No. 10 Broncos Handle Utah State
March 2, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho -- No. 10 Boise State (8-4, 4-0 MRGC) shook off a slow start Thursday night in Taco Bell Arena and finished strong to take down No. 22 Utah State (7-8, 2-3 MRGC) with a score of 196.700 -- 195.675. The Broncos rallied down the stretch and used a season-high 49.300 on floor to pull away from the visiting Aggies on a night where both teams donned pink leotards to promote cancer awareness.

The Blue and Orange swept the event and all-around titles as Shani Remme won on uneven bars (9.9), balance beam (9.9), and also claimed the all-around honor with a 38.700. Mary Frances Bir won on vault with a 9.85 while Ann Stockwell and Sandra Collantes both posted 9.925s to share the floor title.

"I've been sick with the flu all week, but that performance on floor made me feel a whole lot better," co-head coach Neil Resnick said.

While floor was the headline event of the night, the crescendo began with balance beam as the Broncos were able to produce a 49.275, good for the eighth-best beam score in school history. Three Broncos posted 9.825s, Paige Urquhart was exceptional with a 9.85, Sarah Means came away with a 9.875 and Remme won the event with a 9.9.

"Great meet for our team tonight," co-head coach Tina Bird Said. "Life keeps throwing us curveballs and we persevere as a family."

"I'm so proud of our juniors. Ann had a magic night and Alex and Abby continue to deliver important scores. It was also great to get Sandra back in the lineup, she adds another dimension to our team."

Boise State started off on vault and recorded a 48.875. Mackenzie Bennion earned a 9.775 and Remme was forced to abandon her vault mid-attempt after punching off the springboard awkwardly, unfortunately resulting in a 9.1. Urquhart went for a 9.7 and Bir vaulted fourth with her event-winning 9.85. Stockwell put up a 9.725 and Courtney McGregor finished the event strong in garnering a 9.825. Utah State held a brief 48.925 -- 48.875 lead after the first rotation.

The Broncos reclaimed the momentum on their best event -- uneven bars. Stockwell kicked off the second rotation with a 9.85 and Bennion followed it up and tied her career-high 9.875. McGregor went for a 9.825 and Remme claimed the bars title with a 9.9. Mejia and Collantes closed out the event with 9.8s, securing a 49.250.

The success on balance beam lifted Boise State to a 147.400 -- 146.825 lead after three rotations and set the table for a monster floor score.

Urquhart began with a 9.8 and Remme followed with a 9.8 of her own. Bennion was strong on the final apparatus and received a 9.825 while Stockwell exploded for her career-high 9.925 in the No. 4 spot. Abby Webb put together another solid performance to earn a 9.825 and Collantes wrapped up the evening with a season-high 9.925.

The Broncos will honor their three seniors -- Urquhart, Mejia and Bennion -- next Friday, March 10 in their final home meet of the season at 7 p.m. against No. 7 Denver back at Taco Bell Arena. Buy tickets HERE.

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