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Boise State Pulls Away Late to Defeat Utah State

Box Score Jan. 3, 2015

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LOGAN, Utah (1/3/2015) - Keiahnna Engel scored 13 points to lead Boise State in a 10-point 63-53 win on the road at Utah State Saturday afternoon. Engel scored seven key points in the final 3:03 of the game as the Broncos pulled away late to claim their fifth-consecutive win and improved to 10-3 on the year and 2-0 in Mountain West Conference action.
Engel scored 10 of her points in the second half to help the Broncos hold off the Aggies. She went 2-of-4 from the arc and 5-of-7 at the free-throw line. The junior matched her season-high in rebounds with six to go with two assists and one steal in 29 minutes of action.
Deanna Weaver followed Engel with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor with three 3-pointers and three rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes. Three others Miquelle Askew, Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and Kenna McDavis added eight points each, while Tonishia Childress chipped in with seven. Askew had the team-high on the glass with eight followed by Camille Redmon with seven.
Boise State shot 38 percent (19-of-50) from the floor, 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the free-throw line. The Broncos led on the glass out rebounding the Aggies 39-to-30 and 13-to-10 in o-boards, but trailed in second chance points 14-to-13. The Bronco bench once again came in big outscoring Utah State's 33-to-13.
Utah State finished the day shooting 30.8 percent (16-of-52) from the floor, 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from the arc and 89.5 percent (17-of-19) from the charity stripe. Jasmine Porter led the Aggies with 15 points powered by 3-of-6 shooting from the 3-point arc. Funda Nakkasoglu followed with 13 points, while Ingrida Strikas added 10.
Boise State opened the game fast racing out to an 8-2 advantage in the first three and a half minutes. That is when things turned ugly on the court.
The first half became sloppy as neither team could manage to hold onto the ball combining for 29 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. At one point the Broncos turned it over on seven consecutive possessions. Fortunately, for both teams the opponent could not take advantage of miscues giving it right back. At the end of the period points off turnovers favored the Aggies by one, nine to eight.
Utah State rallied to tie the game at eight all, then took the lead going up two at 11-9 with 8:34 to play. Boise State regrouped and rolled off a 10-0 run to claim a period-high eight-point advantage at 19-11 with 4:31 remaining. The Broncos went into the break up seven at 22-15.
The second period was just as tight as the first and went back and forth for the 20 minutes, but play was cleaner with only a combined eight turnovers, four each. Boise State led nearly the entire way as the Aggies managed only one lead in the half.
Askew scored on a layup 13 seconds into play to give the Broncos a nine-point lead at 24-15. Utah State then slowly chipped away at its deficit taking a one-point 33-32 advantage with 11:58 remaining. That was the only time they would lead in the half as Boise State rallied.
McDavis scored four straight points to put the Broncos up 36-33 with 10:24 left. A Weaver 3-pointer extended the lead to six at 39-33 with 8:32 to play. The game remained a four to six point Bronco advantage until the final two and half minutes when Boise State pulled away down the stretch as four Broncos combined to hit 11-of-12 free throws to claim the 10-point victory.
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