Dec. 3, 2015
BOISE, Idaho- There was not enough clock left for the Boise State women's basketball team to complete a late game comeback against Washington State.
Boise State trailed 46-31 entering the fourth quarter but was able to mount a comeback to make it a five point game with 1:16 remaining on the clock following a jumper from freshman forward Jordan Tully.
Tully finished the game with four points and was perfect from the field.
A pair of free throws by Washington State's Mariah Cooks put the Cougars up by seven and sealed the 57-52 win for Washington State at Taco Bell Arena.
"We were just trying to keep battling," Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell said. "I wasn't putting up the white flag when I put the freshmen in there at the end. I just wanted to see if we could get a little more energy and a spark in there at the end."
The Broncos had mounted a rally earlier in the game to close the first half down by only seven points.
Down 24-10 with 5:28 remaining in the second quarter, redshirt freshman center Marijke Vanderschaaf sunk a pair of free throws to end a 18-4 run by Washington State. Ella Fotu, Brittney Pahukoa also contributed to the effort to allow the Broncos to end the half on a 9-2 run.
Vanderschaaf led the Broncos with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and was 5-of-8 from the free throw line. The Sammamish, Wash., native added five rebounds on a career high 18 minutes.
"I think with Brooke gone, people had to step up into different roles," Vandershcaaf said. "My role happened to be scoring and rebounding. I think every game it can be different."
Five true or redshirt freshmen saw action for the Broncos Thursday night, tallying 93 minutes, led by Fotu's 30 minutes -- also a career high.
Freshman forward Joyce Harrell added 15 minutes and was pivotal in Boise State's final comeback attempt. Harrell finished the game with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting and six rebounds.
"I was really pleased with the play of some of our freshmen," Presnell said. "I thought that Marijke was terrific, I thought that Joyce Harrell was absolutely terrific. I think we have some real positives to build on.
Borislava Hristova led Washington State with 18 points.
With the loss, Boise State drops to 3-3 on the seasons. The Broncos return to action with a road contest against Portland on Dec. 6. The Pilots are 2-6 on the season with losses to Pac-12 opponents Oregon State and Washington.