Broncos Look To Rebound Saturday
Jan. 5, 2018

Boise State (8-6, 2-1 MW) vs. Wyoming (8-5, 1-1 MW)
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
Taco Bell Arena - Boise, Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (8-6, 2-1 MW) looks to rebound from its first conference loss as it hosts Wyoming for a 2 p.m. tip Saturday.

Saturday’s contest is the first of back-to-back home games, as the Broncos will host Fresno State next Wednesday (Jan. 10) at 7 p.m. before traveling to San Diego for a 2 p.m. MT tip at San Diego State next Saturday (Jan. 13).

Boise State was denied its first 3-0 start to Mountain West play Wednesday night, falling at New Mexico, 100-83.

The Broncos and Lobos engaged in a classic shootout, with the teams going back-and-forth for 36 minutes until New Mexico went on a 17-5, game-ending run to clinch the victory.

Guard Riley Lupfer led the Broncos with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including a 5-of-8 showing from behind the arc, posting her second-straight 20-point game. Fellow guard Marta Hermida went 8-for-13 from the field, including 3-of-7 on 3-point attempts, finishing the night with 19 points, while guard Braydey Hodgins added 10 points.

Forward Shalen Shaw scored 14 points and shared the Broncos’ game high in assists with Hermida at five.

Boise State completes the second week of Mountain West play this Saturday, hosting Wyoming at 2 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos, who swept the season series from Wyoming last year, are 8-1 all-time at home against the Cowgirls.

The Cowgirls (8-5, 1-1 MW), with Joe Legerski in his 15th season at the helm, defeated Nevada, 66-60, Wednesday night, and are led by the play of Liv Roberts (11.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Taylor Rusk (9.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg).

Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer has opened Mountain West play with a bang for Boise State, averaging 21.0 points per game and hitting 15 3-pointers over the Broncos’ 2-1 start.

Lupfer, after being named Mountain West Player of the Week Tuesday, scored 24 points and went 5-for-8 from behind the arc in Wednesday night’s loss at New Mexico, posting her second-straight game of at least 20 points and becoming the first Bronco to achieve the feat since Brooke Pahukoa had a three-game run from Feb. 28-March 7, 2017.

Boise State hit 12 3-pointers Wednesday at New Mexico, marking the third game in the last four in which the Broncos sank 12 from behind the arc, matching their season high.

Riley Lupfer led the way with five treys on eight attempts, while Marta Hermida added three, and Braydey Hodgins hit a pair.

Over these last four games, Lupfer leads the Broncos with 19 treys, hitting at a 51.4-percent clip (19-for-37), while Hodgins (53.8 percent - 7-for-13), Hermida (33.3 percent - 6-for-18), and freshman Tess Amundsen (40.0 percent - 2-for-5) have also helped. On her own, however, Lupfer has accounted for nearly half of Boise State’s 3-pointers over the last four games (19 of 40).

Over three Mountain West games, the Broncos are shooting 41.2 percent from behind the arc, compared to the 28.6-percent figure they posted over 11 non-conference games.

After a rough five-game stretch from Dec. 10-28 in which she shot just 18.5 percent (10-for-54) from the field and 13.6 percent (3-for-22) from 3-point range, junior guard Marta Hermida has shown over the last two games that she may be shooting her way out of that slump.

Dec. 30 against UNLV, Hermida, despite a 4-for-10 showing from the field, hit two of her three 3-point attempts, and scored 10 points with four rebounds and three assists. She followed that Wednesday at New Mexico with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including a 3-for-7 effort from behind the arc, to go with four rebounds and five assists.

Boise State is 8-1 against Wyoming at Taco Bell Arena entering Saturday’s contest, and has won three of the last four meetings overall.

Wyoming’s lone win at Taco Bell Arena came three seasons ago, a 64-59 victory over the Broncos on Jan. 10, 2015.

Boise State and New Mexico each shot at least 50.0 percent in Wednesday’s contest, with the Broncos finishing right at the mark (32-for-64), and the Lobos shooting 52.3 percent (34-for-65).

It was the first game that each team shot at least 50.0 percent since the Broncos and Carroll College each hit the mark on Dec. 9, 2012.

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