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Broncos Get Presnell 600th Career Win

Box Score Dec. 18, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho - Riley Lupfer and Marijke Vanderschaaf combined for 36 points to lead Boise State past the Portland Pilots 74-60 Sunday afternoon to hand head coach Gordy Presnell his 600th career win. Boise State, who is off to its best start in 41 years at 9-1 overall, recorded two more milestones this season as the Broncos earned Presnell is 600th victory, it was also the program's 300th win inside Taco Bell Arena all-time since the 1982-83 season. Next up is the final nonconference game of the season Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against Hawai'i in Taco Bell Arena.

"I'm excited we got the win today," said Presnell. "I thought the team played hard and we had some kids pick it up with Brooke being out. It was great to see some of our younger players lead us in scoring, I thought Riley and Marijke played hard today and really led us, as did Yaiza (Rodriguez) at the point."

Presnell on winning his 600th game, "I've been blessed to be at two great universities (Seattle Pacific and Boise State) that put an emphasis on athletics and believe that athletics are important to the university. That really helps. Coaching is a really nomadic sport when everyone is going all over the place, but I feel really fortunate to have just stayed at two universities."

Boise State led from the opening basket and by as many as 17 midway through the fourth quarter as the blue and orange bounced back from its only loss last Sunday at 11th-ranked Washington. Leading the way for the Broncos were Riley Lupfer who scored a team and career-high 19 points followed by Vanderschaaf's 17 and Marta Hermida's 11.

Lupfer earning her first career start in place of Brooke Pahukoa played a big role in the win. She shot 54.5 percent from the floor in the game, most of the makes during the contest were from beyond the 3-point arc where the Spokane, Wash., native hit 5-of-10 attempts. She tallied half of the made treys by the team herself to tie her season high. The freshman added four rebounds, one assist, two steals and played 32 minutes.

"I didn't plan on taking up all of the scoring. Brooke Pahukoa is impossible to replace, she brings something that no one else can bring to the floor," said Lupfer. "My scoring came from teammates getting me open, Marta getting a steal and finding me in the corner, things like that. So I would say I just took my shots and they (my teammates) got me the ball."

Vanderschaaf was the force for Boise State in the key recording her fifth game of the season in double-figure points hitting 6-of-13 field goal attempts while grabbing a team-high (tied) seven-rebounds and a team-high two blocks in 30 minutes of action.

Hermida scored nine of her 11 points in the second half. She added a season-high seven rebounds, tied for most boards on team, with two assists and team-best three steals in 30 minutes.

Boise State opened the game fast racing out to a 17-6 lead with four minutes left in the first period, Rodriguez hit two 3-pointers to lead the charge.

Portland regrouped and came back with a 9-0 run to pull within 17-15. Brittney Pahukoa sank a runner down the middle of the key to give the Broncos a 19-15 advantage at the end of the period.

The second quarter saw Lupfer nail two of her five triples to lead Boise State, followed by five points from Vanderschaaf as the Broncos led by 11, 37-26, at halftime.

The Broncos maintained a lead of six or more throughout the third quarter as Portland refused to go away taking the period 19-14 over the blue and orange. Hermida led Boise State during the third with six points as she shot 3-of-5 from inside the arc.

Lupfer and Vanderschaaf sparked Boise State during the fourth quarter combing for 13 of the Broncos 23 points. Boise State took a game-high 17-point, 62-45, lead with 5:33 to play.

Then after Portland had closed to within eight points, 65-57, with 1:16 to play, the Broncos were forced to put the game away from the free-throw line. Five Broncos went a combined 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final 67 seconds to claim the victory.

Senior point guard Yaiza Rodriguez continues to shine on the floor for Boise State dishing out nine assists with no turnovers. She has now extended her school record for career assists to 499, one short of becoming the first Bronco and seventh Mountain West player in history to reach the 500 assists milestone. Rodriguez also had eight points and two steals in the win.

Shalen Shaw contributed seven points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. Brittney Pahukoa playing in 11 minutes tallied a season-high seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor with one triple.

Boise State shot 41.4 percent (24-58) from the floor as a team, 38.5 percent (10-26) from 3-point range and 80 percent (16-20) from the free-throw line. The Broncos converted 18 Portland turnovers, Boise State had 13, into a 25-to-13 advantage in points off turnovers.

Portland outscored the Broncos in the paint 26-to-18 as the Pilots shot 32.3 percent (21-65) from the floor on the day. The Pilots also shot 17.2 percent (5-29) from the 3-point arc and 76.5 percent (13-17) from the free-throw line.

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