Boise State women fall to Idaho State at home, 64-55

Boise State women fall to Idaho State at home, 64-55
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State came up on the short end of a 64-55 score to instate-rival Idaho State Tuesday night in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. It was a game of momentum and runs, unfortunately the last team to have both was Idaho State as the Bengals handed the Broncos their first loss of the season.

Boise State falls to 3-1 on the year with the loss, while Idaho State improved to 2-2. Next up for the Broncos is a trip to play at the University of San Francisco at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific) Saturday afternoon.

Lexie Der led the Broncos with a career-high 11 points on four-of-five shooting from the floor with one 3-pointer and two free throws. Julia Marshall followed with eight points, five rebounds, one assists and one steal. Miquelle Askew added a career-high eight points, four boards and two blocks. Lauren Lenhardt was held to seven points and five rebounds to go with one assist and to steals. Brandi Henton was also held to a season-low seven points.

The Broncos finished the night shooting 34.7 percent (17-49) from the floor, 25 percent (5-20) from the arc and 55.2 percent (16-29) from the free-throw line. Idaho State countered by shooting 34.5 percent (20-58) from the floor, 25 percent (6-24) from the arc and 75 percent (18-24) from the charity stripe.

The Bengals had four players in double figures led by Cydney Horton with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Ashleigh Vella added 14 points, Kaela Oakes 12 and Lindsey Reed 11.

The Broncos opened the game cold missing their first nine shots before getting the first basket with 11:54 on the clock. Boise State eventually found itself down 20-3 with 11:18 remaining in the period.

Down the 17 points Boise State began to chip away at the Idaho State lead out scoring the Bengals 22-7 in the final 11 minutes, pulling to within two points, 27-25, at the half.

Boise State’s post players found themselves in early foul trouble in the first half as Amber Vandiver and Lauren Lenhardt were on the bench with two each by the 10 minute mark, Miquelle Askew joined them four minutes later.

The Broncos open the second half by taking a three-point lead at 35-32 before momentum swung towards Idaho State and Boise State went cold. The Bengals used a 19-5 run to take control up 51-40 with 5:53 to go. Boise State could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.