BOISE, Idaho - (12/30/06) - The Boise State women’s basketball team handed cross-state rival Idaho State a hard fought 86-78 loss Saturday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. The Broncos broke a tight game open with a 17-4 run midway though the second half and never looked back as they recorded the 500th win in program history. The game was the final non-conference contest of the season for Boise State as the Broncos improve to 9-4 on the year and increase their series lead over ISU to 41-18 all-time.
The game was close throughout the 40 minutes of action, especially in the first half which saw 10 ties and eight lead changes as the teams combined for 88 first half points and a 44-44 tie at intermission. Junior Jackie Lee led the Broncos with 11 first half points on 3-of-4 shooting from behind the three-point arc.
Boise State ran out to a six-point lead, their largest of the first half, with 15:42 left in the period on a mid-range jumper by Michelle Hessing to put the Broncos up 18-12. However, Idaho State battled back with a 10-0 run to claim a 22-18 lead with 12:09 remaining in the half. The teams continued to push the pace as they went after each other on both ends of the floor trading baskets and leads.
The Broncos forced the ball inside during the period out scoring the Bengals 20-to-two in the paint. However, Boise State was forced to battle a hot shooting Bengal squad in the first half that made 10-of-19 (.526) three-point shots, from six different individuals, to stay in the game. Idaho State’s senior center Natalie Doma led the Bengals in the opening period with 10 first half points.
Boise State shot the ball well in the first half hitting 17-of-41 (41.5 pct.) field goal attempts, 5-of-17 (29.4 pct.) three-point shots, and five-of-five from the free throw line. Idaho State kept pace with their hot three-point shooting and hit 15-of-30 (50 pct.) field goal attempts overall and went four-of-four from the charity stripe.
The second half started out like the first half ended as the teams traded baskets. Idaho State claimed their final lead of the game with 15:33 remaining on a Andrea Lightfoot layup to make the score 57-56.
The Broncos claimed the lead for good moments later when Jessica Thompson hit a three-pointer from the high right side to put the Broncos up two at 59-57 with 15:20 showing on the clock. That started Boise State’s 17-4 run that gave the Broncos the cushion they needed to hold off the Bengals. By the time the run ended Boise State claimed it’s largest lead of the night at 12 points, 73-61, with eight and half minutes left.
The Broncos depth showed late in the game as they continued to push the tempo up and down the floor. It appeared Idaho State slowly wore down in the final minutes as they were unable to recover from the 12-point Bronco advantage. The closest the Bengals would get in the final eight minutes was six points, 84-78, with 41 seconds left in the contest.
After shooting 52.6 percent from three-point range in the first half, Idaho State cooled off converting only four of their 13 attempts in the second period.
On the day, Boise State shot 45.9 percent (34-of-74) from the hardwood, 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from beyond the arc, and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the free throw line. Idaho State countered with 45.9 percent (28-of-61) shooting from the floor, 43.8 percent (14-of-32) from the three-point arc, and 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the foul line. The Broncos out rebounded the Bengals 45-to-36 and held a 18-to-four advantage in second chance points. Boise State dominated the post out scoring Idaho State 44-to-20 in the paint. The Broncos also forced 19 Bengal turnovers compared to giving it away 11 times themselves, which resulted in a 14-to-two edge in points off turnovers. Overall, the game saw 16 lead changes and 10 ties. Boise State’s largest lead was 12 points at the 8:43 mark of the second half, while Idaho State’s was four with 12:09 left in the first period.
Five Broncos recorded double-figure points led by sophomore Jessica Thompson’s 20 points to go with four rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 26 minutes of action. Junior forward Jackie Lee was second with 15 points and just missed a double-double with nine boards to along with two assists and five steals. Senior center Michelle Hessing recorded 14 points, five rebounds, and a team high six assists in 27 minutes. Sophomore forward Rebecca Kepilino recorded her second career double-double on 12 points and a team high 12 rebounds, followed by 10 points and three rebounds by senior Jackie Thompson. All nine Broncos that played scored in the game for Boise State.
Idaho State was led by Andrea Lightfoot with a team high 20 points, in addition, to eight rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes of action. Senior Natalie Doma was second in scoring recording 17 points and 10 rebounds to claim a double-double for ISU. Point guard Jeni Boesel was third with 13 points to add to her four rebounds, five assists, and one steal.
Boise State concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule at 9-4 overall, the best mark in the Western Athletic Conference. The loss drops the defending regular season Big Sky Conference champion Idaho State Bengals to 3-8 on the year. The Broncos open WAC play this coming Thursday on the road at Utah State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (mountain) at the Dee Glenn Spectrum in Logan, Utah.
Newspaper Box Score
Idaho State vs Boise State
12/30/06 1:00 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 86, IDAHO STATE 78
IDAHO STATE (3-8)
Lightfoot, Andrea 7-14 3-3 20; Doma, Natalie 7-18 3-5 17; Boesel, Jeni 5-10
0-1 13; Brown, Jenna 3-4 0-0 9; Grohs, Michelle 3-5 0-0 8; Fager, Kaylynn
2-5 2-2 8; Diehl, Devin 1-3 0-0 3; Fors, Lisa 0-1 0-0 0; Gensler, Lyndsay
0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 8-11 78.
BOISE STATE (9-4)
Thompson, Jessica 8-13 1-2 20; Lee, Jackie 5-12 2-2 15; Hessing, Michelle
6-13 2-2 14; Kepilino, Rebecca 5-10 2-5 12; Thompson, Jackie 4-4 2-2 10;
Stewart, Amanda 3-3 0-0 6; Harris, Tasha 1-4 3-6 5; Begay, Nadia 1-10 0-0 2;
Galassi, Jenna 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 34-74 12-19 86.
Idaho State................... 44 34 - 78
Boise State................... 44 42 - 86
3-point goals--Idaho State 14-32 (Boesel, Jeni 3-6; Brown, Jenna 3-4;
Lightfoot, Andrea 3-7; Fager, Kaylynn 2-5; Grohs, Michelle 2-4; Diehl, Devin
1-3; Fors, Lisa 0-1; Gensler, Lyndsay 0-1; Doma, Natalie 0-1), Boise State
6-22 (Thompson, Jessica 3-5; Lee, Jackie 3-5; Kepilino, Rebecca 0-1; Harris,
Tasha 0-3; Begay, Nadia 0-7; Galassi, Jenna 0-1). Fouled out--Idaho
State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--Idaho State 36 (Doma, Natalie 10),
Boise State 45 (Kepilino, Rebecca 12). Assists--Idaho State 12 (Boesel, Jeni
5), Boise State 17 (Hessing, Michelle 6). Total fouls--Idaho State 15, Boise
State 15. Technical fouls--Idaho State-None, Boise State-None. A-846