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TCU (8-10, 1-2 MW) at Boise State (11-7, 2-1 MW)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012  at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)
Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
Radio:  KTIK (AM 1350)
Live Stats: BroncoSports.com



Promotions for TCU Game

  • "Take A Kid To The Game"
  • For every adult ticket purchased, you will receive a free youth ticket.
  • All Bronco Fans (8th grade and under), will receive a limited edition "Bronco autograph book."
  • Boise State women's basketball sophomores will be available for autographs postgame.


What's Happening

  • Mountain West action continues when Boise State University (11-7, 2-1 MW) host TCU (8-10, 1-2 MW) Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Boise State is coming off a home 60-52 loss to Colorado State Tuesday night.
  • Last week Boise State swept a pair of conference games defeating New Mexico (65-46) in Boise, followed by a road win at Air Force (81-75).
  • The MW preseason favorite TCU comes too town after suffering a 72-57 home defeat to UNLV on Wednesday. Prior to that loss, the Horned Frogs lost at San Diego State 61-46 before defeating Colorado State 79-71 in Fort Worth, Texas, last Saturday.
  • Saturday's game will feature the MW's top scoring offense on the year in Boise State averaging 71.7 points per game versus TCU's fourth ranked offense at 59.8 ppg. It also features the second-best field goal shooting team in Boise State at 42.1 percent against the league's top-ranked field goal defense in TCU which is holding opponents to 33.9 percent from the floor.
  • Boise State is 8-4 at home this season and is winning by 9.7 points per game in Taco Bell Arena.
  • The Broncos are 252-129 (.661) all-time in Taco Bell Arena and 143-79 (.644) in conference games since it opened in the fall of 1982.
  • The Broncos are 73-27 (.730) at home under coach Presnell and 8-4 this season.
  • Boise State is led by senior guard Kati Isham who was last week's MW Player of the Week (Jan. 9). She is averaging a Mountain West second-best 15.7 points per game while leading the league in 3-pointers made per game at 2.6, ranking 36th nationally.  She is also 34th nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 38.8 percent (47-121) to rank third in the MW.
  • Lauren Lenhardt is this week's MW Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 16). She follows Isham in scoring on the team and is ranked 5th in the MW at 14 ppg. She is second the conference and ranked 26th nationally in field goal percentage at 53.1 percent.


Boise State Versus TCU

  • This will be the first meeting as conference rivals and the fourth all-time with Boise State leading the series 2-1.
  • Boise State defeated TCU 84-61 on Dec. 10, 1982 in Boise and 93-83 on Dec. 22, 1991 in the Shocker Classic at Wichita, Kan.
  • The loss was four years ago in the second round of the WNIT when TCU defeated Boise State 85-56 in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 23, 2008.  

A Quick Look at TCU
  • The Horned Frogs are 6-8 overall and 1-2 in conference entering Saturday's contest in Boise.
  • In three league games they have lost at San Diego State (61-46) and split a pair of home games defeating Colorado State (79-71) before losing to UNLV (72-57) last time out.
  • TCU was picked to win the regular-season title in the MW preseason poll.
  • Natalie Ventress leads the Frogs averaging 11.6 points per game (12th MW), followed by Antoinett Thomspon at 9.7 ppg. Chelsea Prince leads in the glass at 5.2 rebounds per game.
  • As a team TCU ranks fourth in the MW for scoring at 59.8 points per game and in points allowed at 58.1 per game.
  • This is Jeff Mittie's 13th year as head coach at TCU where he has a 286-136 mark with a 419-195 overall career record.

Next Up
  • Boise State will hit the road for two games next week beginning with one of the hottest teams in the league in UNLV on Wednesday. The Broncos will then travel to Laramie, Wyo., to face the Wyoming Cowgirls Saturday afternoon.
  • Prior to this year, these were the only two schools the Broncos had played during the Gordy Presnell era at Boise State going 2-0 versus UNLV (both on the road) and 1-2 against Wyoming (home team has won all three).
  • Boise State leads the UNLV series 2-0 all-time, as well as the Wyoming series 4-3.  

Follow the Broncos
  • Radio: As usual, the game will be carried live on The Ticket/ESPN Radio (KTIK AM 1350) with Chris King calling all the action.
  • Internet: Live stats are free and will be available at BroncoSports.com.
  • Audio is also available on BroncoSports.com free of charge.
  • For non-televised home games, video with audio is available for a subscription fee at BroncoSports.com.

Mountain West Era Begins
  • A new era begins this year with Boise State's first  Mountain West campaign.
  • The Broncos won their inaugural MW game Wednesday (Jan. 11) night 65-46 over New Mexico in Boise. It was also the program's 600th victory all-time.
  • The Broncos are 15-6 all-time against the current membership of the MW.
  • Boise State joins Colorado State University, San Diego State University, Texas Christian University (TCU), University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV), University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming and the U.S. Air Force Academy as members of the Mountain West.
  • The Mountain West is the sixth conference that the women's basketball program has been affiliated with since the inaugural season of 1970-71.
  • Overall, the Broncos have been league rivals with 40 different schools (including the seven in the MW this year) in 42 years.
  • Boise State's all-time record in conference games is 255-252 (.503 pct).
  • The Broncos left the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) last summer following ten years of membership.

