Bowden Claims MW Defensive Award
Oct. 27, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State senior defender Mikhaila Bowden was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday, after anchoring a Bronco back line that posted two shutouts over the weekend. It is the first weekly honor of Bowden's illustrious career and the second defensive weekly award of the season for Boise State.

Bowden played all 180 minutes as Boise State defeated Nevada and UNLV, both by the score of 2-0. The Broncos played the Wolf Pack at home Friday, before traveling to Las Vegas for the Sunday match with the Rebels. The two wins moved Boise State up to sixth in the Mountain West standings, giving the Broncos control of their own destiny in the race for the final spot in the conference tournament.

In the fourth minute at UNLV, Bowden broke the all-time Boise State record for career minutes played. She finished the match becoming the only student-athlete in school history to eclipse the 7,500-minute mark.

All weekend long Bowden exhibited the traits and skill that have made her the backbone of Boise State's defense her entire career. The senior squashed nearly every chance the opposition presented before it materialized to a shot. The Broncos faced just 14 shots and only three corner kicks across the two matches.

Against Nevada, Bowden showcased her ball control. The Wolf Pack looked to play over the top but Bowden tracked down each one, deftly trapping them as to not allow any second-ball opportunities for the attack. Her long-range passing ability was a weapon for the Broncos at UNLV as it stretched the field and opened runs for the Boise State attack.

Neither opponent was able to create chances off free kicks as the Wolf Pack and Rebels were not match for Bowden's aerial skill. She also stonewalled every run the opposition made down the center of the field.

Boise State has won three-straight matches, all by shutout, to set up a crucial regular-season finale. The Broncos host Utah State Friday, at 3 p.m., and can lock up their place in the MW Championship with a win. Bowden and fellow senior Shannon Schueren will be honored at the match for Senior Day. Bowden can tie the school record for career starts at the match.

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