Women's Basketball

Broncos Break Losing Streak with Road Win at San Jose State

Brady hits four 3-pointers for team-high 12 points.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (2/26/2011) - Boise State University’s women’s basketball team turned in a solid team effort shooting 51 percent from the floor as the Broncos snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 83-69 victory at San Jose State University Saturday night. Nicole Brady went four-of-five from the 3-point arc for a team-high 12 points followed by Kati Isham and Cinnamon Lister with 11 each. The victory improves Boise State to 12-16 overall and 3-11 in WAC play, moving them closer to earning a berth into next month’s conference tournament at Las Vegas. 

Boise State was sluggish in the early moments of the game. After Heather Pilcher hit the first basket of the game, the Broncos missed seven of their next eight shots to find themselves in a nine-point hole down 13-4 seven minutes into the contest.

Down nine, Boise State regrouped to rally with a 13-3 run to take a 17-16 lead by the 9:30 mark. The two teams then traded baskets until 5:26 was showing on the clock when San Jose State’s Marnesha Hall hit a 3-pointer to put the Spartans up 22-21. That would prove to be the last SJSU lead of the game as the Broncos seized control. Boise State closed the half on a 13-2 run which gave the visitors a 10-point 34-24 advantage at the break.

Boise State opened the second half with Lauren Lenhardt scoring the first four points of the period to go up 14, 38-24, two minutes into the period. The Broncos maintained a double-digit lead for most of the first 15 minutes of the final half including a game-high 15-point advantage at 51-36 with 13:34 to go.

Each time the Spartans made a run the Broncos answered to keep San Jose State at a distance. Boise State’s last field goal of the game was Brady’s fourth 3-pointer of the night with 5:57 left for a 70-56 Bronco lead. SJSU’s last charge followed as the Spartans rolled off a 8-1 run to pull to within seven at 71-64 with 3:33 remaining.

Boise State held off San Jose State from the free-throw line as the Spartans reverted to fouling in an effort to get back into the game. The Broncos hit 13 of 16 free throws in the final five and a half minutes to get the victory. Freshman point guard Cinnamon Lister was huge down the stretch converting nine-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe, five-of-six in the final 1:01 of the game.

The bench was big for Boise State as well outscoring San Jose State’s 48-0 in bench points. The game was a turnover plagued contest as they combined for 40 between them, the Broncos had 19 but managed to outscore the Spartans 20 to 11 in points off turnovers.

Both teams shot the ball well during the game as Boise State finished at 51 percent (26-51) from the floor, the Broncos shot 59 percent in the second half. Boise State also shot well from the 3-point arc going for a season-high 45.5 percent (10-22), they went six-of-10 in the final period. The free-throw line was also friendly to the Broncos who converted 77.8 percent (21-27) from the stripe.

San Jose State shot 57.6 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes to finish the game at 50.9 percent (27-53). They also went 45.5 percent (5-11) from the arc and 81.8 percent (9-11) from the foul line.

Every Bronco scored in the game with a high of 12 by Brady. Janie Bos added six points, a team-high nine rebounds and six assists. Kati Isham had 11 points, four rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Kinzi Poteet matched Bos’ team-high nine rebounds and added eight points and two blocks, Melissa Rima and Lauren Lenhardt chipped in eight points apiece.

Sara Plavljanin led San Jose State with 24 points and six rebounds, both team-highs, followed by Brittany Johnson with 21 points and four boards.

Boise State will close out the season this coming week when the Broncos travel to this year’s regular-season league champion Louisiana Tech on Thursday and New Mexico State on Saturday. Tonight’s win gives the Broncos the inside track for the final WAC Tournament berth in two weeks.

Newspaper Box Score

Boise State vs San Jose State
2/26/11 8:30 PM at The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.


BOISE STATE (12-16, 3-11 WAC)
Brady, Nicole 4-6 0-1 12; Isham, Kati 2-9 6-8 11; Lister, Cinnamon 1-2 9-10
11; Lenhardt, Lauren 4-4 0-0 8; Poteet, Kinzi 3-6 2-2 8; Rima, Melissa 3-6
0-0 8; Bos, Janie 2-6 2-4 6; Lee, Diana 2-3 0-0 6; Gross, Stacie 2-2 0-0 5;
Pilcher, Heather 2-4 0-0 4; Kearney, Janelle 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 26-51 21-27

SAN JOSE STATE (2-25, 2-12 WAC)

Plavljanin, Sara 11-15 0-0 24; Johnson, Brittany 8-12 4-4 21; Sumler, Sayja
4-7 5-7 13; Newton, AJ 2-7 0-0 5; Hall, Marnesha 2-5 0-0 5; Woods, Nanea 0-1
0-0 0; Williams, Marisa 0-3 0-0 0; Johnson, Liz 0-0 0-0 0; Broaden, Myesha
0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-53 9-11 68.

Boise State................... 34 49 - 83
San Jose State................ 24 44 - 68

3-point goals--Boise State 10-22 (Brady, Nicole 4-5; Rima, Melissa 2-4; Lee,
Diana 2-3; Gross, Stacie 1-1; Isham, Kati 1-8; Pilcher, Heather 0-1), San
Jose State 5-11 (Plavljanin, Sara 2-4; Newton, AJ 1-3; Johnson, Brittany
1-1; Hall, Marnesha 1-3). Fouled out--Boise State-None, San Jose
State-Johnson, Brittany. Rebounds--Boise State 32 (Poteet, Kinzi 9; Bos,
Janie 9), San Jose State 22 (Plavljanin, Sara 6). Assists--Boise State 20
(Isham, Kati 8), San Jose State 15 (Sumler, Sayja 5). Total fouls--Boise
State 14, San Jose State 24. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, San Jose
State-None. A-1879

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