Boise States group of womens basketball newcomers needed Fridays 72-70 win over Idaho State.
The Broncos last two losses had come by 43 points. Their first loss was by four. A close victory could do wonders for a team that played eight freshmen or sophomores against the Bengals.
In the final seconds, tight perimeter defense kept Idaho State from a good look at the game-winner, and the Broncos forced a desperate corner 3 at the buzzer that hit off the side of the backboard.
Its huge, because weve hit some rough patches, said sophomore Miquelle Askew, who had 15 points.
The lead changed hands 15 times as the Broncos (3-3) ended a two-game losing streak against the Bengals (2-4).
Idaho State held a 66-60 lead with 4 minutes, 45 seconds to go, but the Broncos rattled off seven straight points until Jasmine Lemon hit a jumper for the Bengals. Askews basket with 2:34 to go put the Broncos up 69-68, and they led for good.
However, it was a tenuous grasp as the Bengals got a steal and layup with 1:07 to go to cut it to 71-70, then the Broncos were called for a charge with 40 seconds left. The Bengals were whistled for a travel on the other end. Boise State was fouled and hit 1-of-2 free throws, setting up the final play.
We gathered ourselves, and people made plays, Boise State coach Gordy Presnell said.
Lexie Der led the Broncos with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in 24 minutes, adding five rebounds. Freshman Brooke Pahukoa had nine points.
Its a great boost, and I hope we can grow off it, Der said.
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