Boise State Loses To #15/14 UCLA in NCAA First Round
courtesy of Boise State Athletics
LOS ANGELES – Boise State’s women’s basketball team came up on the short side of a 83-56 score to No. 15/14 ranked UCLA Saturday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins opened on a 15-0 run forcing the Broncos to play catchup the entire way. In the end Boise State’s record setting season for wins came to an end at 25-8 overall.
Brooke Pahukoa and Riley Lupfer led the Broncos with 13 points apiece. Pahukoa finished the game adding three rebounds to her total in 32 minutes of action. The senior from Lake Stevens, Wash., concluded her collegiate career as the eighth-ranked scorer in program history with 1,352 and the school recorded holder for career free-throw percentage at .830 (249-300).
Lupfer, a freshman, came in off the bench to spark the Broncos in the first quarter scoring eight of the team’s 12 points. She finished the game shooting 4-of-9 from the floor with three treys and two free throws.
“UCLA got off to a quick start,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “I thought we had some open looks that we didn’t convert. They shot the three extremely, extremely well and they got really established and the point guard kind of took over. Those three things kind of knocked us out. It is disappointing but I am really, really proud of our team. I am proud of what we have accomplished this year and I am proud of our University. They hit some three balls and got [Monique] Billings going and then they got [Jordin] Canada going.”
The Broncos started out 0-for-9 from the field, then went 5-for-10 to close the opening period on a 12-5 run.
With the Bruins leading 20-12 entering the second quarter, the Broncos attempted to rally pulling to within seven points (21-14; 8:41) in the second quarter. Unfortunately, the Bruins went on a decisive 18-5 run to push their lead to 20 and led by double figures the rest of the way.
Marijke Vanderschaaf tallied eight points and team-high nine rebounds in 29 minutes of action. She was followed by Marta Hermida who added five points, while Joyce Harrell, Jordan Woodvine and Shalen Shaw each had four points apiece. Harrell had a team-second-best four rebounds as well.
With two assists, Yaiza Rodriguez concludes her career by extending the school record for career assists out to 616 and the single season record to 192.
Brittney Pahukoa, Brooke Pahukoa, Yaiza Rodriguez, Shalen Shaw and Marijke Vandershaaf are the first women’s basketball players in Boise State history to be part of multiple NCAA Tournament teams. But Brooke Pahukoa, Rodriguez and Shaw are the only women’s basketball players in school history to appear in multiple NCAA Tournament games.
Others seeing action in their first ever NCAA tournament game were Brittney Pahukoa who scored on a jumper in the fourth quarter. Jordan Woodvine chipped in with four points and two rebounds, Braydey Hodgins had three rebounds and team-high three assists, while Emerald Toth, Leonie Edringer and Brooke Wheeler all saw time on the court.
The Broncos finished the game shooting 30 percent from the floor, 24.1 percent (7-29) from 3-point range and 87.5 (7-8) from the free-throw line.
The Broncos’ bench outscored UCLA’s 23-18, the 24th time this season Boise State has done so, they are now 19-5 in such games.
The Broncos also out rebounded the Bruins 39-to-37 and held a slight 13-to-8 edge in second chance points after holding a 22-to-9 advantage in o-boards.
UCLA shot 58.2 percent from the floor, 58.8 percent (10-17) from beyond the arc and 50 percent (9-18) from the free-throw line. The Bruins dominated the paint out scoring the Broncos 36-to-17.
Monique Billings scored a team-high 19 points for the Bruins, while Jordin Canada had a double-double on 15 points and 16 assists, Kennedy Burke also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.