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Boise State Rallies in Overtime to Down Yale

Box Score Nov. 26, 2014

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Nov. 26, 2014) - Boise State forward Deanna Weaver scored six of her game-high 21 points in overtime Wednesday to push her team to a 59-53 victory over Yale in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout third-place game at the Alaska Airlines Center.
"It was a great basketball ball game and was close throughout," said coach Gordy Presnell. "Deanna Weaver came up big for us tonight hitting some clutch shots down the stretch. Kei (Keiahnna Engel) hits some big free throws for us late in the game that really helped us win it. It was an absolute total team effort and we are excited to enjoy the win."
On the day Weaver hit 9-of-15 shots from the floor with three 3-pointers, 13 points came in the second half and overtime. The Broncos also tallied 10 points and three blocks from forward Camille Redmon. The senior from Grand Prairie, Texas, came alive in the second half after getting into foul trouble during the first period. Redmon scored eight of her points and four rebounds, as well as all three of a team-high in blocks after halftime.
"I was confident and I knew the jumpers were going in when they left my hands, we needed them so I was taking them," said Weaver. "I felt like I was hot and as long as I had good shots to take I don't mind taking them. They were going in so I just kept shooting."
Anchorage, Alaska, native Keiahnna Engel came up big at the free-throw line Wednesday night hitting a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left in regulation to give the Broncos a crucial 46-44 cushion as Yale came down the floor and tied it up with five seconds left to force overtime. The redshirt-junior then nailed a pair of charity shots with three seconds remaining in overtime to put it away as Boise State claimed the victory. Engel finished with six points, six rebounds and team-high five assists.
Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego hit a key 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in the extra period that moved Boise State out to a 57-53 lead. The sophomore point guard tallied seven points, one board, one assist and two steals in the contest. Miquelle Askew added five points and six rebounds to the cause, while Kinzi Poteet grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Boise State, who moved to 3-2 on the year with the victory, shot 37 percent (22-of-66) from the floor, 29 percent (4-of-14) from the arc and 79 percent (11-of-14) from the free-throw line.
The Bulldogs (1-4) were led by 17 points and three assists from senior guard Sarah Halejian, while Tamara Simpson chipped in 13 points, two steals and two blocks. Yale shot 34 percent (19-of-56) from the court, 10 percent (1-of-10) from the arc and 61 percent (14-of-23) from the charity stripe.
In a game that featured eight ties and 12 lead changes, it was Engel who spotted her team a 46-44 lead when she grabbed a rebound with 18 seconds left in regulation, drew a foul and swished both free throws.
Yale whistled timeout and drew up a play that freed Simpson for an easy layup on a pass from Werner with six seconds left, and Boise State's Tonishia Childress missed a hurried attempt at the buzzer.
The Bulldogs opened with the first four points of the extra session before Weaver took over, tying the score with consecutive jumpers. Engel grabbed a defensive rebound with 1:28 to play and fed Redmon for the go-ahead layup, and Broncos guard Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego sealed it with a three-pointer at the 16-second mark that made the score 57-53.
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