Boise State Host San Jose State in Doubleheader on Thursday ...
► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University (9-7, 0-2 WAC) will host a pair of Western Athletic Conference games this weekend as a part of two doubleheaders with the men’s team. The action begins Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) when the Broncos host San Jose State University (0-15, 0-2 WAC). The weekend’s action for the women concludes with a 6:00 p.m. encounter on Saturday with the University of Hawai’i (6-9, -2 WAC).
► This Week’s Ticket Promotion: $5 Doubleheader Special
This week Boise State Athletics is offering a $5 Doubleheader Special. Fans will be able to purchase a ticket for both games for five dollars until halftime (approximately 6:45 p.m.) of the women’s game, then the prices return to the regular price for men’s games. All tickets are reserved and are good for both contests.
The five dollar tickets are also available for purchase through Thursday at the Bronco Athletic Ticket Office at Bronco Stadium during regular hours (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).
Free parking will be available for everyone arriving before 6:30 p.m. in the East Stadium Lot and the Lincoln Parking Garage. After 6:30 p.m., parking will be $5 until the spaces have all been taken.
► Game 17: San Jose State at Boise State This Thursday, Jan. 13
The Broncos open the week with a home game versus the San Jose State Spartans at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena at Boise. This is the first of two regular-season contests between the WAC rivals. The match-up will feature two teams looking for their first league win of the season, both dropped two league games last weekend to open conference play.
► Looking at Boise State
Boise State enters the week at 9-7 overall and 0-2 in WAC action. The Broncos are coming off a frustrating weekend to open league, losing 69-57 at Utah State on Jan. 6 followed by a hard 68-51 loss at Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 8, in Reno.
Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 15.4 points per game to rank fifth in the WAC. She leads the conference and is ranked 23rd nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 43.8 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
Boise State ranks third in the WAC for scoring at 69.9 points per game while allowing 67.7 (7th in WAC). The Broncos are shooting 42.7 percent (2nd in WAC) from the floor and 33 percent (3rd in WAC) from the 3-point arc. On the boards Boise State averages 40.1 (6th n WAC)
► Looking at San Jose State
San Jose State has struggled this year going 0-15 overall, including two home losses last weekend to open WAC play. The Spartans lost 69-34 to La Tech on Jan. 6, then followed with a close 52-46 loss to New Mexico State last Saturday, Jan. 8. They are led by Sara Plavljanin who is the only SJSU player averaging double-figure points at 10.7 per game. AJ Newton is second in scoring at 9.7 points per game.
The Spartans are shooting 34.9 percent (9th in WAC) from the floor and 26.8 percent from the arc. They average 47.5 points per game (9th in WAC) and allow 66.4 (3rd in WAC).
► Radio Schedule
All broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. Thursday’s game against San Jose State will be carried on Boise State Public Radio, KBSU (AM 730) in Boise beginning at 5:45 p.m. (Mountain). Saturday’s match-up with Hawai’i will be on KBOI (AM 670) and will also start at 5:45 p.m. Jack Smith will call the action for the games.
► Recently for the Broncos
Boise State completed its nonconference schedule at 9-5 overall going 5-3 at home and 4-2 on the road. They opened WAC play last week with a pair of road losses at Utah State on Thursday, Jan. 6, and at Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 8. The Broncos enter this week’s action at 9-7 overall and 0-2 in league.
LOGAN, Utah (1/6/2011) - Boise State lost its WAC opener 69-57 at Utah State on Jan. 6. 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.
RENO, Nev. (1/8/2011) - The Broncos controlled the flow of play in the first half at Nevada leading nearly the entire first half. However, a poor second half doomed Boise State as the Wolf Pack blew open a 26-26 halftime tie out scoring the Broncos 42-25 in the final period to take home the victory. Boise State shot poorly for the second-consecutive game hitting 32.7 percent from the floor and 23 percent from the arc. Lauren Lenhardt was in foul trouble for most of the game but still managed to lead Boise State with 12 points and five rebounds, followed by Kati Isham and Melissa Rima with 10 points each.
► Boise State As A Team
Boise State returned two starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s 19-12 team that went 8-8 in WAC play to tie for fourth place. The Broncos were picked to place fifth by the coaches and fourth by the media in this year’s preseason polls.
Offensively, The Broncos struggled to score last week failing to reach 60 points in either contest. Boise State is averaging 69.9 points per game (3rd in WAC) and 40.1 rebounds (6th in WAC). The Broncos are shooting a WAC second-best 42.7 percent from the floor and third-best 33 percent from the 3-point arc. They have shoot 68.4 percent (4th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 67.7 points per game (7th in WAC) and 39.1 rebounds (6th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-2.6 in turnover margin.
► Boise State vs. San Jose State Series Recap
The meetings between these two programs have taken place primarily since the Broncos joined the WAC for the 2001-02 season. Boise State won the only previous game (57-53) at a neutral site in Berkeley, Calif., on Dec. 16, 1994. Thursday’s encounter will be the 21st meeting in the all-time series with the two teams deadlocked at 10 wins apiece. However, the WAC regular-season series favors SJSU by a 10-8 margin. The Spartans dominated the league series early on winning the first seven WAC games as they sprinted out to a 10-2 advantage. However, Boise State has now won seven straight contests including a WAC Tournament victory in March of 2007 to close the gap.
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