Broncos Go For Three In A Row Wednesday
Jan. 16, 2018
Boise State (10-7, 4-2 MW) at Utah State (4-13, 2-4 MW)
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (10-7, 4-2 MW) goes for its third three-game winning streak of the season Wednesday as it visits Utah State (4-13, 2-4 MW) for a 7 p.m. tip. Following Wednesday’s road trip, the Broncos will return home to host Nevada Saturday at 2 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
For the second-straight game, the Broncos trailed by seven at halftime before dominating the second half, using a half-opening 11-0 run to take the lead for good en route to outscoring the Aztecs, 50-27.
Riley Lupfer matched her career high with 28 points, with 25 coming in the second half, while hitting a career high-tying seven 3-pointers. Tess Amundsen went 6-for-13 from the field, scoring a season-high 19 points to go with four rebounds, while Shalen Shaw scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
The Aggies (4-13, 2-4 MW) snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 79-57 home win over Nevada. With Jerry Finkbeiner in his sixth season at the helm, Utah State is led by the play of Olivia West (14.4 ppg, team-high 33 3-pointers) and Rachel Brewster (10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg).
LUPFER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK...AGAIN
Lupfer averaged 27.0 points and 4.5 rebounds over the two wins, and was on fire from deep, shooting 61.9 percent (13-for-21) on 3-point attempts. She saved her best moments for the second half of each game, averaging 22.0 points over the two second halves and shooting a scorching 83.3 percent (15-for-18) from the field and 78.6 percent (11-for-14) from behind the arc.
LUPFER MOVES UP THE NCAA RANKINGS
Through Sunday’s (Jan. 14) games, Lupfer ranked 12th in the country in 3-point field-goal percentage (45.5) and 15th in 3-pointers made (60).
AMONG THE MW’S BEST
In conference play, Lupfer has heated up, as her 31 3-pointers over the first six games has her 11 ahead of the closest competitor (Air Force’s Kaelin Immel, with 20), and her 56.4-percent clip from behind the arc ranks third. Scoring-wise, Lupfer’s 21.3 points per game ranks third.
ANOTHER SECOND-HALF COMEBACK
Three days earlier, the Broncos overcame another seven-point halftime deficit to beat Fresno State, 75-66, and back on Dec. 28, came back in the second half to beat Colorado State in Fort Collins.
CHANGES YIELD RESULTS
The changes paid dividends over the Broncos’ two wins, as Hodgins averaged 8.0 assists per game, incuding a career-high 10 Saturday at San Diego State. She also averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds over the two wins.
Amundsen, meanwhile, scored a career-high 19 points against the Aztecs Saturday, and averaged 12.5 points for the week while shooting 47.1 percent (8-for-17) from the field.
SHAW COMING ON
After recording her fourth double-double of the season Wednesday with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Fresno State, Shaw was hot from the field Saturday in San Diego, going 7-for-9 for 16 points with a team-high six rebounds.
LENDING A HAND
Hodgins, making the first two starts of the season, and of her career, last week, averaged 8.0 assists per game, and passed out six in Wednesday’s win over Fresno State.
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