Broncos Run Past Santa Clara 75-67 in Women's Basketball...
BOISE, Idaho (12/19/2009) - Jessica Van Hoogen scored 19 points to lead Boise State to its fifth consecutive home victory as the Broncos ran past Santa Clara 75-67 in Taco Bell Arena Saturday afternoon. The Broncos played solid during the game shooting the ball well while limiting their turnovers as they held off a Santa Clara team that would not give up. Boise State never tailed in the contest as it opened a four-game homestand with the victory.

Van Hoogen hit the opening basket a minute into the contest to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead. After the two teams traded field goals that saw them tied at 5-5 at the 5:34 mark, Boise State would take the lead for good on a second Van Hoogen 3-pointer to go up 8-5 with just over 15 minutes to play in the first half.

The game was a series of runs that saw the Broncos extend the lead followed by Santa Clara clawing back into it. Boise State took a first-period-high 10-point lead, 33-23, with 1:32 remaining before the break and eventually settled for an eight-point, 33-25, advantage at halftime. Van Hoogen paced the Broncos in the opening 20 minutes with 11 first-half points. 

The game remained a six to 10 point game for the first nine minutes of the second half when Boise State started to pull away. Up eight with 10:48 to go, Boise State ran off a 10-2 run over the next three and a half minutes to claim a game-high 16-point lead at 62-46.

Down 16 with 7:34 showing on the clock, Santa Clara began to chip away at the Boise State advantage. SCU responded by hitting three 3-pointers and four-of-four free throws resulting in a 13-2 run to pull within five points, 64-59, with just under five minutes left. That was as close as the Santa Clara Broncos would get.

Boise State collected itself to turn away Santa Clara. The home side ran off a seven to two run to claim a 10-point, 71-61, lead with two minutes to go. Boise State stretched its advantage to 11, 75-64, with 30 seconds left before Santa Clara’s Noe Viloria converted a three-point play late to cut the score to the final 75-67 victory margin.

Both teams limited their turnovers as Santa Clara finished with 14 compared to Boise State’s five-year-low nine, resulting in a 21-7 advantage in points off turnovers for the blue and orange. The last time Boise State turned the ball over nine times or lower was against Gonzaga on Dec. 12, 2004, when the Broncos had nine. The Boise State Broncos dominated the paint as well with a 32-18 point advantage.

Boise State shot the ball well hitting 41.5 percent (27-65) from the floor, 38.1 percent (8-21) from the 3-point arc, and a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line. Santa Clara countered by converting 35.9 percent (23-64) from the floor, 37.9 percent (11-29) from the arc, and 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. Santa Clara end up out rebounding Boise State 39 to 36 and 13 to 11 in offensive boards.

Van Hoogen led three Broncos in double-figure points with a team-high 19 to go with three rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals. Tasha Harris added 12 points, six boards, a team-high five assists and one steal, while Julia Marshall chipped in with a career-high effort of 12 points and six rebounds. Janie Bos scored nine points along with a team-high seven rebounds.

Santa Clara had four players in double-digit points led by Lena Gipson with a double-double on 17 points and 12 rebounds. Noe Viloria added 15 points, followed by Alyssa Shoji with 14 and Meagan Fulps with 11.

The win improves Boise State to 8-3 on the year, the loss drops Santa Clara to 2-9. Next up, Boise State will continue the four-game homestand on Monday night when the Broncos host Seattle University (3-11) in the first game of a doubleheader. Tip-off on Monday versus Seattle U is schedule for  6:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. 

Final Game Summary

Santa Clara vs Boise State
12/19/09 1:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


Gipson, Lena 6-13 5-5 17; Viloria, Noe 5-7 3-3 15; Shoji, Alyssa 5-15 0-0
14; Fulps, Meagan 4-14 0-0 11; Armstrong, Ashley 2-6 2-2 8; Goeggel, Kimee
1-3 0-0 2; Willinsky, Kathy 0-2 0-0 0; Faithful, Rhianna 0-4 0-0 0. Totals
23-64 10-10 67.

Van Hoogen, Jessica 6-17 3-3 19; Marshall, Julia 5-8 1-1 12; Harris, Tasha
4-12 4-4 12; Bos, Janie 3-6 3-3 9; Gross, Stacie 2-4 0-0 6; Poteet, Kinzi
3-3 0-0 6; Rima, Melissa 1-2 2-2 5; Lenhardt, Lauren 1-4 0-0 2; Pilcher,
Heather 1-3 0-0 2; Kepilino, Rebecca 1-6 0-0 2; McGilbra, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 27-65 13-13 75.

Santa Clara...................   25   42  -   67
Boise State...................   33   42  -   75

3-point goals--Santa Clara 11-29 (Shoji, Alyssa 4-10; Fulps, Meagan 3-9;
Armstrong, Ashley 2-3; Viloria, Noe 2-3; Faithfull, Rhianna 0-4), Boise
State 8-21 (Van Hoogen, Jessica 4-9; Gross, Stacie 2-4; Rima, Melissa 1-1;
Marshall, Julia 1-2; Pilcher, Heather 0-1; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-1; Harris,
Tasha 0-3). Fouled out--Santa Clara-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Santa
Clara 39 (Gipson, Lena 12), Boise State 36 (Bos, Janie 7). Assists--Santa
Clara 13 (Shoji, Alyssa 4), Boise State 12 (Harris, Tasha 5). Total
fouls--Santa Clara 17, Boise State 16. Technical fouls--Santa Clara-None,
Boise State-None.

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