Its Rivalry Time, Broncos Head North to Face Idaho in Saturday Doubleheader

It is the 66th Bronco-Vandal meeting all-time.

►  What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University (11-7, 2-2 WAC) will face instate rival the University of Idaho (9-6, 2-1 WAC) in Moscow Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Broncos lone game of the week. This is the first game of a Boise State-Idaho doubleheader with the men’s teams following. Tipoff for the women’s contest has been changed to a 5:00 p.m. (Mountain) tip in the Cowan Spectrum inside the Kibbie Dome on the U of I’s campus.

►  Game 19: Boise State at Idaho, Jan. 22
It is rivalry time in the Gem State as the Broncos and Vandals meet for the 66th time and in the first of two regular season games. Idaho enters the game tied for third place in the WAC at 2-1, while Boise State is a half game back tied for fifth place at 2-2.

This will be the last time these two meet in Moscow as conference rivals in the foreseeable future as the Broncos head to the Mountain West Conference next year. 

The game will feature the WAC’s fifth-ranked scorer in Boise State’s Kati Isham (15.1 ppg) and Idaho’s seventh-ranked scorer in Yinka Olorunnife averaging 13.9 points and second-ranked rebounder at 9.7 per game.

►  Looking at Boise State
Boise State enters the contest at 11-7 overall and 2-2 in WAC action. The Broncos notched their first two league wins this past week defeating San Jose State 83-51 and Hawaii 69-63 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 15.1 points per game to rank fifth in the WAC. She is second in the conference and 37th nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 42.3 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt, the current reigning WAC Player of the Week, is second on the team averaging 12.7 points (12th in WAC) and 6.4 rebounds (10th in WAC) per contest.

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 40.5 rebounds (6th in WAC). The Broncos are shooting a WAC second-best 42.2 percent from the floor and 33.2 percent from the 3-point arc. They have shoot 68.5 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line. Defensively, the Broncos allow 66.5 points per game (4th in WAC) and 40.1 rebounds (8th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-1.3 in turnover margin (5th in WAC).

►  Looking at Idaho
The Vandals where picked to place fourth in the WAC by the league’s coaches and fifth by the media in preseason polls. Idaho enters the week at 9-6 overall and 2-1 to open WAC play. The Vandals play at San Jose State on Thursday prior to hosting Boise State on Saturday. Last week the Vandals lost 84-67 to Fresno State on Monday, Jan. 10, then rallied to defeat Hawaii 72-48 on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Idaho has a core group of five seniors this year led by YInka Olorunnife with team highs for points and rebounds at 13.9 ppg and 9.7 rpg. She is followed by Rachele Kloke at 12 points per game.  Idaho is shooting 39.6 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 32.4 percent from the arc and a league-best 73 percent from the free-throw line. The Vandals average 65.7 points per game (6th in WAC) and allow 65.7 (3rd in WAC).

►  Radio Schedule
All Bronco radio broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. Saturday’s match-up with Idaho will be on KBOI (AM 670) and will start at 4:45 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 going 2-2  to enter this Saturday’s contest at 11-7 overall. The Broncos are 7-3 at home and 4-4 on the road in 2010-11.

Hawai’i at Boise State: Boise, Idaho (1/15/2011) -
The Broncos battled hard to defeat Hawai’i 69-63 on Saturday as the momentum swung back and forth. The largest lead of the game was eight points by Boise State while Hawai’i’s was four. There were eight ties and 10 lead changes in the contest. Lauren Lenhardt led the way for Boise State scoring over half of the team’s points on her way to tying the school scoring record with 37. She recorded the second double-double of her career with 13 rebounds. Janie Bos was the only other Broncos in double-figure points with 10 to go with five boards. Boise State shot 34.8 percent from the floor, 26.3 percent from the arc and 75 percent from the charity stripe.

San Jose State at Boise State: 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.     

►  Boise State vs. Idaho Series Recap
This is the most played rivalry in Boise State program history with Saturday’s encounter at Moscow being the 66th. Boise State currently holds a 37-28 advantage in the all-time series which dates back to March of 1971. These two rivals have been in four different leagues together beginning with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference (1982-88) which merged with the Big Sky Conference (1988-96). The two then moved together into the Big West Conference (1996-2001) before Boise State left for the Western Athletic Conference for the 2001-02 season. Idaho later joined the Broncos in the WAC for the 2005-06 year. Next year Boise State moves to the Mountain West Conference. The series has been one of streaks with one team dominating the other for periods of time. Since 1990 the Broncos have held the edge going 27-14, in WAC games Boise State has a 7-3 advantage. Idaho leads in the games played at Moscow by two, 16 to 14.  They have split the last two seasons. 
►  Boise State vs. WAC
Boise State is 71-87 all-time in WAC regular-season games. However, against its current membership the Broncos are 62-63 in conference contests. Boise State is a combined 132-107 overall versus the current membership in all games (conference and nonconference games).

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