Feb. 12, 2018
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State junior guard Marta Hermida was named Mountain West Player of the Week for the first time in her career Monday, after a career week led to a pair of Bronco wins. The honor is also the third of the year for a Boise State player, matching New Mexico for the most among Mountain West teams.
Hermida averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.00 assists while shooting 57.7 percent (15-for-26) from the field, 60.0 percent (3-for-5) from 3-point range, and 87.5 percent (14-for-16) from the line as Boise State defeated New Mexico, 91-85, Wednesday, and Utah State, 68-60, Saturday. The wins pulled Boise State to within a half-game of the lead in the Mountain West standings.
It was in the fourth quarter of each game that Hermida shined, as she averaged 12.0 points while going 5-for-7 (71.4 percent) from the field and 12-for-14 (85.7 percent) from the line over the final frames. Wednesday against the Lobos, she capped her career-best 26-point performance with 13 points in the fourth, scoring Boise State's final nine points while going 7-for-8 from the line in the final minute to preserve the win. Saturday, Hermida put up 21 points for the game, with 19 coming in the second half to help the Broncos overcome a 10-point, third-quarter deficit. The late effort was highlighted by her 11 fourth-quarter points, which included a pair of 3-pointers, capped by one with 1:11 to go which pushed the Boise State lead to four at 64-60. Hermida would then go 4-for-4 from the line over the final 29 seconds as she scored the game's last seven points in the Bronco win.
The Madrid, Spain, native has enjoyed a career year in 2017-18, averaging 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.08 assists per game. Boise State continues Mountain West play with two road games this week, first visiting Nevada Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. MT tip, then closing at Air Force Saturday at 2 p.m.