Womens basketball drops close one to Dons

The Boise State women’s basketball team fell at home to the San Fransisco Dons 76-70 Saturday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena.

The Broncos couldn’t overcome all the turnovers and mistakes that plagued them throughout the game.  The inexperience and youth of Boise State showed during the course of the game.

“We made some real crucial and mental mistakes,” head coach Gordy Presnell said. “We’ll learn from it and grow and hopefully get better.”

Boise State started the game out on a strong note by scoring the games’ first six points. They were up by as many as 10 in the first half with a 21-11. They seem poised to run away with the game. The Broncos however, couldn’t maintain the momentum.

The issues for the Broncos incurred foul trouble for a few key players and turnovers. Boise State had 11 first half turnovers.

“We’re just young and we played four freshman at the end of first half,”  Presnell said.

The Dons capitalized on this and went on a 26-17 run to close the first half. The first half came to end with the Broncos leading 38-37.

The Broncos would continue to maintain their lead in the second half until the 13:05 mark when the Dons tied it up at 46. A few minutes later, San Francisco would take their first lead of the game at 50-49. The Broncos never led again.

Boise State kept it close but the Dons would pull away when they opened their biggest lead at 69-60 with 1:43 left to play.  The Broncos once again struggled with foul trouble in the second half and the turnovers continued to pile up.

“Hopefully  there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Presnell said. “We have a young team but we have a talented team.”

The Broncos were led by sophomore center Miquelle Askew who had a team high of 13 points from 6 of 10 shooting and 5 rebounds. Yaiza Rodriguez added 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 5 rebounds and a team high of 7 assists.

“It’s frustrating. We have been working to get our intensity up and once it drops we can never get it back up. That’s what we need to work on,” Miquelle Askew said.

The Broncos dropped to 4-5 on season and saw their four game winning streak at home snapped. They will next go on the road against Eastern Washington before returning home against Cal State Fullerton on Dec 29.

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