Broncos Open MW Play Against New Mexico

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New Mexico (6-8) at Boise State (9-6)
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012  at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)
Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
Radio:  KTIK (AM 1350)
Ineternet Audio and Video: BoncoSports.com (fee)
Live Stats: BroncoSports.com

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What's Happening, Broncos Open Inaugural Mountain West Campaign

  • Boise State University (9-6) opens its inaugural Mountain West campaign this Wednesday when the University of New Mexico Lobos (6-8) come to town for a 7:06 p.m. (Mountain) tip in Taco Bell Arena.
  • The two teams have played two common opponents in New Mexico State (twice each) and Pepperdine. Boise State won all three games while New Mexico won both versus NMSU and lost in overtime to Pepperdine.
  • The Broncos enter the game on a two-game win streak with wins over Utah Valley (85-64) in Boise on Dec. 31 followed by a road win at New Mexico State (56-53) this past Saturday.
  • Count Down to 600: A win Wednesday over the Lobos would give the Boise State women's basketball program its 600th victory all-time. The Broncos are 599-495 (.548) entering the contest.
  • Boise State is 251-128 (.662) all-time in Taco Bell Arena since it opened in the fall of 1982. The Broncos are 72-26 (.735) at home under coach Presnell and 7-3 this season.
  • Boise State is being out scored by seven points per game when on the road. Conversely they are winning by 10.5 points per game at home, a 17.5-point swing between the two.
  • Boise State is led by senior guard Kati Isham who is the current MW Player of the Week (Jan. 9). She is averaging a Mountain West second-best 15.6 points per game while leading the league in 3-pointers made per game at 2.5, ranking 41st nationally.  She is also 41st nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 39.2 percent (38-of-97) to rank second in the MW.
  • Lauren Lenhardt follows Isham in scoring on the team and is ranked 10th in the MW at 12.1 ppg. She is leading the conference and ranked 29th nationally in field goal percentage at 54.3 percent.

Follow the Broncos
  • Radio: As usual, the game will be carried live on The Ticket/ESPN Radio (KTIK AM 1350) with Chris King calling all the action.
  • Internet: Live stats are free and will be available on BroncoSports.com.
  • Internet: Live audio and video will be available on BroncoSports.com for a fee.  

The Mountain West Era Begins
  • A new era begins this Wednesday (Jan. 11) when Boise State host New Mexico in the Broncos first Mountain West game since joining the league this past summer.
  • The Broncos are 13-5 all-time against the current membership of the MW.
  • Boise State joins Colorado State University, San Diego State University, Texas Christian University (TCU), University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV), University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming and the U.S. Air Force Academy as members of the Mountain West.
  • The Mountain West is the sixth conference that the women's basketball program has been affiliated with since the inaugural season of 1970-71.
  • Overall, the Broncos have been league rivals with 40 different schools (including the seven in the MW this year) in 42 years.
  • Boise State's all-time record in conference games is 253-251 (.502 pct).
  • The Broncos left the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) following the 2010-11 campaign after ten years of membership.

Boise State in Conference Openers
  • Boise State is 18-16 all-time in conference openers, 9-3 in openers when played in Boise and 9-13 when playing on the road.
  • The Broncos have lost two consecutive conference openers losing the 2010 opener at home to New Mexico State (87-83 ot) and at Utah State (69-57) last year.  
  • In 10 years of WAC membership the Broncos opened at home only three times. They went 3-7 in openers overall during that time span.

Boise State Versus New Mexico
  • Boise State and New Mexico have met only once prior to Wednesday's opener. The Broncos won that meeting 86-76 at the BSU Holiday Invitational in Boise on Dec. 19, 1983.

