Broncos, Bulldogs Meet Wednesday
Jan. 9, 2018

Boise State (8-7, 2-2 MW) vs. Fresno State (8-7, 3-1 MW)
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
Boise, Idaho - Taco Bell Arena

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (8-7, 2-2 MW) hosts Fresno State (8-7, 3-1 MW) Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena in an attempt to stop its two-game skid. The Broncos close their two-game homestand Wednesday, then hit the road to San Diego for a 2 p.m. contest Saturday at San Diego State.

LAST TIME OUT
Boise State fell to 2-2 in Mountain West play with Saturday’s 66-51 loss to Wyoming. The loss also dropped the Broncos to 5-4 this season at Taco Bell Arena.

Things opened well for Boise State as the Broncos hit four of their first seven shots, with Marta Hermida opening 3-for-3, and taking an 8-5 lead with 5:56 left in the first quarter. However, the Broncos cooled off, scoring just four more field goals over the final 15 minutes of the half, while Wyoming hit its first five 3-point attempts and outscored the Broncos, 28-10, over that span.

Riley Lupfer and Marta Hermida led the Broncos with 11 points apiece in the contest, while freshman Tess Amundsen hit both of her 3-point attempts and finished with eight points.

The Broncos, however, had no answer for Wyoming senior Liv Roberts, who went 9-for-9 from the field for a game-high 25 points. The Cowgirls would finish the game 10-for-16 from behind the arc.

WHO’S NEXT
Boise State hosts Fresno State Wednesday in the first meeting of the teams since the Broncos defeated the Bulldogs in last season’s Mountain West Tournament final.

The Bulldogs (8-7, 3-1 MW) are guided by head coach Jaime White, who is in her fourth season in Fresno. The team is led on the court by the play of Candice White, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring (17.6 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg), and assists (2.73 apg).

HOME STRUGGLES
Saturday’s loss to Wyoming was Boise State’s fourth in nine games at Taco Bell Arena this year. That total is the highest for the Broncos since losing five games at home in 2015-16, and four in 2013-14.

It’s the first time since 2003-04 that Boise State has lost at least four of its first nine home games. In 2003-04, the Broncos opened their first nine home games with a 3-6 mark.

HERMIDA FINDING THE TOUCH
After a rough five-game stretch from Dec. 10-28 in which she shot just 18.5 percent (10-for-54) from the field and 13.6 percent (3-for-22) from 3-point range, junior guard Marta Hermida has shown over the last three games that she may be shooting her way out of that slump.

Over this current three-game span, Hermida is shooting 47.2 percent (17-for-36), including a 6-for-13 (.462) mark from 3-point range.

Dec. 30 against UNLV, Hermida, despite a 4-for-10 showing from the field, hit two of her three 3-point attempts, and scored 10 points with four rebounds and three assists. She followed that last Wednesday at New Mexico with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including a 3-for-7 effort from behind the arc, and scored 11 points on 5-for-13 shooting (1-for-3 on 3-point attempts) Saturday against Wyoming.

AN ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST PACE
Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer, a Mountain West All-Freshman Team selection a year ago, has put herself in position for inclusion to the full all-conference team this season as she ranks in the conference top 10 in scoring (13. 9 ppg, 10th) 3-pointers made (47, second) and 3-point field-goal percentage (42.3, seventh).

In conference play, Lupfer has heated up, as her 18 3-pointers over the first four games has her four ahead of the closest competitor, and her 52.9-percent clip from behind the arc ranks fifth. Scoring-wise, Lupfer’s 18.5 points per game ranks seventh.

AMUNDSEN SHOWING PROMISE
Freshman forward Tess Amundsen has experienced the ups and downs that come with a rookie campaign, but Saturday against Wyoming she showed why the Bronco coaches have high hopes for her. Against the Cowgirls, Amundsen hit both of her 3-point attempts, finishing with eight points while also grabbing two rebounds.

This Wednesday, Amundsen, a Fresno native, will get the chance to face her hometown team. So far this season, she’s had two Mountain West games with at least seven points (seven against UNLV on Dec. 30, eight against Wyoming Saturday), and set season highs Dec. 7 with 13 points and four treys against Washington.


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