Boise State Hosts San Diego State in MW Home Opener

Jan. 7, 2014

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Boise State Falls at San Diego State in Regular Season Finale
Boise State Falls at San Diego State in Regular Season Finale


GAME FACTS

  • Opponent: San Diego State
  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
  • Date: January 8 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 7 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats:  BroncoSports.com
  • Live Video: BroncoSports.com


WHAT’S HAPPENING 

  • The Game: Boise State (5-7, 0-1 MW) begins the week with its Mountain West home opener Wednesday night against defending regular-season champion San Diego State (3-8, 0-1 MW) at 7 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action. 
  • Follow the Game: The contest against San Diego State will feature live stats on BroncoSports.com at http://www.broncosports.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/bosu-w-baskbl-sched.html and free live video at http://www.broncosports.com/videos.
  • Next Up: Boise State will close the week’s action on Saturday afternoon when the Broncos travel to Laramie, Wyo., to face the Wyoming Cowgirls (10-2, 1-0 MW) at 2 p.m. (Mountain). 


BOISE STATE IN CONFERENCE OPENERS

  • Openers All-Time: Following last Saturday’s league opener Boise State is now 20-17 all-time in conference openers, 11-3 in openers played at Boise and 9-14 when playing on the road.
  • MW Openers: Boise State is now 2-1 in conference openers since joining the Mountain West for the 2011-12 campaign, 2-0 at home and 0-1 on the road. 
  • Last Week: Boise State came up short at Fresno State last weekend in the MW opener battling hard but falling 72-63 down the stretch.


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Wednesday’s game will be the sixth meeting all-time in the series between San Diego State and Boise State with the Aztecs holding a 5-0 advantage, it will be the fifth encounter in league games. 
  • Last Year: Boise State and San Diego State met twice last year with the Aztecs winning both contests: 64-40 in Boise and 86-45 in San Diego. 


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Tough Road to Start League: The Broncos open the 2014 MW campaign against the top two teams in last year’s standings beginning with Fresno State who finished second followed by San Diego State in Boise next Wednesday. Boise State opens the conference season against the top three in the preseason poll: Fresno State No. 1, San Diego State No. 2 and Wyoming No. 3.
  • Preseason Polls: San Diego State was picked to place second in the 2014 MW regular season race while Boise State was projected eighth out of 11 teams.
  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos have split the last two games defeating Cal State Fullerton 66-64 in Boise, then fell 72-63 in the MW opener at Fresno State last Saturday.
  • Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are 5-7 on the year and 0-1 in conference action. 
  • Recently for San Diego State: The Aztecs have lost two straight in a five game homestand falling 84-67 to North Carolina State (Dec. 30) and 64-61 to Colorado State in their MW opener. 
  • San Diego State’s Record: The Aztecs enter Wednesday’s game at 3-8 overall and 0-1 in conference. 
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 5-2 in Taco Bell Arena this year. They are 266-142 (.652 pct.) all-time in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Boise State on the Road: The Broncos have lost all five road contests this fall.
  • San Diego State on the Road: The Aztecs are 1-3 on the road this season. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is being led by sophomore center Miquelle Askew at 14.4 points per game (6th MW) and team-best 6.8 rebounds per game (10th MW), followed by redshirt-sophomore forward Lexie Der at 10.9 ppg (25th MW) and team-second-best on the glass at 6.4 rpg (11th MW). After two games Deanna Weaver is averaging 17 ppg.
  • Leading the Aztecs: Cierra Warren leads SDSU averaging 14.1 points per game (8th MW) and 5.4 rebounds, both team highs. Danesha Long is second in scoring averaging 8.3 ppg followed by Ahjalee Harvey at 8.1 ppg. 
  • Boise State as a Team: Boise State is shooting 38.9 percent (7th MW) from the floor, 29.8 percent (9th MW) from the 3-point arc and 73 percent (3rd MW / 66th NCAA) from the free-throw line, as well as averaging 71.2 points (5th MW) and 36.8 rebounds (10th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 74.5 points (10th MW) and 40.8 boards (6th MW) per game. 
  • San Diego State as a Team: SDSU averages 61 points (9th MW) and 37.9 rebounds (7th MW) per game, while allowing 68.9 points (6th MW) and 34.5 rebounds per game (1st MW). They shoot 43 percent (1st MW) from the floor, 29.9 percent (8th MW) from the arc and 59.2 percent (11th MW) from the free-throw line.
  • The Coaches: Stacie Terry is in her first season at San Diego State where she is 3-8, as well as her first as a head coach. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 141-120 and 536-247 in his 27th season all-time.


