Broncos Head To The Bay Area
Jan. 23, 2018

Boise State (11-8, 5-3 MW) at San Jose State (6-12, 3-4 MW)
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
San Jose, Calif. - Event Center

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (11-8, 5-3 MW) will attempt to get back in the win column after Saturday’s loss to Nevada, visiting San Josè State for an 8 p.m. MT tip Wednesday. The Broncos will finish the week, and its first rotation through the Mountain West lineup, Saturday (Jan. 27) at 2 p.m. at home against Air Force.

Boise State ended up with a split of the week, and had its three-game winning streak snapped Saturday with a 72-68 loss to Nevada.

The game was a back-and-forth affiar, featuring six lead changes and seven ties, but Nevada made the final run, ending the game with a 7-0 run to erase a 68-65 Bronco lead with 1:58 remaining.

Riley Lupfer and Marta Hermida led the Broncos with 15 points apiece, while Shalen Shaw scored nine, and the trio of A’Shanti Coleman, Joyce Harrell, and Ellie Woerner combined for 19 off the bench.

Boise State will try to get back in the win column Wednesday as it travels to San José State for its only regular-season meeting of 2017-18 against the Spartans. Tip is set for 8 p.m. MT at the Event Center.

The Spartans, with Jamie Craighead, a former assistant of Bronco head coach Gordy Presnell during his time at Seattle Pacific, in her fifth season at the helm, are led by the play of Taylor Turney (14.4 ppg, 4.33 apg) and Myzhanique Ladd (12.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg).

Boise State, 19-11 all-time against the Spartans, have won the last six meetings between the schools.

Saturday’s loss to Nevada denied the Broncos their first four-game winning streak of the campaign. It was also Boise State’s third chance at a four-game winning streak, as the Broncos have put together a trio of three-game winning streaks this season (Dec. 3-10, Dec. 21-30, Jan. 10-17).

Staying with the theme of Boise State’s three-game winning streaks being snapped, the Broncos have a chance Wednesday in San Jose to break a troubling trend that has gone hand-in-hand with their winning runs.

After each of their three-game winning streaks this season, Boise State has lost its next two games. With Saturday’s loss to Nevada in the books, the Broncos can break this trend with a win over the Spartans Wednesday.

In a strange reversal of things, Boise State may just be more comfortable playing away from home and on hostile courts this season, as the Broncos have a 5-1 mark in true away games as opposed to a 6-5 mark at home.

Boise State’s five true away wins this season stands just three back of the eight in 2015-16, a mark that was the highest since winning 10 true road games in 2006-07. Boise State’s 3-1 road mark in Mountain West play is also just two wins back of the 5-4 road MW records of the past two seasons, with the program’s all-time best conference road win total being seven (1991-92 Big Sky).

Riley Lupfer’s pace from distance is rapidly moving her up the Boise State record book, especially the single-season mark for 3-pointers made.

Currently at 67 treys (ninth all-time in Boise State single-season history), Lupfer needs just 15 more to eclipse Abby Vaughan’s record of 81 set in 2002-03.

Riley Lupfer has established herself among the nation’s top 3-point shooters, thanks to her performances this season.

Through Tuesday’s (Jan. 22) games, Lupfer ranked 11th in the country in 3-pointers made (67), and 22nd in 3-point field-goal percentage (44.4).

A Mountain West All-Freshman Team selection a year ago, Riley Lupfer has put herself in position for inclusion to the full all-conference team this season as she ranks in the conference top 10 in scoring (15.6 ppg, fourth) 3-pointers made (67, second) and 3-point field-goal percentage (44.4, fifth).

In conference play, Lupfer has heated up, as her 38 3-pointers has her 14 ahead of the closest competitor (New Mexico’s Alex Lapeyrolerie, with 24), and her 51.4-percent clip from behind the arc ranks second. Scoring-wise, Lupfer’s 20.3 points per game ranks third in the Mountain West.

The trio of guard Ellie Woerner and forwards Joyce Harrell and A’Shanti Coleman have made key contributions off the bench for the Broncos as of late.

The trio has combined to score 15.5 points and grab 8.8 rebounds over the past four games, as the Broncos have gone 3-1. Coleman is averaging 6.5 points while shooting 62.5 percent over that span, while Harrell is pulling down 5.0 rebounds a game, and Woerner, averaging 5.5 points, has shot 53.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent (3-for-6) from 3-point range.

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