Boise State Fades Down the Stretch in Five-Point Loss to Arizona in Women's Basketball?


BOISE, Idaho (12/29/08) It was a bad night for the Broncos all the way around Monday night as they battled hard to stay in the game only to fade down the stretch losing 53-48 to Arizona in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. It was a game that Boise State started slow digging itself into a hole. The Broncos then battled back into contention only to self-destruct at crucial times late in the game as they came up short against the Pac-10’s Wildcats.  


After trailing the entire first half by as many as 11 points, Boise State rallied before intermission. With 10:23 to play in the opening period the Broncos trailed 21-10. They finished the half outscoring the Wildcats 19-10 in the last 10 minutes to cut the Arizona advantage to one, 30-29, at the break. 


The Broncos opened the second half with a 10-2 run behind back-to-back 3-pointers by Jamia Malone to take a nine-point lead, 41-32, with just over 15 minutes to play. Unfortunately, the Broncos ran into a wall after that scoring seven points in the final 15 minutes.


Arizona rallied from nine down outscoring Boise State 21-7 down the stretch. The Broncos had no answer for the Wildcats’ Ify Ibekwe in the post during the game as she recorded a double-double on 26 points and 20 rebounds, 14 and nine respectively in the second half.


After shooting a decent 41.4 percent (12-29) from the floor in the first half, Boise State fired a disappointing 27.6 percent (8-29) in the second. They finished the game shooting 34.5 percent form the court, 31.3 percent (5-16) from the 3-point arc, and 75 percent (3-4) from the free-throw line. The Broncos did not attempt a free throw in the second period.


No Bronco scored double-figure points for the first time this season. Freshman Courtney VanBrocklin led the team with nine points, two rebounds, and three assists. Janie Bos added eight points and a team-high nine boards, while Jamia Malone finished with eight point, five rebounds, and two assists. Melissa Rima recorded seven points and three boards.

Arizona countered hitting 27.3 percent (18-66) from the floor in the game, 27.3 percent (3-11), and 82.4 percent (14-17) from the charity stripe. Following Ibekwe’s team-high’s in scoring and rebounding was Reiko Thomas with 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Only five players actually scored for the Wildcats as Courtney Clements added seven points and six boards, followed by Beatrice Bofia with six points and three rebounds, and Ashley Frazier with three points, two rebounds, and five assists. 

The Broncos finished the nonconference schedule at 7-7 overall and will open defense of their back-to-back Western Athletic Conference titles this Saturday in Moscow, Idaho when they face their arch-rivals the University of Idaho Vandals (3-9) at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Cowan Spectrum. The win improved Arizona to 7-4 on the year.  


Newspaper Box Score

Arizona vs Boise State
12/29/08 6:00 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)

Ibekwe, Ify 8-21 10-12 26; Thomas, Reiko 3-13 4-4 11; Clements, Courtney
3-15 0-0 7; Bofia, Beatrice 3-9 0-0 6; Frazier, Ashley 1-8 0-1 3; Njonkou,
Amina 0-0 0-0 0; Hill, Faihza 0-0 0-0 0; Hays, Sarah 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-66
14-17 53.

VanBrocklin,Courtney 4-4 0-0 9; Malone,Jamia 3-12 0-0 8; Bos,Janie 4-6 0-0
8; Rima,Melissa 3-6 0-0 7; Pilcher,Heather 2-9 0-0 4; Kepilino,Rebecca 2-3
0-0 4; Moore,Brittany 1-1 0-0 3; Sanders,Ainsleigh 0-1 2-2 2; Stotler,Marisa
1-11 0-0 2; Galassi,Jenna 0-5 1-2 1. Totals 20-58 3-4 48.

Arizona.......................   30   23  -   53
Boise State...................   29   19  -   48

3-point goals--Arizona 3-11 (Frazier, Ashley 1-4; Clements, Courtney 1-5;
Thomas, Reiko 1-2), Boise State 5-16 (Malone,Jamia 2-8; Moore,Brittany 1-1;
Rima,Melissa 1-2; VanBrocklin,Courtney 1-1; Galassi,Jenna 0-1;
Pilcher,Heather 0-3). Fouled out--Arizona-None, Boise State-None.
Rebounds--Arizona 46 (Ibekwe, Ify 20), Boise State 39 (Bos,Janie 9).
Assists--Arizona 10 (Frazier, Ashley 5), Boise State 11
(VanBrocklin,Courtney 3). Total fouls--Arizona 10, Boise State 14. Technical
fouls--Arizona-None, Boise State-None. A-3069


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