Boise State Falls at Portland 83-56
PORTLAND, Ore. (12/19/2011) - It was not Boise State's night as the Broncos lost 83-56 at the University of Portland Monday night in Oregon. Leading most of the first half the Broncos let up late allowing a 28-23 lead slip away with a Portland 11-0 run. The Pilots extended the run to 26-6 early in the second period seizing control of the game and handing Boise State its fifth loss of the season. Kinzi Poteet led the Broncos with 14 points followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 12 as Boise State drops to 7-5 overall and Portland improved to 6-7.

The first half was close throughout with the Broncos leading most of the way until late. Up five (28-23) with 3:14 to play, the Broncos went cold and turned the ball over. Portland responded with a 11-0 run to close the period up 34-28 at halftime.

Turnovers crushed Boise State in the opening 20 minutes as they gave it away 10 times resulting in a 19-5 advantage for the Pilots in points off turnovers. Kinzi Poteet and Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos in the half with seven points each as Boise State struggled getting its shots to fall hitting 34.5 percent (10-29) from the floor, 18.2 percent (2-11) from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent (6-9) from the free-throw line.

The Pilots shot well in the opening period hitting 41.9 percent (13-31) from the court, 26.7 percent (5-15) from the 3-point arc and 80 percent (4-5) from the charity stripe.  Natalie Day led Portland with 10 first-half points followed by seven from Alexis Byrd.

The second half started off where the first left off with the Pilots coming out hot rolling off a 15-6 run in the first four minutes of the period to take 49-35 lead too suck the wind out of the Broncos. From the 3:00 mark of the first half to the first four minutes of the second period the Pilots out scored Boise State 26-6.

Boise State never recovered as they slowly fell further behind Portland. The Pilots had everything going their way from shots hanging on the rim and falling through to Boise State defensive lapses leaving players open for uncontested shots which they made more often than not. They eventually fell behind by a game-high 29 points in the final minute before losing it 83-56.

It was not the Broncos night who typically shoot the ball well leading the Mountain West at 45 percent coming into the game. They could not get their shots to fall as they finished at 34 percent (19-56) from the floor, 14 percent (3-22) from beyond the arc and 75 percent (15-20) from the free throw line.

Kinzi Poteet led the Broncos with 14 points on four-of-seven shooting from the floor and six-of-seven from the charity stripe. She also tied for the high on the glass with six rebounds. The only other Bronco in double digit points was Lauren Lenhardt who finished with 12 and six rebounds. Keiahnna Engel added seven points and six boards, while Kati Isham recorded three points and six rebounds.

Portland shot 46.2 percent (30-65) from the floor, 34.6 percent (9-26) from the arc and 77.8 percent (14-18) from the free-throw line.  Four Pilots finished in double-figure points led by ReZina Teclemariam with 20 points followed by Natalie Day with 18 and team-high seven rebounds, Cassandra Brown and Jasmine Wooton each added 10 points.

Boise State led the rebound battle 38 to 36 and 15 to 14 in offensive boards, however, Portland had the edge in second chance points 17 to 16. They also dominated the Broncos in the paint 36 to 24.  The biggest difference in the game was 17 Boise State turnovers which led to a huge advantage to the Pilots in points off turnovers by a 32 to five margin.    

Next up for Boise State is a home game against Utah State this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

Final Game Summary
Boise State vs Portland
12/19/11 7:00 PM at Portland, Ore. (Chiles Center)



POTEET, Kinzi 4-7 6-7 14; LENHARDT, Lauren 3-7 5-6 12; ENGEL, Keiahnna 3-8
0-2 7; BRADY, Nicole 2-8 1-1 5; LISTER, Cinnamon 2-4 1-2 5; PILCHER, Heather
2-8 0-0 4; VANDIVER, Amber 2-2 0-0 4; ISHAM, Kati 1-8 0-0 3; LEE, Diana 0-4
2-2 2; MUNNS, Mandy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 15-20 56.

TECLEMARIAM, ReZina 7-12 4-4 20; DAY, Natalie 7-13 3-4 18; BROWN, Cassandra
4-9 0-1 10; WOOTON, Jasmine 3-6 3-3 10; THOMPSON, Cassandra 3-3 3-4 9; BYRD,
Alexis 4-10 0-0 9; LUTTINEN, Kari 1-4 0-0 3; BROWN, Nakeisha 1-3 0-0 3;
SNYDER, Elyse 0-2 1-2 1; PUPA, Amy 0-2 0-0 0; OLINGER, Colleen 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 30-65 14-18 83.

Boise State...................   28   28  -   56
Portland......................   34   49  -   83

3-point goals--Boise State 3-22 (ISHAM, Kati 1-6; LENHARDT, Lauren 1-2;
ENGEL, Keiahnna 1-2; PILCHER, Heather 0-5; LEE, Diana 0-2; BRADY, Nicole
0-5), Portland 9-26 (BROWN, Cassandra 2-6; TECLEMARIAM, ReZina 2-6; BYRD,
Alexis 1-4; DAY, Natalie 1-2; WOOTON, Jasmine 1-2; BROWN, Nakeisha 1-3;
LUTTINEN, Kari 1-2; PUPA, Amy 0-1). Fouled out--Boise State-None,
Portland-None. Rebounds--Boise State 38 (ISHAM, Kati 6; LENHARDT, Lauren 6;
ENGEL, Keiahnna 6; POTEET, Kinzi 6), Portland 36 (DAY, Natalie 7).
Assists--Boise State 13 (PILCHER, Heather 3; LEE, Diana 3; ISHAM, Kati 3),
Portland 20 (TECLEMARIAM, ReZina 10). Total fouls--Boise State 14, Portland
15. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Portland-None. A-350

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