Saturday, January 17, 2015

Elliott Lands Lone Bronco Win

Senior David Elliott came away with the lone win for Boise State on the final day of the Ed Jacoby Invitational, capturing the mile run with a personal record of 4:09.74.  Elliott moved into 23rd in the nation with his effort.


Pahukoa Leads Boise State Past New Mexico 86-65

Brooke Pahukoa poured in 20 points as the Boise State women's basketball team ran away from New Mexico 86-65 this afternoon in Taco Bell Arena.

The Lady Broncos broke open a close game by dominating the Lobos 52-27 in the second half, and most of that damage came with 11:25 remaining.  Coach Gordy Presnell's high-flying team was down 38-34 at halftime, but had grabbed a 60-56 lead nearing the halfway mark of the second half.  The Lady Broncos then went on a 20-3 run to put the game out of reach at 80-59 with 4:20 remaining.  Boise State improved to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in Mountain West Conference play.

Pahukoa fired three consecutive three-pointers to open the second half, and finished with 6-11 shooting including a total of four three-pointers.

"It felt really good, but what really got me started was my team's getting me open," said Pahukoa. "Once I hit the first couple shots I started feeling more comfortable and started driving in a little and shooting under pressure."

Freshman Shalen Shaw chipped in with a career high 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Deanna Weaver had 12 points and Camille Redmon had nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks.  The Bronco bench was the difference in the game, outscoring New Mexico 37-15.
"I am really happy with the way the team responded from the adversity in the first half," said coach Presnell.  "I told them at half that if we cut down on our turnovers we were going to win this game. They did a much better job executing the offense in the second half and did a good job controlling the ball. I felt our bench was big today as they have been all year, they have been a big reason for our success. Now we just need to keep it going."

To keep their hot streak going, the Broncos will have to stop San Jose State on the road.  The Spartans average 82.6 points a game, a challenge for Presnell and his staff.