Boise, Idaho (12/7/2007) - The Boise State Broncos used a dominating second half to roll past the PAC-10’s Washington Huskies 88-66 Friday evening at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. Junior guard Jessica Thompson led an all-around solid team effort with a season high 21 points. The win was the second in a row for the Broncos as they improve to 5-3 overall and remain undefeated at home going 4-0 to date.
The Broncos opened the game fast storming out to a 6-0 lead on a pair of 3-pointers by Jackie Lee and Jessica Thompson. The Huskies spent the game forcing their attack down low where they out scored the Broncos 22-10 in the first period. Meanwhile, Boise State attempted to stretch the Washington defense during the opening 20-minutes by taking outside shots and converting on eight-of-19 3-pointers in the first half, the Huskies went 0-7 from the arc.
Despite never trailing in the contest, Boise State was unable to claim a double-digit lead in the first half pulling out to a nine point, 23-14, lead with 8:25 to play. Each time the Broncos stretched their lead to seven or eight during the opening stanza, the Huskies responded by pulling the game close. Jackie Lee and Brittany Moore paced the Broncos during the first period each hitting three 3-pointers for nine points apiece at the break. By the intermission Boise State held a seven point, 38-31, advantage over Washington.
Boise State wasted no time in putting the game out of reach early in the second half opening on a 16-4 run. By the time the run ended at the 11:06 mark the Broncos were up by 19 points, 54-35, and never looked back. Six different players contribute to Boise State’s early second half run as the Broncos turned in their best overall performance of the season against the Huskies.
The first half saw the Broncos attack focus on the outside game. Their success opened the floor up in the second half as they pushed into the paint. They managed to cut Washington’s big halftime advantage in the paint from 12 points, 22-10, to four points, 34-30, by the end of the game. The night ended with Boise State extending their lead into the low 20’s followed by the Huskies cutting it to 16 -points on a couple of occasions. However, Washington could get no closer in the game as the Broncos eventually claimed their largest lead of the contest, 24 points, on a Jamia Malone 3-pointer with 1:32 remaining and the score showing Boise State 87, Washington 63.
On the night, Boise State shot 35.7 percent (30-84) from the floor, 31.4 percent (11-35) from beyond the arc, and a solid 73.9 percent (17-23) from the foul line as they recorded a season high 88 points. Washington shot 35.8 percent (24-67) from the court, but struggled from the arc hitting 11.8 percent (2-17). They went 16-22 from the free throw line for 72.7 percent. The Huskies won the battle on the glass out rebounding the Broncos 54-46. However, second chance points were equal at 15 apiece.
Jessica Thompson led the Broncos with a season high 21 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, one block, and four steals. Three other Broncos hit double figure points as well led by Tasha Harris with 15 points along with five boards, and a team high six assists. Brittany Moore finished with 14 points followed by Jackie Lee with 12. Every Bronco scored in the game for the first time this season. Senior center Amanda Stewart led on the glass by tying her career high for rebounds with nine. Four others recorded five rebounds each: Lee, Harris, Thompson, and Melissa Rima.
Michelle Augustavo led the Huskies with 14 points as she hit two late 3-pointers. Katelan Redman recorded a second best 13 points and six boards, while Boise native Emily Florence accumulated 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Laura McLellen had a team high 10 rebounds.
The 22-point, 88-66, Boise State win over Washington was the first of three straight games against members of the Pacific-10 Conference. Next up for the Broncos is Washington State at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday in Pullman, Washington, followed by a game at Arizona on Wednesday. Washington falls to 4-6 on the year.
Newspaper Box Score
Washington vs Boise State
12/07/07 7:04 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 88, WASHINGTON 66
Augustavo, Michelle 4-9 4-4 14; Redmon, Katelan 5-15 3-3 13; Florence, Emily
3-10 4-4 10; Whitcomb, Sami 4-10 0-0 8; Mosiman, Sara 4-8 0-0 8; McLellan,
Laura 2-3 1-5 5; Bennett, Kali 1-6 1-2 3; Morton, Sarah 1-2 1-2 3; McNeill,
Heidi 0-2 2-2 2; McCormack, Jess 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-67 16-22 66.
BOISE STATE (5-3)
Thompson, Jessica 7-15 6-7 21; Harris, Tasha 5-13 4-5 15; Moore, Brittany
4-10 2-2 14; Lee, Jackie 4-12 1-1 12; Malone, Jamia 2-7 1-2 7; Galassi,
Jenna 2-9 1-2 5; Walker, Ja'Lara 2-5 1-2 5; Rima, Melissa 2-5 0-0 4;
Moeller, Sierra 1-4 1-2 3; Stewart, Amanda 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 30-84 17-23 88.
Washington.................... 31 35 - 66
Boise State................... 38 50 - 88
3-point goals--Washington 2-17 (Augustavo, Michelle 2-5; Redmon, Katelan
0-3; Florence, Emily 0-2; Whitcomb, Sami 0-4; Bennett, Kali 0-3), Boise
State 11-35 (Moore, Brittany 4-9; Lee, Jackie 3-7; Malone, Jamia 2-6;
Harris, Tasha 1-5; Thompson, Jessica 1-5; Moeller, Sierra 0-1; Rima, Melissa
0-1; Galassi, Jenna 0-1). Fouled out--Washington-Mosiman, Sara, Boise
State-None. Rebounds--Washington 54 (McLellan, Laura 10), Boise State 46
(Stewart, Amanda 9). Assists--Washington 16 (Mosiman, Sara 4; Florence,
Emily 4; Redmon, Katelan 4), Boise State 17 (Harris, Tasha 6). Total
fouls--Washington 19, Boise State 20. Technical fouls--Washington-Team 2,
Boise State-None. A-1560