Women's Basketball

Boise State Gets Back on Track, Defeats UMKC 71-64

Askew and Lenhardt Named to Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State defeated UMKC 71-64 Saturday afternoon at the Air Force Classic to get the Broncos back on track, snapping a three game losing streak. It was a battle throughout the 40 minutes with the Broncos surging with a 8-2 run late in the first half to take the lead for good and a 38-32 halftime advantage.

Four Broncos reached double figure points led by freshman center Miquelle Askew who scored a team-high 14 points to lead the team for the second game in a row, she went five-of-six from the floor and hit all four free throws. Amber Vandiver recorded her first career double-double with career-highs for points (12) and rebounds (16), she just missed becoming the fourth Bronco ever to grab 10 offensive rebounds finishing with nine.

Lauren Lenhardt battled constant double teams to recorded 11 points and four rebounds, while Brandi Henton scored 10 points, 10 of Boise State's last 13 points in the contest.  Diana Lee added seven points and team-high six assists. Julia Marshall also scored seven points and hit two key 3-pointers to spur the 8-2 run late in the first period that gave the Broncos the lead for good.  

Lexie Der and Rosalie Cutri followed Vandiver on the boards recording eight and six respectively as Boise State dominated the glass 52 to 30 which led to a 25 to two advantage in second chance points and a 32 to 16 edge on points in the paint.

On the day Boise State shot 36.1 percent (26-72) from the floor, 30 percent (6-20) from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent (13-18) from the free-throw line. The Broncos took 21 more shots than UMKC who shot 43.1 percent (22-51) from the floor and an impressive 10-of-18 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Kangaroos also shot 66.7 percent (10-15) from the charity stripe.

Eilise O'Connor led UMKC with 23 points, five rebounds and 13 assists. Lexis Hardiek was the only other UMKC player to reach double digit points with 15 points.

Boise State started the game fast racing out to a 11-2 lead three minutes into the contest, Lenhardt scored the first seven points followed by Vandiver with the last four. However, UMKC began to chip away at the Bronco scoreboard advantage and eventually took the lead at the nine minute mark on a Emily Blakesley fastbreak layup to make the score 23-21 Kangaroos.

The two teams traded baskets over the next six minutes with the Kangaroos taking a game-high three point lead at 24-21. The score was tied at 30 all with 3:13 on the clock when the Broncos closed the half on a 8-2 run powered by two consecutive Julia Marshall 3-pointers from the left corner to put the blue and orange up 36-30. The Broncos ended the opening 20 minutes up six points at 38-32.

The second half saw Boise State maintain the lead throughout the 20 minutes with UMKC made it interesting the entire time by keeping it close. The Broncos opened up a game-high 14 point lead, 53-39, with 14 minutes to go then held off several Kangaroo rally attempts down the stretch. Askew scored eight of her points and Vandiver recorded 11 of her rebounds in the second half to lead Boise State.

Boise State will now return home for a four-game homestand beginning next Friday, Dec. 7th, when the Broncos host Eastern Washington at 7:00 p.m.

Askew and Lenhardt Named to Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team
Boise State women's basketball's Miquelle Askew and Lauren Lenhardt were named to the Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team Saturday night following the conclusion of the tournament. The duo led the Broncos to a 1-1 record over the weekend which concluded with a 71-64 Bronco (4-3) victory over the Summit League's UMKC (4-5) Saturday afternoon in Colorado Springs,. Colo.

Askew, a freshman center, led Boise State in scoring during both contests averaging 16 points and three rebounds. She shot 60 percent (9-15) from the floor and was a perfect 14-for-14 from the free-throw line. Lenhardt, senior forward, was forced to battle through double teams in both games to average 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Final Game Summary
Boise State vs Kansas City
Air Force Classic
12/1/12 2:00 p.m. at USAFA, Colo. (Clune Arena)



Askew, Miquelle 5-6 4-4 14; Vandiver, Amber 5-13 2-2 12; Lenhardt, Lauren 5-15 0-0 11; Henton, Brandi 3-7 2-2 10; Lee, Diana 3-9 0-0 7; Marshall, Julia 2-5 1-2 7; Der, Lexie 2-5 0-2 4; Cutri, Rosalie 0-2 3-4 3; Pelse, Laura 1-4 1-2 3; Reinhart, Kayla 0-3 0-0 0; Martinez, Erica 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-72 13-18 71.

O'CONNOR, Eilise 6-13 7-10 23; HARDIEK, Lexis 5-11 0-0 15; HILL, Ashli 3-5 1-3 7; BARNWELL, Kelsey 2-4 2-2 7; LEE, Kara 2-7 0-0 4; HOUSER, Hailey 2-6 0-0 4; LEATHERS, Taylor 1-3 0-0 2; BLAKESLEY, Emile 1-1 0-0 2; EVANS, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0; DUDDING, Lauren 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 10-15 64.

Boise State...................   38   33  -   71
Kansas City...................   32   32  -   64

3-point goals--Boise State 6-20 (Marshall, Julia 2-4; Henton, Brandi 2-6; Lee, Diana 1-4; Lenhardt, Lauren 1-2; Reinhart, Kayla 0-1; Martinez, Erica 0-3), Kansas City 10-18 (HARDIEK, Lexis 5-11; O'CONNOR, Eilise 4-4; BARNWELL, Kelsey 1-2; LEATHERS, Taylor 0-1). Fouled out--Boise State-None, Kansas City-None. Rebounds--Boise State 52 (Vandiver, Amber 16), Kansas City 30 (HOUSER, Hailey 6). Assists--Boise State 16 (Lee, Diana 6), Kansas City 17 (O'CONNOR, Eilise 13). Total fouls--Boise State 18, Kansas City 17. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Kansas City-None. A-87

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