Boise State Battles Montana State for 74-68 Win...

Van Hoogen and Harris combine for 42 points to lead Boise State.

BOISE, Idaho (12/9/2009) - Boise State out gunned Montana State Wednesday night in Taco Bell Arena to get a much needed 74-68 victory over the Bobcats. The Broncos never trailed in the contest but could not quite find away to put the Bobcats away who battled back all night. Boise State withstood a late Montana State rally to snap a two-game losing streak and get its eighth win of the year. Jessica Van Hoogen shot lights out as she matched her season-high of 26 points to lead the Broncos.

Boise State opened the game by hitting its first six shots as the Broncos ran out to a 15-6 advantage four minutes into the half powered by eight Van Hoogen points. Boise State eventually stretched its lead to a first half high 13 points, 23-10, by the 10:30 mark of the period.

The teams spent the next five minutes trading baskets before the Bobcats rallied. Down 13, 31-18, with 4:44 left before halftime Montana State picked its pressure up. Boise State went cold going 0-5 from the floor, while Montana State crashed the offensive boards resulting in some easy baskets. In the final four and half minutes the Bobcats out scored the Broncos 11-1 to pull within three points, 32-29, by the break. Montana State out scored Boise State 14 to three in second chance points in the first half and by an eight to one margin during the late run that closed the gap to three points at half.       

The second period started slow as they traded missed shots and turnovers. Up two points, 36-34, with 17:38 to go Boise State rolled off a 10-0 run over the next two minutes to stretch the lead to 12 points. The Bronco score advantage then fluctuated between 12 and eight points for the next eight minutes when the Bobcats staged another rally attempt.

Down 58-47 with 7:49 remaining, Montana State began to chip away at the Bronco lead once again. This time the Bobcats drew within six points, 58-52, and had chances to pull closer.  However, after weathering the storm Boise State responded by taking a game-high 14-point lead, 72-58, with 2:18 left.

Unfortunately, Boise State did not score another field goal after that as the Broncos were forced to fight off another Montana State rally from the charity stripe. The Bobcats closed to within five points, 73-68, with nine seconds left. The Broncos held the Bobcats off hitting two of five free throws in the final two minutes to come away with the win.

Boise State was led by its three seniors in the victory. Jessica Van Hoogen shot 10-of-15 from the floor, four-of-five from the 3-point arc, and two-of-three from the free-throw line to lead the Broncos with 26 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, and a team-season-high eight assists. Tasha Harris followed with 16 points, 11 in the second half, a team-high six rebounds, four assists and five steals. Rebecca Kepilino turned in nine points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals, followed by freshman Lauren Lenhardt had a career-high eight points, three rebounds and two blocks.
Montana State had three players record double-figure scoring led by Katie Bussey with 15 points, one rebound and two assists. Erica Perry added 14 points, while Sarah Strand chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds. Beata Bak had a team-high 14 rebounds to go with eight points, six blocks, and one steal.  

On the night Boise State shot the ball well hitting a season-high 51.9 percent (28-54) from the floor, a season-high 60 percent (6-10) from the 3-point line, but struggled from the free-throw line converting only 54.5 percent (12-22). Montana State countered by shooting 37.7 percent (26-69) from the floor, 16.7 percent (4-24) from the arc, and 75 percent (12-16) from the charity stripe.

The Broncos out rebounded the Bobcats 40 to 35 even though MSU finished with a 14 to five advantage on second chance points, MSU had none in the second half. Turnovers continue to be a concern for Boise State who committed a season-high 29 Wednesday night, fortunately, the Bobcats were just as giving with 24, points off turnovers favored Boise State 24 to 23. Boise State entered the game as the nation’s seventh ranked team in steals at 12.8 per game, they finished the night with 16.

Boise State improved to 8-2 and perfect, 4-0, at home on the year with a road trip to northern California on the horizon this weekend. The Broncos will play a very solid Saint Mary’s College (5-4) team at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) Saturday afternoon in Moraga, Calif., home of the Gaels. Wednesday night’s loss drops Montana State to 6-3 on the year. 


Newspaper Box Score

Montana State vs Boise State
12/09/09 7:05 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


MONTANA STATE (6-3, 0-0)
Bussey, Katie 4-11 5-5 15; Perry, Erica 5-12 4-7 14; Strand, Sarah 4-12 1-2
10; Semansky, Rachel 4-5 0-0 8; Bak, Beata 3-12 2-2 8; Schmitt, Ally 2-3 0-0
5; Seidensticker, Lyndi 2-8 0-0 4; Jackson, Janette 1-1 0-0 2; Albert,
Ashley 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 26-69 12-16 68.

BOISE STATE (8-2, 0-0)
Van Hoogen, Jessica 10-15 2-3 26; Harris, Tasha 5-9 4-6 16; Kepilino,
Rebecca 3-7 3-5 9; Lenhardt, Lauren 4-7 0-0 8; Bos, Janie 3-5 0-1 6;
Marshall, Julia 1-4 1-3 3; Poteet, Kinzi 1-1 0-0 2; McGilbra, Taylor 0-1 2-4
2; Pilcher, Heather 1-4 0-0 2; Gross, Stacie 0-0 0-0 0; Rima, Melissa 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 28-54 12-22 74.

Montana State.................   29   39  -   68
Boise State...................   32   42  -   74

3-point goals--Montana State 4-24 (Bussey, Katie 2-6; Strand, Sarah 1-5;
Schmitt, Ally 1-2; BAK, Beata 0-5; Seidensticker, Lyndi 0-4; Albert, Ashley
0-1; PERRY, Erica 0-1), Boise State 6-10 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 4-5; Harris,
Tasha 2-3; Marshall, Julia 0-1; Pilcher, Heather 0-1). Fouled out--Montana
State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Montana State 35 (BAK, Beata 14),
Boise State 40 (Harris, Tasha 6). Assists--Montana State 7 (Seidensticker,
Lyndi 2; Schmitt, Ally 2; Bussey, Katie 2), Boise State 17 (Marshall, Julia
5). Total fouls--Montana State 17, Boise State 16. Technical fouls--Montana
State-None, Boise State-None. A-583

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