Boise State Opens WAC Season at Home Versus New Mexico State on Wednesday...

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► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s and New Mexico State University’s women’s basketball teams open conference play when they meet at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena at Boise, Idaho. Both schools have had impressive nonconference seasons with the Broncos coming in with a WAC best 11-3 mark followed by the Aggies in third at 10-4. Boise State will follow Wednesday’s opener with a road game at the University of Nevada (6-8) on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader scheduled in the Lawlor Events Center, tip is set for 5:30 p.m. (Mountain) in Reno, Nev. 

► The Broncos in WAC Openers
Boise State University opens WAC play at home for only the third time in nine years and for the first time in six. Overall, the Broncos are 3-5 in WAC openers and are 1-1 when beginning at home. Last year Boise State defeated the University of Idaho in Moscow 60-56 to open league play. The Broncos opened their WAC membership by hosting Hawai’i on Dec. 28, 2001 in their first league game ever losing 61-48 to the Rainbow Wahine, they defeated UTEP 69-59 in the other home opener on Jan. 2, 2004.

► Radio Broadcasts
Boise State Radio carries every regular season and postseason game on the air beginning with a 15 minute pregame show.  Boise State Assistant Sports Information Director Doug Link is in his 12th year as the voice of Boise State Women’s Basketball providing the play-by-play for each broadcast. To tune into the action go to KBSU AM-730 in Boise, KEZJ AM-1450 in Twin Falls, and KBSK FM-89.9 in McCall.    

► Games on the Internet
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Scouting Game #15, The WAC Opener

The Game
     Wednesday night’s encounter between New Mexico State and Boise State will be the conference opener for both schools. It will also be the 21 meeting all-time in the series.
     The league battle looks like it will be close with five teams entering conference play above .500 and two others just missing. Home victories will be crucial in this year’s race. Boise State enter’s the NMSU contest perfect at home in 2009-10 with a 7-0 mark and a 231-114 (.670) overall record in Taco Bell Arena in 28+ years. The Broncos have never lost at home to NMSU going 8-0 versus the Aggies.
     Both teams enter the contest with impressive victories their last time out. NMSU defeated No. 21 Kansas 61-60 this past Sunday in Las Cruces, N.M.  Meanwhile, the Broncos defeated Mountain West power Wyoming 73-67 last Thursday in Boise. 
They both possess high scoring offenses with Boise State ranked second in the WAC at 72 ppg followed by New Mexico State in third at 71.1 ppg.


Looking at Boise State

► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 11-3 overall and undefeated at home going 7-0 to date in Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos have won three straight entering the WAC opener versus NMSU, all at home. The Broncos have been solid at home going 7-0, however, the road has been a different story. Boise State opened the year 4-0 on the road before dropping its last three road games entering league play to finish 4-3 away from Boise.  

► What’s Happened Recently
Their last game was at home on Dec. 31 defeating Wyoming 73-67 to hand the Cowgirls only their third loss of the season.  Prior to that they defeated Santa Clara 75-67 and Seattle 57-47 in Boise the week before Christmas.

► Who to Watch
Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages a team-high 17.1 points (2nd in WAC, 66th nationally), 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She ranks fourth in career points at Boise State with 1,449.
Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard adds 16.4 points (5th in WAC, 87th nationally), 5.9 rebounds (14th in WAC), and a WAC-high (tied) 3.5 assists. Harris ranks third all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,496, she needs four points (1,500) to move into second.
Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 7.5 points to go with a team-high 6.7 rebounds (7th in WAC) per game.
Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 6.1 points while adding 5.0 boards.

► Offensively as a Team
The Broncos average 72 points per game (2nd in WAC) while shooting 39.8 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 28.5 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 71.9 percent (3rd in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State averages a WAC-best 43.5 rebounds per game and gives up 38.6 (8th in WAC), for a plus 4.9 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
The Broncos allow 65.6 points per game (6th in WAC) and hold opponents to 38.3 percent (4th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 27.2 percent (1st in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 2.1 in turnover margin (2nd in WAC) committing a average of 17.6 per game while forcing 19.7 per game.  Boise State is ranked 12th nationally for steals per game at 12.4.

► What’s Back From 2008-09
Boise State returns two starters, five letterwinners and two redshirt seniors from last year’s 16-15 campaign that saw them go 9-7 in WAC play to tie for fifth place. 

► The Head Coach
The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 90-50 while at Boise State and is 486-176 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 7-4 versus New Mexico State as Boise State’s head coach. 
 

Looking at New Mexico State

► The Aggies
New Mexico State enters the game at 10-4 overall. The Aggies are in their fifth season as members of the WAC. They returned four starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s 9-22 campaign that saw them go 5-11 in league play to finish seventh.

► What’s Happened Recently
New Mexico State enters the Boise State encounter on a four-game win streak. Last time out that knocked off No. 21 Kansas 61-60 this past Sunday in Las Cruces, N.M. That was preceded by a 80-39 win over New Mexico-Highlands on Dec. 30 and a 63-56 victory at border-rival UTEP on Dec. 28.   

► Who to Watch
NMSU is led by four players averaging double-figure points, three ranked in the top-10 in the league. Senior guard Crystal Boyd leads with team-highs for points and rebounds at 14.1 ppg (7th in WAC0 and 7.8 rpg (2nd in WAC). She is followed by Jasmine Lowe at 13.5 ppg (8th in WAC), Madison Spence at 12.2 ppg (9th in WAC), and Danisha Corbett at 10.2 ppg.    

► Offensively as a Team
The Aggies average 71.1 points per game (3rd in WAC) while shooting 41.2 percent (3rd in WAC) from the floor, 35.3 percent (2nd in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 72.8 percent (2nd in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, NMSU averages 39.6 rebounds per game (5th in WAC) and gives up 37.1 (4th in WAC), for a plus 2.4 in rebound margin (4th in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
The Aggies allow 64.9 points per game (5th in WAC) and hold opponents to 38.7 percent (38.7 in WAC) shooting from the floor and 27.8 percent (3rd in WAC) from the arc. NMSU is a minus 0.07 in turnover margin (5th in WAC) committing an average of 19.6 per game while forcing 19.5 per game.

► The Head Coach
NMSU is in its 6th year under Darin Spence as head coach. To date, he has gone 78-86 while at New Mexico State and has a career coaching mark of 395-166. He is 4-7 versus Boise State as the Aggies’ head coach. 
 

Looking at the Series

► Boise State Versus New Mexico State
Wednesday’s encounter between the Aggies and Broncos will be the 21st in the series with Boise State holding a 12-8 advantage. Last year the Broncos swept the season series defeating the Aggies 63-48 in Boise followed by a hard fought 79-77 overtime win in Las Cruces. 

► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 61-65 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 112-96 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 16-15 last year.