CSU women fall to top-seeded Boise State in Mountain West semifinals

Feb 25, 2017; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams mascot Cam the Ram before the game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Moby Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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The No. 5-seeded Colorado State women’s basketball team fell to the top-seeded Boise State Broncos, 76-51, at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday in the semifinals of the 2018 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships.

Colorado State (20-11) was paced offensively by senior guard Hannah Tvrdy, who tallied a team-high 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the floor and 3-for-6 shooting from three-point range. The Seward, Neb., native was the only player in double-digit scoring for CSU, which shot 34.5 percent (20-for-58) for the game. The Rams did not exceed 36.4 percent in any of the four quarters, and did not score more than 13 points in any quarter.

Conversely, Boise State (22-9) shot 51.7 percent (31-for-60) for the game, and had Braydey Hodgins (25 points), Marta Hermida (14 points) and Riley Lupfer (12 points) in double-figure scoring. The only quarter in which Boise State did not shoot above 50 percent was the first, as the Rams held the Broncos to 18.8 percent en route to a 12-8 lead heading to the second. CSU boosted that lead to seven on a Tvrdy three to open the quarter, and went on to hold the advantage past the midway point of the second and for 14:32 overall in the first half.

However, Boise State shot 73.3 percent (11-for-15) in the second quarter and whittled the Rams’ lead away until taking it on a layup by the Broncos’ Tess Amundsen at the 4:20 mark. The Broncos closed the quarter on 9-for-11 shooting, building their lead to 10 by the 2:32 mark before heading to halftime with a 35-25 lead.

Colorado State got a pair of jumpers from freshman guard Lore Devos to cut the deficit to six at the beginning of the third quarter, but the Rams were unable to draw any closer. CSU was within 39-32 at the 6:22 mark in the third, but was caught in another Boise State run, as the Broncos scored the next nine points over the next three minutes to extend their lead to 48-32. Boise State finished that third quarter shooting 61.5 percent (8-for-13) and followed it with a 56.3 percent (9-for-16) fourth quarter. The Broncos went up by 20 on a layup on their first possession, and never led by fewer than that before the final 76-51 score.