Box Score Nov. 21, 2014
CEDAR CITY, Utah - Boise State lost a heartbreaker Friday night in the final minute 66-64 at Southern Utah in a nonconference women's basketball game at Cedar City, Utah. Miquelle Askew led the Broncos with a double-double on 19 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough as Boise State fell to 2-1 on the year with the loss. Next up for the Blue and Orange is a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout next Tuesday and Wednesday in Anchorage, Alaska.
The second half was back and forth with the teams trading momentum. Boise State maintained a small lead for the first nine and a half minutes of the second period before SUU took the lead at 47-46 with 10:29 to play. The T-Birds then stretched their advantage to six points, 54-48, with 6:51 to go.
The Broncos rallied taking a 57-56 lead with 4:09 remaining when Weaver hit a runner down the right side of the lane. The game then went back and forth as the teams traded baskets.
Down two at 60-58 with 3:29 to play, Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego gave the Broncos the lead at 62-60. The sophomore from Spain hit a short jumper with 3:06 on the clock, then stole the ball and made a pull-up jumper from 10 feet out for the lead.
Boise State had a chance to extended its advantage but came up short on three field goal attempts. Southern Utah responded with four straight points on a pair of free throws followed by a jumper from Brenna Gates with 1:07 left.
Keiahnna Engel scored over the top of the defense to tie the score at 64 with 35 seconds remaining. Following a SUU timeout the Thunderbirds worked the clock then scored the game winning points when Hailey Mandelko drove around the defense down the right side of the lane for a short bank shot to give the home side a two-point 66-64 lead.
Boise State called timeout immediately with 6.4 seconds left. Unfortunately, once the Broncos inbounded the ball they were unable to get a shot off as time expired and the Blue and Orange suffered its first loss of the season.
The first half saw both teams struggle early getting shots to fall. Eventually, Southern Utah slowly pulled out to a game-high seven point lead up 27-20 with 4:33 left in the half. Boise State battled back with a 9-0 run tying it at 27 on a short Askew jumper, then took a 29-27 lead on a pair of Askew free throws with 2:29 to go.
Boise State took a one-point 32-31 lead into the break. Askew led the Broncos late in the first half scoring 10 of their last 16 points in the period.
The Broncos finished the night shooting 36 percent (25-of-69) from the floor, 26 percent (6-of-23) from the arc and 62 percent (8-of-13) from the free-throw line.
Southern Utah shot 36 percent (21-of-58) from the floor, 33 percent (6-of-18) from the 3-point line and 75 percent (18-of-24) from the charity stripe. Hailey Mandelko led the Thunderbirds with 29 points followed by Desiree Jackson with 12.