► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University (9-5) begins its final trek through the Western Athletic Conference this weekend when the Broncos travel to Utah State University (6-7) on Thursday and the University of Nevada (11-2) on Saturday.
► Game 15: Boise State at Utah State, Thursday, Jan. 6
The Broncos open their final WAC campaign at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) Thursday night when they take on the Utah State Aggies (6-7) in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum at Logan, Utah. Boise State is 6-2 all-time in Logan versus Utah State.
Boise State is coming off a home split last week losing 71-57 to Saint Mary’s before defeating the College of Idaho 89-53. The Broncos were 4-2 on the road during their nonconference schedule.
Utah State is coming off a pair of defeats, losing 80-50 at home to Wyoming on Dec. 23 and 73-61 at Utah on New Years Day. Ashlee Brown, a junior forward, leads the Aggies with team-highs for points and rebounds at 14 ppg and 8.5 rpg, she is ranked sixth in the league in both categories. No one else on the USU roster averages double-figure points. As a team Utah State ranks seventh in the WAC for points scored and allowed at 64.2 and 69.4 respectively.
The Aggies are 3-1 against common opponents (L 64-52 at Idaho State, W 63-56 vs. Southern Utah, W 80-66 at Utah Valley and W 66-54 at Weber State) with Boise State, the Broncos were also 3-1 (W 73-48 vs. Idaho State, W 91-80 vs. Southern Utah, W 8-71 at Utah Valley and L 79-70 at Weber State).
► Radio Schedule
Thursday’s game at Utah State will be carried on KBSU (AM 730) beginning at 6:45 p.m. Saturday’s match-up at Nevada will be on KBOI (AM 670) and will start at 5:15 p.m. Jack Smith will call the action for both games.
► A Quick Look At Boise State
The Broncos completed their nonconference schedule at 9-5 overall. They went 5-3 at home and 4-2 on the road. Boise State closed its non-league schedule with a home split losing 71-57 to Saint Mary’s before defeating NAIA No. 15 College of Idaho 89-53.
► Recently for the Broncos
Saint Mary’s (12/29/2010) - In the Saint Mary’s game the Broncos fell behind early and never quite recovered. They shot a season-low 33 percent from the floor on their way to a low of 57 points. Lauren Lenhardt led Boise State with 18 points followed by Heather Pilcher and Diana Lee with 10 each.
College of Idaho (1/2/2011) - Boise State opened on a 22-2 run and never looked back. The Broncos shot a season-high from the floor (52.8 pct) and 3-point arc (45 pct) as they stretched their lead out to 43 points several times. Once again Lenhardt led Boise State with 18 points to go with a career-high 13 rebounds as she recorded her first career double-double. Kati Isham scored 16 points followed by freshman Diana Lee who turned in her first career double-double as well on 11 points and a school-record 13 assists.
► Bronco Leaders
Kati Isham leads the Broncos on the year with a WAC fourth-best scoring average of 15.8 points per game, she is shooting 48.7 percent from the floor (5th in WAC) and a WAC-best 45.8 percent from the 3-point arc. Lauren Lenhardt follows with the second highest scoring average at 11.4 points per game (15th in WAC) to go with 6.1 rebounds (14th in WAC). Janie Bos adds 9.7 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game (8th in WAC).
► As A Team
Offensively, Boise State is averaging 72.1 points per game (3rd in WAC) and 40.3 rebounds (6th in WAC). The Broncos have been shooting a WAC second-best 44.2 percent from the floor and 35.4 percent from the 3-point arc. They have been shooting 68.7 percent (4th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 67.6 points per game (6th in WAC) and 38.4 rebounds (6th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-three in turnover margin.
► Boise State vs. Utah State Series Recap
Utah State joined the WAC with the 2005-06 season. The two have met 11 times since then with the Broncos holding a 9-2 advantage. Boise State also leads in the all-time series by a 16-4 margin. In games played at Logan the Broncos lead 6-2. Boise State swept the 2009-10 season series winning 70-63 in Boise followed by a 57-47 victory in Logan.