The Broncos’ women’s basketball came back from five points down with 29 seconds left to beat the Aggies 84-78 in overtime. Brooke Pahukoa hit three free throws in the final seconds to tie the game.
Shalen Shaw scored eight of BSU’s (8-5, 1-1 Mountain West) 11 points in overtime. Pahukoa finished with 22 points, and Shaw added 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
Freshman Marta Hermida scored a career-high 16, and Yaiza Rodriguez had 15. Funda Nakkasoglu led Utah State (6-8, 1-2) with 22 points.
Boise State next takes on Fresno State on the road at 3 p.m. Saturday.
BSU GYMNASTICS: The Broncos were picked as the preseason favorite for the Mountain Rim Conference for the second straight year. Boise State won the conference title last year and returns five gymnasts who picked up six all-conference honors. BSU opens the season at UC Davis on Jan. 15.
BSU MEN ON TV: For the first time since 2002, ESPN2 will air a Boise State men’s basketball home game when it takes on San Diego State at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Taco Bell Arena. The game previously did not have an announced tip, leaving Jan. 23’s game at Wyoming and Feb. 2’s home game against Utah State as the only two without set times, pending which ESPN channel picks up the game.
BSU CENTER OUT: Men’s basketball coach Leon Rice said Tuesday he does not expect sophomore David Wacker to return to the floor this season. Wacker has not played since Dec. 2 because of a foot injury, which still has him in a walking boot. Rice said the team will seek a medical redshirt after the season. Since Wacker played in just seven games, it is likely to be approved since he falls under the NCAA criteria of playing in fewer than 30 percent of the team’s games.