BOISE, Idaho - Boise State fell by six at home as San Francisco rallied for a 76-70 win in a women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State led by as many as 12 points midway through the first half before foul trouble benched key players allowing the Dons to rally for the win. The loss snapped a four-game home win streak for the Broncos who are now 4-5 overall on the season, San Francisco moved to 4-5 as well with the win.
Miquelle Askew led the Broncos with a team-high 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and added five rebounds. She was followed closely by Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor including three 3-pointers. She also added five rebounds to go with a team and career-high seven assists.
Lexie Der chipped in with 11 points and team-high (tied) seven rebounds. Tonishia Childress and Kenna McDavis each contributed eight points, McDavis also added five boards. Keiahnna Engel recorded seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Boise State shot a decent 40.7 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent (9-27) from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent (13-17) from the free-throw line. USF countered hitting 49 percent from the floor, 45.5 percent (5-11) from the arc and 79.3 percent (23-29) from the foul line.
Rachel Howard led three Dons in double figures with a team-high 20 points, followed by Aundrea Gordon with 14 and Hashima Carothers with 12 and a team-best (tied) five rebounds.
Boise State opened the game with an 6-0 run as they established control of the game early. The Broncos stretched their advantage to 12 points at 23-11 with 9:29 to play and seemed to have things under control.
Unfortunately, foul trouble hit both teams during the period, but for the Broncos it hit key players midway through as Lexie Der and Brooke Pahukoa were forced to the bench with two fouls each by the nine minute mark. The Broncos were up 11 points, 26-15, when Miquelle Askew picked up her third foul before she could be substituted out with 7:22 to play.
With the key Boise State post players on the bench, the Dons took control of the momentum rolling off a 10-0 run to pull to within two points at 29-27 with four minutes to go. The Dons never managed to take the lead in the opening 20 minutes as Boise State held them off in the final five minutes with four freshmen (Rodriguez Ortego, Childress, Brittney Pahukoa and McDavis) and one sophomore (Kayla Reinhart or Engel) on the floor.
Tonishia Childress kept the Broncos in the lead late in the first half scoring all eight of her points in the game in the final seven minutes, including five of Boise State’s final nine points as the Broncos took a 38-37 advantage into halftime.
Boise State led until the 12 minute mark of the second half when USF took its first lead of the game on a Zhane Dikes layup to complete a 10-3 run for a 50-49 Dons advantage. The Broncos never led again but kept it within four points most of the way to the buzzer with a few ties.
A McDavis jumper with 9:55 remaining tied the score at 53 all. Askew tied it up again three minutes later when she hit a short jumper to make it 55-55. That was the last tie as the Dons slowly pulled out to a USF high nine-point lead at 69-60 with 1:44 left. Boise State attempted to rally clawing back to within three twice with less than a minute to play but could get no closer.
Foul trouble was big in the second half as the Broncos post players where on the bench more than normal as a result. San Francisco used its height advantage to hold the Broncos off down the stretch as the Dons claimed the six-point win.