Boise State Opens MW Play at Fresno State

Jan. 2, 2014

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GAME FACTS

  • Opponent: Fresno State 
  • Location: Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
  • Date:  January 4 (Saturday)
  • Time: 3 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats:  BroncoSports.com
  • Live Video:  TheMWC.com 

The Last Meeting
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March 14, 2013
Las Vegas, Nev.
Boise State Falls to Fresno State in MW Quarterfinals
Boise State Falls to Fresno State in MW Quarterfinals


WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • The Game: Boise State (5-6, 0-0 MW) will open the 18 game Mountain West schedule Saturday afternoon at Fresno State (7-5, 1-0 MW), tip is scheduled for 3 p.m. (Mountain) in the Save Mart Center.
  • Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action. 
  • Follow the Game: The contest at Fresno State will feature live stats on BroncoSports.com (http://www.broncosports.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/bosu-w-baskbl-sched.html) and free live video at TheMWC.com (http://www.themw.com/#!/watch-live).
  • Next Up: Boise State will return home to host San Diego State on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Taco Bell Arena. This will mean the Broncos are opening the 2014 conference campaign with back-to-back games against last year’s No. 2 (Fresno State) and No. 1 (San Diego State) teams in the league standings. 


BOISE STATE IN CONFERENCE OPENERS

  • Openers All-Time: Boise State is 20-16 all-time in conference openers, 11-3 in openers played at Boise and 9-13 when playing on the road.
  • MW Openers: Boise State is 2-0 in conference openers since joining the Mountain West for the 2011-12 campaign, 2-0 at home. 
  • Last Year: Boise State defeated Wyoming 70-68 in the opener which was held in Taco Bell Arena at Boise.


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Saturday’s game will be the 30th meeting all-time in the series between Fresno State and Boise State with the Bulldogs holding a 20-9 advantage, including nine straight wins. 
  • League History: The Broncos and Bulldogs have been rivals in two conferences. Prior to the Mountain West they were both in the Western Athletic Conference together from fall 2001 to spring 2011. Boise State moved to the MW for the 2011-12 season, Fresno State followed last year. 
  • Last Year: Boise State and Fresno State met three times last year with the Bulldogs winning all three contests: 70-57 in Fresno, 83-65 in Boise and 72-55 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. 


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Tough Road to Start League: The Broncos open the 2014 MW campaign against the top two teams in last year’s standings beginning with Fresno State who finished second followed by San Diego State in Boise next Wednesday. 
  • Preseason Polls: Fresno State was picked to win the 2014 MW regular season title while Boise State was projected eighth out of 11 teams.
  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos snapped a three game losing streak this past Sunday when they defeated Cal State Fullerton 66-64 in Boise, that was preceded by a 81-66 loss at Eastern Washington (Dec. 20).
  • Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are 5-6 on the year, Saturday’s contest at Fresno State is the Broncos’ conference opener. 
  • Recently for Fresno State: The Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday when they won their conference opener 79-63 on the road at UNLV. Prior to Wednesday Fresno State lost a pair of home games to San Francisco (Dec. 20) 76-47 and to No. 6/5 Stanford (Dec. 28) 86-54. 
  • Fresno State’s Record: The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s game at 7-5 overall and 1-0 in conference. 
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 5-2 in Taco Bell Arena this year. Boise State went 7-8 at home last season and is 266-142 (.652 pct.) all-time in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Boise State on the Road: The Broncos have lost all four road contests this fall.
  • Fresno State at Home: The Bulldogs are 4-3 at home this season, they have lost the last two. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is being led by sophomore center Miquelle Askew at 15.3 points per game (6th MW) and team-best 6.8 rebounds per game (8th MW), followed by redshirt-sophomore forward Lexie Der at 11.2 ppg (22nd MW) and team-second-best on the glass at 6.6 rpg (10th MW). 
  • Leading the Bulldogs: Taylor Thompson leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 12.2 points per game (17th MW). Alex Sheedy is second in scoring at 11.5 ppg (21st MW), while Jacinta Vandenberg leads on the glass at 6.3 rebounds per game (13th MW). 
  • Boise State as a Team: Boise State is shooting 38.9 percent (8th MW) from the floor, 29.5 percent (10th MW) from the 3-point arc and 73 percent (3rd MW / 63rd NCAA) from the free-throw line, as well as averaging 71.9 points (5th MW) and 37.6 rebounds (7th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 74.7 points (10th MW) and 40.6 boards (6th MW) per game. 
  • Fresno State as a Team: Fresno State averages 67.5 points (7th MW) and 37.8 rebounds (6th MW) per game, while allowing 63.4 points (2nd MW) and 37.8 rebounds per game (6th MW). They shoot 38.7 percent (9th MW) from the floor, 34.8 percent (1st MW) from the arc and 72.7 percent (4th MW) from the free-throw line.
  • The Coaches: Reagan Pebley is in her second season at Fresno State where she is 31-14, her career mark in 11 years is 141-171. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 141-119 and 536-246 in his 27th season all-time.



