Boise State Runs Past Montana Tech 97-61
Lee scores career-high 21 points.

BOISE, Idaho (12/8/2011) - Diana Lee scored a career-high 21 points to lead Boise State past Montana Tech 97-61 in a nonconference women's basketball game Thursday night in Boise. It was the fifth time this year that Boise State has scored 80 or more points in a game with tonight's 97 tying for fifth most all-time. The Broncos led from the start racing out to a 21 point halftime lead, then stretched the advantage to 38 points late in the game. Boise State improved to 5-4 overall with the victory over the Orediggers.

Boise State opened the game by racing out to a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes. However, the Orediggers came back with a 6-0 run to pull within two, 10-8, on a Dannielle Devenny three-point play with 15:20 to go in the half. That was as close as the contest would get as the Broncos began to pull away.

Over the next four minutes Boise State rolled off a 15-0 run and never looked back. The Broncos took a period-high 24-point, 43-19, lead with three minutes remaining until the break before settling for a 21-point halftime advantage at 45-24.

Diana Lee scored 11 of her team-high 21 points in the first 20 minutes followed by 10 from Kati Isham. Keiahnna Engel had a career-high seven rebounds in the first half before extending it to eight at the end of the night.

Montana Tech opened the second half on a 10-2 run to close within 13 points, 47-34, two minutes into the period. They pulled within 13 once more with 14:44 to go and the score reading 54-41 when the Broncos regrouped and seized control.

Over the next six and half minutes Boise State turned in a 19-2 run to race out to a 73-43 advantage with 8:15 left. The lead stretched to 38 points late in the contest with 44 seconds left and the score at 97-59.

All 10 Broncos who played scored during the contest with four reaching double-figure points. Lee was impressive on the night hitting 7-of-10 from the floor, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and all four free throw attempts to record her career-high 21 points. She added two rebounds, a season-high six assists and one steal to her totals.

Isham was held to one 3-pointer in the second half as she finished with 13 points , three rebounds, three assists and one steal. Engel and Lauren Lenhardt added 10 points each.

Boise State dominated the paint in the game out scoring Montana Tech 40 to 20 down low. For once the Broncos had the edge in turnovers forcing 22 Oredigger giveaways for a 27 to nine advantage in points off turnovers.

Montana Tech played without its leading scorer and rebounder who was out injured. In her absence Bryn Hasquet led the Diggers with 13 points and six rebounds. She was followed by three others in double-figure scoring as Mandy Machinal added 12 points, Devenny recorded 11 points and six boards, while Brianne McClafferty contributed 10 points. This was an exhibition game for the NAIA team from the Frontier Conference.

Boise State finished the night shooting 51.4 percent (36-70) from the floor, 47.4 percent (9-19) from the arc and a perfect 100 percent (16-16) from the free-throw line.  Tech countered with 32.3 percent (21-65) shooting from the floor, 33.3 percent (8-24) from beyond the arc and 61.1 percent (11-18) from the charity stripe.  Rebounding favored the Broncos 43 to 35.

Next up for Boise State is the final contest of a five-game homestand this Sunday afternoon when the Broncos host the New Mexico State Aggies at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain).

Final Game Summary

Montana Tech at Boise State
12/08/11 at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


HASQUET, Bryn 5-9 0-0 13; MACHINAL, Mandy 4-12 2-3 12; DEVENNY, Dannielle 4-12 3-5 11; McCLAFFERTY, Brianne 3-6 2-2 10; MURPHY, Shaye 2-5 2-4 6;
TOMLINSON, Tabitha 1-6 2-2 5; JENKINS, Erika 1-7 0-0 2; STURM, Jessica 1-3 0-0 2; LACMANOVIC, Ivana 0-1 0-0 0; KALUMBI, Laini 0-3 0-2 0; LASLOVICH,
Lisa 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-65 11-18 61.


LEE, Diana 7-10 4-4 21; ISHAM, Kati 5-10 0-0 13; LENHARDT, Lauren 5-10 0-0 10; ENGEL, Keiahnna 2-8 6-6 10; BRADY, Nicole 2-5 4-4 9; VANDIVER, Amber 3-4
2-2 8; PILCHER, Heather 4-6 0-0 8; POTEET, Kinzi 4-8 0-0 8; LISTER, Cinnamon 3-6 0-0 8; MUNNS, Mandy 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 36-70 16-16 97.

Montana Tech..................   24   37  -   61
Boise State...................   45   52  -   97

3-point goals--Montana Tech 8-24 (HASQUET, Bryn 3-6; McCLAFFERTY, Brianne 2-5; MACHINAL, Mandy 2-7; TOMLINSON, Tabitha 1-2; LACMANOVIC, Ivana 0-1;
JENKINS, Erika 0-1; DEVENNY, Dannielle 0-2), Boise State 9-19 (ISHAM, Kati 3-8; LEE, Diana 3-3; LISTER, Cinnamon 2-3; BRADY, Nicole 1-3; ENGEL, Keiahnna 0-1; LENHARDT, Lauren 0-1). Fouled out--Montana Tech-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Montana Tech 35 (HASQUET, Bryn 6; DEVENNY, Dannielle 6), Boise State 43 (ENGEL, Keiahnna 8). Assists--Montana Tech 14 (DEVENNY, Dannielle 5), Boise State 21 (LEE, Diana 6). Total fouls--Montana Tech 12, Boise State 18. Technical fouls--Montana Tech-None, Boise State-None. A-352

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