The Boise State women's basketball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
Boise State defeated New Mexico 66-60 on Friday in the Mountain West championship, led by 18 and 16 points, respectively, from sophomore guards Yaiza Rodriguez and Brooke Pahukoa. Both were named to the all-tournament team, Pahukoa was named MVP after averaging 14 points per game in the Broncos' three wins.
Boise State had 19 offensive rebounds and hit eight three pointers while the Lobos had three 3-pointers and 15 offensive boards. The Broncos will find out their NCAA Tournament destination Monday.
"To be able to be with everyone you love, representing a university who you have so much passion for, it was awesome," Pahukoa said.
The Broncos allowed the Lobos to shoot just 23.8 percent in the first half (5-of-21) and 30.8 percent for the game (16-of-52). New Mexico had won 13 of its last 14 since losing to Boise State at Taco Bell Arena on Jan. 17.
"They did a terrific job, they took us out of what we wanted to do," New Mexico coach Yvonne Sanchez said. "Yeah, that's a tremendous team."
At halftime of the Mountain West women's basketball championship, Boise State held a 29-22 lead on New Mexico. The Broncos held the Lobos to 23.8 percent shooting (5-of-21). Junior forward Miquelle Askew and sophomore guard Yaiza Rodriguez led the Broncos with seven points apiece. Freshman Shalen Shaw had six rebounds.
To get to the final, the Broncos had a strong showing from freshman Shalen Shaw, who we featured in today's Statesman. Shaw had seven points and eight rebounds off the bench Friday.
MOUNTAIN WEST SCHEDULES
(at LAS VEGAS)
Wednesday’s first round
No. 9 Air Force 68, No. 8 New Mexico 61
No. 7 UNLV 67, No. 10 Nevada 46
No. 1 Boise State 80, No. 9 Air Force 68
No. 4 Wyoming 67, No. 5 Utah State 65
No. 2 San Diego State 67, No. 7 UNLV 64
No. 3 Colorado State 71, No. 6 Fresno State 59
No. 1 Boise State (25-7) vs. No. 4 Wyoming (23-9), 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
No. 2 San Diego State (25-7) vs. No. 3 Colorado State (27-5), 9:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
TBD, 4 p.m. (CBS)
(At LAS VEGAS)
Monday’s first round
No. 8 San Jose State 99, No. 9 Utah State 85
No. 7 San Diego State 70, No. 10 Nevada 48
No. 6 Wyoming 70, No. 11 Air Force 48
No. 8 San Jose State 64, No. 1 Colorado State 55
No. 4 Boise State 64, No. 5 UNLV 46
No. 2 New Mexico 57, No. 7 San Diego State 56
No. 3 Fresno State 74, No. 6 Wyoming 66
No. 4 Boise State 76, No. 8 San Jose State 67
No. 2 New Mexico 64, No. 3 Fresno State 53
No. 4 Boise State 66, No. 2 New Mexico 60; Boise State (22-10) advances to NCAA Tournament