Boise State (8-6) at New Mexico State (3-11)
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. (Mountain)
Las Cruces, N.M. (Pan American Center)
Radio: KTIK AM 1350
Internet Audio: BroncoSports.com
Live Stats: NMStateSports.com
- Boise State University (8-6) opens the new year with its final nonconference game this Saturday when the Broncos hit the road for old Western Athletic Conference foe New Mexico State University (3-11). Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (Mountain) in the Pan American Center at Las Cruces, N.M.
- This is the final nonconference game for Boise State before opening its first Mountain West campaign next Wednesday at home against the University of New Mexico.
- Boise State looks to notch its second road win of the year when it travels to Las Cruces.
- The Broncos are 1-3 on the road this season with their lone victory coming at Eastern Washington (72-63) on Dec. 17.
- Boise State is being out scored by nearly 10 points per game (-9.5) when it is on the road. Conversely they are winning by 10.5 points per game at home, a 20-point swing between the two.
- Count Down to 600: A win for the Broncos versus the Aggies would bring the program to within one of its 600th victory with an all-time mark of 598-495 entering the NMSU contest.
- Boise State is led by senior guard Kati Isham averaging a Mountain West fourth-best 15.1 points per while leading the league in 3-pointers made per game at 2.6, ranking 40th nationally. She is also 39th nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 40 percent (36-of-90).
- Lauren Lenhardt follows Isham ranked 10th in the MW for scoring at 12.4 ppg. She is leading the conference and ranked 27th nationally in field goal percentage at 55.4 percent.
Follow the Broncos
- Radio: As usual, the game will be carried live on The Ticket/ESPN Radio (KTIK AM 1350) with Chris King calling all the action.
- Internet: Live stats will be available on NMStateSports.com.
Boise State Versus New Mexico State and the WAC
- This is a renewal of a WAC rivalry as the Aggies and Broncos meet for the 26th time in the series and second time this season.
- Boise State defeated NMSU 72-57 in Boise on Dec. 11 to take a 13-12 lead in the series.
- The Aggies lead the series in games played at Las Cruces 9-4.
- NMSU had won the four previous encounters over the last two years when the Broncos were in the WAC, including a sweep last year with a 87-71 win in Boise followed by a 82-51 win in Las Cruces.
- Head coach Gordy Presnell is 8-8 all-time versus the Aggies.
- Boise State is 134-121 versus the current eight members of the WAC.
- The Broncos are 1-2 this year versus the league losing twice to Utah State and defeating NMSU once.
A Quick Look at New Mexico State
- The Aggies enter the game at 3-11 overall and are coming off a 68-57 loss Wednesday night at UM Kansas City (UMKC) and a 61-53 home win over Shaw University on Jan. 1.
- NMSU was picked by the league's coaches and media to place sixth in this year's WAC race.
- Tabytha Wampler leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 13.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Kaitlyn Soto and Hannah Womack follow at 8.1 and 7.4 ppg respectively.
- Mark Trakh is in his first year as head coach of the Aggies and is 3-11 as a head coach all-time.
Last Time Between Boise State and New Mexico State
- Boise State used a strong second half to defeat the Aggies 72-57 in Boise on Dec. 11.
- The Broncos struggled shooting in the first half hitting 27.6 percent from the floor and experienced an eight-minute stretch where they did not make a field goal.
- The Broncos regrouped at halftime to shoot 56.7 percent in the second period to turn a two-point (27-25) halftime lead into a 15 point victory out scoring NMSU 45-32 in the final 20 minutes.
- There were six ties and 10 lead changes in the game, Boise State trailed once in the second half.
- Kati Isham scored 18 points to lead three Broncos in double-figure scoring, Kinzi Poteet added 15 followed by Heather Pilcher with 13.
- Tabytha Wampler kept NMSU in the game with 22 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Kelsie Rozendaal with 11 points and Jasmine Rutledge with 10.
- Boise State begins its first Mountain West conference season at home on Wednesday, Jan. 11, versus the University of New Mexico, tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (Mountain).
High Scoring Broncos
- Boise State continues to be the hottest shooting team in the Mountain West hitting a conference-high for field goal percentage at 44 percent from the floor, second-best 3-point percentage of 35.4 and a third-best 72.5 percent from the free-throw line. Their shooting success has led to a league best 74.1 points per game.
- The Broncos are ranked nationally for scoring offense (37th), field goal percentage (30th), 3-point percentage (37th), 3-pointers made per game (41st), free throw percentage (64th) and assists (58th) as of 1/2/2012.
- Kati Isham leads the team from the free-throw line with a team-best 83 percent (39-47) to rank fifth in the MW. Nicole Brady is next at 82.1 (23-28) but has not had enough attempts to be ranked.
- Nine Boise State players are shooting above 40 percent from the floor with a high of 60 percent by Amber Vandiver followed by Lauren Lenhardt (55.4 pct), Mandy Munns (51.5 pct) and Kinzi Poteet (45.7 pct.). Lenhardt leads the MW and is 27th nationally in field goal percentage.
- Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year and five that have 10 or more. Kati Isham leads with 36 followed by Diana Lee with 16 and Nicole Brady with 15. Isham leads the MW in 3-pointers made per game at 2.6 and is second in 3-point percentage at 40 percent (36-90), Lee ranks fifth hitting 36.4 percent (16-44), Brady is 11th.
- Balanced attack, Boise State has a relatively balanced attack with six players averaging over seven points per game with a high of 15.1 ppg by Kati Isham and a low of 7.1 ppg by Kinzi Poteet.
- Boise State has done a good job of passing the ball around leading the MW in assists at 15.1 per game, 58th nationally. Four Broncos are ranked in the MW top 10 for assists with Pilcher fifth (2.9 apg) followed by Lee at sixth (2.9 apg), Lister seventh (2.8 apg) and Isham 10th (2.5 apg).
- Eight Broncos are averaging over 13 minutes per game with the other three over seven.
- Boise State averages 31 points in the paint per game.
The Broncos Defensively
- Defensively, the Broncos are seventh in the MW for scoring defense giving up 69.3 points per game.
- They are seventh in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 40.1 percent from the floor.
- Boise State is fourth in the MW for 3-point defense holding opponents to 29.2 percent from beyond the arc.
The Broncos on the Glass
- The Broncos are third in the MW for rebound defense holding teams to 34.8 boards per game.
- Boise State is ranked fifth in the MW for rebound offense averaging 39.5 per game.
- Boise State has out rebounded all but three teams (four games) this season and is third in the conference in rebound margin at +4.7, which ranks 70th nationally.
- The Broncos average 13.9 offensive boards a game, good for an average of 12.5 points per game on second chance points.