Box Score Nov. 18, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State overcame a slow start to dominate the New Mexico State Aggies 70-45 in a women's basketball game at Taco Bell Arena Tuesday night. Tied at 10 with 11:21 left in the first period Boise State exploded, out scoring the visitors 25-7 to close the half. The Broncos never looked back after that as they ran away from NMSU expanding an 18-point 35-17 advantage at the break to 32 in the second half. They eventually settled for the 25-point victory to improve to 2-0 on the year.
"I am really pleased with the way the team played today," said coach Gordy Presnell. "We still have some work to do with the turnovers, but overall we are playing well. Deanna (Weaver) is just a force for us. After scoring only two points in the first half she came on to get 14 in the final period. I thought Shay (Shaw) was solid for us as well especially in the second half. She is going to be a great player for us over the next four years. The key now is for us to carry this on the road, it is going to be important to play well away from Boise this year if we are to compete for the league championship."
Deanna Weaver led the Broncos in the game with a team-high 16 points. The senior wing scored 14 of those points in the final period hitting 5-of-6 field goal attempts and all four 3-pointers. She finished with four rebounds, four assists and team-best three steals in 23 minutes of action. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego added 11 points, three boards and team-high six assists. Freshman Shalen Shaw matched Rodriguez Ortego's point total hitting 4-of-6 field goal attempts with one 3-pointer. Shaw also recorded a team-second-best seven rebounds along with two steals. Keiahnna Engel led the Boise State surge in the first half slicing through the defense for seven points. The junior finished the night with nine points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Miquelle Askew, Kayla Reinhart and Camille Redmon each added six points. Redmon also recorded nine rebounds and three blocks, both team highs.
Boise State ended the contest shooting 44.3 percent (27-of-61) as a team, 50 percent (11-of-22) from beyond the arc and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the charity stripe. The Broncos dominated the glass out rebounding the Aggies 49 to 34 for a 13 to seven edge in second chance points. The Broncos bench was impressive Tuesday night out scoring NMSU 35 to 14.
The Broncos held New Mexico State to 30 percent shooting from the floor and 14.3 percent (2-of-14) from 3-point range. The Aggies also struggled from the free-throw line making 50 percent (9-of-18). Shanice Davis led the Aggies against Boise State scoring a team-high nine points followed by Brianna Freeman with eight and Sasha Weber with seven.
The game started off slow as neither team could hold onto the ball or get their shots to fall in the first eight minutes. With the game tied at 10-10 with 11:21 to go, Boise State came alive rolling off a 14-2 run to take control with a 24-12 advantage. Reinhart hit two 3-pointers while Engel hit one during the run.
The Blue and Orange finished the final 11 minutes of the half on a 25-7 run to take a 18-point 35-17 lead into the intermission. Engel and Shaw led the team at half with seven points each followed by Reinhart and Rodriguez Ortego with six apiece.
Boise State controlled the final period maintaining a 20-point lead or more for most of it. The Blue and Orange took a game-high 32-point advantage with 4:31 to play up 70-38.
The game was sloppy in one respect as the two teams combined for 50 turnovers, 25 each. However, Boise State managed to fight through it and held a 24 to 16 lead in points off turnovers.
Boise State is now on the road for the next three games beginning with a trip to Southern Utah for a Friday night encounter in Cedar City. The Broncos will then return home Saturday, only to leave early Sunday morning for Anchorage, Alaska, and the Great Alaska Shootout for two contests.