Lupfer Claims Second MW Weekly Honor
Jan. 15, 2018

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State sophomore guard Riley Lupfer was named the Mountain West Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference announced Monday. Lupfer had previously earned the honor Jan. 2.

The Spokane, Wash. native becomes the first player to take home the honor twice this season, and is the first Bronco to do so since Miquelle Askew was thrice honored and Brooke Pahukoa took it home twice in 2015-16.

Lupfer earned this latest weekly award with two game-changing performances as Boise State overcame a pair of seven-point halftime deficits to pick up wins over Fresno State (75-66) and at San Diego State (86-70), improving to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in Mountain West play. She averaged 27.0 points over the two wins, scoring 26 Wednesday against the Bulldogs and matching her career high of 28 Saturday at San Diego State, and was deadly from deep, going a combined 13-for-21 (61.9 percent) from 3-point range, including a career high-tying seven against the Aztecs. She shot 61.3 percent (19-for-31) overall from the field for the week.

Lupfer helped make the difference in each of Boise State's second half comebacks, averaging 22.0 points over the two second halves while shooting 83.3 percent from the field (15-for-18) and 78.6 percent (11-for-14) from behind the arc. Boise State went on to outscore its two opponents by a combined 37 points (85-48).

Saturday in San Diego, Lupfer opened the second half with a three, and minutes later hit another to cap an 11-0 Boise State run that flipped its 43-36 deficit into a 47-43 lead. She went on to score 25 points in the half as Boise State outscored San Diego State, 50-27, over the final 20 minutes.

For the season, Lupfer ranks 15th in the country in 3-pointers made (60), and 11th in 3-point field-goal percentage (45.5). Over the first six conference games she has now posted four 20-point games, and her 31 3-pointers in Mountain West play are 11 more than the second-place player (Air Force's Kaelin Immel has 20).

Boise State (10-7, 4-2 MW) heads back on the road for a 7 p.m. tip Wednesday night at Utah State (4-13, 2-4 MW) before hosting Nevada (9-7, 2-3 MW) at Taco Bell Arena Saturday at 2 p.m.

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