High Scoring Broncos
  • Boise State continues to be one of the hottest shooting teams in the Mountain West hitting a conference second-best for field goal percentage at 42.1 percent and 3-point percentage at 34 percent and top percentage from the free-throw line at 73.9 percent.
  • Their shooting success has led to a league best 71.7 points per game, four points better than second-place San Diego State at 67.4 ppg.
  • Boise State has scored over 80 points seven times this year going 5-2 in those games. They have been over 70 points 10 times (7-3).

Boise State's National Statistical Rankings (as of 1/16/2012)
  • Offensively, the Broncos are ranked nationally for scoring offense (36th), field goal percentage (35th), 3-point percentage (33rd), 3-pointers made per game (44th), free throw percentage (44th) and assists (65th).  

Miscellaneous Quick Hits
  • Free Throw Shooting: Kati Isham leads the team from the free-throw line with a team-best 84.2 percent (48-57) to rank fourth in the MW. Nicole Brady is next at 80 (24-30) but has not had enough attempts to be ranked.
  • Field Goal Shooting: All five starters are shooting 40 percent or better from the floor this season. Lauren Lenhardt leads at 53.1 percent followed by Kati Isham at 42.5 pct., Kinzi Poteet at 42.3 pct., Heather Pilcher at 41.5 pct., while Nicole Brady is at 40 pct.  
  • 3-Point Shooting: Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year and five have 10 or more.  Kati Isham leads with 47 followed by Lauren Lenhardt and Nicole Brady with 17 apiece, while Diana Lee has 16.
  • From Downtown: Lenhardt is second in 3-point percentage in the MW at 441.5 (17-41). Isham leads the MW in 3-pointers made per game at 2.6 and is third in 3-point percentage at 38.8 percent (47-121).  
  • Balanced Scoring:  Boise State has a relatively balanced attack with six players averaging over six points per game with a high of 15.7 ppg by Kati Isham and a low of 6.1 ppg by Diana Lee.
  • Assists: Boise State has done a good job of passing the ball around leading the MW in assists at 14.2 per game, 65th nationally. Four Broncos are ranked in the MW top 13 for assists with Pilcher sixth (2.9 apg) followed by Lee (2.4 apg) in ninth, Lister at 11th (2.4 apg), and Isham in 13th (2.2 apg).

Broncos to Watch
  • Kati Isham, Senior Guard - led Boise State last year in scoring at 12.7 points per game and shot a team-high 37 percent (70-189) from 3-point range. This year she is ranked second in the MW averaging 15.7 points per game. She is shooting 42.5 percent from the floor (9th MW), 38.8 percent from long range (3rd MW) and 84.7 percent (3rd MW) from the free-throw line. She has recorded double figure points 16 times this year with a high of 23 at New Mexico State (1/7/12), 36 times in her career.
  • Lauren Lenhardt, Junior Forward/Center - Lenhardt was second in scoring last year as a starter averaging 12.2 points per game and second-best 5.6 rebounds. She has moved back into starting lineup after recovering from an injury suffered during October's training period. This year she is averaging at 14 points per game (5th MW) and 5.8 rebounds (11th MW). She is second in the MW and is ranked 26th nationally in field goal percentage hitting 53.1 percent from the floor. The junior has reached double digit points 14 times this year and 37 times in her career, season-high was 29 at Air Force (1/14/12). Lenhardt was named MW Player of the Week on Nov. 28 and Jan. 16.
  • Diana Lee, Sophomore Guard - She was a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Freshmen Team honoree last year. This year she is averaging 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists (9th MW).
  • Nicole Brady, Redshirt-senior Forward - Brady is averaging 9.2 points and team-high 7.3 rebounds (5th MW) per game. She has five games with 10-plus boards including a career-high 13 against Weber State. Brady has two doubles-doubles recording 10 points and 11 boards versus Southern Oregon, in addition to a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds at Utah State (11/23/11).
  • Kinzi Poteet, Junior Forward - Poteet is the only Bronco to start all 18 games averaging 6.6 points and second-best 6.7 rebounds per game (7th MW). She went 6-17 (.353 pct.) from the free-throw line in the first seven contests ending with the Syracuse game, since then Poteet has gone 24-29 (.828 pct.) in the last 11 games.
  • Heather Pilcher, Senior Guard/Wing - Pilcher is having a strong senior season shooting 41.5 percent (13th MW) from the floor and averaging 7.7 points to go with 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists (6th MW) per game.