Boise State Outlasted by Lady Vols 72-61 in First Round
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Boise State gave Tennessee all it could handle in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena, but the 15th-seeded Broncos fell short of an upset of the Lady Volunteers, the No. 2 seed in the Spokane Regional, ultimately falling 72-61.
Sophomore Brooke Pahukoa led Boise State with 22 points, the second-most scored in an NCAA Tournament game by a Bronco in school history. She hit each of her first seven attempts from the floor en route to 18 first-half points, and finished the game going 9-for-12.
Her field goal percentage (.750) is the highest by a Bronco in the school's three trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Pahukoa, who also recorded a game-high five steals, was joined in double figures by Deanna Weaver (13) and Shalen Shaw (10).
Boise State, which led for nearly seven minutes in the opening period, found itself down 15 (60-45) with 8:22 remaining in the second half. The Broncos put together a 13-3 run, closing to within five points with just under three minutes remaining.
With its lead down to five, the closest Boise State had been since Camille Redmon opened the second-half scoring with a lay-up at 19:12, Tennessee responded with a 3-pointer and then held the Broncos to just one more field goal in the final minutes.
The Broncos kept it close, despite being outrebounded by a 46-28 margin, in large part due to its shooting. Boise State shot 50 percent from the floor (13-of-26) and 50 percent on 3-pointers (5-for-10) in the opening half.
Yaiza Rodriguez had a game-high 10 assists, setting the Boise State postseason record.