Boise State Travels to Play Fresno State Wednesday Night on ESPNU ...

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► What’s Happening Next
     Boise State University’s women’s basketball team will travel to Fresno, Calif., to meet Western Athletic Conference leading Fresno State Wednesday night in the Save Mart Center. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with the tip scheduled for around 9:00 p.m. (Mountain). This is the first of two scheduled games between the Broncos and Bulldogs this year and the first meeting between the schools on national television.  
     Wednesday’s encounter with the Bulldogs is the 23rd meeting of the Boise State-Fresno State series. Boise State enters the contest at 13-6 overall and 2-3 in conference. Meanwhile, Fresno State is undefeated in league play bringing a 6-0 WAC mark and 15-5 overall record into the game.
     The game features Boise State’s second-ranked scoring offense averaging 72.2 ppg and seventh ranked scoring defense 66.9 ppg, versus Fresno State’s third-ranked scoring offense 71.2 ppg and second-place defense allowing 61.4 ppg. It  also features three of the top-five scorers in the WAC with Fresno State’s Jaleesa Ross leading the league at 17.8 ppg and Boise State’s senior duo of Tasha Harris averaging 16.6 ppg and Jessica Van Hoogen at 15.6 ppg ranked fourth and fifth respectively.

► 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 #20

(Note: WAC rankings are as of 1/25/2010 and national rankings are as of 1/24/2010)


Looking at Boise State

► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 13-6 overall and 2-3 in conference. The Broncos snapped a three-game skid last Wednesday night defeating San Jose State for their first WAC win, then followed that up with a win over Hawaii on Saturday. Boise State has been solid at home this year going 9-1, 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 sweep at home last week defeating San Jose State 75-53 and Hawaii 73-64. Prior 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.

Hawai’i Game Short Recap - All five Bronco starters recorded double-figure points in the same game for the first time this season. The contest was tight throughout with Boise State rallying from eight-points down early in the second period. The Broncos slowly pulled away down the stretch out scoring Hawaii 19-9 in the final six minutes to claim the nine point victory. The Broncos won it at the free-throw line, and area that cost them dearly in the three loses, going 83.3 percent (25-30) and 10-of-10 in the final 2:16 of the game.  Jessica Van Hoogen and Tasha Harris led the team with 16 points each followed by 12 from Rebecca Kepilino, and 10 each from Janie Bos and Julia Marshall.

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.

► Who to Watch  
Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard leads the team in scoring at 16.6 points (4th in WAC, 79th nationally), 6.1 rebounds (11th in WAC), and a WAC second-best 3.3 assists. Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,583 and first in career free throws made (432) and attempted (587). She is ranked first in the WAC for free throw percentage in league games at 88.9 (24-27).
Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 15.6 points (5th in WAC, 117th nationally), 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She ranks third in career points at Boise State with 1,506.
Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 8.6 points to go with a team-high 6.5 rebounds (9th in WAC) per game.
Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 6.7 points while adding 4.9 boards.

► Offensively as a Team
The Broncos average 72.2 points per game (2nd in WAC, 38th nationally) while shooting 39.7 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 28.5 percent (9th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 70.2 percent (4th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 42.9 rebounds per game and gives up 38.7 (7th in WAC), for a plus 4.2 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
The Broncos allow 66.9 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.2 percent (5th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28.5 percent (2nd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 2.0 in turnover margin (2nd in WAC) committing a average of 17.4 per game while forcing 19.4 per game.  Boise State is ranked 15th nationally for steals per game at 11.6.

► 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 92-53 while at Boise State and is 488-179 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 3-6 versus Fresno State as Boise State’s head coach. 
 

Looking at Fresno State

► The Bulldogs
Fresno State enters the game at 15-5 overall and 6-0 in league. The Bulldogs returned all five starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 24-9 campaign that saw them go 12-4 in league play to tie for first.

► What’s Happened Recently
Fresno State has won six-straight to open conference play winning by an average of 17.5 points per game. Last week they defeated Nevada on the road 75-66 then Louisiana Tech 71-61 in Fresno.     

► Who to Watch
On the year Fresno State has two players averaging double-figure points. Jaleesa Ross leads the conference at 17.8 points per game to go with a team-high 6.1 rebounds. Hayley Munro follows with 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.     

► Offensively as a Team
The Fresno State averages 71.2 points per game (3rd in WAC) while shooting 41.7 percent (2nd in WAC) from the floor, 34.4 percent (3rd in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 68.9 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, The Bulldogs average 37.4 rebounds (6th in WAC) and are a +0.8 in rebound margin (4th in WAC).

► Defensively as a Team
Defensively Fresno State allows 61.4 points per game (2nd in WAC) and holds opponents to 41.1 percent (7th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 30.7 percent (4th in WAC) from the arc. 

► The Head Coach
The Bulldogs are in their fifth year under Adrian Wiggins as head coach. To date, he has gone 110-50 at Fresno State and 7-3 against Boise State. 
 

Looking at the Series

► Boise State Versus Fresno State
Wednesday’s encounter between the Bulldogs and Broncos will be the 23rd in the series with Fresno State holding a 13-9 advantage. The Bulldogs swept the Broncos last year winning 62-52 in Fresno followed by a 70-58 win in Boise.

► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 63-68 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 114-99 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.