Broncos Go For Four In A Row Saturday
Jan. 19, 2018
Boise State (11-7, 5-2 MW) vs. Nevada (10-7, 3-3 MW)
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (11-7, 5-2 MW), on its third three-game winning streak of the season, attempts to make it four in a row for the first time as it hosts Nevada Saturday at 2 p.m. The Broncos finish the first cycle of Mountain West games next week, visiting San Jose State Wednesday (Jan. 24) before returning home to host Air Force Saturday (Jan. 27).
LAST TIME OUT
The Broncos got 19 points and five 3-pointers from Riley Lupfer, while Shalen Shaw went 7-for-11 from the field for 15 points to go with seven rebounds. The bench also made big contributions, as Ellie Woerner scored nine points, Joyce Harrell matched her career high with eight rebounds, and A’Shanti Coleman added five points and two rebounds.
Defensively, the Broncos held the Aggies to just 30.0 percent shooting, as Utah State’s 15 field goals and five assists were season lows for a Bronco opponent.
The Wolf Pack, after a five-game winning streak in December which included a victory over Fresno State in the Mountain West opener, have dropped three of their last five since. Wednesday night, Nevada bounced back from a 79-57 loss at Utah State to defeat San Jose State, 91-63.
With first-year head coach Amanda Levens at the helm, Nevada is led by the play of Teige Zeller (13.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and Camariah King (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg).
LUPFER EARNS CONFERENCE, NATIONAL HONORS
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.
RECORD PACE FOR LUPFER
Currently at 65 treys (10th all-time in Boise State single-season history), Lupfer needs just 17 more to eclipse Abby Vaughan’s record of 81 set in 2002-03.
LUPFER MOVES UP THE NCAA RANKINGS
Through Wednesday’s (Jan. 17) games, Lupfer ranked 11th in the country in 3-point field-goal percentage (45.8) and ninth in 3-pointers made (65).
AMONG THE MW’S BEST
In conference play, Lupfer has heated up, as her 36 3-pointers over seven games has her 14 ahead of the closest competitor (Air Force’s Kaelin Immel, with 22), and her 55.4-percent clip from behind the arc ranks second. Scoring-wise, Lupfer’s 21.0 points per game leads the Mountain West.
SHAW HEATING UP
After scoring just eight points over wins against Colorado State and UNLV, including just two points against the Lady Rebels, Shaw scored 14 Jan. 3 at New Mexico, beginning a five-game stretch in which she has averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 54.2 percent from the field. She has scored in double digits in each of the past three games, and on Jan. 13 at San Diego posted her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Woerner scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting, including a 30-second span in the second quarter in which she scored five-straight points to build the Bronco lead. Harrell, meanwhile, matched her career high with eight rebounds in addition to two blocks and two steals, and Coleman scored five points with two rebounds.
PROTECT TACO BELL (ARENA)
Conversely, the Broncos have done very well in true road games, going 5-1 on opponents’ home courts. Wednesday’s victory in Logan improved the Broncos to 3-1 on the road in conference play, following victories at Colorado State (Dec. 28) and San Diego State (Jan. 13).
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.
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