Boise State Heads to Nevada on Saturday...

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► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team will look to rebound from its frustrating loss to New Mexico State in the Western Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday when the Broncos travel to Reno for a Saturday afternoon encounter with the University of Nevada Wolf Pack at 5:30 p.m. (Mountain) in the Lawlor Events Center. The Broncos enter the game at 11-4 overall and 0-1 in WAC play while the Wolf Pack comes in at 7-8 on the year and 1-0 in league. 

► 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 home and away. 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
Fans can log on to BroncoSports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year.  Live stats can be found at BroncoSports.com to follow the game on game tracker.  In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at http://radio.boisestate.edu/listenonline.html. 


Scouting Game #16

The Game

    Saturday’s encounter between Nevada and Boise State will be the second conference game for both schools. It will also be the 40th meeting all-time in the series.
    Boise State enter’s the Nevada contest at 11-4 overall and 0-1 in WAC play. The Broncos are looking to rebound from a heartbreaking 87-83 overtime loss on Wednesday to New Mexico State in Taco Bell Arena, the first home loss of the year. Wednesday night the Wolf Pack won their first road game of the season 64-56 at San Jose State.
    Boise State has lost its last three road games entering conference play to Oregon (88-61), Portland (76-65) and Saint Mary’s (83-72). The Broncos followed the Saint Mary’s loss with three consecutive home victories but saw the streak end with the NMSU loss.
    Nevada is 6-2 at home this year with loses to West Virginia (66-41) and UNLV (74-63), they are now 1-6 away from Reno.
The game features Boise State’s number two scoring offense in the WAC averaging 72.7 points per game versus Nevada’s third ranked scoring defense allowing 61.7 per game.


Looking at Boise State

► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 11-4 overall and 0-1 in conference. The Broncos have won four of their last five contests entering Saturday’s game. The Broncos have been solid at home going 7-1, 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 entering WAC play.  

► What’s Happened Recently
    Boise State is coming off a frustrating home loss in the league opener Wednesday night to New Mexico State by the score of 87-83 in overtime. The Broncos let the game slip away from them late as the Aggies rallied from eight down to force overtime, then out scored the Broncos 17-13 in the extra period. Boise State was crushed by unforced mistakes as they tuned the ball over 24 times resulting in 31 NMSU points.
    Prior to the NMSU loss, the Broncos closed nonconference action at home on Dec. 31 defeating Wyoming 73-67 to hand the Cowgirls only their third loss of the season. 

► Who to Watch   (national rankings are as of 1/4/10)
Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages a team-high 17 points (2nd in WAC, 66th nationally), 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She ranks fourth in career points at Boise State with 1,464.
Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard adds 16.8 points (4th in WAC, 87th nationally), 6.1 rebounds (13th in WAC), and a WAC second-best 3.5 assists. Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,519 and first in career free throws made (410) and attempted (562).
Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 7.7 points to go with a team-high 6.5 rebounds (10th in WAC) per game.
Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 6.1 points while adding 4.9 boards.

► Offensively as a Team
The Broncos average 72.7 points per game (2nd in WAC) while shooting 40.1 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 29.7 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 72.1 percent (3rd in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 43.7 rebounds per game and gives up 38.3 (8th in WAC), for a plus 5.5 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
The Broncos allow 67.1 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39 percent (4th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28 percent (2nd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.3 in turnover margin (3rd in WAC) committing a average of 18.1 per game while forcing 19.4 per game.  Boise State is ranked 12th nationally for steals per game at 11.9.

► 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 90-51 while at Boise State and is 486-177 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 5-4 versus Nevada as Boise State’s head coach. 
 

Looking at Nevada

► The Wolf Pack
Nevada enters the game at 7-8 overall and 1-0 in league. The Wolf Pack are in their 10th season as members of the WAC. They returned two starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s 18-14 campaign that saw them go 10-6 in league play to finish third.

► What’s Happened Recently
Nevada enters the Boise State encounter coming off a 64-56 road victory at San Jose State on Wednesday, the Pack’s first road win of the year.   

► Who to Watch
Nevada is led by three players averaging double-figure points. Tahnee Robinson leads the Pack in scoring at 12.5 points per game but has played in only six games to date. Meanwhile, Shavon Moore adds 12.5 points (12th in WAC) and a team-high 7.1 rebounds (5th in WAC) per game, Johnna Ward is third averaging 10.4 points.    

► Offensively as a Team
The Wolf Pack average 60.9 points per game (6th in WAC) while shooting 38.6 percent (8th in WAC) from the floor, 30.8 percent (5th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and a WAC-best 73.4 percent from the free-throw line. On the glass, Nevada averages 41.8 rebounds (3rd in WAC) and a league-high +6.4 in rebound margin.

► Defensively as a Team
Nevada allows 61.7 points per game (3rd in WAC) and holds opponents to 37.6 percent (2nd in WAC) shooting from the floor and 27 percent (1st in WAC) from the arc. 

► The Head Coach
Nevada is in its second year under Jane Albright as head coach. To date, she has gone 25-22 with the Wolf Pack. Albright is 2-1 versus Boise State as Nevada’s head coach. 
 

Looking at the Series

► Boise State Versus Nevada
Saturday’s encounter between the Wolf Pack and Broncos will be the 40th in the series with Boise State holding a commanding 29-10 advantage. Last year they split the regular season series with the home team winning each time, Nevada won 77-45 in Reno followed by Boise State winning 75-74 in Boise. The two then met in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals in Reno where the Wolf Pack won 73-65. These two have been in four different conferences together beginning with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference in the mid-1980’s, the MWAC then merged with the Big Sky Conference  to make a men’s and women’s league. The two eventually wound up in the Big West Conference followed by the move to the WAC. 

► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 61-66 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 112-97 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year.