Bos and Isham score 16 points each to lead Broncos.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (1/27/10) - In a game of runs, Boise State University’s women’s basketball team staged the one that counted in the final six minutes to storm past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 77-66 in the first game of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo., Saturday afternoon. Lauren Lenhardt came alive down the stretch to score eight of the Broncos’ final 16 points to lead Boise State’s game-winning run. Janie Bos and Kati Isham led the Broncos with 16 points apiece during the game followed by Lenhardt with 15.
The first half was fast paced and a little sloppy as the two teams combined for 28 turnovers, 14 apiece. For Texas A&M-Corpus Christi they scored 27 of their 34 points off Boise State turnovers (15) and second chance points (12) on 11 offensive rebounds. The Islanders held the lead for the first seven minutes and took a six-point, 13-7, lead at the 14:19 mark.
In the first six minutes of the game Boise State struggled, scoring as many points, six, as it had turnovers. However, down six with a little over 14 minutes to go the Broncos rallied with a 17-3 run to take a period-high eight-point lead at 24-16 with seven minutes remaining in the half.
The key to the rally was Boise State going to a full-court press which caused trouble for the Islanders who committed six turnovers during the Broncos’ run.
Unfortunately with seven minutes left the Islanders rallied, out scoring the Broncos 18 to nine to take a one-point 34-33 lead into the break.
Boise State dominated the paint in the first half as they drove into the post out scoring TAMU-CC 16 to eight down low. Janie Bos led the Broncos in the opening 20 minutes with 12 points followed by nine from Kati Isham. Boise State shot 52 percent (13-25) from the floor in the first period compared to the Islanders 34 percent (11-32). However, TAMU-CC was solid from beyond the arc hitting 43 percent (6-14), the Broncos were two-of seven.
Down one at half, Boise State opened the second period quickly rolling off a 9-0 run to go up eight points at 42-34. The Broncos stretched the run to 15-4 and a 48-38 lead. Freshman Diana Lee led the charge with six of the points followed by Lauren Lenhardt who added five.
TAMU-CC was down 10 points, 48-38, with 15:15 to play. As they did in the first period the Islanders came back on the Broncos. This time it was an 18 to seven run capped by a Louvinia Robinson jumper to take a 56-55 lead with just over eight minutes to play. The Islanders stretched the lead to three a couple of times, the last with 5:58 remaining and the score at 64-61.
Down three, Boise State clamped down on the Islanders defensively holding them to two points in the final six minutes of the game. Offensively, Lenhardt came alive scoring eight of Boise State’s final 16 points, Isham added five points, as the Broncos pulled away down the stretch to take home a 11-point victory at 77-66.
Boise State finished the game shooting a solid season-high 47.5 percent (28-59) from the floor and 78.3 percent (18-23) from the charity stripe. Unfortunately, the long shot was a struggle for the second consecutive game as Boise State converted 20 percent (3-15) from beyond the arc. They out scored the Islanders 36 to 22 in the paint as the Broncos took advantage of TAMU-CC’s lack of height. Boise State also won the battle on the glass by the end of the game by a 43 to 34 margin.
Janie Bos and Kati Isham led the Broncos in scoring with 16 points each, followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 15. Bos went seven-of-nine from the floor during the game while adding six rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes of action. Isham shot 50 percent from the floor hitting six-of-12 shots in addition to grabbing five boards, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes. Lenhardt was five-of-seven from the floor and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, four blocks and one steal in 22 minutes. Diana Lee scored nine points to go with three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Heather Pilcher had eight points, two boards, two assists and two steals.
After giving up 27 points on turnovers and second chance points in the first half, the Broncos played better in the second keeping them to three and four respectively. The Islanders cooled off from the 3-point arc as well hitting one of five in the final 20 minutes. Overall, TAMU-CC shot 38.6 percent (22-57) from the court, 36.8 percent (7-19) from the arc and 60 percent (15-25) from the free-throw line.
The Islanders were led by Lauren Smith with 14 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. She was followed by Jade Davis and Zoey Vega-Vega with 12 points apiece. Anitra Jeffery had a team-high seven rebounds.
The win over TAMU-Corpus Christi improves Boise State to 4-2 on the year. The loss by the TAMU-CC Islanders drops them to 0-5 on the year. Next up for the Broncos is their second game of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational against Texas Southern University (0-3) out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, tip for the contest is at noon (Mountain) Sunday. The Tigers played the host school Colorado State University in Saturday’s second contest which was not complete when this story was posted. The pairings were prearranged before the tournament.
Game SummaryTAMU-Corpus Christi vs Boise State
Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational
11/27/10 12 p.m. MT at Moby Arena (Fort Collins, Colo.)
BOISE STATE 77, TAMU-CORPUS CHRISTI 66TAMU-CORPUS CHRISTI (0-5)
Smith, Lauren 3-6 7-8 14; Davis, Jade 3-10 3-6 12; Vega-Vega, Zoey 5-6 0-1
12; Jammer, Jessica 4-11 0-0 9; Robinson, Louvinia 2-5 1-2 5; Scott,
Adrienne 1-4 3-5 5; Jeffery, Anitra 1-6 1-2 3; Gregory, Taryn 1-2 0-0 2;
Huff, Brandi 1-4 0-1 2; Darley, Ashley 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 22-57 15-25 66.BOISE STATE (2-2)
Isham, Kati 6-12 2-4 16; Bos, Janie 7-9 2-2 16; Lenhardt, Lauren 5-7 5-6 15;
Lee, Diana 3-7 3-4 9; Pilcher, Heather 3-4 2-2 8; Gross, Stacie 2-5 2-2 7;
Kearney, Janelle 2-2 0-0 4; Poteet, Kinzi 0-4 2-3 2; Brady, Nicole 0-2 0-0
0; Marshall, Julia 0-4 0-0 0; Lister, Cinnamon 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 18-23
TAMU-Corpus Christi........... 34 32 - 66
Boise State................... 33 44 - 77
3-point goals--TAMU-Corpus Christi 7-19 (Davis, Jade 3-7; Vega-Vega, Zoey
2-2; Jammer, Jessica 1-4; Smith, Lauren 1-3; Gregory, Taryn 0-1; Huff,
Brandi 0-1; Robinson, Louvinia 0-1), Boise State 3-15 (Isham, Kati 2-5;
Gross, Stacie 1-2; Lee, Diana 0-3; Brady, Nicole 0-2; Marshall, Julia 0-1;
Lister, Cinnamon 0-1; Bos, Janie 0-1). Fouled out--TAMU-Corpus Christi-None,
Boise State-Kearney, Janelle. Rebounds--TAMU-Corpus Christi 34 (Jeffery,
Anitra 7), Boise State 43 (Lenhardt, Lauren 8). Assists--TAMU-Corpus Christi
14 (Smith, Lauren 7), Boise State 15 (Lee, Diana 4). Total
fouls--TAMU-Corpus Christi 21, Boise State 19. Technical fouls--TAMU-Corpus
Christi-None, Boise State-None.