Broncos rally from 16 down to defeat Washington State 71-64 on the road...
PULLMAN, Wash. (12-9-2007) - Boise State stormed back Sunday afternoon from a 16-point second half deficit to defeat Washington State 71-64 at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash. The 16 points overcome for the victory is the Broncos’ second largest margin for a comeback win since joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2001. During 2003 Boise State rallied from18 down to defeat Tulsa 70-68 on a late three-pointer in Boise. The win over the Cougars is also the third in a row for the Broncos and the second straight over a Pacific-10 school this weekend following Friday’s 88-66 victory over Washington in Boise.
The first half was one where nothing went right for the Broncos. Boise State struggled shooting the ball and forced several bad shots throughout the period. However dysfunctional the half may of been, early on the Broncos held the lead claiming a six point, 12-6, advantage seven minutes into the game.
Slowly the Cougars seized control of the game midway through the period. They took their first lead of the game on a Heather Molzen layup with 9:50 to go in the first half and the score reading 18-16. After trading a few baskets, Washington State rolled off a 10-1 run to stretch a one-point, 23-22, advantage into a 10-point, 33-23, lead with 3:19 remaining before the break. Powered by Katie Appleton’s 10 first half points, the Cougars eventually took an 11-point, 37-26, lead into halftime.
Boise State’s shooting woes at the intermission had them hitting 25.8 percent (8-31) from the hardwood, 27.3 percent (3-11) from the arc, and 53.8 percent (7-13) from the foul line as nothing came easy for the Broncos. Jamia Malone had a team high six points at the break for Boise State after hitting two-of-three 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Washington State shot 44.8 percent (13-29) from the floor, 37.5 percent (3-8) from 3-point range, and 80 percent (8-10) from the free throw line during the first period. Fouls were also a problem during the first 20-minutes for both teams as each squad had four players with at least two fouls, Boise State’s Sierra Moeller was strapped with three.
The second half started with WSU extending their 11-point halftime advantage to a game high 16 points with 14:32 showing on the clock. That is when the Broncos began their slow methodical rally. At first Boise State would cut the lead to 11 or 12 points only to see Washington State reply with a mini run to get their lead out to 14 or 15 points.
Down 14 points with 8:55 remaining in regulation, Boise State went to a smaller three-guard lineup and eventually to a four-guard formation. Over the next four minutes the Broncos exploded on a 15-0 run to erase the Cougars’ advantage. Boise State’s Malone nailed her third 3-pointer from the high right wing with 5:06 to play to give the Broncos a 59-58 lead.
Washington State responded with a Appleton jumper from the middle of the key as the Cougars claimed their final lead of the game at 60-59 and 4:47 to go in the contest. Foul trouble started to hit WSU hard late in the game as they lost 6-4 reserve center Ebonee Coates and starting guard/forward Katie Calderwood to five fouls each by the 4:35 mark of the half. Heather Molzen the Cougars’ starting center exited the game with 1:06 left.
Down one with 4:47 to play Boise State began their final push. They ran off a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to take a eight-point, 68-60, lead with 46 seconds left. Brittany Moore started the run by hitting a pair of free throws, followed by a Amanda Stewart jumper from the free throw line as the Broncos claimed a three-point advantage with 3:52 to go.
Washington State scored four points in the last 4:47 of the game as Boise State stormed past them for their first road victory of the season. The Broncos lone win away from Boise prior to this was a neutral site victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 23.
Three Broncos recorded double figure points led by the WAC’s Preseason Player of the Year Jessica Thompson with 17 points. She was followed by Tasha Harris’ second career double-double on 15 points and a career high 13 rebounds. Jamia Malone broke out of her recent slump with 12 points in 25 minutes. Jackie Lee and Brittany Moore each added eight points and two rebounds, followed by Stewart’s four points and six rebounds, Moeller recorded three points and six boards, while Jenna Galassi and Ja'Lara Walker added two points apiece.
Katie Appleton, a junior guard, led Washington State with 22 points, five rebounds, two assists, and five steals. No one else hit double digit points for the Cougars. Salena Dickerson recorded nine points and a team high eight rebounds, while Alexa Price chipped in nine points and Colleen Betteridge added eight.
The win was the first for Boise State over former Bronco head coach June Daugherty since she left the program in 1996 for the University of Washington. The victory also improves Boise State to 6-3 overall heading into their game Wednesday night at Arizona (4-4), the third and final PAC-10 school on the Bronco’s schedule. Daugherty is in her first season with the Cougars as Washington State fell to 2-6 overall.
Newspaper Box Score
BOISE STATE (6-3)
WASHINGTON STATE (2-6)
Boise State................... 26 45 - 71
3-point goals--Boise State 6-21 (Malone, Jamia 3-5; Thompson, Jessica 2-7;
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