The defending Mountain West Champions, Boise State women’s basketball, picked up their first conference win against Utah State last night in an overtime thriller. The Broncos (8-5, 1-1) downed that Aggies (6-8, 1-2) 84-78 at home.
The game opened up quickly for Utah State as the Aggies would sink in a 3-pointer to a take 3-0 lead. The lead would be short lived however, as Miquelle Askew would roll in two lay-ups to put Boise State up by one.
Rodriguez would extend the lead to four as she would sink in a 3-pointer, the first three of her 15 points. Hermida would also help extend the lead as she would add to the team’s 16-5 run in the first quarter. Shaw’s night of dominance would also begin this quarter as the sophomore would begin her play with jump shot and three free throws. The quarter would come to a close with the Boise State leading, 21-9.
Hermida would open the second quarter for the Broncos with a jumper to extend the lead to 14. Shaw would also add a lay-up, but a couple of lay-ups and pair of three pointers would put the Aggies right back in the mix. The second quarter would see a significant slowdown by the Broncos as they would be outscored 25-11. The Aggies would take a two point lead into the half, 34-32
The third quarter would see a back and forth contest between the two teams started with a Brooke Pahukoa jumper to tie the game. Utah State quickly answered with a 3-pointer and a jumper to give them control again. Both Hermida and Brooke Pahukoa would keep the Bronco’s alive with hot shooting as the pair would sink in back-to-back 3-pointers. The third quarter came to end with the Aggies up by one, 49-48
The fourth quarter would see 49 combined points by the teams as both caught fire. A 3-pointer by freshman Hermida in the first four seconds of play would give the Broncos the lead, 51-49.
Junior Brooke Pahukoa would add to that with a 3-pointer of her own shortly after, which extended Boise State’s lead to 5. Down by three with 10 seconds left, Brooke Pahukoa would draw the foul from beyond the arc and sink in all three free throws to tie the score at 73 apiece. Brewster would miss a final shot for the Aggies with Shaw grabbing the rebound.
The Broncos would outscore Utah State 11-5 in overtime with Shalen Shaw scoring 8 of the teams 11 points in overtime. The Broncos would go on to win this game, 84-78.
Boise State was shooting hot last night as the team shot 44% on field goals, 40% from beyond the arc and 83% from the free throw line. The team also grabbed 43 total rebounds.
Brooke Pahukoa would lead all Broncos with 22 points. The junior would make 43% of her field goals, 43% of her 3 pointers, and 100% of her free throws.
Shalen Shaw had another spectacular game grabbing a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds. The sophomore would make 40% of her field goals, and go 10-13 from the free throw line. Shaw would also tally up 4 blocks. This would be the sophomore’s third double-double on the season.
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The talented players out of Spain would shine for the Broncos as well as Rodriguez would end the game with 15 points. The junior shot 50% from the field and 40% from the beyond the arc.
The talented Hermida finished the game with 16 points and 6 rebounds. The freshman would shoot an incredible 67% from both the field and from beyond the arc.
Check out the highlights of the victory below!
The Broncos are headed to Fresno, California to play the Fresno State Bulldogs (7-7, 3-0) who are currently undefeated in conference play on Saturday, January 9th at 2:00 PM pacific time.