Lenhardt and Isham combine for 37 points to lead Boise State.
BOISE, Idaho (2/1/2012) - Lauren Lenhardt's and Kati Isham's combined 37 points were not enough as Boise State lost 69-59 to San Diego State in a Mountain West women's basketball game Wednesday night in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. The Broncos fought hard but came up short against the conference leading Aztecs. SDSU used its height advantage to good use as Boise State struggled with turnovers and scoring in the post, limited to 18 points in the paint. It was the fifth consecutive loss for Boise State who moves to 11-11 on the year and 2-5 in league, San Diego State improved to 17-4 overall and 7-0 in MW play.
The Mountain West's leading scorer (in league play) Lauren Lenhardt scored a team-high 24 points to lead Boise State against the Aztecs. It was her fifth 20-plus point game of the year and fourth in league play. The junior post went nine-of-17 from the floor, three-of-six from beyond the arc and hit all three free throws versus SDSU. Lenhardt scored 13 in the first period and 11 in the second.
Isham followed Lenhardt scoring 10 of her 13 points in the second period as she attempted to rally the Broncos. The senior from Howe, Idaho, hit 50 percent (5-10) from the floor, 40 percent (2-5) from three-point range and hit one-of-two free throws. Nicole Brady added seven points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Kinzi Poteet matched Brady's point total to go with six boards. No one else had more than four points for Boise State.
The Broncos played hard against the taller Aztecs all game long, but they continue to struggle with the turnover bug committing 26 against San Diego State which accounted for 21 Aztecs points. SDSU also utilized its height advantage, which includes 6-6 center Malia Nahinu, to out score Boise State 32 to 18 in the paint.
Boise State opened the game solid going toe-to-toe with San Diego State in the first half. The period saw five ties and seven lead changes. Boise State's largest lead of the game was two points on a couple of occasions in the first period. Meanwhile, the Aztecs largest first-half lead was seven points twice, the last came with six seconds left and the score at 31-24.
The Broncos' final lead of the game came at the 3:08 mark of the first period up 24-23. Unfortunately, SDSU closed the half on an 8-2 run. Boise State's Mandy Munns finished the first period by hitting an 18-foot jumper from the right baseline at the buzzer to make the halftime score 31-26 Aztecs.
San Diego State opened the second 20 minutes by extending its run to close the first period to 15-4, as the Aztecs out scored the Broncos 7-2 in the first three minutes of the second half to take a 38-28. Boise State's largest deficit of the game was 14 points, 56-42, with 9:54 left.
The Broncos pulled within eight points twice in the final eight minutes but were unable to get any closer down the stretch. The Aztecs closed the game out from the free-throw line hitting seven-of-10 in the last 1:38 of the contest. San Diego State's last made field goal was a 3-pointer with 4:20 on the clock. Free throw shooting was big in the game as SDSU made 20-of-28 to out score Boise State (8-13) by 12 from the line.
Courtney Clements led the Aztecs with 20 points and seven rebounds, followed by Chelsea Hopkins with 13 points and Malia Nahinu's 12.
On the night, Boise State shot the ball better than San Diego State converting 42.3 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent (7-18) from the arc. The league's top free throw shooting team struggled from the line making 61.5 percent. The Aztecs finished the contest at 38.3 percent from the floor, 15.8 percent (3-19) from beyond the 3-point line and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe.
Next up for the Broncos, Boise State will hit the road for a Saturday afternoon encounter against the University of New Mexico (7-14, 1-6 MW)
Final Game Summary
San Diego State vs Boise State
02/01/12 7:06 pm at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
SAN DIEGO STATE 69, BOISE STATE 59
SAN DIEGO STATE (17-4, 7-0 MW)
CLEMENTS, Courtney 6-20 5-5 20; HOPKINS, Chelsea 3-6 7-8 13; NAHINU, Malia 5-7 2-2 12; STAMPS, Kiyana 2-12 3-4 7; AMARIKWA, Erimma 2-6 2-4 6; CULBERSON, Chairese 2-2 0-1 4; HUNTER, Khristina 2-2 0-0 4; TUTT, Kalena 1-4 1-4 3; HARVEY, Ahjalee 0-1 0-0 0; SWEAT, Melissa 0-0 0-0 0; GRIFFIN, Sajoyia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 20-28 69.
BOISE STATE (11-11, 2-5 MW)
LENHARDT, Lauren 9-17 3-3 24; ISHAM, Kati 5-10 1-2 13; BRADY, Nicole 3-7 0-0 7; POTEET, Kinzi 3-5 1-3 7; PILCHER, Heather 1-6 1-3 4; ENGEL, Keiahnna 0-0 2-2 2; MUNNS, Mandy 1-1 0-0 2; VANDIVER, Amber 0-0 0-0 0; LEE, Diana 0-3 0-0 0; LISTER, Cinnamon 0-2 0-0 0; MARSHALL, Julia 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 8-13 59.
San Diego State............... 31 38 - 69
Boise State................... 26 33 - 59
3-point goals--San Diego State 3-19 (CLEMENTS, Courtney 3-12; STAMPS, Kiyana 0-6; HARVEY, Ahjalee 0-1), Boise State 7-18 (LENHARDT, Lauren 3-6; ISHAM, Kati 2-5; BRADY, Nicole 1-3; PILCHER, Heather 1-2; LEE, Diana 0-1; MARSHALL, Julia 0-1). Fouled out--San Diego State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--San Diego State 38 (CLEMENTS, Courtney 7), Boise State 35 (BRADY, Nicole 8). Assists--San Diego State 10 (HOPKINS, Chelsea 7), Boise State 14 (PILCHER, Heather 6). Total fouls--San Diego State 16, Boise State 19. Technical fouls--San Diego State-None, Boise State-None.