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Bronco Women Fall in Close Game With Colorado State

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.

The Game

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.

The Players

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.

Shalen Shaw

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.

Miquelle Askew

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.

Team Stats

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!

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About Mathew Douraghi

Mathew Douraghi
Mathew comes to Bronco Nation News from sunny Southern California. He completed his bachelors degree at Boise State in anthropology in 2012. From there he took his academic pursuits to the Bay Area where he recently completed his Masters degree in Medical Anthropology at California State University - East Bay. Mathew loves sports and like his co-author Steven, he loves all his sports teams down in Southern California. However, that doesn't mean he bleeds any less blue as Mathew has been following his beloved Broncos since 2005. After talking to his co-author and good friend Steven, Mathew joined the BNN staff to share is love of Bronco sports with Bronco Nation. He truly enjoys writing for BNN readers and hopes you enjoy his articles!

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