Broncos Impress In Home Opener

Broncos Impress In Home Opener

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Cody Finney / The Arbiter

The Boise State women’s basketball team (2-0) took on North Dakota State University (2-1) on Tuesday evening at Taco Bell Arena for their 2012-2013 home opener, and sent the Bison home with their first loss of the year, picking up an 80-59 victory.

Boise State continued their momentum into Tuesday night coming off an 80-63 victory at Utah Valley State over the weekend.  The Broncos were once again efficient on offense, shooting 48 percent from the field on the night and moved the ball around well, picking up 14 team assists on the night, led by junior guard Diana Lee, who had nine assists to her credit.

The Broncos put on a clinic in the first half, jumping out to a quick 9-0 lead and knocking down their first six shots before the Bison cooled them down with a couple of three’s.  Lee ran the offense beautifully, racking up seven assists, zero turnovers and added six points in 15 minutes of play in the
first half.

Senior forward Lauren Lenhardt and redshirt sophomore guard Brandi Henton would lead the way in the first half for the Broncos and stake them to a 49-34 lead at the break.

Lenhardt was dominant down low as she made all five of her attempts from the field, including one from beyond the arc and shared honors with Henton with 12 points at the break.  Henton, who came off the bench to contribute 12 points in just 11 minutes, provided a spark for the Broncos to continue their good play.

“The way everyone has come together, we play well together,” Lenhardt said. “Early on, coach defined roles for each of us and everyone knows their niche and knows what they are supposed to do.”

The Broncos picked up right where they left off in the second half, going on a quick 8-0 run to start the half, forcing an early Bison timeout.  North Dakota State would attempt to mount a comeback, casting up 14 three-pointers in the half and 26 of them for the game. They would also reel in 21 offensive rebounds to give themselves plenty of second chances, but in the end, the Broncos scoring coupled with the Bison’s lack of execution would prove to be too much to overcome.

The highlight of the night belonged to Lenhardt who led all scorers with 21, and Henton who poured in 14 of her own.

“Obviously Lauren is a premier player,” Women’s Basketball Head Coach Gordy Presnell said. “She’s had quite a career.”

Lenhardt finished the night shooting 9-11 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc.  She also would come up just one rebound shy of her second consecutive double-double.

Henton made an immediate impact on the game by getting into the lane and getting a lot of efficient shots.

Normally a three-point shooter, Henton struggled from beyond the arc going just 1-8 from long range.  She more than made up for it though, going 5-6 from inside the three point line and going 1-1 from the free throw line.

Boise State heads to Ogden, Utah this Thursday for a matchup with Weber State as they look to stay undefeated.