Frantic rally too little, too late for BSU women's basketball

Broncos miss game-tying shot after quickly cutting down a double-digit deficit.

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comMarch 12, 2014 

— With a loss almost certain, the Boise State basketball team almost pulled off a tremendous comeback.

Almost.

Down 10 points to Wyoming with 2:10 to play in the Mountain West Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday, the Broncos scored eight straight and had a chance to tie in the final minute.

However, Deanna Weaver’s great game did not include the tying bucket — her layup just missed with 32 seconds left — and Wyoming pulled out a 61-56 win, likely ending Boise State’s season.

“I think we just played harder at that moment,’’ said Weaver, who had 17 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. “We realized we didn’t have a lot of time left, but we waited too long to realize it was now coming to an end.’’

Boise State (17-13), the No. 4 seed, trailed No. 5 Wyoming (20-10) the entire second half, getting no closer than five until 93 seconds remained.

Guard Yaiza Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer — her only basket — to make it a two-point game. That, however, was BSU’s last score.

The outcome was aided by an attacking Wyoming offense, and a strong group of forwards who cleaned up a lot of misses. Wyoming had 16 offensive rebounds to the Broncos’ five and shot 20 free throws to the Broncos’ seven.

Following the game, Presnell said, “This loss needs to stick with us’’ as the team heads toward the offseason. A berth in the WNIT or WBI is unlikely.

In 2014-15, the Broncos are expected to return 100 percent of their production from this season. No seniors played in 2013-14, and only one junior (Weaver) played significant minutes. Two seniors who missed the season with injuries, forward Kinzi Poteet and guard Diana Lee, are expected to return.

“I think we'll be able to make a lot of improvements,’’ Weaver said. “Next year will be a really good year.’’

Dave Southorn: 377-6420, Twitter: @IDS_Southorn

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