Women’s basketball dominates in season opener: Broncos defeat Beacons 83-51

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After losing 62-61 in a tough exhibition game to Carroll College, the Boise State women’s basketball team was ready to bounce back. On Nov. 10 against Northwest Christian University, the girls hit the court running and did not let up through the full 40 minutes. With tough defense and an expanded offense, Boise State came out on top, 83-51.

“It was really hard to lose that exhibition game,” said junior guard Marta Hermida. “We knew we had to play together to win today, and that’s what we did.”

By the end of the first quarter, the Broncos were up 32-14, proving they were there to compete. The team did not lose their lead for the rest of the game, executing every play with full force and speed. By halftime, the team led Northwest Christian 50-25.

“We came out with a lot of enthusiasm,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “We hit some threes and that really got the fire going.”

Senior Shalen Shaw set the tone for the victory with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Other notable contributors were Riley Lupfer (15 points), Ellie Woerner (12 points) and Marijke Vanderschaaf (11 points).

Recently, the Broncos received one point in the 2017-18 USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll, offering them a spotlight as well as some added pressure.

“We have a target on our back and we are going to get everybody’s best games,” Shaw said. “I think that we can really go far this year. We have to be at our best.”

Marta Hermida was also a fierce presence on the court, with 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, barely missing a triple-double. Had she reached double digits in rebounds and assists, Hermida would have had Boise State’s first triple-double in 30 years.

“I am going to do whatever I have to do to help my team, whether it’s through rebounds or assists,” Hermida said. “It was a good day, I hope I have another chance to do it.”

Next week, the Broncos travel to the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic to take on San Diego Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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