Boise State combines for 181 points in two games to climb out of offensive rut


BOISE, Idaho — At times this season, it seemed the Boise State women’s basketball team couldn’t buy a bucket.

Suddenly, the Broncos are on fire.

After scoring a season-high 91 points Wednesday against the College of Idaho, Boise State followed it up with a 90-72 win against Eastern Washington on Sunday.

Date Opponent Result
Nov. 7 Northwest Nazarene W, 84-83
Nov. 14 Montana State W, 75-60
Nov. 18 New Mexico State W, 70-45

Southern Utah L, 66-64
Nov. 25 Long Beach State L, 68-50
Nov. 26 Yale W, 59-53 OT
Nov. 30 Carroll (Mont.) W, 58-45
Dec. 4 Idaho State W, 86-62
Dec. 6 Utah Valley L, 68-60
Dec. 10 College of Idaho W, 91-40
Dec. 14 Eastern Washington W, 90-72

The Broncos had been scoring just 66 points per game against Division I opponents, but came out hot against the Eagles — and stayed that way. The win ended a two-game losing streak by double digits against Big Sky opponents.

“We’ve struggled a little bit offensively all year,” Boise State coach Gordy Presnell said. “We came out with energy. This team had nailed us the last two years.”

Boise State (7-3) shot 23 of 38 (60.5 percent) from the field in the first half, taking a 14-point halftime lead, and led for all but 36 seconds of the game. Eastern Washington (4-4) had four scorers in double figures, led by senior guard Lexie Nelson’s 19 points. The Broncos finished 36-for-66 from the field (54.5 percent) and had 22 assists.

“We’ve been moving the ball a lot better,” sophomore guard Brooke Pahukoa said.

Mixing a strong inside-outside game, the Broncos rarely found an offensive rut. Boise State had a 42-24 advantage in points in the paint, as junior center Miquelle Askew had 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Pahukoa had a game-high 22 points, making 4 of 7 three-pointers.

“We established the post play with Miquelle, and Brooke hit some perimeter shots that really helped us when things were going dry there,” Presnell said.

Junior guard Keiahnna Engel had 14 points in 18 minutes off the bench for the Broncos. They outrebounded Eastern Washington 37-30 and had 10 players with at least three points.

“It was a really good team win, kind of finally where we need to be,” Presnell said.