Boise State Hosts Wyoming in Mountain West Opener

Wyoming (11-2, 0-0 MW) at Boise State (7-6, 0-0 MW)
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 7 p.m. (Mountain)
Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)


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WHAT'S HAPPENING
  • Boise State (7-6, 0-0 MW) hosts Wyoming (11-2, 0-0 MW) in the Mountain West opener this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena.   
  • The Broncos play only one game this week with the next contest scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, at New Mexico.   

CONFERENCE OPENERS
  • Boise State is 19-16 all-time in conference openers, 10-3 in openers played at Boise and 9-13 when playing on the road.
  • Last year Boise State defeated New Mexico 65-46 in the opener which was held in Taco Bell Arena at Boise.

THE SERIES
  • All-Time Record: Wednesday's game will be the 10th regular season meeting all-time in the series between the two programs with Boise State holding a slim 5-4 advantage.  
  • All-Time Series Note:  Neither team has ever won on the other's home floor, each is 4-0 at home, while Boise State is 1-0 on a neutral floor.
  • Last Year:  These two split the series during 2012 in Boise State's first season as a MW member; Wyoming won in Laramie 84-64, while Boise State won in Boise 61-53.

QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE

  • The Record:  The Broncos enter the week at 7-6 overall, 4-3 at home, 2-2 on the opponents' floor and 1-1 on neutral courts.
  • The Broncos at Home:  The Broncos are 4-3 in home games this year in Taco Bell Arena. They finished last year 10-7 overall at home, their all-time mark is now 258-135 (.656 pct.) since the facility opened in the fall of 1982.
  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos defeated South Dakota 52-50 in Boise on Dec. 22, then fell at No. 30 Syracuse 87-48 on Dec. 30. Most recently they defeated the College of Idaho 61-47 on Jan. 2 in Boise.
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is led by senior forward Lauren Lenhardt ranked sixth in the MW averaging 14.4 points and 7.7 rebounds (3rd MW) per game. She was named MW Player of the week for the first two weeks of the season. Junior guard Brandi Henton and freshman center  Miquelle Askew are adding 8.2 ppg each.  
  • As a Team:  The Broncos average 64.3 points per game to rank fifth in the league, while allowing 65.8 ppg (6th MW), they rank second in rebound offense averaging 42.4 rpg.
  • The Coach:  Gordy Presnell is in his eighth season at Boise State where he is 132-100 (.569 pct.), 528-227 (.699 pct.) in 25+ seasons all-time. Presnell is 2-3 all-time against Wyoming.

QUICK LOOK AT WYOMING
  • Wyoming's Record:  The Cowgirls enter the game with the conference's best overall mark at 11-2. They are 6-0 at home, 4-2 on the opponents' home court and 1-0 on neutral floors.      
  • Recently for the Cowgirls: Wyoming has won three straight games with wins at Ball State (64-61), and at home against Loyola Marymount (84-68) and most recently on Jan. 3 over South Dakota Mines (87-38).
  • Leading the Cowgirls: Chaundra Sewell leads Wyoming averaging a double-double on the year with 14.9 points (5th MW) and 10.3 rebounds (1st MW) per game. Three other Cowgirls average double figure points on the year led by Kayla Woodward at 13.0 ppg, followed by Kaitlyn Mileto at 12.4 ppg and Ashley Sickles at 11.6 ppg.
  • As a Team:  Wyoming brings to town the top ranked scoring offense in the MW averaging 71.8 points per game, while allowing 58.2 ppg (3rd MW). The Cowgirls lead the conference in field goal percentage hitting 45.8 percent and 3-point percentage at 41.6 percent. They are third in rebounding at 42.1 per game and first in rebound defense holding opponents to 33.5 boards per game.
  • The Coach:  Joe Legerski is in his 10th season at Wyoming where he is 182-109 (.625 pct.), his career mark is the same. Legerski is 3-3 all-time versus Boise State.

MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON POLL
  • The Mountain West Preseason Poll is a combined coaches and media poll. Boise State was picked to place seventh, while Wyoming was selected to place fourth out of nine teams in the 2013 league race.

BRONCOS Vs. MOUNTAIN WEST
  • Versus MW All-time:  Boise State is 56-43 (56.6 pct.) all-time versus the current member ship of the Mountain West.
  • All-Time in MW Games:  The Broncos went 5-9 last year in their first season as members of the MW. However, they are 5-7 against the current membership in MW games entering the year since the departure of TCU.
  • All-Time in Home Games:  The Broncos are 3-4 (2012) all-time in home MW games.
  • Previous Rivalries:  Boise State has been a conference rival of Nevada and Fresno State previously as members of the Western Athletic Conference 2001-2011.
  • A Rivalry That Spans Five Conferences:  Boise State and Nevada have now been conference rivals in five different conferences since the late 1980's. It began with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference (1987-1988), the Big Sky Conference (1988-1992), the Big West Conference (1996-2000), Western Athletic Conference from 2001-2011, followed by the Mountain West in 2012-13.


