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Bronco women hold off Wolf Pack, 67-64

Bronco women hold off Wolf Pack, 67-64
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State was forced to hold off a Nevada rally attempt late in the game to claim a hard fought 67-64 home victory over the Wolf Pack in a Mountain West Conference women’s basketball contest at Taco Bell Arena Wednesday night.

Up 17 points with just over seven minutes to go the Broncos held off Nevada’s last ditch effort to rally pulling to within three points with 3:01 to play. In the end Boise State held the visitors off at the free-throw line making five in the final three minutes.

Deanna Weaver led Boise State for the third time in five games recording her first career double-double as a Bronco with a team-high 18 points and career-high 10 rebounds. She shot 7-of-17 from the floor with one 3-pointer, as well as going 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. The junior wing also recorded a team and career-best four assists.

Lexie Der followed with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Miquelle Askew battled Nevada’s 6-foot-8 Mimi Mungedi to finished with 10 points and six boards. Yaiza Rodriguez added eight points and three assists.

Boise State finished the night shooting 36.8 percent (25-68) from the floor, 35.3 percent (6-17) from the 3-point arc and 64.7 percent (11-17) from the free-throw line. The Broncos forced 18 Nevada turnovers for a 20 to 13 advantage in points off turnovers, Boise State gave it away only 10 times during the game. The blue and orange did have a slim 40 to 39 edge in rebounds but was out scored 17 to eight in second chance points.

Nevada shot 39.6 percent (21-53) from the floor, 36.4 percent (4-11) from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent (18-26) from the charity stripe. Three Wolf Pack players finished in double figure scoring led by Danika Sharp with 14 points, followed by Terilyn Moe with 13 points and six rebounds, while Mungedi added 12 points and team-high seven boards.

The first half opened slow as the teams struggled to get any momentum going. The game turned into one of runs as the Broncos would take a lead only to see Nevada rally.

After Nevada took its only lead of the contest at 10-9 with 13:53 to go in the first half, the Broncos rolled off an 11-2 run to take a 20-12 lead with just under 11 minutes to go. Weaver scored seven of those points to spot Boise State the eight-point advantage.

The Wolf Pack rallied as they went on a 11-3 run that tied the score at 23 when Danika Sharp hit a short jumper with 6:18 showing on the clock. The Broncos regrouped and rolled off an 11-3 run that put Boise State up 34-26 with 2:51 to go before halftime.

Eventually the blue and orange went into the break up six at 38-32. Der led the Broncos with 11 points followed by Weaver with nine at the half.

In the final period Boise State was up 40-35 with 17:25 remaining when the Broncos rattled off a 16-5 run to take a game-high 16 point advantage with 10:15 to go. Boise State looked like they had the contest under control when Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 7:09 on the clock which put the Broncos up 62-47. Unfortunately for the Broncos that would prove to be their last made field goal of the game.

Down 15, the Wolf Pack battled back into the game. Nevada slowly chipped away at the Boise State lead using a 9-0 run to claw back to within six at 62-56 with 3:48 left. The Wolf Pack would end the game on a 17-5 run in the final 7:09 of the game pulling to within three points on two occasions late in the contest, the first came with 3:01 to go at 65-62, while the last came at the buzzer.

After Nevada had pulled to within three with just over three minutes to play, Boise State was forced to hold the Wolf Pack off at the free-throw line hitting 5-of-9 attempts down the stretch. Rodriguez hit 2-of-3 in the final minute to give the Broncos a five-point 67-62 cushion with 13 seconds remaining. The Wolf Pack’s Aja Johnson hit a pair of foul shots with 1.7 seconds left to make the final score Boise State 67-64.
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