Broncos Fall at Portland 76-65...
PORTLAND, Ore. (12/6/2009) - Boise State concluded a disappointing weekend in Oregon with a 76-65 defeat at the hands of the University of Portland Sunday afternoon in Portland. Portland led the entire game but could never put the poor shooting Broncos away until the end. Jessica Van Hoogen led Boise State with 23 points as the Broncos fall to 7-2 on the year.

Portland opened the game on a 11-3 run and never trailed in the contest. The game was a story of the Pilots extending their lead from six to eight points followed by the Broncos cutting it to two or three points, only to see the cycle start over as Portland extended it back out. Boise State was able to comeback an tie the score three times in the first period but never managed to take the lead.

It was the same story in the final period as the Broncos could not string enough baskets together to over take the Pilots. Boise State had a couple of chances in the half but could not get a shot to fall when it counted. They pulled to within two points, 42-40, with 14:38 remaining on a pair of Melissa Rima free throws only to see the Pilots respond with a 6-0 run during which the Broncos missed a layup and turned the ball over once.

Boise State pulled to within four points, 63-59, with 2:49 left when Van Hoogen hit the last of her five 3-pointers. Unfortunately, the Broncos began to force things with a bad shot or poor pass down the stretch as Portland pulled away in the final two and half minutes with a 13 to six run, including seven-of-eight from the free-throw line.
Poor shooting and turnovers were key again in this game as it was Friday night in the loss at Oregon. Boise State shot 34.5 percent from the floor in the first half and  27 percent in the second to finished the day at 30.3 percent (20-66). The Broncos finished the game hitting 30.4 percent (7-23) from the arc and 75 percent (18-24) from the free-throw line. Boise State also committed 23 turnovers in the game resulting in a 26-21 Pilot advantage in points off turnovers.

Portland countered by hitting 51.9 percent (28-54) from the floor, 41.7 percent (5-12) from the 3-point line, and 83.3 percent (15-18) from the charity stripe. Rebounding went back and forth in spurts, but the Broncos won the battle on the glass at the end by a 39 to 35 margin giving them a 24 to 11 advantage in second chance points.

Van Hoogen led Boise State with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists and four steals. Tasha Harris followed with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Rebecca Kepilino added a season-high 11 points, five boards, one assist, one block and team-high five steals. Janie Bos finished with a team-high 10 rebounds to go with two points and one assist.

Portland was led by Laiken Dollente with 23 points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals. She was followed by ReZina Teclemariam with 15 points and six rebounds, and Natalie Day with 15 points and three boards.

Boise State will return home for the first time in over three weeks when they face Montana State on Wednesday night. The Bobcats are coached by former Bronco  great Tricia (Bader) Binford. Portland improved to 5-3 on the year with the win over Boise State.

Newspaper Box Score

Boise State vs Portland
12/06/09 2:00 PM at Portland, Ore. (Chiles Center)


Van Hoogen, Jessica 9-22 0-1 23; Harris, Tasha 2-13 7-9 12; Kepilino,
Rebecca 3-9 4-4 11; Pilcher, Heather 2-7 4-6 8; Lenhardt, Lauren 1-2 1-2 3;
Rima, Melissa 0-3 2-2 2; Marshall, Julia 1-1 0-0 2; Poteet, Kinzi 1-2 0-0 2;
Bos, Janie 1-4 0-0 2; McGilbra, Taylor 0-2 0-0 0; Gross, Stacie 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 20-66 18-24 65.

Dollente Laiken 6-10 10-10 23; Teclemariam, ReZina 5-7 2-2 15; Day, Natalie
7-12 0-1 15; Gannis, Alexis 3-6 2-2 8; Angel, Lauren 4-11 0-0 8; Clemens,
Jessica 2-4 0-1 4; Cronin, Tara 1-3 1-2 3; Kliewer, Sarah 0-1 0-0 0. Totals
28-54 15-18 76.

Boise State...................   32   33  -   65
Portland......................   36   40  -   76

3-point goals--Boise State 7-23 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 5-12; Kepilino, Rebecca
1-1; Harris, Tasha 1-5; Rima, Melissa 0-2; McGilbra, Taylor 0-1; Gross,
Stacie 0-1; Pilcher, Heather 0-1), Portland 5-12 (Teclemariam, ReZina 3-4;
DAY, Natalie 1-3; Dollente, Laiken 1-2; Cronin, Tara 0-2; Angel, Lauren
0-1). Fouled out--Boise State-Van Hoogen, Jessica, Portland-None.
Rebounds--Boise State 39 (Bos, Janie 10), Portland 35 (Gannis, Alexis 9).
Assists--Boise State 11 (Harris, Tasha 4), Portland 16 (Cronin, Tara 5).
Total fouls--Boise State 19, Portland 17. Technical fouls--Boise State-None,
Portland-None. A-392

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