Box Score Dec. 20, 2016
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BOISE, Idaho - Shalen Shaw scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Boise State past Hawai'i 61-49 at Taco Bell Arena in the Broncos final nonconference game of the season Tuesday night. After trailing 3-0, Boise State rattled off a 7-0 run and never looked back, leading the rest of the way. The win gave the Broncos a program-best nonconference record all-time heading into league play at 10-1 overall.
"I'm happy with the win, especially without Brooke (Pahukoa) playing," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "I thought we did okay tonight competing with a very athletic team on the boards. We started out a little flat and had trouble keeping our intensity up for 40 minutes. Marijke (Vanderschaaf) continues to get better and better; Yaiza (Rodriguez) is just a great point guard and is playing very strong for us right now; and Shay (Shaw) was fantastic out there. We had our moments tonight, we just need to get more consistent and put together a full four quarters."
Boise State will open Mountain West action next week hosting Utah State Thursday night (Dec. 29) followed by a road trip to Colorado State (Dec. 31).
After Hawai'i scored the first points of the game on a left corner 3-pointer by Julissa Tago, Boise State surged into the lead with a 7-0 run. The Broncos never trailed again in the contest and took a six-point lead, 17-11, into the second period.
Shaw scored seven of her season-high 19 points in the game during the opening quarter going a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor with one triple, she had 10 points at half. The junior from Reno went 3-of-5 from 3-point range in the game and added seven rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 31 minutes of action.
Yaiza Rodriguez also made school history dishing out eight assists to become the first Bronco, seventh player in Mountain West Conference history, to reach the 500 career assists milestone with 507. The junior from Barcelona, Spain, also had three points, three boards and one steal in the win.
The second quarter opened slow as both teams struggled to shoot. Boise State eventually righted the ship and took a half-high 12-point lead late on Shaw's second 3-pointer with 57 seconds left. The blue and orange led the Rainbow Wahine 30-18 at halftime.
Marijke Vanderschaaf scored seven points and had four rebounds in the first 20 minutes before finishing the night with her sixth double-figure scoring game on 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Boise State opened the third quarter on a 14-4 run to double-up Hawaii on the scoreboard 44-22 with 5:21 remaining in the period.
Boise State led by 16 points 48-32 after three quarters. The closest that Hawai'i would get after that was the final 12-point spread at the end of the game, 61-49. The Broncos played with its bench for most of the fourth quarter.
Marta Hermida played a well rounded game for Boise State finishing with six points, seven rebounds, two assists and tied her career high for steals with five in 32 minutes of action. It was her second consecutive game with seven boards.
Riley Lupfer starting for the second straight game added eight points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal. Brittney Pahukoa chipped in with three points, five rebounds and one block.
Boise State finished the game shooting 38.7 percent as a team from the floor, 26.9 percent (7-26) from beyond the arc and 54.5 percent (6-11) from the free-throw line.
Hawai'i countered with 33.3 percent shooting overall, 8.3 percent (1-12) from 3-point range and 56 percent (14-25) from the charity stripe. Sarah Toeaina led the Rainbow Wahine with 11 points and seven rebounds.