Lenhardt and Lee move up in Bronco career record book.
BOISE, Idaho - Lauren Lenhardt
scored 22 points to lead the Boise State women's basketball team to a 67-58 home victory over Nevada in a Mountain West game in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. Lenhardt led a strong second half for Boise State with 13 of her points to help the Broncos take control of the contest and claim their fifth-consecutive home victory as they improved to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
The victory was a solid team effort for the Broncos who saw Lenhardt and Diana Lee
move up in the Boise State career record book. Senior Lauren Lenhardt
scored 22 points to move from 10th all-time in career scoring at Boise State into eighth with 1,179 points. She finished the game shooting 42.9 percent (6-14) from the floor, 66.7 percent (2-3) from beyond the arc and a perfect 100 percent (8-8) from the free-throw line to go with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 34 minutes of action.
Lee, a junior point guard, recorded two assists to officially move into a tie for 10th in career assists with 245. The native of North Vancouver, B.C., added six points, six rebounds and one steal to her totals in 38 minutes.
Redshirt-freshman Lexie Der
had another solid performance in conference play just missing a double-double with 12 points and team-high nine rebounds, as well as recording two assists and two steals in 26 minutes of play. Brandi Henton
recorded eight points, three rebounds, team-high three assists, one block and two steals. She was followed by Lee, Miquelle Askew
and Kayla Reinhart
who had six points apiece, a career-high for Reinhart.
Boise State shot 39.7 percent (23-58) from the floor, 40 percent (4-10) from beyond the 3-point arc and 81 percent (17-21) from the free-throw line. Nevada finished at 25.8 percent (16-62) from the floor, 25 percent (5-20) from the arc and 84 percent (21-25) from the charity stripe. Boise State's field goal defense performance of holding Nevada to 25.8 percent is a four-year low (best) since Louisiana Tech shot 24.3 percent on Jan. 25, 2009.
The Broncos dominated the paint with Lenhardt, Der and Askew combining for 40 points as Boise State finished with a 16 point (30-14)advantage in the post. The Bronco bench also proved key out scoring Nevada's 15 to zero.
For the Wolf Pack it was predominately the Chanelle Brennan and Danika Sharp show as they combined for 43 points, 23 and 21 respectively to lead Nevada. Only three other players out of 11 total scored with none of them having more than six points.
The fog outside prevented two officials from making it to the game so it was played with one replacement official and two overall. However, the weather was warm and clear inside Taco Bell Arena as the game was a hotly contested affair throughout the 40 minutes. Boise State's largest lead of the contest came late in the game up 10 on three different occasions, while Nevada led by as many as three early in the first half.
Nevada's last lead of the game came with the Wolf Pack up 7-6 at the 16:19 mark of the first period. Lenhardt put the Broncos up for good with two free throws to make the score 8-7 Boise State. Even though the game remained close throughout and was tied five more times during the first 20 minutes, the Broncos never trailed after that. Boise State took a three point, 34-31, lead into the break with Henton scoring the final six Bronco points of the period.
The blue and orange were unable to put the game away but they never relinquished the lead to the Wolf Pack in the second half with the visitors closing to within three once at 50-47 with 8:02 to go. Boise State took a game-high 10 point lead on three different occasions late in the contest, the first came with 1:28 left and the score 63-53 and the last was with 24 seconds remaining and the Broncos up 67-57.
The win snapped Nevada's three-game win streak over Boise State as the Broncos increased their advantage in the all-time series to 31-14 in their oldest rivalry among Mountain West members. The loss dropped Nevada to 6-12 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Next up for Boise State is a home game this Wednesday, Jan. 30, against the Colorado State Rams in Taco Bell Arena, tip is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Final Game Summary
Nevada vs Boise State
01/26/13 2:05 p.m. at Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
BOISE STATE 67, NEVADA 58
NEVADA (6-12, 1-4 MW)
BRENNAN, Chanelle 5-14 12-12 23; SHARP, Danika 6-20 5-7 21; WIDEMAN, Arielle 2-3 2-2 6; BURNS, Emily 2-15 2-2 6; LESURE, Nyasha 1-1 0-0 2; SMITH, Amber 0-2 0-0 0; KAELIN, Kelsey 0-0 0-0 0; LOIS, Faith 0-0 0-0 0; JOHNSON, Aja 0-4 0-0 0; MUNGEDI, Mimi 0-2 0-2 0; SHELBOURN, Julia 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-62 21-25 58.
BOISE STATE (10-8, 3-2 MW)
LENHARDT, Lauren 6-14 8-8 22; DER, Lexie 5-13 1-3 12; HENTON, Brandi 4-14 0-2 8; ASKEW, Miquelle 3-5 0-0 6; LEE, Diana 1-3 4-4 6; REINHART, Kayla 1-3 4-4 6; CUTRI, Rosalie 2-3 0-0 4; MARTINEZ, Erica 1-3 0-0 3; PELSE, Laura 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 17-21 67.
Nevada........................ 31 27 - 58
Boise State................... 34 33 - 67
3-point goals--Nevada 5-20 (SHARP, Danika 4-11; BRENNAN, Chanelle 1-4; BURNS, Emily 0-4; WIDEMAN, Arielle 0-1), Boise State 4-10 (LENHARDT, Lauren 2-3; DER, Lexie 1-1; MARTINEZ, Erica 1-2; REINHART, Kayla 0-1; HENTON, Brandi 0-3). Fouled out--Nevada-None, Boise State-CUTRI, Rosalie. Rebounds--Nevada 43 (SHARP, Danika 9; BURNS, Emily 9), Boise State 43 (DER, Lexie 9). Assists--Nevada 8 (SHARP, Danika 3), Boise State 12 (HENTON, Brandi 3). Total fouls--Nevada 17, Boise State 17. Technical fouls--Nevada-None, Boise State-None. A-782
Mountain West Conference game. Official Randy Campbell was not able to land at airport and did not attend. Game officiated by two officials, approved by both teams.