It's Rivalry Week for the Broncos as They Head North to Face the Idaho Vandals on Saturday...

► What’s Happening This Week
    Boise State University’s women’s basketball team will look to snap a two-game losing streak when the Broncos head north to face arch-rival the University of Idaho at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Saturday in the Cowan Spectrum at Moscow.
    Saturday is the 64th meeting of the Boise State-Idaho rivalry, the most played series in Bronco history. This will also be the third conference game for both the Broncos and Vandals as the two teams enter the week winless in WAC play. Note, Idaho lost 62-52 at Hawai’i on Wednesday night before returning home to play Boise State this weekend.
    Boise State enter’s the Idaho contest at 11-5 overall and 0-2 in WAC play. The Broncos are looking to rebound from a pair of loses to open WAC play including a 64-52 defeat its last time out at Nevada this past Saturday, Jan. 9th. Boise State has now lost four-straight road games dating back to the Oregon game on Dec. 4th.
    Idaho has struggled this year going 2-13 overall and 0-2 in league heading into the encounter with the Broncos. They lost at home this past Saturday, Jan. 9th, to Fresno State 72-64 giving Idaho a 1-7 home mark.
    The game features the Gem State’s two WAC rivals. Boise State possesses the league’s number three scoring offense (71.4 ppg) and seventh ranked scoring defense (66.9 ppg). Meanwhile, Idaho counters with the ninth ranked scoring offense (56.8 ppg) and sixth-place defense (66.6 ppg). 

► 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. In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at    

Scouting Game #17, Rivalry Game

Looking at Boise State

► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 11-5 overall and 0-2 in conference. The Broncos have won three of their last five contests entering Saturday’s game. They have also 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 four road games and is now 4-4 away from Boise.  

► What’s Happened Recently
Boise State is coming off a pair of frustrating losses. They lost the  league opener at home on Jan. 6th to New Mexico State by the score of 87-83 in overtime, then followed with a disappointing 64-52 defeat at Nevada on Jan. 9th.
In the NMSU game Boise State was crushed by unforced mistakes as they tuned the ball over 24 times resulting in 31 NMSU points. Tasha Harris led the Broncos in the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Jessica Van Hoogen with 15 points.
In the Nevada game, Boise State rallied from 10 points down early in the second half to take a 44-43 lead midway through the period. Unfortunately, a string of four consecutive turnovers along with poor shooting doomed the Broncos down the stretch in the 12-point loss as the Wolf Pack rallied out scoring Boise State 21-8 in the final 10 minutes. 

► Who to Watch  
Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages a team-high 16.9 points (3rd in WAC, 70th nationally), 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She ranks fourth in career points at Boise State with 1,480. She needs 20 to move into third place.

Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard adds 16.3 points (5th in WAC, 96th nationally), 5.9 rebounds (14th in WAC), and a WAC second-best 3.3 assists. Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,527 and first in career free throws made (412) and attempted (564).

Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 7.3 points to go with a team-high 6.2 rebounds (t-9th in WAC) per game.

Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 5.8 points while adding 4.7 boards.

► Offensively as a Team
The Broncos average 71.4 points per game (3rd in WAC) while shooting 39.8 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 29.5 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 70.3 percent (3rd in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 42.9 rebounds per game and gives up 38.9 (8th in WAC), for a plus 4.0 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
The Broncos allow 66.9 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 38.9 percent (4th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28 percent (2nd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.7 in turnover margin (3rd in WAC) committing a average of 17.9 per game while forcing 19.6 per game.  Boise State is ranked 14th 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 90-52 while at Boise State and is 486-178 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 6-2 versus Idaho as Boise State’s head coach. 

Looking at Idaho

► The Vandals
Idaho enters the game at 2-13 overall and 0-2 in league. The Vandals are in their 5th season as members of the WAC. They returned three starters and six letterwinners from last year’s 13-15 campaign that saw them go 10-6 in league play to finish tied for third.

► What’s Happened Recently
Idaho enters the Boise State encounter coming off a pair of losses to open WAC play. Last Saturday, Jan. 9th, they battled Fresno State tough before dropping a 72-64 decision. Then on Wednesday they lost at Hawaii by 10 points 62-52. Prior to the start of league play the Vandals closed the nonconference schedule with a 47-40 victory at home over UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 28th.     

► Who to Watch
Idaho is led by two players averaging double-figure points. Rachele Kloke leads with a team-high 12.9 points per game to go with 5.0 rebounds. Shaena Kuehu is second in scoring at 11.4 ppg, while Preseason All-WAC selection Yinka Olorunnife is fourth 7.8 ppg and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.    

► Offensively as a Team
The Vandals average a WAC-low 56.5 points per game while shooting 34.5 percent (9th in WAC) from the floor, 31.6 percent (6th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 65.2 percent (8th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Idaho averages 35.1 rebounds (8th in WAC) and is -5.8 in rebound margin.

► Defensively as a Team
Idaho allows 66.6 points per game (6th in WAC) and holds opponents to 42.6 percent (9th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 37.5 percent (7th in WAC) from the arc. 

► The Head Coach
Idaho is in its second year under Jon Newlee as head coach. To date, he has gone 15-28 with the Vandals and owns an overall coaching mark of 143-131 in 11 years. Newlee is 3-6 versus Boise State all-time, 1-1 with Idaho and 2-5 while at Idaho State (2002-2008). 

Looking at the Series

► Boise State Versus Idaho
Saturday’s encounter between the Vandals and Broncos will be the 64th in the series with Boise State holding a commanding 36-27 advantage. Boise State won the first ever meeting 54-20 in Pullman, Wash., on March 5, 1971 during the NCWSA Regional Tournament. Last year they split the regular season series with the road team winning each time, Boise State won 60-56 in Moscow followed by Idaho winning the regular season finale 58-56 in Boise. These two programs 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.  Since 2000 the teams have met 16 times with the Broncos winning 10 and the Vandals six.

► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 61-67 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 112-98 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament. 

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