Teams aren’t going to win very many games when their opponents shoot 20 more free throws. And a loss was exactly what happened to the Boise State Broncos women’s team on Saturday afternoon.
The Wyoming Cowgirls (11-5, 4-3) led nearly the entire game in handing Boise State their first conference loss of the 2018-19 season, defeating the Broncos 64-52 in Wyoming.
Fouls played a major factor in the loss, but it was a combination of things that led to the Broncos defeat. Wyoming not only hit their free throws (21-27), they held Boise State to 36.7 percent shooting from the field.
Boise State (15-3, 6-1) knocked down only 2 of 15 attempts from 3-point range as the Cowgirls used a stifling man-to-man defense much of the game.
The Broncos didn’t help themselves out, either, missing multiple uncontested looks in the paint during the third and fourth quarters. Boise State only attempted seven free throws as no player for the team scored in double figures.
Wyoming was able to avenge a 72-64 loss to Boise State in Boise on January 2.
The Cowgirls raced out to an early 10-point lead thanks to both turnovers and fouls by the Broncos.
Marta Hermida, after sitting out Wednesday’s victory over Air Force, had a couple of early turnovers, part of five the team had in the first quarter.
Joyce Harrell and Rachel Bowers each picked up two fouls in the quarter and Wyoming, thanks to a 9-11 performance from the stripe, led 22-14 at the end of the quarter.
Cold-shooting crept in on the Broncos in the second quarter. Neither team scored until Hermida’s basket with 7:23 left in the second, bringing Boise State within six.
Those would be the last points Boise State would score for the next five minutes. During this span, the Cowgirls extended their lead to 30-16. Tess Amundsen ended the scoring drought with a bucket at the 2:34 mark.
Wyoming led at halftime 36-21.
Boise State needed a spark in the second-half and they found one in redshirt freshman Sofia Galeron.
First, however, the Broncos dug themselves into an even deeper hole. A quick three by Wyoming’s Marta Gomez gave the Cowgirls a 39-21 lead. The lead remained between 14 and 18 points over the next few minutes.
A Braydey Hodgins three-pointer made it 43-28, part of a 7-0 run to bring the Broncos within 11 at 43-32.
Minutes later, down 15 again, Galeron made a three. A Marijk Vanderschaaf three-point play brought the Broncos within ten, followed by a short jumper by Galeron. At the end of the third, Boise State trailed 50-42.
Eight points was as close as Boise State got the rest of the game, as missed opportunities and foul-trouble continued to plague the Broncos.
Galeron, Jayde Christopher and Riley Lupfer — who was 3-11 from the field — all scored 7 points to lead the Broncos. Galeron also had 2 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and 1 assist, all in the second half.
A’Shanti Coleman, Hodgins, and Bowers all had six points. Hermida and Lupfer also had six rebounds.
Gomez had 15 points to lead Wyoming. Bailee Cotton added 14 points and 7 rebounds.
The Broncos will be back in action at Taco Bell Arena on January 30 when they host Colorado State. The game is set to start at 7 pm (MT)