompson layup with 4:14 remaining as Boise State took a 21-14 lead into the break.

The shooting percentages improved in the second half but the game continued to be a decisive battle. The Broncos opened the period with a quick three-pointer from junior forward Jackie Lee to give the Broncos a 24-14 advantage 15 seconds into the half. San Diego countered with five straight points to cut the lead to five with a little more than 16 minutes to go.

The Toreros shooting woes continued as they watched Boise State slowly pull away on the scoreboard. After scoring 14 points in the first half San Diego managed only 15 in the second. Boise State slowly built their lead to double-digits 33-22 with 9:43 left. The Broncos eventually stretched it to 21 points (47-26) with 2:11 remaining. San Diego hit three free throws in the final 61 seconds to cut Boise State’s lead to the final 18-point margin as the Broncos won 47-29 snapping a two-game losing streak.

Boise State dominated the paint out scoring San Diego 32-to-12 down low. The game was also sloppy as well with a combined 45 turnovers. However, the Broncos fared better in converting USD’s turnovers into points by a 21-to-7 margin on points off turnovers. Boise State also controlled the boards out rebounding San Diego 47-to-39 in the game.

Hessing led Boise State in scoring with 10 points to go with a individual season and team high eight rebounds. Sophomore point guard Tasha Harris was second in scoring with nine points, while Jackie Thompson, Jessica Thompson, and Nadia Begay each recorded six points. Jessica Thompson joined Hessing in setting a season high for rebounds with seven of her own, Jenna Galassi chipped in with five boards.

Boise State did a solid defensive job on San Diego’s leading scorers holding Amber Sprague to one point after averaging 18.5 points per game entering the game. Kelly Winther and Amanda Rego also averaged double-figure points entering the contest but were held to five and six respectively. Rego had a team high on the boards with nine followed by Sabine Loewe with eight.

Boise State shot 35.0 percent (21-of-60) from the floor, 25.0 percent (3-of-12) from beyond the arc, and 33.3 percent (2-of-6) from the charity stripe. San Diego was held to 18 percent (9-of-50) from the floor, 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from three-point range, and 52.9 percent from the foul line. The Toreros entered the game hitting 46.3 percent from the floor and 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from long range, and 74.4 percent from the free throw line in their previous six games.

The win improves the Broncos to 4-3 on the year as they prepare to host Denver (3-2) of the Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday night. The Pioneers defeated Colorado State 65-53 Sunday afternoon in Fort Collins. The loss drops San Diego to 6-1 on the year.

Newspaper Box Score
San Diego vs Boise State
12/03/06 2:00 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


HENDERSON, Morgan 1-3 6-8 8; LOEWE, Sabine 4-8 0-0 8; REGO, Amanda 2-10 1-2
6; WINTHER, Kelly 2-9 0-0 5; MANGRUM, Kaila 0-0 1-4 1; SPRAGUE, Amber 0-8
1-3 1; HERMAN, Kiva 0-5 0-0 0; STRANE, Alcha 0-1 0-0 0; HOUCHIN, London 0-1
0-0 0; VANDERHORST, Sara 0-1 0-0 0; MORGENSTERN, Hannah 0-0 0-0 0; VOISINET,
Ashley 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 9-50 9-17 29.

Hessing, Michelle 4-10 2-2 10; Harris, Tasha 4-11 0-1 9; Begay, Nadia 2-7
0-0 6; Thompson, Jessica 3-10 0-0 6; Thompson, Jackie 3-3 0-0 6; Galassi,
Jenna 2-5 0-0 4; Stewart, Amanda 1-2 0-1 2; Reyes, Bridgette 1-3 0-0 2; Lee,
Jackie 1-6 0-2 2; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-2 0-0 0; Walker, Ja'Lara 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 21-60 2-6 47.

San Diego.....................   14   15  -   29
Boise State...................   21   26  -   47

3-point goals--San Diego 2-12 (WINTHER, Kelly 1-5; REGO, Amanda 1-4; HERMAN,
Kiva 0-1; STRANE, Alcha 0-1; HOUCHIN, London 0-1), Boise State 3-12 (Begay,
Nadia 2-7; Harris, Tasha 1-1; Galassi, Jenna 0-1; Lee, Jackie 0-2; Thompson,
Jessica 0-1). Fouled out--San Diego-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--San
Diego 39 (REGO, Amanda 9), Boise State 47 (Hessing, Michelle 8).
Assists--San Diego 5 (REGO, Amanda 3), Boise State 12 (Reyes, Bridgette 3).
Total fouls--San Diego 14, Boise State 17. Technical fouls--San Diego-None,
Boise State-None. A-724


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