Women’s basketball wins fifth in a row at home

Women’s basketball wins fifth in a row at home

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Cody Finney / The Arbiter

The Boise State women’s basketball team continued their streak of dominance at home, winning their fifth home game in a row against Nevada.

But it wasn’t an easy game, as both teams were fighting to put their team in winning position throughout.

Standout senior forward Lauren Lenhardt continued to show her point scoring ability, netting 22 points against a talented Nevada defense.

Lenhardt moved up to number 8 in Boise State women’s basketball history with 1,179 points. Lenhardt was also a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.

“It’s a pretty cool honor. You don’t necessarily strive for it, but the coaches have given me the role of scoring points and that’s what I have to do to make this team successful,” said Lenhardt.

Lenhardt wasn’t the only one putting her name in the record book. Junior guard Diana Lee moved into 10th place all-time with 245 career assists.

The Broncos were simply more efficient than the Wolfpack and played stronger defense. Boise State held Nevada to a 25.8 percent shooting percentage, their best since 2009.

Defense wasn’t the only aspect that created the Broncos’ win; it also came from the Broncos’ consistent shooting. Boise State shot 39.7 percent from the field while shooting 40 percent from the three-point line.

Outside of dominating on defense, the Broncos also had a presence down low in the post. Between Lenhardt, redshirt freshman forward Lexie Der and freshman forward Miquelle Askew, the Broncos scored a total of 40 points in the paint.

Boise State’s bench came to play too, as they  scored 15 points compared to Nevada’s 0 points. Outside of Lenhardt, Der was extremely efficient, getting nine rebounds, 12 points and playing a total of 26 minutes.

Ultimately, Boise State was just too much to handle for Nevada, as they fell to the Broncos 67-58.

With the win over the Wolfpack, the Broncos pushed their total wins in the rivalry to 31 with only 14 losses against Nevada. The Broncos are playing fundamentally stronger at this point in the season. On the year, the Broncos are 10-8 and 3-2 in Mountain West play, pushing them into 4th place in the division.

“We want to win the whole thing (Mountain West division). That’s our goal. I know we can do it. Right now you just take it a game at a time. The main goal is you have to win all of your home games. If you can go into conference at least beating everybody once, that’s a pretty good accomplishment,” added
Lenhardt.

The women play again this Wednesday at home as they battle against the Colorado State Rams.

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