► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University (9-6, 0-1 WAC) opened the week with a frustrating 69-57 loss at Utah State (7-7, 1-0 WAC) to open Western Athletic Conference play Thursday night in Logan. The Broncos now travel to Reno, Nev., to take on the University of Nevada (11-3, 0-1 WAC) on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.
► Game 16: Boise State at Nevada This Saturday, Jan. 8
The Broncos close the opening weekend of WAC play Saturday afternoon in Reno, Nev., when they take on the Nevada Wolf Pack, tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (Mountain). The game will feature the two top shooting teams in the WAC, Nevada is first in field goal percentage at 44.1 and 3-point percentage converting 34.3 percent. Boise State ranks second in both categories at 43.3 and 33.4 percent, respectively.
Both teams are coming off frustrating losses in their conference openers Thursday night. Boise State lost 69-57 at Utah State in a game where the Broncos shot a season-low 32 percent from the floor and 12 percent from the 3-point arc. The Broncos were led by Kati Isham with 18 points versus the Aggies. She ranks fourth in the WAC for scoring on the year at 15.8 points per game. The Broncos are 4-3 on the road this season.
Nevada is coming off an upset 61-56 overtime loss at the hands of the University of Idaho on Thursday night in Reno. Shavon Moore led the Pack against Idaho with a double-double on 22 points and 12 rebounds. Tahnee Robinson leads the WAC in scoring on the year at 21.8 points per game, Moore is third in the league at 16.9. Nevada averages a WAC second-best 71.6 points per game and allows a fourth-best 66.8. The Wolf Pack entered league play with a league best record of 11-2.
Nevada went 3-0 against common opponents with Boise State, won 66-61 vs Pepperdine, won 98-72 at Sacramento State, and won 74-72 at Weber State. The Broncos went 1-2 against the three, lost 82-65 at Pepperdine, won 73-68 vs Sacramento State and lost 79-70 at Weber State.
► Radio Schedule
Saturday’s match-up at Nevada will be on KBOI (AM 670) and will start at 5:10 p.m. (Mountain). Jack Smith will call the action for the game.
► A Quick Look At Boise State
The Broncos completed their nonconference schedule at 9-5 overall, but lost their first WAC game at Utah State to go 9-6 and 0-1 in WAC. They are 5-3 at home and 4-3 on the road in 2010-11. Boise State closed its non-league schedule with a home split losing 71-57 to Saint Mary’s before defeating NAIA No. 15 College of Idaho 89-53.
► Recently for the Broncos
Utah State (1/6/2011) - Boise State its last time out in the WAC opener 69-57 at Utah State on Thursday night. The Broncos shot a season-low 32 percent from the floor and 12 percent from the 3-point arc in the loss. Utah State took an early lead and never trailed in the game. Boise State was led by Kati Isham with 18 points followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 10 points, Janie Bos added six points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
► Bronco Leaders
Kati Isham leads the Broncos on the year with a WAC fourth-best scoring average of 15.8 points per game, she is shooting 48.5 percent from the floor (4th in WAC) and a WAC-best 44.6 percent from the 3-point arc. Lauren Lenhardt follows with the second highest scoring average at 11.3 points per game (15th in WAC) to go with 6.1 rebounds (13th in WAC). Janie Bos adds 9.5 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game (8th in WAC).
► As A Team
Offensively, Boise State is averaging 71.1 points per game (3rd in WAC) and 40.5 rebounds (5th in WAC). The Broncos have been shooting a WAC second-best 43.3 percent from the floor and 33.4 percent from the 3-point arc. They have been shooting 68.8 percent (3rd in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 67.7 points per game (6th in WAC) and 38.7 rebounds (6th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-three in turnover margin.
► Boise State vs. Nevada Series Recap
Nevada and Boise State have been in four different conferences together since the late 1980’s beginning with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference followed by the Big Sky, then the Big West and currently the WAC. The two will move to the Mountain West Conference over the next two years making five leagues. This is the 43rd meeting in the all-time series with Boise State leading 30-12 and 12-6 in WAC games. The last two years the home team has won all six games, Nevada has defeated the Broncos twice the in the last conference tournaments which were held in Reno.