A Quick Look at New Mexico
  • The Lobos enter the game at 6-8 overall and on a two-game win streak with victories at New Mexico State (59-58) in Las Cruces on Dec. 30 and a 70-44 win at home over Houston on Jan. 2.
  • New Mexico was picked to place fourth in this year's MW preseason poll.
  • Caroline Durbin leads the team in scoring and is ranked fourth in the MW at 14.7 points per game followed by Porche Torrance at 10.4 points (13th MW) and a team-high 8.9 rebounds (2nd MW) per game.
  • As a team UNM ranks eighth in the MW for scoring at 55.5 points per game and first in points allowed at 54.1 per game. The Lobos lead the league from beyond the arc hitting 36.5 percent on the year.
  • This is Yvonne Sanchez's first year as a collegiate head coach after spending the previous 11 years as an assistant with the Lobos. She currently has a 6-8 mark as the person in charge at UNM.

Next Up
  • Boise State will travel to Colorado Saturday to face the U.S. Air Force Academy at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain).
  • This will be the first meeting as conference rivals and the third all-time with Boise State leading the series 2-0.
  • Boise State defeated Air Force 71-66 at the Radisson Classic at USAFA, Col., on Nov. 22, 2003, then won the return trip to Boise in a game that was played in Bronco Gym by the score of 47-35 on Dec. 10, 2004.  

High Scoring Broncos
  • Boise State continues to be the hottest shooting team in the Mountain West hitting a conference-high for field goal percentage at 43.4 percent from the floor, second-best 3-point percentage of 34.1 and second-best 72.5 percent from the free-throw line.
  • Their shooting success has led to a league best 72.9 points per game, five and a half points better than second-place San Diego State at 67.3 ppg.
  • The Broncos are ranked nationally for scoring offense (43rd), field goal percentage (36th), 3-point percentage (51st), 3-pointers made per game (53rd), free throw percentage (55th) and assists (63rd), as of 1/9/2012.  
  • Kati Isham leads the team from the free-throw line with a team-best 84.6 percent (44-52) to rank second in the MW. Nicole Brady is next at 82.1 (23-28) but has not had enough attempts to be ranked.
  • Eight Boise State players are shooting above 40 percent from the floor with a high of 62.5 percent  (10-16) by Amber Vandiver followed by Lauren Lenhardt (54.3 pct) and Mandy Munns (52.9 pct).  Lenhardt leads the MW and is 29th nationally in field goal percentage.
  • Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year and five have 10 or more.  Kati Isham leads with 38 followed by Diana Lee with 16 and Nicole Brady with 15. Isham leads the MW in 3-pointers made per game at 2.5 and is second in 3-point percentage at 39.2 percent (38-97), Lee ranks fourth hitting 36.4 percent (16-44).
  • Balanced attack, Boise State has a relatively balanced attack with six players averaging over seven points per game with a high of 15.6 ppg by Kati Isham and a low of 7.0 ppg by Kinzi Poteet.
  • Boise State has done a good job of passing the ball around leading the MW in assists at 14.5 per game, 63rd nationally. Four Broncos are ranked in the MW top 11 for assists with Pilcher fifth (2.9 apg) followed by Lee and Lister at sixth (2.7 apg), as well as Isham 10th (2.5 apg).
  • Eight Broncos are averaging over 13 minutes per game with the other three over seven.
  • Boise State averages 31 points in the paint and 18 off turnovers per game.

The Broncos Defensively
  • Defensively, the Broncos are tied for seventh in the MW for scoring defense giving up 68.2 points per game.
  • They are eighth in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 40.1 percent from the floor.
  • Boise State is fourth in the MW for 3-point defense holding opponents to 28.9 percent from beyond the arc.  

The Broncos on the Glass
  • The Broncos are third in the MW for rebound defense holding teams to 35 boards per game.
  • Boise State is ranked fifth in the MW for rebound offense averaging 39.5 per game.
  • Boise State has out rebounded all but three teams (four games) this season and is third in the conference in rebound margin at +4.5, which ranks 70th nationally.
  • The Broncos average 13.9 offensive boards a game, good for an average of 12.3 points per game on second chance points.