Boise State women cruise past UNLV

Boise State women cruise past UNLV

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State used a 19-3 first-half run to take control early as the Broncos cruised to a 79-49 Mountain West Conference women's basketball victory over UNLV Saturday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena. The day started off as a battle between teams tied for second-place in the conference standings, it ended with a resounding 30-point decision for the Broncos to extend their win streak to six.  Deanna Weaver led five Broncos in double figure points with 16 followed by freshman Kenna McDavis with 15. The victory was the first for Boise State over UNLV since joining the MW and improved the Broncos to 12-8 overall and 7-2 in league play, while the Lady Rebels go to 9-12 and 6-3.

"I am really pleased with the way our team has turned the corner this season, playing with heart and intensity," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "We played perhaps the best first half of the season today to take control of the game against a very athletic team. Everyone played so hard, the effort is what has meant so much to our success during this streak. The team has really come together over the last couple weeks, now we just need to keep it going." 

Once again it was an overall balanced attack for the Broncos who finished with five players in double figure points. Weaver led the group shooting 6-of-10 from the court, 2-of-3 from the arc and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. Add to her effort a team-second-best seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in 27 minutes of action.

McDavis, a true freshman from Phoenix, Ariz.,  continues to improve with each game. On Wednesday at Air Force she set a new career-high for scoring with 15 points, today she matched that total. The 6-1 forward has been on a roll recording back-to-back games with three 3-pointers. She also tied her career-high on the glass with a team-high eight rebounds versus the Lady Rebels.

Miquelle Askew scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor to record her 18th game with double-digit points. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and Kayla Reinhart each added 11 points, both went 4-of-8 from the floor, as well as 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. In addition, Rodriguez Ortego finished the contest with a team-high seven assists.

Keiahnna Engel just missed the double-digit point party with eight, to go with four rebounds, three assists, one block and two steals. The sophomore guard was all over the floor offensively and defensively for the Broncos who held UNLV to a season low 49 points.

Boise State finished the contest hitting 48.4 percent (30-of-62) from the floor, 42.9 percent (12-of-28) from beyond the arc and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from the charity stripe. It was the fifth straight game that Boise State has made eight or more 3-pointers and the third in the last four that they hit 10 or more.

The Broncos dominated the points in the paint 22-to-14. The Lady Rebels out rebounded Boise State 34-to-33 and 12-to-11 in offensive boards, but the Broncos held an 11-to-6 edge in second chance points, as well as a 23-to-12 advantage in points off turnovers. Both benches were big in this contest as Boise State's edged UNLV's in scoring by a 26-to-25 margin.

UNLV shot 30.6 percent (15-of-49) from the floor, 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from 3-point range and 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the free-throw line. Rejane Verin led the Lady Rebels with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. She was followed by Mia Bell with 10 points and Alana Cesarz with nine.

After UNLV scored the opening basket of the game, Boise State took quick control of the contest slowly pulling away in the first period. Up 6-4 with 15:51 to play the Broncos rolled off a 19-3 run to take an 18-point, 25-7, lead by the 9:40 mark.

Three point shooting was key for Boise State as the Broncos went on their run making four during that stretch, two by Reinhart, before finishing the half 7-of-14 from beyond the arc. Boise State eventually took a half-high lead of 24 points, 40-16, with 1:27 left, the Broncos settled for a 42-19 lead at the break.

The second period started out like the first ended with the Broncos on fire. Boise State scored the first six points of the half as they put the game away with a 16-4 run to go up 35 points, 58-23 with 13 minutes to play. The Broncos extended their advantage to a game-high 40 points, 66-26, by the 10 minute mark.

With the contest under control, Boise State put it into cruise control clearing the bench down the stretch before claiming a 30-point victory over the Lady Rebels. Next up for Boise State is a road trip to San Diego State (7-11, 4-4 MW) on Wednesday to start the second half of the conference season. The Aztecs lost 95-48 Saturday afternoon at league leader Colorado State.