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)
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Logan, Utah - Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

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    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.

    Boise State made it two in a row Saturday with an 86-70 victory at San Diego State, improving to 4-2 in Mountain West play.

    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.

    Boise State will go for its third three-game winning streak of the season Wednesday when it visits Utah State for a 7 p.m. tip.

    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).

    Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer was named Mountain West Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday, following her standout performances in wins over Fresno State and San Diego State.

    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.

    Riley Lupfer, after averaging 27.0 points and hitting 13-of-21 3-pointers last week, has moved up in the national 3-point-shooting 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).

    A Mountain West All-Freshman Team selection a year ago, Riley Lupfer has put herself in position for inclusion to the full all-conference team this season as she ranks in the conference top 10 in scoring (15.4 ppg, seventh) 3-pointers made (60, second) and 3-point field-goal percentage (45.5, fourth).

    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.

    Saturday in San Diego, Boise State posted its third victory of the Mountain West season, and second in a row, after trailing at halftime. The Broncos trailed San Diego State, 43-36, at the break on Saturday before opening the second half with an 11-0 run and outscoring the Aztecs, 50-27, en route to the 86-70 victory.

    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.

    Ahead of last Wednesday’s game against Fresno State, Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell made two changes to the starting lineup, inserting sophomore guard Braydey Hodgins and freshman Tess Amundsen in place of Ellie Woerner and Joyce Harrell.

    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.

    Senior forward Shalen Shaw enjoyed one of her best weeks of the season, averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent (12-for-18) from the field.

    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.

    Boise State passed out a season-high 25 assists on 32 field goals made Saturday at San Diego State. The effort was led by the two-woman point-guard play of Braydey Hodgins (career-high 10 assists) and Marta Hermida (eight assists).

    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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