SEATTLE, Wash. –
Eight seconds left with a two-point lead over a Pac-12 opponent on the road. Not ideal conditions for being able to shoot a free throw.
Boise State junior guard Braydey Hodgins
found a way to make both free throws, securing a victory for the Boise State women's basketball team, 73-69 over host Washington (7-4). The victory gave Boise State (8-2) their second tournament title of the season after winning the Beach Classic (Nov. 23-24) in Long Beach, Calif., earlier this year.
Hodgins, who finished the game with 19 points – 16 of which came in the second half – was named the tournament's MVP for her effort. Teammate Riley Lupfer
joined her on the All-Tournament team after scoring 22 points. Lupfer made seven three-point shots on the night, matching her career high and pulling the feat for the fifth time, to set a new tournament single-game record.
Boise State led by as much as 13 in the first half before the Huskies ended the second quarter on a 15-2 run. The Broncos had four turnovers in the last 3:02 of the half, and were scoreless over that period.
Coming out of the locker room for the second half, Washington went on a 6-0 run before Boise State called a timeout. The timeout proved to be a momentum-changing decision, as the Broncos went on an 8-0 run to take the lead.
With 43.3 seconds to play, Boise State led by five, 70-65, but missed free throw attempts allowed the Huskies to storm back, making it a two-point game. On an inbound attempt, Washington stripped the ball from Boise State but their shot in the post was met by a flurry of coverage from the Broncos, putting the ball in Hodgins' hands. The Huskies fouled, putting Hodgins at the line with eight seconds left.
Fellow Washington native Jayde Christopher
also had a record breaking performance on the weekend. She finished with 19 assists over two games, to best the previous record of 16.
Senior Marta Hermida
etched her name in the Bronco record book on the night, as well. Hermida opened the game with a 3-pointer on the first possession. Her shot from the left wing gave her exactly 1,000 points for her career, making her the 20th member of the 1,000-point club.
Hermida finished the game with 12 points to bring her career total to 1,009.
The Broncos will return to action on Wednesday night, hosting Southern Utah at 5:30 p.m.