BREAKING DOWN THE BRONCOS

SCORING
  • Scoring Offense Rank:  Boise State's scoring offense is ranked fifth in the Mountain West averaging 64.3 points per game.  
  • Boise State Record When:  Boise State has scored 80 points twice this year going 2-0 in those games. They have been over 70 points six times with a 5-1 record. The Broncos are 2-4 when scoring 64 points or below.
  • Top Scorers:  Lauren Lenhardt has four double-doubles on the year. She leads the team averaging 14.4 ppg to rank sixth in the MW. Brandi Henton and Miquelle Askew are tied for second on the team in scoring averaging 8.2 ppg.
  • Startling Lineups:  Boise State has featured six different starting lineups which have combined to score 59.1 percent of the team's points on the year, 38 points per game. Eight different Broncos have started at least once.
  • The Bench: The Bronco bench averages 26.3 ppg (40.9 pct.). They have out scored the opponents' bench in eight of 13 contests and by an average of seven points per game.  

FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
  • Field Goal Percentage:  The Broncos are sixth in the Mountain West for field goal percentage at 36.7 percent on the season. The season high is 51.8 percent against Carroll College (Dec. 9).
  • Top Field Goal Shooters: Miquelle Askew leads the Broncos in field goal percentage hitting 45.9 percent (34-74) but has not taken enough shots to be rank in the MW.  Lauren Lenhardt follows hitting 45.1 percent (69-153) to rank sixth in MW.

3-POINT FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
  • 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage: From the 3-point arc Boise State is seventh in the MW at 25.8 percent with a season high of 38.5 percent (10-26) at Utah Valley.
  • 3-Point Shooting: Seven Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year led by Brandi Henton with 18, followed by Diana Lee and Lauren Lenhardt with 12 each, and Erica Martinez with 11.
  • Top 3-Point Shooting by Percentage: Erica Martinez leads the team in 3-point percentage at 30.6 percent (11-36), Diana Lee is second hitting 31.6 percent (12-42) from beyond the arc, while Lenhardt hits 27.3 percent (12-44) and ranks 14th in the MW. Neither Martinez or Lee have attempted enough shots to be ranked.

FREE THROW SHOOTING
  • Free Throw Percentage: Boise State is first in the MW for free throw shooting on the season converting on 74.5 percent (175-235).  
  • Boise State's Record When: The Broncos have shot a better free throw percentage than opponents in 10 of 13 contests this year, they are 7-3 in those games.
  • Free Throw Shooting: The Broncos have hit 75 percent or better seven times with a season high 95.5 percent (21-22) versus San Diego on Nov. 30.
  • Top Free Throw Performance: Boise State hit 95.5 percent (21-of-22) free throws as a team against San Diego (Nov. 30) at the Air Force Classic, that percentage ranks as the sixth-best all-time for a Bronco team.
  • Top Free Throw Shooters: Five Broncos are hitting 70 percent or better from the free-throw line with three above 80 percent led by Diana Lee at 100 percent (15-15), Miquelle Askew at 86.7 percent (39-45) and Brandi Henton at 83.3 percent (15-18).
  • Free Throw Streak: Diana Lee has a streak of 20 straight free throws going, hitting all 15 attempts this season, as well as the last five from 2011-12 dating back to Dec. 17, 2011, at Eastern Washington when she missed the first of two free throws with 41 seconds left in the game. It has been one year and 21 days since her last miss.

DEFENSIVELY
  • Scoring Defense:  Defensively, the Broncos are sixth in the MW for scoring defense giving up 65.8 points per game.
  • Field Goal Defense: The Broncos are fifth in the league for field goal defense allowing opponents to shoot 38.6 percent.
  • 3-Point Field Goal Defense: Boise State is sixth in the MW for 3-point defense allowing opponents to shoot 31.7 percent from beyond the arc.
  • Miscellaneous Defensive Rankings: Boise State is seventh in the MW for blocks at 2.7 per game, sixth in steals at 7.8 spg and fourth in turnovers forced at 17.7 per game.

REBOUNDING
  • Rebounding Offense: On the glass Boise State is fourth for rebound offense averaging 41.5 per game.
  • Rebounding Defense: In rebound defense the Broncos hold opponents to 39.9 rebounds per game to rank fourth in the MW.
  • The Broncos' Record When: Boise State has won the battle on the glass seven times in 13 games this season. They are 6-1 when out rebounding the opponent.

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