Strong Second Half Lifts Boise State Past NMSU
Isham scores 18, Poteet adds career-high 15 to lead Broncos.

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State used a strong second half to defeat New Mexico State 72-57 in a women's basketball game Sunday afternoon in Boise. Kati Isham, Kinzi Poteet and Heather Pilcher combined for 46 points to lead the Broncos to the win. After a poor first half performance where they shot 27.6 percent, the Broncos rallied in the second to hit 56.7 percent racing past the Aggies 45-32 in the period. The victory over NMSU improves Boise State to 6-4 overall and 6-2 at home.

"I'm excited that we won the game," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "I was really happy with the way our team responded in the second half.  Kinzi (Poteet) had a great game holding their best player down and scoring a career-high 15 points. Kati (Isham) also came on when we needed her, especially late in the first half."

Heather Pilcher opened the game by scoring the Broncos first eight points of the first half which saw a season-low field goal percentage for the Broncos of 27.6 (8-29) from the floor. It was as if there was a lid on the basket for much of the period. Up 13-11, Boise State went through a scoring dry spell of over eight minutes without a field goal that began with a Isham jumper at 11:21 and ended with a Isham four-point play with 3:08 left.

Before the Isham scoring play to end the draught the score read 20-15 NMSU, fortunately the Aggies did not fare much better shooting the ball in the half. During the eight minute stretch Boise State missed 14 consecutive shots with one turnover. The only points they scored during that time were a pair of Isham free throws.

Down 20-15 with 3:08 to go, Isham was fouled on a made 3-pointer from the right corner. She made the accompanying free throw to convert the four-point play to end the scoring rut for the Broncos. Less than 30 seconds later she drove in for a layup which was good and drew another foul in the process. She stepped to the line and converted the old fashion three-point play completing a 7-0 run to give Boise State a quick 22-20 lead with 2:36 left before the half.

Boise State took a two-point 27-25 advantage into the break powered by 11 consecutive points by Isham from the 11:21 mark to 2:36 showing on the clock.

The second half was a different story as Boise State overcame its poor shooting in the first 20-minutes to hit 56.7 percent in the second.   However, it started out slow as the Aggies scored the first five points of the period to take a 30-27 lead with 18:56 to go.

That was the last time NMSU would lead as the Broncos responded with a fury rolling off an 11-0 run to seize control of the game with a 38-30 lead. The game remained a single-digit Boise State lead until midway through the half when Cinnamon Lister nailed a 3-pointer from the high right wing to give the Broncos a 12-point advantage, 53-41, with 9:45 remaining.  

The Aggies cut the lead to a single-digit once more at 56-47 on a Kaitlyn Soto layup. After that basket the Broncos kept the lead to 10 or more for the final seven minutes. They took a game-high 17-point lead, 66-49, at the 3:16 mark on a Pilcher 3-pointer from the right corner before settling for the 15-point victory.

The key in the second half was field goal shooting with the Broncos hitting 56.7 percent (17-30) while NMSU was held to 36.7 percent (11-30). Boise State also hit four-of-seven 3-pointers compared to the Aggies' zero-for-six.

Isham led the Broncos with 18 points on six-of-16 shooting from the floor to go with one rebound, four assists and three steals. Poteet followed with a career-high 15 points, a career-best free throw shooting performance of seven-of-eight, seven boards and one steal. Pilcher added 13 points, powered by three-of-four shooting from beyond the arc, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Nicole Brady contributed seven points and seven rebounds.

Tabytha Wampler led the Aggies with 22 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Kelsie Rozendaal with 11 points and Jasmine Rutledge with 10 points.

Boise State finished the game hitting 42.4 percent from the floor, a season-high 53.3 percent (8-15) from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent (14-17) from the free-throw line. New Mexico State countered at 35.5 percent from the floor, 9.1 percent (1-11) from the arc and 80 percent (12-15) from the charity stripe.  

It was a reversal of fortunes for Boise State in that the Broncos who usually dominate the boards were out rebounded 44 to 31 and 17 to eight in offensive boards, however, they held a 12 to nine advantage in second chance points as the Aggies failed to convert on numerous opportunities down low off the boards.

The Broncos also committed fewer turnovers tying their season-low with 11 compared to 18 for NMSU which was good for a 18 to 13 advantage in points off turnovers, a category they typically trail in.

The win gives the Broncos a big boost as they close the five game homestand at 3-2 with a two game win streak. Next up for Boise State is a two game road trip to Eastern Washington and Portland this coming Saturday and Monday.

Final Game Summary
New Mexico State at Boise State
12/11/11 at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


Wampler, Tabytha 8-23 5-6 22; Rozendaal, Kelsie 4-4 3-3 11; Rutledge, Jasmine 4-10 2-4 10; Soto, Kaitlyn 1-6 2-2 4; Rosen, Camila 2-6 0-0 4; Magazzeni, Malia 1-4 0-0 2; Sanchez, Erica 1-3 0-0 2; Fletcher, Chrissy 1-5 0-0 2; Ruedin, Simone 0-0 0-0 0; Melville, Paige 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-62 12-15 57.


ISHAM, Kati 6-16 4-4 18; POTEET, Kinzi 4-9 7-8 15; PILCHER, Heather 5-6 0-0 13; BRADY, Nicole 3-9 0-1 7; LISTER, Cinnamon 1-2 2-2 5; ENGEL, Keiahnna 2-4 1-2 5; LEE, Diana 2-6 0-0 5; LENHARDT, Lauren 2-6 0-0 4; VANDIVER, Amber 0-0 0-0 0; MUNNS, Mandy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-59 14-17 72.

New Mexico State..............   25   32  -   57
Boise State...................   27   45  -   72

3-point goals--New Mexico State 1-11 (Wampler, Tabytha 1-4; Soto, Kaitlyn 0-4; Rosen, Camila 0-1; Sanchez, Erica 0-1; Melville, Paige 0-1), Boise State 8-15 (PILCHER, Heather 3-4; ISHAM, Kati 2-4; LISTER, Cinnamon 1-1; BRADY, Nicole 1-4; LEE, Diana 1-1; LENHARDT, Lauren 0-1). Fouled out--New Mexico State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--New Mexico State 44 (Wampler, Tabytha 13), Boise State 31 (BRADY, Nicole 7; POTEET, Kinzi 7). Assists--New Mexico State 14 (Soto, Kaitlyn 5), Boise State 16 (ISHAM, Kati 4). Total fouls--New Mexico State 16, Boise State 15. Technical fouls--New Mexico State-None, Boise State-None. A-491

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