Boise State Improves to 7-3 Overall As They Roll Past San Francisco 80-58 ...

SAN FRANCISCO, California - (12/10/06) - The Boise State Broncos turned in a dominating performance Sunday afternoon defeating the San Francisco Dons of the West Coast Conference 80-58 in San Francisco. Nadia Begay led the Broncos with a season high 22 points including 5-of-8 from three point range. The win completed a two-game road sweep for Boise State for the first time since the weekend of January 15 and 17, 2004 when the Broncos defeated Fresno State and Nevada. The 7-3 record is the best start to a season after 10 games in 13 years, since the 1993-94 squad went 8-2 to open their campaign.

Boise State started the game fast and shot the ball well throughout the contest. The first half was close from the tip with neither team gaining more than a five point advantage. However, the Broncos did maintain a lead for the majority of the game.

The Broncos took the lead from the tip and held it for the first 10 minutes of the period. San Francisco’s lone stretch with the lead came midway through the opening half on Heidi Heintz layup with 9:15 to go in the period giving USF a 13-11 lead. The Dons then extended their advantage to four twice, the last coming at 7:42, before the Broncos regained control. Tasha Harris converted a driving layup on a break down the key with 5:46 remaining in the first half to give Boise State the lead for good at 20-19.

The two teams then traded baskets down the stretch to setup a tight finish to the first half. With Boise State leading by four and time running down, USF’s Nykia Peace converted a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to make the score 32-30. Boise State’s Begay took the in bound pass and drove the length of the floor pulling up from 23 feet out at the top of the arc. As she released a desperate shot at the buzzer she was fouled by USF’s Peace giving Begay three free throws with no time left on the clock. The senior from Kirtland, New Mexico nailed all three free throws to give Boise State a five point, 35-30 lead at half. With the three good free throws by Begay she remains perfect from the line in 2006-07 at 15-15.

Up by five to start the second half, Michelle Hessing seized control of the game for the Broncos. The senior from Boise sparked a Boise State 13-6 run by scoring 11 of the points herself in the first five minutes of the period. She ended up with 15 points in the game, 13 coming in the second half.

That gave Boise State a 12-point, 48-36, lead. Hessing’s explosive run early in the second half proved fatal for USF as they would never recover after that. The Dons would cut the Bronco double-digit lead to nine points twice but they could not get any closer in the final 15 minutes.

Boise State remained hot from the field through both periods hitting 52 percent (13-of-25) in the first half followed by a sizzling 59.3 percent (16-of-27) in the second. On the day, Boise State shot 55.8 percent from the floor, 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from three-point range, and 70 percent (14-of-20) from the foul line. San Francisco hit 39.6 percent from the hardwood during the game, 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from behind the arc, and 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the charity stripe. The Dons are only the third team this year to out rebound the Broncos having a 34-to-28 edge in that statistic.

Begay led the team with 22 points to go with three rebounds and two assists. Hessing was second with 15 adding to her team high six rebounds, while Tasha Harris chipped in with 10 points, three assists and three steals. Jackie Thompson and Rebecca Kepilino each contributed five rebounds to backup Hessing’s game high.

San Francisco was led by Lisa Olden with a double-double on 14 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Heidi Heintz with 11 points.

The win improves Boise State to 7-3 on the year while San Francisco falls to 3-6. Next up for Boise State is the Duel In the Desert in Las Vegas, Nevada December 20-21. The Broncos open with UNLV followed by either Purdue or Texas-San Antonio.


Newspaper Box Score
Boise State vs San Francisco
12/10/06 2:00 PM at San Francisco, CA; War Memorial Gym


Begay, Nadia 7-10 3-3 22; Hessing, Michelle 7-8 1-1 15; Harris, Tasha 3-6
2-2 10; Galassi, Jenna 3-6 2-3 8; Lee, Jackie 2-4 2-2 7; Kepilino, Rebecca
3-5 0-1 6; Thompson, Jessica 2-9 1-2 5; Stewart, Amanda 1-1 1-2 3; Thompson,
Jackie 1-2 0-2 2; Reyes, Bridgette 0-1 2-2 2; Walker, Ja'Lara 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 29-52 14-20 80.

OLDEN, Lisa 7-11 0-3 14; HEINTZ, Heidi 5-6 1-1 11; WARREN, Nickie 2-8 4-6 8;
RICHARDSON, Randi 1-6 6-8 8; MIHALCO, Katie 3-7 0-0 8; CARTER, Dominique 3-5
1-2 7; PEACE, Nykia 0-5 2-2 2; SITTON, Breann 0-0 0-0 0; ROLLINS, Shay 0-4
0-0 0; GUERRA, Ashley 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 14-22 58.
Boise State...................   35   45  -   80
San Francisco.................   30   28  -   58
3-point goals--Boise State 8-17 (Begay, Nadia 5-8; Harris, Tasha 2-2; Lee,
Jackie 1-2; Thompson, Jessica 0-3; Reyes, Bridgette 0-1; Galassi, Jenna
0-1), San Francisco 2-14 (MIHALCO, Katie 2-5; WARREN, Nickie 0-1;
RICHARDSON, Randi 0-3; PEACE, Nykia 0-3; ROLLINS, Shay 0-2). Fouled
out--Boise State-None, San Francisco-None. Rebounds--Boise State 28
(Hessing, Michelle 6), San Francisco 34 (OLDEN, Lisa 10). Assists--Boise
State 14 (Thompson, Jessica 5), San Francisco 16 (ROLLINS, Shay 5). Total
fouls--Boise State 20, San Francisco 15. Technical fouls--Boise State-None,
San Francisco-None. A-127


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