Broncos Host Hawai?i Saturday in Women's Basketball, Free Admission...

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► What’s Happening This Week
    Boise State University’s women’s basketball team will host the University of Hawai’i at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. It is another early-season must win game for the Broncos as they attempt to get back into the conference title race.
    Saturday’s encounter with the Rainbow Wahine is the 19th meeting of the Boise State-Hawai’i series. This will also be the fifth conference game for the Broncos and seventh for the Wahine. Boise State is 8-1 at home this year and enter’s the contest coming off a Wednesday night 75-53 home win over San Jose State. The Broncos are 12-6 overall and 1-3 in WAC action, while Hawai’i brings in a 8-11 overall mark and a 2-4 league record following Thursday’s 75-62 loss at Louisiana Tech.
    The game features Boise State’s second-ranked scoring offense averaging 72.2 ppg and sixth ranked scoring defense 67.1 ppg, versus Hawai’i’s seventh-ranked scoring offense 59.6 ppg and eighth-place defense allowing 70.4 ppg. 

► Special Game Promotion - Celebrate the Fiesta Bowl Win
Boise State invites everyone to the Fiesta Bowl victory celebration Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. In recognition of Bronco Nation’s outstanding support at the bowl game Boise State is offering free admission to Saturday night’s women’s basketball game against Hawai’i. Fans can remain in the arena following the conclusion of the Fiesta Bowl celebration 2-4:30 p.m. or comeback for the basketball 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 #19

(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 12-6 overall and 1-3 in conference. The Broncos snapped a three-game skid Wednesday night defeating San Jose State for their first WAC win. They have been solid at home this year going 8-1, 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 big win at home Wednesday night over San Jose State 75-53. Previous to that the Broncos lost three straight to open conference play, two of them in overtime. The Broncos lost the opener 87-83 in overtime to New Mexico State followed by a disappointing 64-52 defeat at Nevada and a second overtime loss on Saturday Jan. 16 at Idaho by the score of 84-81. Boise State had chances to win all three but lost them down the stretch.

San Jose State Game Short Recap - Tasha Harris scored 21 points to lead Boise State to its first WAC victory of the season defeating San Jose State. After a slow start the Broncos caught fire midway through the first half to break a close game open. Down five, 17-12, with 11:44 to go in the opening period, Boise State used a 13-4 run to take a 25-21 lead with 8:25 remaining before half. Boise State never trailed again in the game as the Broncos ran off to the 22-point victory. Harris scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as she was perfect from the floor going five-of-five from the floor and two-of-two from the 3-point line in the first period. Senior Rebecca Kepilino followed with a season-high 14 points while junior Melissa Rima chipped in 10 points.

Idaho Game Short Recap - At Idaho, once again the Broncos unforced errors and poor shot selection at critical moments cost them late in regulation and in overtime. 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. 

Nevada Game Short Recap - 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. 

► Who to Watch  
Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points (3rd in WAC, 90th nationally), 5.9 rebounds (14th in WAC), and a WAC second-best 3.3 assists. Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,567 and first in career free throws made (423) and attempted (577). She is ranked first in the WAC for free throw percentage in league games at 88.2 (15-17) and fourth in field goal percentage at 52 percent.
Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 15.6 points (5th in WAC, 95th nationally), 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She ranks fourth in career points at Boise State with 1,490. She needs 10 to move into third place. She is ranked 31st nationally in steals.
Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 8.5 points to go with a team-high 6.3 rebounds (10th in WAC) per game.
Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 6.4 points while adding 5.0 boards.

► Offensively as a Team
The Broncos average 72.2 points per game (2nd in WAC) while shooting 40.1 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 29.1 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69.2 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 42.8 rebounds per game and gives up 38.6 (7th in WAC), for a plus 4.2 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
The Broncos allow 67.1 points per game (6th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.2 percent (4th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28.6 percent (2nd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.8 in turnover margin (3rd in WAC) committing a average of 17.7 per game while forcing 19.5 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 91-53 while at Boise State and is 487-179 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 7-2 versus Hawai’i as Boise State’s head coach. 
 

Looking at Hawai’i

► The Rainbow Wahine
Hawai’i enters the game at 8-11 overall and 2-4 in league. The Rainbow returned three starters and 11 letterwinners from last year’s 8-23 campaign that saw them go 4-12 in league play to finish seventh.

► What’s Happened Recently
Hawaii enters the Boise State encounter coming off a Thursday night loss at Louisiana Tech by the score of 75-62. On Monday night they defeated Utah State 69-56 in Honolulu.     

► Who to Watch
Hawai’i is led by Keisha Kanekoa who is the only Wahine averaging double-figure points at 10.6 per game (15th in WAC) to go with 2.7 rebounds. She is followed by Breanna Arbuckle at 8.5 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game.     

► Offensively as a Team
The Hawai’i averages 59.6 points per game (7th in WAC) while shooting 38.8 percent (8th in WAC) from the floor, 29.1 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 61.9 percent (9th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, The Wahine average 38.8 rebounds (5th in WAC) and is a +0.8 in rebound margin (5th in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
Hawai’i allows 70.4 points per game (8th in WAC) and holds opponents to 40 percent (6th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 38.1 percent (8th in WAC) from the arc. 

► The Head Coach
The Rainbow Wahine are in their first year under Dana Takahara-Dias as head coach. To date, she has gone 9-11 at her alma mater. Saturday’s game will be the first of two games this year against Boise State. 
 

Looking at the Series

► Boise State Versus Hawai’i
Saturday’s encounter between the Rainbow Wahine and Broncos will be the 19th in the series with Hawai’i holding a 10-8 advantage. They split last year with the home team winning both times, Boise State won 70-61 in Boise followed by Hawai’i edging the Broncos 68-67 in Honolulu.

► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 62-68 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 113-99 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.