Broncos Host New Mexico State Thursday...

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►  What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University (11-8, 2-3 WAC) will host New Mexico State University (9-10, 3-2 WAC) and league leading Louisiana Tech University (13-5, 5-0 WAC) this week in Taco Bell Arena. Tip-off for both contests is 7:05 p.m. (Mountain).

►  Game 20: NMSU at Boise State, Jan. 27
The Broncos and Aggies will meet for the 23rd time in the series this Thursday night in Taco Bell Arena. New Mexico State enters the game tied with Idaho for third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings at 3-2. Meanwhile, Boise State is a game back in a four-way tie for fifth place at 2-3. Last year the Aggies swept the season series which included a 87-83 overtime win in Boise, their first ever victory in Boise after eight defeats. 

This game will feature the WAC’s seventh and 12th-ranked scorers in Boise State’s Kati Isham (14.7 ppg) and Lauren Lenhardt (12.8 ppg) against NMSU’s ninth and 10th-ranked scorers in Jasmine Lowe (13.2 ppg) and Tabytha Wampler (13.1 ppg).

►  Looking at Boise State
Boise State enters the contest coming off a 68-48 defeat at Idaho last Saturday in Moscow. Prior to that, the Broncos notched their first two league wins Jan. 13-15 defeating San Jose State 83-51 and Hawaii 69-63 in Boise.

Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 14.7 points per game to rank seventh in the WAC. She is second in the conference and 34th nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 41.9 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 12.8 points (12th in WAC) and 6.2 rebounds (12th in WAC) per contest. Senior post Janie Bos adds 9.1 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game.

Offensively, Boise State is averaging 69.4 points per game (3rd in WAC) and 39.8 rebounds (6th in WAC) on the year. The Broncos are shooting WAC second-bests 42 percent from the floor and 32.9 percent from the 3-point arc. In addition, they have shot 68.9 percent (6th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 66.6 points per game (6th in WAC) and 39.8 rebounds (8th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-1.2 in turnover margin (5th in WAC).

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.

►  Looking at New Mexico State
The Aggies where picked to place sixth in the WAC by both the league’s coaches and media in preseason polls.
NMSU enters the week at 9-10 overall and 3-2 to open WAC play. Last week the Aggies defeated Utah State 75-71 at home. That was preceded by a 76-49 loss at Fresno State on Jan. 15 and a 65-46 home loss to Nevada on Jan. 12.

New Mexico State is led by its senior trio of Madison Spence averaging 14.1 points per game, Jasmine Lowe at 13.2 ppg and Danisha Corbitt chipping in 10.1 ppg. Joining those three is junior Tabytha Wampler at 13.1 points and a team-high 8.3 points per game.  

 The Aggies are shooting 37.5 percent (7th in WAC) from the floor, 32.2 percent (5th in WAC) from the arc and 72.2 percent (2nd in WAC)from the free-throw line. NMSU averages 65.5 points per game (7th in WAC) and allows 68 (7th in WAC).

►  Radio Schedule
All Bronco radio broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. Both broadcasts this weekend will be on Boise State Public Radio, KBSU (AM 730) and will start at 6:45 p.m. Jack Smith will call the action for the games.

►  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 2-3  to enter this week’s contests at 11-8 overall. The Broncos are 7-3 at home and 4-5 on the road in 2010-11.

Boise State at Idaho: Moscow, Idaho (1/22/2011) - Boise State lost a tough game 68-48 at the University of Idaho last time out. The Vandals opened the second half hot hitting five 3-pointers early and shot 52 percent from the floor to blow open a nine-point halftime lead to over 20 midway through the period. Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos with 14 points followed by Kati Isham with nine. Boise State shot 36.7 percent from the floor and 18 percent from the arc as the Broncos scored a season-low 48 points in the loss to their rivals.     

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 adding 13 rebounds to her point total. Janie Bos was the only other Bronco 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.

►  Boise State vs. New Mexico State Series Recap
Thursday is the 23rd meeting all-time between these two programs dating back to the day they were both in the Big West Conference (1996-2001). Boise State currently holds a slim 12-10 advantage in the series.   In WAC regular-season games Boise State has a 6-4 advantage and a 8-1 mark all-time in Boise.
 
►  The 2009-10 Season Series
Boise State lost both games to New Mexico State for the first time in series history. New Mexico State swept the season series last year winning 87-83 in overtime at Boise and 85-76 in Las Cruces.

Then-senior Tasha Harris led the Broncos averaging 20 points and seven rebounds a game against the Aggies. She was followed by Melissa Rima who averaged 18 points and 9.5 boards. Rima set the school record for free-throws made in the Las Cruces game hitting 16 of 19 attempts on her way to recording career-highs for points at 24 and rebounds with 12. Janie Bos added 12.5 points and six rebounds per game versus the Aggies last season. Both Rima and Bos are seniors this year.

NMSU was led by then-senior Crystal Boyd and current Aggie Jasmine Lowe who averaged 14 and 13 points respectively. Current junior Erica Sanchez scored 23 points in one game against the Broncos last year. 
 
►  Boise State vs. WAC
Boise State is 71-88 all-time in WAC regular-season games. However, against its current membership the Broncos are 62-64 in conference contests. Boise State is a combined 132-108 overall versus the current membership in all games (conference and nonconference games).