Boise State Women’s Basketball opened up conference play yesterday against Colorado State. Despite a strong showing by the defending Mountain West Champions, the Broncos fell to the Rams 68-64.
Boise State (7-5, 0-1) started strong leading Colorado State (11-1, 1-0) by 6 in the first quarter. Marta Hermida got the Broncos started quick with a 3 pointer assisted by Brooke Pahukoa. The Rams would miss their following two shots, allowing Boise State to go up by 5 after a lay-up by Shalen Shaw.
Despite a strong first quarter, The Broncos would struggle in the 2nd quarter scoring just 10 points to Colorado State’s 25. A drought Boise State would not recover from. The Rams would lead the Broncos 35-26 at halftime.
Down by 9 at the half, Boise State came out slugging out-scoring Colorado State 20-16. Very balanced play would see 5 Broncos score in the quarter, with Yaiza Rodriguez leading the pack.
Boise State would retake the lead half way through the forth quarter off a jump shot by Rodriguez. The lead would extend by four to 62-58 as Shalen Shaw added to it with a jump shot. However, back to back three pointers and a free throw would give the Rams the lead and the game by a score of 68-64.
Three Broncs would finish the game in double digits with Rodriguez scoring 19, Shaw scoring 15, and Askew scoring 10. Despite usually being a dominate player on the court, Brooke Pahukoa was relatively quiet this game scoring only 4 points, all off of free throws. However, the junior guard did dish out 3 assist and nabbed 3 defensive rebounds. New comer and freshman, Marta Mermida, had a strong showing scoring 5 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Hermida also had 4 assist. Twelve of Rodriguez’s 19 points came from beyond the arc as she would go 4/5 on three pointers. Askew was 1 rebound away from joining Shaw in the double-double category as she grabbed 9 rebounds, 2 offensive and 7 defensive.
Shaw had a fantastic game finishing with a double-double. The sophomore forward put up 15 points and grabbed a total of 12 rebounds, 4 offensive and 8 defensive.
Askew’s performance today gives the senior membership into the 1000 points/500 rebounds club as she now has a total of 1,049 points and 507 rebounds for her career.
Congrats to Miquelle Askew on joining the 1,000 points/500 rebound club, 1,049 career points & 507 rebounds. pic.twitter.com/GjHg2XAX2Q
— Boise State W BB (@BroncoSportsWBB) January 3, 2016
Altogether, the Broncos shot 45% from the field, 80% from the free throw line, and 33% from beyond the arc. The team nabbed 42 rebounds with 33 of them being defensive.
The Broncos will be back in action at home against the Utah State Aggies (6-7, 1-1) on January 6th at 7:00 PM Mountain Time. Be sure to cheer them on!