The Boise State Broncos women’s team, coming off a loss in which they blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, needed a little something extra on Saturday. That spark came in the form of sophomore Jade Loville.
Loville scored a career-high 21 points, three other Broncos scored in double figures and the Broncos defeated the San Diego State Aztecs 86-72 Saturday afternoon.
Loville displayed a wide array of skills, scoring from inside, knocking down mid-range jumpers and connecting on her lone three-point attempt of the night. Overall, she was 8-12 from the field (66.7 percent) and scored 15 of her points in the 2nd half.
A’Shanti Coleman (14 points), Mallory McGwire (13 points), and Ellie Woerner (10 pts) all reached double figures in the victory.
Woerner also shot well, hitting on four of six, as the Bronco bench put up 40 points. Woerner, Loville, and Rachel Bowers helped spur a second quarter run where the Broncos erupted for 29 points.
Taylor Kalmer led the Aztecs with 21 points.
Boise State (12-6, 4-2) had a nice all-around game, shooting 48.4 percent while only committing ten turnovers. The Broncos had three more rebounds than the Aztecs and made 19 of 20 from the free throw line.
Things started off slowly for the Boise State Broncos, with cold-shooting once again the bane of the team. They made only 3 of their first 11 shots, with McGwire connecting on all three. However, she picked up her second foul with 4:36 remaining in the first period and the Broncos up 7-6.
Sloppy play was the highlight of the period, with the teams combining for 12 turnovers. The Broncos couldn’t find a way to stop Kalmer, who had ten points in the period, and the Aztecs (8-10, 3-3) led 17-14 after one.
Boise State, however, started the second period on a 7-0 run, with Bowers scoring the first five points and giving the Broncos a lead they would never relinquish.
Woerner made back-to-back buckets in the quarter and a Coleman also scored five straight, giving the Broncos their largest lead of the half at 41-27.
Boise State shot 9-14 and committed only one turnover. They forced five Aztec turnovers, held Kalmer scoreless and the Broncos led at halftime, 43-31.
The lead swelled to as much as 18 early in the third, with Riley Lupfer connecting from deep at the 7:10 mark to put the Broncos up 53-35.
San Diego State hung around, slowly chipping away. Two free throws by Tea Adams brought the Aztecs within seven with 1:08 left in the third period.
Woerner was successful at a three-point play on the next possession and the Broncos led by eight heading into the fourth.
Then Loville took over.
She scored 11 of the Broncos next 13 points, extending the lead to 17. San Diego State was never able to get any closer than 11 the rest of the game.
Bowers finished with nine points for the Broncos. Jayde Christopher added eight and led the team with seven rebounds. Braydey Hodgins had a nice game facilitating the action, dropping ten assists.
The Broncos won their 17th-straight home game in Mountain West play. They will be back in action at ExtraMile Arena on Wednesday (1/15) when they host the Air Force Falcons at 7 pm (MT).