Moore and Pilcher combined for 38 points to lead Broncos to win.
BOISE, Idaho (12/22/08) Brittany Moore scored a career-high 21 points to lead Boise State to a 68-60 home victory over Saint Mary’s College in Taco Bell Arena at Boise Monday night. The Broncos played their best half of the season in the first period to take a dominating 41-20 lead into the break. Boise State then held on for the win fighting off a furious Gael rally attempt that cut the lead to three points late in the final period. The victory was the second in a row for the Broncos who improved to 7-6 on the year.
The first half began with Saint Mary’s running out to an 8-2 lead three minutes into the contest. The Gaels clung to the scoreboard advantage until the 13-minute mark when Boise State rallied to claim their first lead of the game. Down 14-9, the Broncos took their first lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Brittany Moore and Heather Pilcher to give the Broncos a 15-14 advantage with 12:57 to play in the half.
That opened the flood gates for the Broncos who seized control of the game on a 13-0 run taking a 23-14 lead with 8:13 left. By the time the period ended Boise State had outscored Saint Mary’s 32-6 in the final 13 minutes.
The Broncos beat the Gaels in every stage of the game down the stretch to close the half forcing 17 Gael turnovers. Moore scored 16 of her team-high 21 points in the opening-20 minutes powering Boise State to a 21-point halftime advantage at 41-20.
The second half saw Saint Mary’s open with a 10-1 run to cut the Bronco advantage to 12 points, 42-30, with 15:25 remaining. However, Boise State responded with a 12-2 run to stretch the lead out to a game-high 22 points at 54-32 at the 11 minute mark.
Down 22, Saint Mary’s began their final push picking up the pressure on both ends of the floor. They held the Broncos to three made field goals in the final 11 minutes, two by Courtney VanBrocklin and one by Moore, as they clawed their way back into the contest.
With 1:27 remaining on the clock, the Gaels’ Ashlee Smith hit a pair of free throws to pull Saint Mary’s to within three points, 63-60.
20 seconds later Boise State ran a play that left Moore wide open behind the arc on the right wing. With VanBrocklin in control of the ball on the left sideline the freshman drove into the key where she kicked the ball out to Moore. The senior from Sparks, Nev., calmly controlled the pass, set herself and nailed the decisive 3-pointer to give the Broncos a six-point, 66-60, lead with 1:07 left.
On the next SMC possession, VanBrocklin stole the ball from the Gaels’ Louella Tomlinson high on the left wing where she was immediately fouled. The Deming, Wash., native stepped to the line and hit both free throws to extend the Broncos’ lead to 68-60 with 33 seconds to play. Those proved to be the final points of the contest. It was the second game in a row that VanBrocklin had scored the final points of the game, icing the contest by hitting two free throws in the closing seconds.
On the night Boise State had 10 athletes play in the game. They all scored in the contest including Ainsleigh Sanders, a sophomore from Perth, Australia, who saw her first career action as a Bronco recording four points, two rebounds, and one assist in 18 minutes of action. Melissa Rima, a sophomore from Fairbanks, Alaska, also earned her first career start finishing the game with two points, three rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.
Brittany Moore led Boise State with a career night on 21 points, five rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal. The senior went 7-of-14 from the floor and hit four-of-five 3-point attempts. Heather Pilcher followed with 17 points to go with two boards, two assists, and one steal. Courtney VanBrocklin finished with nine points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Janie Bos added six points and seven rebounds, while Marisa Stotler battled through the flu bug to record a team-high eight boards to go with five points, one assist, and three steals.
Louella Tomlinson led Saint Mary’s with a monster night recording a triple-double on 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 blocks. Ashlee Smith was the only other Gael in double-figure scoring with 11 to go with one rebound.
The win improves Boise State to 7-6 overall with one nonconference game remaining. After a short Christmas break of four days, the Broncos will return to host the University of Arizona (6-4) next Monday night, Dec. 29, in the first game of a double-header, tip is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) followed by the Boise State-Eastern Washington men’s game.
Newspaper Box Score
Saint Mary's (CA) vs Boise State
12/22/08 7:05 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 68, SAINT MARY'S (CA) 60
SAINT MARY'S (CA) (3-10)
TOMLINSON, Louella 10-22 5-6 26; SMITH, Ashlee 4-6 3-4 11; BATLIN, Katie 3-8
2-4 8; COATNEY, Amber 1-2 2-2 5; CHAMBERS, Sierra 2-6 0-0 4; LAHDE, Maija
2-11 0-0 4; RUIZ, Erika 1-2 0-0 2; ELLIS, Lindsay 0-1 0-0 0; KOJOLA, Kira
0-6 0-2 0; DAVIS, Suzie 0-2 0-0 0; CARBONEL, Alex 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-66
BOISE STATE (7-6)
Moore, Brittany 7-14 3-4 21; Pilcher, Heather 7-20 0-0 17;
VanBrocklin,Courtney 3-9 3-4 9; Bos, Janie 2-7 2-2 6; Stotler, Marisa 2-9
1-2 5; Sanders, Ainsleigh 2-3 0-0 4; Rima, Melissa 1-8 0-0 2; Malone, Jamia
1-3 0-0 2; Galassi, Jenna 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 26-77 9-12 68.
Saint Mary's (CA)............. 20 40 - 60
Boise State................... 41 27 - 68
3-point goals--Saint Mary's (CA) 2-10 (TOMLINSON, Louella 1-1; COATNEY,
Amber 1-2; CHAMBERS, Sierra 0-1; RUIZ, Erika 0-1; KOJOLA, Kira 0-4; DAVIS,
Suzie 0-1), Boise State 7-11 (Moore, Brittany 4-5; Pilcher, Heather 3-3;
Rima, Melissa 0-1; Malone, Jamia 0-1; VanBrocklin,Courtney 0-1). Fouled
out--Saint Mary's (CA)-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Saint Mary's (CA)
51 (TOMLINSON, Louella 13), Boise State 47 (Stotler, Marisa 8).
Assists--Saint Mary's (CA) 12 (CHAMBERS, Sierra 3; TOMLINSON, Louella 3),
Boise State 12 (VanBrocklin,Courtney 5). Total fouls--Saint Mary's (CA) 12,
Boise State 16. Technical fouls--Saint Mary's (CA)-None, Boise State-None.