Bronco women roll past Wyoming
BOISE, Idaho - Kayle Reinhart and Deanna Weaver combined for 26 points to lead Boise State to a dominating 72-59 home victory over the Wyoming Cowgirls Saturday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State blew a 10-10 game open with a 11-4 run to seize control of the contest in the first half. The Broncos took an 18-point lead into the break, then maintained a double-digit lead throughout the final period as Boise State improved to 16-11 overall.
The two teams entered the day in a three-way tie with Nevada for third in the conference standings, by the end of the afternoon the Broncos and Wolf Pack remained tied for third at 11-5 in league. Boise State will be at Nevada on Tuesday in a huge conference encounter.
Boise State's win today and San Diego State's loss has clinched a first round bye at the Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship in two weeks at Las Vegas, the top five teams in the final regular season standings earn byes.
It was Reinhart's first career start as she stepped into the lineup for the injured Lexie Der. Battling a flu bug all week, she ended up scoring a team-high 13 points. The sophomore from Southlake, Texas, was perfect from beyond the arc with three 3-pointers to go with three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.
Weaver matched Reinhart's points and added a team-high eight rebounds, along with one assist, one block and one steal in 34 minutes of action. Kenna McDavis hit three 3-pointers versus the Cowgirls and was the third and final Bronco to reach double-figure points finishing with 11, she added five boards as well.
It was a balanced offensive attack on Saturday as seven Broncos scored between 13 and eight points in the contest. Miquelle Askew chipped in nine points and five rebounds, while Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego, Keiahnna Engel and Brooke Pahukoa each added eight. Engel had a team-high five assists followed by both Rodriguez Ortego and Brooke Pahukoa with four each.
Boise State finished the day shooting 45 percent (27-of-60) from the court, 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from beyond the 3-point arc and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from the free-throw line. This was the fifth game in conference play that the Blue and Orange has hit 10 or more treys and the 10th with eight-plus. The 57.9 percent shooting as a team from behind the arc also ranks second all-time for Boise State in a game.
The Broncos dominated the glass out rebounding the Cowgirls 39-to-29. Boise State gave the ball away 16 times, but forced 18 Wyoming turnovers and converted them into a 23-to-15 advantage in points off turnovers. They also dominated the paint out scoring the Cowgirls 28-to-18.
On the day, Wyoming shot 40 percent (18-of-45) from the floor, 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from 3-point range and 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the free-throw line. Kayla Woodward led three Cowgirls in double-digit scoring with 18, followed by Chelan Landry with 13 and Fallon Lewis with 10.
The first half was close for the first six minutes of the contest as the two teams traded three leads and three ties. With the score knotted at 10-10 with 14:18 showing on the clock, Boise State took over rolling off an 11-4 run for a 21-14 advantage at the 8:23 mark. The Broncos would not relinquish the lead in the final 28 minutes of the game.
Up eight points at 28-20 with 2:57 remaining in the first period, the Broncos rattled off another impressive run down the stretch out scoring the Cowgirls 13-3 to take an 18-point, 41-23, advantage into the break. Boise State turned 11 Wyoming turnovers into a 12-to-3 advantage in points off turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The second period was all Boise State who maintained a double-digit lead throughout and extended it out to a game-high 24 points at 61-37 with 10 minutes to go. Rodriguez Ortego gave the Broncos the 24 point lead when she stole the ball from Chelan Landry, then drove the floor for a fastbreak layup.
The Broncos ended up being out scored in the final half by five points as the Cowgirls rallied late pulling to within 13 points 72-59 at the buzzer, that was the closest Wyoming came in the second period.