Boise State Basketball

Askew a tower of power for Boise State women’s basketball team

Miquelle Askew
Miquelle Askew Boise State Univerity

Coach Gordy Presnell’s most reliable presence for four years also has been his tallest player.

As the Boise State women’s basketball team (18-10, 11-6 Mountain West) has added athletic guards and forwards around her, 6-foot-3 senior Miquelle Askew has continued to pour in points.

“I tease her a bit, because she’s not Ms. Fast Twitch, but for some reason, the game has always slowed down for her, and she’s always performed at a high level,” Presnell said. “It’s not all that popular to have a traditional post player, but she’s old-school, and that’s something a little unique for us.”

Askew and senior forwards Lexie Der and Julia Dufurrena will be honored Friday in the home finale against San Jose State (13-15, 11-6). The winner will clinch the third seed in next week’s Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, the loser will be fourth.

In the Broncos’ last meeting with the Spartans, they needed every part of an astounding Askew performance. In the 78-75 win Jan. 20, she scored a school-record 39 points and tied a career-high with 13 rebounds. She enters Friday’s game ninth in school history with 1,250 points and 15th with 573 rebounds.

“I’ve just been more confident than ever,” said Askew, from South Jordan, Utah. “It feels cool to kind of leave your mark, kind of showed how I put in hard work, but that my coaches, my teammates played a big part in that, too. It’s a nice little gold star, like ‘you did really good.’”

Askew has scored in double figures 63 times in her career, and is second on the team with 12.5 points per game this season and 43rd in the nation with a 53.5 field goal percentage.

“I’ll pull a double-team sometimes, that will mean someone’s wide open, it forces the other teams to be more strategic,” Askew said. “But on the flip side, I’ve had to try and play a little faster on defense guarding all those smaller players.”

Friday’s game will be Askew’s 124th, tied for third-most in BSU history. The other two seniors have not been so fortunate. Der returned Feb. 3 after missing two years with knee injuries. Dufurrena hasn’t played this season with a torn ACL and played in 11 games last season after transferring from the College of Southern Idaho.

“Kids that have represented us very well,” Presnell said.

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Boise State women look to secure Mountain West’s No. 3 seed

  • When: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Taco Bell Arena
  • Radio: 1350 KTIK AM
  • Records: Boise State (18-10, 11-6 Mountain West); San Jose State (13-15, 11-6)
  • Tickets: $6 (adults), $4 (seniors/youth); fans wearing white receive $3 tickets
  • Notes: The winner of Friday’s game will clinch the third seed in next week’s Mountain West Tournament, loser will be fourth. ... Spartans coach Jamie Craighead was an assistant under Boise State coach Gordy Presnell at Seattle Pacific from 2002-05.