Box Score Nov. 26, 2017
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BOISE, Idaho - After coming close to a triple-double in the Broncos' Nov. 10 opener, junior guard Marta Hermida finished the job Sunday against Corban, finishing with career bests of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Boise State's 94-50 victory at Taco Bell Arena.
It is just the second triple-double in Boise State women's basketball history, and the first in 37 years. Karla Meier recorded the first Bronco triple-double back on Feb. 9, 1980, going for 14 points, 15 rebounds and 10 steals against Montana.
"It's fun," Hermida said about her first-career triple-double. "I was not thinking about that at all. After the [opening] game we played here, everyone was like, 'You were so close!' and I was like, I had fun anyways! I only want to play basketball when I have fun. It's cool to say I had a triple-double, but that's a small thing out of the game."
Hermida's day, which included a 10-for-13 showing from the field, highlighted a comfortable victory in which all 12 available Broncos scored points, and the Broncos shot a season-best 48.8 percent (40-for-82).
"I was really pleased with Marta. She's a really good player and we're fortunate to have her. It's the second time she's come close to a triple-double, and she got it this time," said Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell. "Marta did a nice job [as the point guard]. She led, she connected and communicated, and that's the key to what a point guard has to do. When she was out on the floor, everybody pretty much knew what we were in and what we were doing."
It took Boise State (2-2) into the second quarter to shake Corban (2-3). Hermida closed the first quarter with consecutive buckets over the final 36 seconds to give the Broncos some breathing room at 22-14 as Corban stayed afloat thanks in part to Jordan Woodvine's eight points. Bronco center Marijke Vanderschaaf scored 10 of Boise State's first 14 points on her way to 16 for the half, and would finish the contest at that total.
Woodvine, who led the Warriors with 18 points in the contest, hit a jumper 25 seconds into the second quarter to get the Warriors within six at 22-16, but the Broncos would get contributions off the bench as Brooke Wheeler scored in the paint and A'Shanti Coleman hit a pair of free throws to get the lead to 10 at 26-16 with 6:49 left in the half. Corban would get as close as seven at 33-26 with 2:43 to go following Maci Bozett's 3-pointer, but the Broncos answered with a 14-0 run to end the half, and essentially, the contest.
Vanderschaaf opened the run with a layup inside, followed by Hermida's lone triple of the day, and a jumper from A'Shanti Coleman to get the lead to 14 at 40-26. Vanderschaaf would score again with 1:01 to go in the half, with Riley Lupfer, who finished the game with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer, followed by Hermida banking in a runner at the first-half buzzer to make it 47-26 at the break. During the run, the Bronco defense, which held Corban to just 28.8 percent (15-for-52) shooting, limited the Warriors to 0-for-3 from the field with three turnovers.
As the second half got underway, the only drama remaining was whether or not Hermida would get the triple-double that had eluded her in the season opener. Already at 13 points, six rebounds and five assists at halftime, the Madrid, Spain, native assisted on each of the Broncos' first three buckets of the half. With four minutes to go in the quarter, Hermida grabbed a defensive rebound and hit a jumper to stretch the Bronco lead to 39 at 69-30, then grabbed another board on Treasure Farmer's miss, bringing her total on the glass to 10, to go with 22 points and eight assists.
The assists came just minutes later, with the first of the final two coming as Joyce Harrell took a Hermida feed and finished in stride in the post. Thirty seconds later, Coleman grabbed an offensive rebound and got the ball out to Hermida on the wing, who in turn found freshman Hailey Vice-Neat at the elbow. Vice-Neat;s catch-and-shoot went off the front rim to the glass before rattling home to complete Hermida's triple-double with her 10th assist, and put Boise State ahead, 73-32, with 1:31 left in the third quarter.
"We fought with ourselves even in the first half, but in the third quarter I thought we got into a flow and got moving, got some easy shots and then everything relaxed and we had a good quarter," Presnell said.
Hermida's day would close 20 seconds into the fourth quarter, as she was subbed out for Lupfer. Redshirt sophomore forward Leonie Edringer would lead the Bronco reserves with six points over the final 10 minutes, with sophomore Emerald Toth adding four.
The Broncos close the short two-game homestand Thursday, hosting Saint Mary's (4-1) for a 7 p.m. tip.
Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell
On the game
"I thought, even in Hawaii, with as bad as we played, we got better rebounding from the first game to the second game, and I thought that carried over today. We rebounded the ball pretty well, and it;ll be interesting against Saint Mary's, who is so big and strong, to see if we can rebound at this level."
"Riley Lupfer shot the ball much better, and took really good shots. I was really pleased with her performance."
On Marta Hermida's performance
"I was really pleased with Marta. She's a really good player and we're fortunate to have her. It's the second time she's come close to a triple-double, and she got it this time."
"Marta did a nice job [as the point guard]. She led, she connected and communicated, and that's the key to what a point guard has to do. When she was out on the floor, everybody pretty much knew what we were in and what we were doing."
On the team's shooting improvement
"We fought with ourselves even in the first half, but in the third quarter I thought we got into a flow and got moving, got some easy shots and then everything relaxed and we had a good quarter."
On the upcoming matchup (Thursday) with Saint Mary's
"They beat Indiana this weekend, and they're a very good program and very well-coached. I think we won by one or two down there last year. It will be a real test of our ability to play with physicality and strength. They're very, very strong in the post, so hopefully if we can draw some confidence at home coming off of this, we'll be ready to play."
Junior Guard Marta Hermida
On her triple-double
"It's fun. I was not thinking about that at all. After the [opening] game we played here, everyone was like, 'You were so close!' and I was like, I had fun anyways! I only want to play basketball when I have fun. It's cool to say I had a triple-double, but that's a small thing out of the game."
On feeling more comfortable in her role as the team's point guard, while Braydey Hodgins is out with injury
"When they told me to play point guard, I freaked out the first time, because I'd tried it a little bit before and it didn't work. Now this year, I knew that, like, 'This was the only way you could help the team,' so I worked on that. Right now I feel so comfortable, and the team helped me a lot to feel comfortable in that position."
On the Broncos feeling good before Thursday's game against Saint Mary's
"Always, winning makes you feel better and makes you be more ready for the next team, but we know that Saint Mary's is coming here and ready to take their revenge from last year. We are ready to play hard."