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Boise State takes Oregon State to overtime in NCAA Tournament opener

Boise State’s Presnell after OT loss to Oregon State: ‘We should have won the game’

Boise State women's basketball coach Gordy Presnell and players Marta Hermida and Riley Lupfer discuss the Broncos' 80-75 overtime loss to Oregon State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Corvallis, Oregon.
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Boise State women's basketball coach Gordy Presnell and players Marta Hermida and Riley Lupfer discuss the Broncos' 80-75 overtime loss to Oregon State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Corvallis, Oregon.

The Boise State women’s basketball team felt slighted, and an overtime loss only made the feeling worse.

“We should have won the game,” Boise State coach Gordy Presnell said as he spoke to reporters during the Broncos’ postgame press conference.

His Broncos very nearly did.

Facing a disastrous upset on its home floor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, fourth-seeded Oregon State needed overtime to get rid of No. 13 Boise State.

The Beavers went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the extra frame to escape with an 80-75 victory on Saturday at Gill Coliseum in a game Boise State led 66-62 with 17.8 seconds left in regulation.

It is Boise State’s sixth loss in six NCAA Tournament appearances, but perhaps its most difficult to swallow. The Broncos entered the tournament having won a program-record 28 games and a third straight Mountain West Tournament championship.

They had hoped to earn a neutral-site matchup in the first round. Instead, they drew the No. 11 Beavers on their home floor in a venue even No. 7 Oregon couldn’t win at during the regular season.

“To be up four with 17 seconds left on a great team, there’s something special about this team,” Boise State junior Braydey Hodgins said. “I think it shows a lot. And if that didn’t prove that we weren’t supposed to be a 13 seed and we weren’t supposed to be in this position, then I don’t know what does.”

Senior guard Marta Hermida led Boise State with 22 points, while true freshman Rachel Bowers made the most of her 21 minutes off the bench with 10 points and seven rebounds. Bowers had six of Boise State’s nine points in overtime.

“We knew it would be tough, but we also knew we’d have an amazing crowd,” said Oregon State coach Scott Rueck, whose team benefited from a mostly pro-OSU crowd of 5,089. “We relied on them today. I thought Beaver Nation was unbelievable once again supporting us on a day where things didn’t go, for the most part, easily for us.”

Aleah Goodman and Mikayla Pivec each notched 20 points to pace Oregon State, which moves on to face Gonzaga in the second round at 7 p.m. MT on Monday. Mountain View High graduate Destiny Slocum was the starting point guard for the Beavers. She finished with eight points and five assists but was limited by foul trouble much of the first half.

Boise State’s lead was down to 66-64 with 13.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter after Oregon State’s Pivec made a tough layup. The Broncos inbounded the ball to Hodgins, who was swarmed by Oregon State’s Pivec and Taya Corosdale. Hodgins ended up on the ground and tried to call a timeout, but officials ruled it a jump ball and the possession went to the Beavers.

Rueck then drew up an inbound play on the spot to get senior Katie McWilliams an alley-oop jumper in the key. McWilliams successfully drew the foul on the shot and made both free throws, tying the game at 66-66 with 8.5 seconds left.

Boise State had one more chance to close the door on the Beavers, but Hermida’s jumper in the closing seconds of regulation was off the mark.

“The play was not for me, it was for Riley (Lupfer),” Hermida said. “I was trying to figure out how to pass the ball to Riley, and then when I saw there was not that much time left, I shot it. It wasn’t a good shot. I could have done it better.”

Since the women’s tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1994, No. 13 seeds are now 6-98 in the first round.

“They are what I thought they were. I knew it would take a huge effort for us to beat them,” Rueck said of Boise State. “I can’t get too caught up in seeds, because I can’t control that.”

Gonzaga 68, Little Rock 51

Gonzaga held Little Rock without a field goal for the first 6 minutes, 55 seconds and led by as many as 21 points to advance to Monday’s second round.

Junior guard Katie Campbell went 5-for-6 from 3-point range and totaled a team-leading 15 points and seven rebounds as the fifth-seeded Zags (29-4) easily handled the No. 12 Trojans (21-11).

Gonzaga true freshman Melody Kempton, a graduate of Post Falls High, was recognized for the play of the game by ESPN. Kempton completed a three-point play with 41 seconds left in the third quarter on a turnaround jumper in the key. She finished with five points and two rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench.

OREGON ST. 80, BOISE ST. 75 (OT)

BOISE ST. (28-5)

HERMIDA, Marta 8-22 2-2 22; LUPFER, Riley 5-13 1-2 14; BOWERS, Rachel 2-5 6-8 10; HODGINS, Braydey 1-10 5-5 7; CHRISTOPHER, Jayde 2-5 1-1 6; COLEMAN, A’Shanti 1-7 4-4 6; WOERNER, Ellie 1-1 0-0 3; AMUNDSEN, Tess 1-1 0-0 3; LOVILLE, Jade 1-3 0-0 2; HARRELL, Joyce 1-5 0-0 2; VANDERSCHAAF, Marijk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-72 19-22 75.

OREGON ST. (25-7)

Mikayla Pivec 7-18 6-8 20; Aleah Goodman 6-9 5-5 20; Taya Corosdale 3-7 6-8 13; Maddie Washington 4-5 0-0 8; Destiny Slocum 3-8 2-4 8; Joanna Grymek 3-3 1-6 7; Katie McWilliams 1-5 2-2 4; Janessa Thropay 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 22-33 80.

Boise St...................... 12 16 19 19 9 — 75

Oregon St..................... 18 18 9 21 14 — 80

3-point goals — Boise St. 10-30 (HERMIDA, Marta 4-10; LUPFER, Riley 3-9; CHRISTOPHER, Jayde 1-2; AMUNDSEN, Tess 1-1; WOERNER, Ellie 1-1; COLEMAN, A’Shanti 0-2; HODGINS, Braydey 0-4; BOWERS, Rachel 0-1), Oregon St. 4-15 (Aleah Goodman 3-6; Taya Corosdale 1-3; Destiny Slocum 0-1; Katie McWilliams 0-1; Mikayla Pivec 0-4). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Boise St. 33 (BOWERS, Rachel 7), Oregon St. 50 (Taya Corosdale 15). Assists — Boise St. 11 (CHRISTOPHER, Jayde 6), Oregon St. 18 (Destiny Slocum 5; Mikayla Pivec 5). Total fouls — Boise St. 24, Oregon St. 18. Technical fouls — None. A — 5,089.

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