Boise State Drops Heartbreaker 72-68 at Loyola Marymount in Women's Basketball?

Brittany Moore scored a career-high 17 points to lead Boise State.


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (12-14-08) Boise State suffered a heartbreaking four-point loss at Loyola Marymount in a game the Broncos could have easily won Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, Calif.  Boise State battled hard against a solid 8-1 Lions squad out of the West Coast Conference before falling 72-68 in the final minute. Seniors Brittany Moore and Jenna Galassi combined for 31 points to lead the Broncos on the day.


The first half saw the two teams trade mini runs as the game went back and forth throughout the opening period. With 8:45 to play Boise State ran off a 10-0 run that stretched a two-point 21-19 lead into a 12-point 31-19 advantage with four minutes to play before half. Unfortunately, the Lions responded with a run of their own 14-5 to cut the Boise State lead to three points at the break. Brittany Moore led the Broncos in the opening 20 minutes with 11 of her team-high 17 points, followed by Heather Pilcher with nine.  


The second half was just like the first with the momentum swinging back and forth. Boise State held onto their scoreboard advantage until midway through the period. With 12:53 to go, LUM’s Alex Cowling hit a layup to tie the game,43-43, and drew a foul on the shot.  She converted the free throw to give the Lions’ their first lead of the second half at 44-43. That was the first of nine lead changes during the final 13 minutes of the game.


Alex Cowling took the game over for Loyola Marymount midway through the period as the Broncos could not keep her off the offensive boards. Cowling score 13 of her team-high 25 points in the final 12 minutes of the game to lead the Lions. She recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds in the final half to finish the game with 25 points and 15 boards, 11 offensive boards.


The lead changed hands to the final minute. Boise State’s Brittany Moore scored on a fastbreak layup with 55 seconds to play to give the Broncos a 68-67 lead. The LMU then outscored Boise State 5-0 to close the game to claim a four-point victory, their first ever win over the Broncos (3-1).


Loyola Marymount had a huge advantage from the free-throw line in the four-point win as they outscored Boise State 15-2 at the free-throw line during the game. LMU had a 20-to-two advantage in free throw attempts. The Lions also had a huge advantage on the boards 51-41, including a 20-to-10 margin in offensive rebounds resulting in a 17-to-11 edge in second chance points.


Brittany Moore led Boise State with a career-high 17 points to go with three boards, and one steal. Senior Jenna Galassi had a season-high 14 points along with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Heather Pilcher finished with nine points, three boards, four assists and one steal, followed by Jamia Malone with eight points, three rebounds, and four assists. Courtney VanBrocklin added eight points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Loyola Marymount had two players reach the 20-point mark led by Alex Cowlings’ 25 points and 15 rebounds, followed by Renahy Young with 23 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.


Boise State shot 42.3 percent (30-71) from the floor from the court, 27.3 percent (6-22) from the arc, and a perfect 100 percent (2-2) from the free-throw line. LMU countered with 34.7 percent (26-75) from the floor, 23.8 percent (5-21) from the 3-point line, and 75 percent (15-20) from the charity stripe.


The loss drops Boise State below .500 on the year at 5-6 with a game at Santa Clara (1-8) on the horizon next Saturday.  The win improved LMU to 8-1 overall.



Newspaper Box Score


Boise State vs Loyola Marymount

12/14/08 1:00 p.m. at Gersten Pavilion (Los Angeles, CA)





Moore, Brittany 7-15 0-0 17; Galassi, Jenna 6-9 2-2 14; Pilcher, Heather

4-12 0-0 9; Malone, Jamia 3-11 0-0 8; VanBrocklin,Courtney 4-6 0-0 8; Bos,

Janie 3-8 0-0 6; Stotler, Marisa 3-8 0-0 6; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-1 0-0 0;

Moeller, Sierra 0-1 0-0 0; Gross, Stacie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-71 2-2 68.



COWLING, Alex 9-18 7-7 25; YOUNG, Renahy 7-18 5-7 23; MOORE, Cassady 4-12

0-0 8; EVANS, Aleyse 3-8 0-0 6; HELMERS, Lisa 2-11 0-0 5; VARGAS, Jessica

1-1 1-2 3; YSAGUIRRE, Melanie 0-2 2-4 2; GOSS, Kavita 0-4 0-0 0; BURKETT,

Maggie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-75 15-20 72.


Boise State...................   36   32  -   68

Loyola Marymount ...   33   39  -   72


3-point goals--Boise State 6-22 (Moore, Brittany 3-10; Malone, Jamia 2-9;

Pilcher, Heather 1-2; VanBrocklin,Courtney 0-1), Loyola Marymount University

5-21 (YOUNG, Renahy 4-8; HELMERS, Lisa 1-7; GOSS, Kavita 0-3; MOORE, Cassady

0-1; COWLING, Alex 0-2). Fouled out--Boise State-Pilcher, Heather, Loyola

Marymount University-None. Rebounds--Boise State 41 (Bos, Janie 11), Loyola

Marymount University 51 (COWLING, Alex 15). Assists--Boise State 16

(Pilcher, Heather 4; Galassi, Jenna 4; Malone, Jamia 4), Loyola Marymount

University 14 (MOORE, Cassady 4). Total fouls--Boise State 18, Loyola

Marymount University 8. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Loyola Marymount

University-None. A-498




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