Last week was pretty busy. The Boise State track team resumed tracking, wrestling started back up, women's gymnastics had their first road victories, and the swim team met a couple of Pac 12 foes in Utah and UCLA. So who got some Game Balls!?
(All clips below are courtesy of the Boise State sports information department.)
Game Ball One
Brooke Pahukoa (basketball)
Ms. Pahukoa has this thing where she shoots the three ball. And well. On last Wednesday's matchup versus Nevada she led the Broncos in scoring (16 points) and had six rebounds. That scoring also included 4-8 shooting from three point land. That equated to more than anyone else combined on the Broncos (the rest of the team had three total) and matched the total made by Nevada. She also lit the scoreboard up again against San Diego State on Saturday. In that contest she led BOTH teams in scoring with 18, again hitting four from beyond the arc (if only anyone on the men's team were as accurate). San Diego State? Had six combined from the whole team. Congratulations to Ms. Pahukoa!
Brooke Pahukoa has moved up to 2nd nationally for 3-point percentage at .494 she has made 41-of-83 pic.twitter.com/9pjCmPTw0K— Boise State W BB (@BroncoSportsWBB) January 18, 2016
Game Ball Two:
Shay Shaw (basketball)
Ms. Shaw continues her magical run of awesomeness by being a central figure for the Broncos. Versus Nevada she netted a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) and added four assists. She's also not afraid of the three ball either:
Against San Diego State she had another dominant run and ANOTHER double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds). That is five double-doubles out of the last six games. So far she is third in the Mountain West for rebounds. Congratulations Shaw!
I also need to shoehorn this statistic
The 4th quarter is not a typo. Is this the first shutout in a quarter this season/in NCAA WBB history? @hoopfeed pic.twitter.com/oU7nABCknE— Aaron Juarez (@ajuarezbsu) January 17, 2016
That is how good this Bronco team is.
Game Ball Three:
Marta Hermida (basketball)
The other Spaniard on the team is making a name for herself in scoring. In the Nevada game she had 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Against San Diego State she had 13 points and 4 rebounds. The young freshman is quickly becoming another scoring option for the Broncos as she hits her groove. Congratulations Hermida!
Game Ball Four:
James Webb, III (basketball)
What more is there to say? Webb continued his double-double collection against Nevada (14 points, 14 rebounds) and San Diego State (17 points, 11 rebounds), and was nearly perfect from the charity stripe in both contests as well. So far on the year he is 66-97 (68%) on free throws.
Also, this dunk:
Game Ball Five:
Chandler Hutchison (basketball)
Coming off the bench, Hutchison has found his niche. Against Nevada he had 8 points and 11 rebounds. Against San Deigo State he started out as the only effective scoring option for the Broncos with free throws early on. He hit 7-7 on his free throws. But, like all the rest of the Broncos Saturday night, not so much from the field. While he had 11 points total, Hutchison was 2-11 from the field. He helped spark the Broncos were necessary on a night NO ONE could buy a bucket. So for that, congratulations Mr Clutchison!!
Game Ball Six:
Nick Duncan (basketball)
When Mr. Duncan is on fire, he is scorching. In the Nevada game he was 3-7 from beyond the arc. In all he had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. In the San Diego State game he did everything he could to put the Broncos on his back and lead them to victory. He hit the only 3 point shot for the Broncos to get them within 3 at the very end. He was also 5-5 on the free throw line. And he had 3 steals! Alas, it was not enough against the Aztecs. But here is a game ball in consolation Mr. Duncan!
Game Ball Seven:
David Elliot (track: distance)
Running is hard. Long distance running is even harder. Mr. Elliott makes it look easy. And during the Ed Jacoby Invitational he made it look really easy. He won the men's mile in 4:09.87. I can barely run a mile in under 10 minutes. In that time Elliott has already lapped me. So that's encouraging. The second place finisher was Dillon Maggard of Utah State who finished 4:12.47. That's a long time in the running world (TAKE THAT UTAH STATE DUDE!).
Game Ball Eight:
Sam Wicks (swimming)
Ms. Wicks' name was all over the place (pool?) in the swim meet down in Salt Lake City against Utah and UCLA. Wicks won the 100 back in a time of 55.23 seconds. She placed second in the 200 meter back with a time of 2:04.25. She was also involved in wins in a couple of relays. The first was the 200 medley relay (along with Brittany Aoyama, Katelyn Martin as they represented the core of the Boise State relay wins), and the second relay win was the 400 free relay. The Broncos beat Utah pretty well: 159-118 and were edged by #19 UCLA 133-128 (does that mean Boise State should be ranked #24?!). Congratulations on the work Ms. Wicks!
Game Ball Nine:
Chris Castillo (wrestling)
Mr. Castillo came through in the clutch with a final major decision in the 157 lb matchup. From the Boise State recap:
Boise State trailed 18-15 after nine bouts, but had won five of the matches. Unaware that a decision would give the Broncos a victory on criteria, Castillo said after the match he was looking for bonus points.
Got to love the aggressive nature of a competitor regardless of the situation. Though he did not technically know what all was needed, he wanted to get the most he could. That definitely bodes will for the Broncos. Thanks Mr. Castillo. Have a game ball!