Boise State women's basketball team responding well to injury setback

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comMarch 7, 2014 

— Coach Gordy Presnell had no idea how his basketball team would adapt after losing one of its top players last week.

The early returns are mostly positive.

Minus Lexie Der, who suffered a knee injury Feb. 26 against Fresno State, the Broncos are 1-1. In both games, a 72-59 win over Wyoming and a 75-70 loss at Nevada on Wednesday where the Broncos led by 11 at the half, the team has not let it be a roadblock.

“Losing Lexie was a tough blow, but our kids have been very resilient. There’s been some good resolve,” Presnell said.

Boise State (16-12, 11-6 Mountain West) will host Air Force (1-26, 0-17) at 7 p.m. Friday in the Broncos’ regular-season finale.

Losing Der’s 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game was big, but plenty of Broncos have filled the void. Kayla Reinhart has 20 points in the past two games in Der’s spot, and Keiahnna Engel had a career-best 17 at Nevada.

“We’re a pretty tough team, considering how young we are,” Engel said. “It showed our whole team can step it up after going through some adversity.”

The Broncos have a bye in the Mountain West Tournament and will play Tuesday in Las Vegas as the fourth or fifth seed.

SENIORS HONORED: Boise State does not have any seniors playing but will honor two Friday — Julia Marshall, who played three seasons before injuries ended her career, and Carly Perkins, a 2010-11 signee who has battled knee injuries but still assists with the team.

Dave Southorn: 377-6420, Twitter: @IDS_Southorn

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