EUGENE, Ore. (12/4/2009) - Boise State saw its seven-game win streak snapped Friday night in Eugene, Ore., when the Oregon Ducks ran past the Broncos 88-61. It was one of those nights where nothing went right for the visitors as a combination of poor shooting, early foul trouble and turnovers were to much to overcome against a good Oregon squad. Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen led the Broncos with 15 points apiece as Boise State fell to 7-1 on the year.
Boise State knew it had its hands full with the challenge that Oregon presented them coming into the game. The Ducks are coached by Paul Westhead who’s Loyola Marymount University men’s teams of the late 80’s and early 90’s were famous for racing up and down the floor as one the highest scoring teams in the nation.
Well Westhead’s Oregon women’s team plays the same way with a high pace game that put the cold shooting Broncos down early opening with an 11-2 run in the first four minutes. Add to the Duck offensive attack foul trouble to Boise State’s top three post players, Janie Bos, Rebecca Kepilino and Melissa Rima who were all sitting on the bench by the 15 minute mark with two fouls, and it added up to a long night for the blue and orange.
Before the Broncos could blink Oregon had opened up a insurmountable lead. With 12:06 showing on the clock the Ducks were up 16 points, 23-7, and never looked back as Boise State was unable to recover. By the end of the half the lead had reached 31 points before a late Boise State basket cut it to 29 points, 53-24, at the break.
Boise State played better in the second half but the halftime deficit was too much. The closest the Broncos would get was 24 points, 60-36, with 14:18 left to play. The Ducks eventually stretch their lead to a game-high 34 points, 78-44, with 7:50 remaining.
On the positive side the Broncos’ freshmen post duo of Kinzi Poteet and Lauren Lenhardt played a lot of minutes and looked good banging in the paint with Oregon’s front line. They combined for 27 minutes, 10 points and eight rebounds, as well as, posing a challenge down low for the Duck forwards defensively.
On the night, Boise State struggled to get anything to fall for them finishing the game shooting a season-low 32.4 percent (24-74) from the floor, 21.7 percent (5-23) from the 3-point arc and a season-low 44.4 percent (8-18) from the free-throw line. Conversely, Oregon was solid from the floor as they scored easy baskets off Bronco turnovers and open shots. The Ducks ended the game converting 38.6 percent (32-83) from the court, 37.9 percent (11-29) from the arc and 61.9 percent (13-21) from the charity stripe.
One of the biggest factors in the game were Boise State’s season-high 26 turnovers resulting in a 31 to 14 advantage for Oregon in points off turnovers, the Broncos had 18 give-a-ways by halftime.
Turnovers and poor shooting were key in the loss as the Broncos match the Ducks relatively close in shots, 3-pointers and free throws attempted. Oregon just made more of theirs while Boise State struggled. The Broncos even out rebounded the Ducks 55 to 53, and 23 to 21 in offensive boards.
Harris led Boise State with 15 points, a team-high nine rebounds, one assist and one block. Van Hoogen matched Harris’ points while adding six boards, two assists, one block, and two steals. Lauren Lenhardt was third in scoring with six points to go with three rebounds.
The Ducks had five players in double-figure points led by Amanda Johnson with 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Taylor Lilley followed with 15 points, Jasmin Holliday added a double-double on 12 points and 13 boards. Micaela Cocks and Nia Jackson each chipped in 11 points.
Boise State concludes a six-game road swing over the last three weeks Sunday afternoon when they take on the University of Portland (4-3) at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the Chiles Center on the U of P campus. The Pilots lost Wednesday night at Oregon 95-68 then rebounded Friday night to defeat Pacific (Calif.) 80-66 in Portland. Oregon improved to 7-1 with the win over Boise State.
Newspaper Box Score
Boise State vs Oregon
12/04/09 7:03 pm at McArthur Court (Eugene, Ore.)
OREGON 88, BOISE STATE 61
BOISE STATE (7-1)
Harris, Tasha 5-15 4-6 15; Van Hoogen, Jessica 6-17 0-0 15; Lenhardt, Lauren
3-7 0-0 6; Marshall, Julia 2-5 0-0 5; Kepilino, Rebecca 2-6 1-2 5; Pilcher,
Heather 1-7 2-2 4; Poteet, Kinzi 2-4 0-3 4; Bos, Janie 2-5 0-0 4; McGilbra,
Taylor 1-2 0-0 2; Rima, Melissa 0-5 1-3 1; Gross, Stacie 0-1 0-2 0. Totals
24-74 8-18 61.
Johnson, Amanda 8-20 0-0 20; Lilley, Taylor 5-12 1-2 15; Holliday, Jasmin
5-8 2-2 12; Jackson, Nia 4-6 3-4 11; Cocks, Micaela 5-13 0-0 11; Canepa,
Nicole 1-6 7-13 9; Kenyon, Victoria 2-5 0-0 5; Thomas, Tatianna 1-4 0-0 3;
Saffold, Lindsey 1-3 0-0 2; Ironmonger, Ellyce 0-2 0-0 0; Fallin, Kristi 0-2
0-0 0; Stanulis, Laura 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-83 13-21 88.
Boise State................... 24 37 - 61
Oregon........................ 53 35 - 88
3-point goals--Boise State 5-23 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 3-10; Marshall, Julia
1-2; Harris, Tasha 1-5; Pilcher, Heather 0-2; Rima, Melissa 0-2; Gross,
Stacie 0-1; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-1), Oregon 11-29 (Johnson, Amanda 4-7;
Lilley, Taylor 4-9; Cocks, Micaela 1-5; Thomas, Tatianna 1-3; Kenyon,
Victoria 1-2; Ironmonger, Ellyce 0-1; Fallin, Kristi 0-2). Fouled out--Boise
State-None, Oregon-None. Rebounds--Boise State 55 (Harris, Tasha 9), Oregon
53 (Holliday, Jasmin 13). Assists--Boise State 6 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 2),
Oregon 21 (Cocks, Micaela 4; Lilley, Taylor 4; Johnson, Amanda 4). Total
fouls--Boise State 21, Oregon 16. Technical fouls--Boise State-None,