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Boise State Holds Off Air Force for 88-69 Road Win

Box Score Feb. 11, 2015

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USAFA, Colo. - Deanna Weaver scored 25 points to lead Boise State to a big road win 88-69 over the Air Force Falcons Wednesday night in Clune Arena. Trailing by one at 9-8 with 13:28 to play, Boise State broke the game open with a 19-5 run and took a 23-point 53-30 lead into halftime. In the end the deficit was too much for Air Force to overcome as the Broncos held off a second half rally that saw the Falcons pull within 12 points late. The win snapped a three-game road losing streak in Mountain West play for Boise State as the Broncos improved to 15-7 overall and 7-4 in league play.
"I am really pleased with the way the team played tonight, getting a big road win for us," said coach Gordy Presnell. "I thought we played well in the first half and dominated the game. In the second half was a battle as Air Force played hard and came back on us. I am pleased with the way the team handle the adversity in the final half and answered the Falcons' rally. It was a solid team effort tonight with a lot of individuals contributing to this win."
Weaver scored 13 of her points in the second half and finished the game shooting 67 percent (10-of-15) from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. The senior also tied for the high in rebounds with eight while dishing out four assists to go with one block.
Joining Weaver in double digit scoring was Brooke Pahukoa with 19 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor (6-of-12) and arc (3-of-6). She added two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals to her night. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego was next with 15 points, one rebound, team-high five assists and season-high five steals. The final Bronco in double figure scoring was Miquelle Askew with 12 points to go seven rebounds and two assists. Kinzi Poteet tied Weaver on the glass with eight rebounds, in addition to five points and one assist.
Boise State finished the night shooting 52 percent (34-of-66) from the floor, 46 percent (12-of-26) from the arc and 62 percent (8-of-13) from the free-throw line. The Broncos dominated the paint out scoring Air Force 38-to-22. They also out rebounded the Falcons by 11, 44-to-33.
Air Force countered by shooting 42 percent (25-of-60) from the floor, 44 percent (8-of-18) from the 3-point arc and 58 percent (11-of-19) from the charity stripe. The Falcons were led by Cortney Porter with 26 points and seven rebounds, followed by 21 points by Lindsey Lewis.
The game was close initially before the Broncos took control. Down one at 9-8 with 13:28 to go in the first half Boise State rolled off a 19-5 run to seize momentum up 27-14 with 7:59 to play. The Broncos were on fire from the 3-point arc hitting 11 in the first half, including eight straight in the final 6:11 of the period to take a 23-point 53-30 lead into halftime.
Boise State opened the second half with a Brooke Pahukoa steal and fastbreak layup, followed by a Askew layup to give the Broncos a 27-point lead at 57-30. However, the Falcons would not give up as they shutdown the Boise State 3-point game and picked up their pressure forcing 12 turnovers in the final period to slow the Broncos' offense.
Up 27 points early in the final period the Broncos were forced to hold off a Falcon rally as they battled to with 12 points at 75-63 with 4:41 to play. The Broncos responded by out scoring Air Force 13-to-6 down the stretch to claim the road win.
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