BOISE STATE TEAM NOTES

  • Mixing it Up, Leading Scorers: Boise State has had seven different players lead the team in scoring during the first 12 games. Miquelle Askew has led five times while Lexie Der has led the team twice, Keiahnna Engel, Brandi Henton, Brooke Pahukoa, Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and Deanna Weaver have all led once.
  • Balanced Attack: Boise State has had a relatively balanced attack this year with six players averaging between 17 and 6.8 points per game. After two games Deanna Weaver is averaging 17 points per game, while Miquelle Askew is at 14.4 ppg, followed by Lexie Der at 10.9 ppg and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego at 9.8 ppg. 
  • Scoring Points: The Broncos are running a fast paced scoring offense this year which has them averaging 71.2 points per game to rank fifth in the Mountain West and 108th nationally. 
  • Field Goal Attempts: The Broncos have taken more shots than their opponents in nine of 12 games to date. Portland (Dec. 8) was the first team to take more shots than the Broncos, Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 29) was the last to do it. 
  • Field Goal Shooting: It is interesting that the Broncos rank fifth in the MW for scoring since as a team they tend to struggle getting shots to fall in games. They have shot better than their opponents percentage wise only twice this year in a 92-56 victory over the College of Idaho and Cal State Fullerton a 66-64 win. It helps that they average nearly seven more attempts a game than their opponents.
  • Charity Stripe: Boise State ranks third in the MW and 66th nationally in free throw percentage hitting 73 percent. 
  • Hitting 70 Percent from the Stripe: The Broncos have shot over 70 percent from the stripe in seven of 12 games to date. Interestingly enough they are only 2-5 in those contest and tend to win more (3-2) when shooting below 70 percent. In fact, they actually won the game when they shot a season-low 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5). 
  • Free Throw Shooting: Boise State has shot better from the free-throw line percentage wise than its opponents in seven of 12 games to date with a season high 88.6 percent against Southern Utah (Nov. 8), a 90-86 loss, and a low of 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5), a 63-60 win.
  • Turnovers: Boise State has had fewer or equal turnovers than the opponent in nine of 12 contests and averages almost 20 points per game off turnovers, nearly five more than the opponents. The Broncos are third in the MW in turnover margin at +3 to rank 64th nationally.
  • Five Minute Mark: In Boise State’s first 12 contests the team leading with five minutes left in the game has won 11 times. Only once has the team trailing rallied to win, that was in Boise State’s victory over Idaho State (Nov. 29).
  • 3-Point Shooting: Boise State is 4-1 win taking fewer 3-point attempts than the opponent and 1-6 when taking more. 
  • The Key is Below 70: Boise State is undefeated (4-0) when keeping the opponent below 70 points. The Broncos are 1-7 when the opponent scores 70 or more.


SELECT PLAYER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Miquelle Askew: Askew has scored double-figure points in 11 of 12 games this season, the lone team to keep her below 10 points was Fresno State (Jan. 4) ... She scored a career-high 23 points against Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 29) on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, she also set a new all-time personal best 13 rebounds for her second career double-double ... team-high 14.4 points per game average to rank sixth in the MW for scoring ... first on team and 10th in the MW for rebounding at 6.8 rebounds per game ... ranked ninth in MW for field goal shooting at 47 percent ... sixth in the MW for free-throw shooting at 81 percent.
  • Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego: Recorded a team-second-best 15 points at Portland (Dec. 8) ... against San Francisco (Dec. 14) recorded a team-second-best 12 points to go with career-highs for rebounds (5), assists (7), and tied career-best with three steals ... third on the team for scoring at 9.8 points per game ... second on team for 3-point percentage (40.7 pct.) for players who have attempted 20 or more this season ... ranked fourth in the MW for 3-point percentage, ninth in MW for 3-pointers made per game at 1.8, 11th in assists per game at 3.2 and tied for 14th in steals per game at 1.4.
  • Lexie Der: Recorded 11 points and team-high (tied) seven rebounds against San Francisco (Dec. 14), her first game back after missing Utah Valley and Portland games because of injury ... had a second-best 12 points and team-high six rebounds in Boise State loss at Eastern Washington (Dec. 20) ... second on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per game, to rank 25th in the MW ... second on team in rebounding and 11th in the MW at 6.4 rebounds per game. 
  • Deanna Weaver: Weaver transferred to Boise State from the University of Oregon last January (2013) and was not be eligible to play for Boise State until after the 2013 fall semester ... she debuted for Boise State on Dec. 29 against Cal State Fullerton in Boise coming in off the bench to record team-second-best (tied) 12, five rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes of action ... led team at Fresno State with career-high 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the floor and two free throws, also had four rebounds, two assists and team and career-high four steals in 34 minutes.

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