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Boise State takes on SJSU in first game of Wednesday night doubleheader at Taco Bell Arena.

► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team will look to snap a three-game losing streak when the Broncos host San Jose State University at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s team on Wednesday in Taco Bell Arena.
Wednesday is the 19th meeting of the Boise State-San Jose State series. This will also be the fourth conference game for both the Broncos and Spartans who are looking for their first victory in WAC play this season. Boise State is 7-1 at home this year and enter’s the contest at 11-6 overall and 0-3 in WAC action. San Jose State brings a 4-12 overall mark and a 0-3 league record to Boise.
    The game features Boise State’s second-ranked scoring offense averaging 72 ppg and seventh ranked scoring defense 67.9 ppg, versus SJSU’s sixth ranked scoring offense 60.7 ppg and ninth-place defense allowing 72.5 ppg. 

► Special Doubleheader Promotion
Boise State announces special doubleheader promotion for this Saturday and Monday. Anyone who arrives prior to halftime of the women’s basketball game each day can purchase a ticket for $5.00. The ticket is for a reserved seat good for both games, you will not have to move for the men’s game. 

► 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.     

► Games on the Internet
Fans can log on to BroncoSports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year.  Live stats can be found at BroncoSports.com to follow the game on game tracker.  In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at http://radio.boisestate.edu/listenonline.html.


Scouting Game #18

(Note: WAC rankings are as of 1/14/2010 and national rankings are as of 1/10/2010)


Looking at Boise State

► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 11-6 overall and 0-3 in conference. The Broncos have lost three games in a row entering Wednesday’s game. They have been solid at home this year 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 five road games and is now 4-5 away from Boise.  

► What’s Happened Recently
    Boise State is coming off a trio of frustrating losses. The Broncos 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. Last time out on Saturday Jan. 16 they lost at Idaho 84-81 in overtime.
    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. 
    At Idaho, once again the Broncos unforced errors and poor shot selection at critical moments cost them down the stretch in the overtime loss. The game was close throughout as the teams traded leads. Boise State continued to struggle from the free-throw line going 15-28 during the three-point loss. Janie Bos led the team with a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Tasha Harris’ 19 points and Julia Marshall’s 11. 

► Who to Watch  
Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard leads the team in scoring at 16.4 points (4th in WAC, 90th nationally), 5.7 rebounds (15th in WAC), and a WAC second-best 3.4 assists. Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,546 and first in career free throws made (418) and attempted (571).
Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 16.2 points (5th in WAC, 95th nationally), 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She ranks fourth in career points at Boise State with 1,485. She needs 15 to move into third place.
Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 8.6 points to go with a team-high 6.5 rebounds (9th in WAC) per game.
Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 5.9 points while adding 4.9 boards.

► Offensively as a Team
The Broncos average 72 points per game (2nd in WAC) while shooting 39.8 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 29.2 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 43.1 rebounds per game and gives up 39.1 (7th in WAC), for a plus 4.0 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
The Broncos allow 67.9 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.3 percent (5th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 29.1 percent (2nd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.7 in turnover margin (3rd in WAC) committing a average of 17.8 per game while forcing 19.4 per game.  Boise State is ranked 16th nationally for steals per game at 11.7.

► 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 90-53 while at Boise State and is 486-179 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 6-3 versus San Jose State as Boise State’s head coach. 
 

Looking at San Jose State

► The Spartans
San Jose State enters the game at 4-12 overall and 0-3 in league. The Spartans returned four starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 2-28 campaign that saw them go 1-15 in league play to finish ninth.

► What’s Happened Recently
San Jose State enters the Boise State encounter coming off three straight losses to open WAC play. They dropped decisions to Nevada (64-56), at Utah State (65-54), and Louisiana Tech (92-48).     

► Who to Watch
SJSU is led by two players averaging double-figure points. Chasity Shavers leads the team at 15.3 points (6th in WAC) and 4.7 rebounds per game, followed by Samantha Marez who adds 10.4 points and 3.9 boards.     

► Offensively as a Team
The Spartans average 60.7 points per game (6th in WAC) while shooting 39.5 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 30.1 percent (7th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 67.2 percent (6th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, San Jose averages 36 rebounds (7th in WAC) and is a -0.9 in rebound margin (7th in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
San Jose State allows 72.5 points per game (9th in WAC) and holds opponents to 41.8 percent (8th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 34.9 percent (6th in WAC) from the arc. 

► The Head Coach
The Spartans are in their third year under Pam DeCosta as head coach. To date, she has gone 9-68 at SJSU. DeCosta is 0-4 versus Boise State while at San Jose State. 
 

Looking at the Series

► Boise State Versus San Jose State
Wednesday’s encounter between the Spartans and Broncos will be the 19th in the series with San Jose State holding a 10-8 advantage. Boise State has won five straight in the series including a 58-53 victory in Boise last year followed by a 56-45 win at San Jose.

► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 61-68 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 112-99 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.