Women's Basketball Host Hawai?i Saturday in Doubleheader...

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►  What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University (10-7, 1-2 WAC) won its league home opener Thursday night defeating San Jose State 83-51 in Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos will now host the University of Hawai’i (6-10, 0-3 WAC) Saturday evening in the second straight doubleheader of the week, tip is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (Mountain).

►  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.

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 18: Hawai’i at Boise State: Saturday, Jan. 15
The Broncos conclude the week with a home game versus the Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine 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. This will be Hawaii’s final game at Boise as a conference rival as the two schools will leave the WAC for different conferences over the next two years. The game will feature the WAC’s fifth-ranked scorer in Boise State’s Kati Isham (15.7 ppg) versus Hawaii’s sixth-ranked scorer Kamilah Jackson (14.2 ppg) and top-rebounder at 12.6 rebounds per game.

►  Looking at Boise State
Boise State enters the contest at 10-7 overall and 1-2 in WAC action. The Broncos notched their first league win Thursday defeating San Jose State 83-51 in Boise. That was preceded by a frustrating road trip to open league, losing 69-57 at Utah State on Jan. 6 followed by a hard 68-51 loss at Nevada on Jan. 8.

Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 15.7 points per game to rank fifth in the WAC. She leads the conference and is ranked 20th nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 44.3 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.

Boise State ranks fourth in the WAC for scoring at 70.6 points per game while allowing 66.7 (4th in WAC). The Broncos are shooting 42.7 percent (2nd in WAC) from the floor and 33.7 percent (3rd in WAC) from the 3-point arc. On the boards Boise State averages 40.4 (6th n WAC)

►  Looking at Hawai’i
The Rainbow Wahine where picked to place seventh in the WAC by the league’s coaches and eighth by the media in preseason polls. Hawai’i enters the game at 6-10 overall and 0-3 to open WAC play. The Rainbow Wahine opened conference action last week at home where it lost 74-58 to New Mexico State and 74-69 in overtime to La Tech. This past Thursday they lost 72-48 at Idaho.

Against the Vandals Kamilah Jackson led Hawai’i with 16 points and 17 rebounds, no one else had more than six points. The Wahine shot 28 percent from the floor, 12 from the arc and 40 percent from the free-throw line. They dominated the boards by a 51 to 40 margin. They committed 19 turnovers and were out scored 26 to seven in points off turnovers.

On the year, Jackson leads the team in scoring and rebounding averaging a double-double on 14.2 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. Kiesha Kanekoa follows at 12.1 points per game.  Hawai’i is shooting 38.2 percent (7th in WAC) from the floor and  league-lows from the arc (25.3 pct) and free-throw line (62.4 pct). They average 62.6 points per game (8th in WAC) and allow 67.1 (5th in WAC).

►  Radio Schedule
All broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. 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 game.

►  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. Since then they have defeated San Jose State this past Thursday to enter this Saturday’s contest at 10-7 overall and 1-2 in league.

BOISE, Idaho (1/13/2011) - The Broncos recorded their first WAC win of the year defeating San Jose State 83-51 at home. Boise State opened the game with purpose storming out to a 20-7 lead midway through the first half and never looked back taking a 29-point advantage (43-14) into the break. The second half was more evenly played as San Jose State stepped up, but the Broncos still out scored the Spartans 40-37 in the period. Kati Isham recorded her sixth game with 20-plus points finishing with a team-high 20 points after going five-of-10 from the 3-point arc. Melissa Rima followed with a season-high 15 points and team-high nine rebounds, while Lauren Lenhardt reached double-figure points for the 13th time with 10 points and five boards. Boise State shot 41.9 percent from the floor, 42.3 percent from the arc and 64.5 percent from the charity stripe.     

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.   

►  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, Boise State is averaging 70.6 points per game (4th in WAC) and 40.4 rebounds (6th in WAC). The Broncos are shooting a WAC second-best 42.7 percent from the floor and third-best 33.7 percent from the 3-point arc. They have shoot 68.1 percent (3rd in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 66.7 points per game (4th in WAC) and 38.9 rebounds (6th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-2.06 in turnover margin.

►  Boise State vs. Hawai’i Series Recap
All of the games in the series have taken place since Boise State joined the WAC for the 2001-02 season. Hawai’i dominated the early series winning the first six contests and nine of the first 11. However, Boise State has clawed back winning seven of the last nine meetings. Hawai’i leads the overall series 11-9 and regular-season series 11-7. However, the Broncos have twice knocked the Rainbow Wahine out of the WAC Tournament with both meetings in postseason play. The two split last year’s series with Boise State winning 73-64 in Boise and Hawai’i winning the return game 66-64 in Honolulu.   
 
►  Boise State vs. WAC
Boise State is 70-87 all-time in WAC regular-season games. However, against its current membership the Broncos are 61-63 in conference contests. Boise State is a combined 131-107 overall versus the current membership in all games (conference and nonconference games).