On Saturday, the Boise State Broncos, ranked seventh in the Mountain West, battled and lost against the the second ranked Fresno State Bulldogs 83-65 on their home court at the Taco Bell Arena.
At the start of the first half, the Broncos’ defense was not allowing Fresno State inside, forcing them to shoot from the outside. However, the Bulldogs were shooting well at 42 percent from beyond the arc. Boise State’s offense also struggled at the beginning giving up six steals to the Bulldogs.
Yet, the Broncos kept powering inside, shooting 57 percent in field goals. Senior Lauren Lenhardt led the half with 10 points and two rebounds from excellent post play with the help from Rosalie Cutri who had four assists. Boise State left the half down by five points, making the score 38-43.
Coming into the second half, the Broncos kept close range of the Bulldogs, but lacked somewhat in defense, allowing the Bulldogs to pull out to a 21-point lead later in the second half. Fresno State put up 14 three-pointers in the Taco Bell Arena which really hurt the Boise State defense overall.
“The first five minutes of the second half, we just lapsed a little bit in that area (defense),” Cutri said. “And that’s when they really got the lead on us, but our intensity is really good, so I’m happy with that.”
Lenhardt played well offensively and led the team in points putting up 20, as Brandi Henton contributed 14 and Erica Martinez had 11. Henton led the Broncos in rebounds with eight, while Cutri led in assists with eight.
“You know, I thought that we played a pretty good job in the first half,” said Boise State Head Coach Gordy Presnell. “I don’t know how many threes they had, 14? The other night when they lost to Nevada, they made four, and so you know, that’s kind of the difference in the game.”
The Broncos will travel to Nevada on February 27 to play the Nevada Wolf Pack at 7:30 p.m.
“We just have to keep improving,” Presnell said. “We have lost five of our top six players, and so our kids got to get better. We got to