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Broncos dominate Warriors in final tune-up game

Megan Riley / The Arbiter

Boise State simply dominanted in their final exhibition tune-up game vs. Lewis-Clark State College on Friday night as the women’s basketball team took down the
Warriors 92-36.

The Broncos got off to a quick start in the first half led by a smothering defense that held the Warriors to just 13 percent shooting from the field and forced 12 turnovers in the half.

The Broncos jumped out to an early 11-2 lead thanks to a stingy defense led by senior forward Lauren Lenhardt and junior guard Rosalie Cutri.

Junior point guard Diana Lee orchestrated the offense brilliantly in the first half as she scored eight points to go along with four assists.

Lenhardt would lead the Broncos in scoring in the opening half with nine points and would also post seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to round out her line as the Broncos took a 39-11 lead to the locker room.

The second half was showcased by Rosalie Cutri, with the junior guard flying everywhere on both ends of the court.

Cutri went for 11 points in the second half, making all five of her attempts from the field and snatching three of her game-high six steals.

Cutri’s perfect shooting performance in the second half helped the Broncos to shoot 62 percent from the field as they put up 53 points in the half and rolled to a 92-36 win.

“We feel that with any team the more you move the ball around, the more the defense moves and the more openings you get, the more chances you get to score” Cutri said.

Defensively, the Broncos were all over the floor and really forced the Warriors into poor decisions and shot selections.

“We definitely had some slip-ups with the D,” Cutri said, “but all in all, compared to where we were at the beginning, we’ve gotten better.”

The Broncos scored 34 points off 23 Warrior turnovers Friday night and held Lewis-Clark State to just 26 percent shooting from the field.

“Everyone is working harder and working for each other and we are talking a lot more which is good,” Cutri said.

The Broncos are without two key players in sophomore guard Keiahnna Engel and senior forward Kinzi Poteet. Both Engel and Poteet will miss the entire season due to knee injuries.

With Poteet and Engel on the bench, the window of opportunity is open for players such as Cutri to show what they can do.

“Hearing Keiahnna’s voice tonight really got me going and was a big motivator,” Cutri said. “Her aggressiveness brings a lot to the team and we’re missing that and when I heard her voice it just got me going.”

The Broncos had four different players scoring in double figures Friday night with Diana Lee scoring 10, Julia Marshall and Erica Martinez both with 12, and Cutri leading the team with 13.

Lauren Lenhardt was one point shy of a double-double as she scored nine to go along with her 11 rebounds.

The Broncos will begin their 2012-13 campaign Friday when they will travel to Utah Valley University to take on the Wolverines.

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