BRONCO NOTEBOOK

TEAM NOTES

  • Young Starting Lineup: After a quick national survey by the Boise State Sports Information Department and Mountain West Conference media relations department, Boise State is believed to have the third youngest starting lineup in the nation featuring three sophomores and two freshmen.
  • Mixing it Up, Leading Scorers: Boise State has had six different players lead the team in scoring during the first 11 games to date. Miquelle Askew has led five times while Lexie Der has led the team twice, Keiahnna Engel, Brandi Henton, Brooke Pahukoa and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego have all led once.
  • Balanced Attack: Boise State has had a relatively balanced attack this year with seven players averaging between 15.2 and 7.2 points per game starting with Miquelle Askew (15.2 ppg), followed by Lexie Der (11.2 ppg), while Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego chips in 10.2 ppg. 
  • Scoring Points: The Broncos are running a fast paced scoring offense this year which has them averaging 71.9 points per game to rank fifth in the Mountain West and 99th nationally. 
  • Field Goal Attempts: The Broncos have taken more shots than their opponents in eight of 11 games to date. Portland (Dec. 8) was the first team to take more shots than the Broncos, Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 29) was the last to do it. 
  • Field Goal Shooting: It is interesting that the Broncos rank fifth in the MW for scoring since as a team they tend to struggle getting shots to fall in games. They have shot better than their opponents only twice this year in a 92-56 victory over the College of Idaho and Cal State Fullerton a 66-64 win. It helps that they average nearly seven more attempts a game than their opponents.
  • Charity Stripe: Boise State ranks third in the MW and 63rd nationally in free throw percentage hitting 73 percent. 
  • Hitting 70 Percent from the Stripe: The Broncos have shot over 70 percent from the stripe in six of 11 games to date. Interestingly enough they are only 2-4 in those contest and tend to win more when shooting below 70 percent. In fact, they actually won the game when they shot a season-low 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5). 
  • Free Throw Shooting: Boise State has shot better from the free-throw line than its opponents in six of 11 games to date with a season high 88.6 percent against Southern Utah (Nov. 8), a 90-86 loss, and a low of 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5), a 63-60 win.
  • Turnovers: Boise State has had fewer or equal turnovers than the opponent in eight of 11 contests and averages 20 points per game off turnovers, nearly five more than the opponents. The Broncos are third in the MW in turnover margin at +2.8 to rank 69th nationally.


SELECT PLAYER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Miquelle Askew: Askew has scored double-figure points in every game this season to date with a career-high 23 last time out against Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 29) on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor ... in addition to her career-high 23 points against Fullerton she set a new all-time personal best 13 rebounds for her second career double-double ... team-high 15.2 points per game average to rank sixth in the MW for scoring ... first on team and eighth in the MW for rebounding at 6.8 rebounds per game ... ranked fourth in MW for field goal shooting at 49.2 percent ... third in the MW and 83rd nationally for free-throw shooting at 83.9 percent.
  • Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego: Recorded a team-second-best 15 points at Portland (Dec. 8) ... against San Francisco (Dec. 14) recorded a team-second-best 12 points to go with career-highs for rebounds (5), assists (7), and tied career-best with three steals ... third on the team for scoring at 10.2 points per game ... first on team for 3-point percentage (41.2 pct.) for players who have attempted 15 or more this season ... ranked third in the MW for 3-point percentage, ninth in MW for 3-pointers made per game at 1.9, 12th in assists per game at 3.2 and tied for 11th in steals per game at 1.5.
  • Lexie Der: Recorded 11 points and team-high (tied) seven rebounds against San Francisco (Dec. 14), her first game back after missing Utah Valley and Portland games because of injury ... had a second-best 12 points and team-high six rebounds in Boise State loss at Eastern Washington (Dec. 20) ... second on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game, to rank 22nd in the MW ... second on team in rebounding and 10th in the MW at 6.6 rebounds per game. 
  • Deanna Weaver: Weaver transferred to Boise State from the University of Oregon last January (2013) and was not be eligible to play for Boise State until after the 2013 fall semester ... she debuted for Boise State on Dec. 29 against Cal State Fullerton in Boise coming in off the bench to record team-second-best (tied) 12, five rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes of action ... shot 4-of-9 from floor, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from free-throw line.

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