Red-Hot Broncos Rout Spartans
Jan. 25, 2018

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Boise State women were hotter than any Silicon Valley startup Wednesday night as they shot 63.6 percent from deep and 58.6 percent from the field in a 112-80 victory at San Jose State.

The 112 points were the second-most in program history, marking just the fourth time in program history, and the first time since Feb. 18, 1993, that Boise State had hit the century mark. The Broncos also set the Mountain West record for most points in a conference game, eclipsing the 108 by Nevada in a win over the Spartans last Feb. 28.

Six Broncos scored in double figures, led by 27 points and seven 3-pointers from Riley Lupfer, while Marta Hermida just missed her second triple-double of the season, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds, and a Boise State single-game record 14 assists.

"Everyone was really prepared mentally. [We were] really down from the game Saturday against Nevada, we played about 38 minutes of great basketball but didn't finish, so I think everyone was just ready to play," said Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell. "We started hitting threes, then our inside game got going a little bit. I'm real proud of our team for bouncing back and getting off the mat. In the past, a loss has strung on to the next game, and I think it didn't do that [tonight]."

But it was two players who as of late have starred off the bench that fueled the first-quarter burst that helped the Broncos (12-8, 6-3 MW) break the game open. With the Broncos trailing, 11-8, with 6:44 to go in the opening frame, forward A'Shanti Coleman and guard Ellie Woerner combined for 15 points, 10 coming from Coleman, as Boise State reeled off 20-straight points over a span of 4:03 to take a commanding 28-11 lead. Coleman would go on to score a career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Woerner would finish the night with 12 points and five assists.

Lupfer would add five points while Shalen Shaw scored six in the opening 10 minutes, as the Broncos set a program record for points in a quarter with 35, taking a 17-point lead over the Spartans. Shaw would go on to post her fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

"I thought Shay was aggressive early, and Riley started hitting. That opened things up. Also, their press, once again, because of Shay's diversity in her ability to handle and pass the ball, it's hard to turn us over in the press right now," Presnell said.

Boise State, which hit all four of its 3-point attempts in the first quarter, stayed hot into the second as Tess Amundsen, who finished the night with 11 points, sank a trey to cap a 6-0 run to open the frame and stretch the lead to 41-18. Lupfer would end up hitting four 3-pointers the rest of the half, while Hermida masterfully conducted the Bronco offense, finishing the half with 12 assists against zero turnovers, including a Bronco-record nine assists in the first quarter. For the game, Hermida committed just one turnover. Eight points from Lupfer over the final five minutes of the second quarter helped push Boise State to a 64-35 halftime lead.

"I thought she kept everything under control, and when she hit a shot, she kind of relaxed and got going," Presnell said about Hermida's performance.

Not even the break could cool off the Broncos, as, after San Jose State's Analyss Benally hit a triple to make it 66-40, Lupfer and Hermida combined for the next 13 Boise State points to push the advantage to 35 at 79-44 with 5:36 left in the third quarter. Woerner and Coleman would power the Broncos to a 94-59 lead through three, and, with 5:59 left in the contest, Amundsen would hit two free throws to get Boise State to the century mark with a 100-66 lead.

San Jose State (6-13, 3-5 MW) would end up going 8-for-15 from behind the arc in the second half, with Taylor Turney leading four players scoring in double digits with 16 points, but the Spartans had no answer for stopping a Bronco offense that set season highs with 41 field goals and 14 3-pointers. Lupfer matched her own career high with seven triples, while Hermida was 3-for-4 from deep. The Broncos were even better from the line Wednesday night, going 16-for-18 with Amundsen perfect in six attempts.

The Broncos will return home to host Air Force Saturday at 2 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.


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