Boise State on the Road at Wyoming Saturday
Boise State continues a rare two-game road trip this season with a Saturday afternoon encounter at Wyoming.
Story Lines for Wyoming Game
- Mountain West action continues this weekend when Boise State University (11-9, 2-3 MW) wraps up a rare two-game road trip this season.
- The action began Wednesday night when the Broncos lost at UNLV 66-50.
- The Broncos will finish the week at the University of Wyoming (6-12, 2-3 MW) in Laramie where they will tip at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Arena Auditorium.
Boise State Versus Wyoming
- Boise State will look to snap a three-game skid this Saturday when the Broncos take on the Wyoming Cowgirls at 2:00 p.m. in Laramie.
- The Broncos dropped a pair of home conference games last week losing 60-52 to Colorado State Tuesday and 74-68 to TCU on Saturday. Those were followed by the road loss at UNLV Wednesday.
- After struggling with field goal shooting in the first four league games, the Broncos shot above 40 percent at UNLV. They will look to continue that up swing Saturday.
- Boise State is 3-4 on the road this year and 1-1 in league games, including a 81-75 victory at Air Force on Jan. 14.
- Saturday will be a battle between the two teams tied for fifth place in the league standings at 2-3.
- A road win for Boise State would be big for the Broncos as they near the middle of the conference campaign.
- Boise State has never won in the state of Wyoming in three tries.
A Quick Look at Wyoming
- Saturday's encounter will be the eighth in the all-time series and the first as conference rivals.
- Boise State leads the series 4-3, including a 73-67 victory the last time they met on Dec. 31, 2009, in Boise.
- In the previous seven meetings six were won by the home team, while Boise State won once on a neutral floor in 1993.
High Scoring Broncos
- Wyoming enters the game tied with Boise State at 2-3 in conference, while the Cowgirls are 6-12 overall.
- The Cowgirls have lost two straight. They lost at Colorado State (62-58) last Saturday followed by a loss Tuesday night at San Diego State (56-45).
- Wyoming was picked to place fifth in the MW preseason poll, tied with UNLV.
- Wyoming features the sixth ranked scoring offense on the season and fifth ranked defense at 57.6 and 59.3 points per game respectively.
- Leading the Cowgirls are Chaundra Sewell on the year averaging 12.7 points per game (12th MW), Ashley Sickles adds 12.1 ppg. Kayla Woodward is third averaging in 11.1 ppg (14th MW) on the year, but leads them in league games at 18.2 ppg (t-2nd MW). Sewell leads the MW in rebounding at 8.8 rebounds per game.
- This is Joe Legerski's ninth season as head coach at Wyoming where he is 166-102.
Boise State's National Statistical Rankings (as of 1/27/2012)
- Boise State enters the game second in the Mountain West for field goal percentage at 41.9 percent and 3-point percentage at 33.7 percent, while featuring the top percentage from the free-throw line at 74.1 percent.
- Their shooting success has led to a league best 70.4 points per game.
- Boise State has scored over 80 points seven times this year going 5-2 in those games. They have been over 70 points 10 times (7-3).
- The Broncos are 1-5 when scoring below 60 points.
- In MW games Boise State's numbers have dipped ranking fifth in scoring offense (63.2 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage at 37.5 percent, fifth in 3-point percentage at 32.3 percent.
- They are shooting a league-best 80 percent from the free-throw line in five MW games.
The Broncos Defensively
- Offensively, the Broncos are ranked in the top 100 nationally for scoring offense (51st), field goal percentage (59th), 3-point percentage (51st), 3-pointers made per game (47th), free throw percentage (31st) and assists (85th).
The Broncos on the Glass
- Defensively, the Broncos are seventh in the MW for scoring defense giving up 67.2 points per game, in league games they are also seventh allowing 64.2 ppg.
- On the year they are seventh in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 40.6 percent from the floor.
- Boise State is third in the MW for 3-point defense this season holding opponents to 29.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Miscellaneous Quick Hits
- The Broncos are third in the MW for rebound defense holding teams to 35.7 boards per game.
- Boise State is fourth for rebound offense averaging 39.1 per game.
- Boise State has out rebounded all but five teams (six games) this season and is third in the conference in rebound margin at +3.4.
- The Broncos average 13.9 offensive boards a game, good for an average of 11.6 points per game on second chance points.
- Free Throw Shooting: Boise State leads the Mountain West in Free throw shooting at 74.1 percent on the year, but have bumped that up to 80 percent in league games. Boise State never lead in this category in 10 season as members of the Western Athletic Conference.
- Field Goal Shooting: Four of the five starters are shooting 40 percent or better from the floor this season. Lauren Lenhardt leads at 53.7 percent followed by Kati Isham at 42.4 pct., Kinzi Poteet at 41.6 pct.,Heather Pilcher at 40.8 pct., while Nicole Brady is at 38.7 pct.
- 3-Point Shooting: Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year and five have 10 or more. Kati Isham leads with 51 followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 20, Nicole Brady with 19, and Diana Lee with 16.
- Assists: Boise State has done a good job of passing the ball around ranked second in the MW for assists at 13.9 per game, 85th nationally. Four Broncos are ranked in the MW top 13 for assists with Pilcher seventh (2.9 apg) followed by Lister in ninth (2.5 apg), Lee (2.3 apg) in 12th and Isham in 13th (2.2 apg).
Quick Hits on Bronco to Watch Kati Isham, Senior Guard
- Led Boise State last year in scoring at 12.7 points per game and shot a team-high 37 percent (70-189) from 3-point range. She started at two-guard in every game.
- This year she is ranked second in the MW averaging 15.4 points per game.
- She is shooting 42.4 percent from the floor (12th MW), 38.1 percent from long range (3rd MW) and 81 percent (8th MW) from the free-throw line.
- Isham leads the MW in 3-pointers made per game at 2.6 and is third in 3-point percentage at 38.1 percent (51-134).
- She has recorded double figure points 18 times this year with a high of 23 at New Mexico St. (1/7/12), 37 times in her career.
- Isham has a team-high five games this season with 20-plus points.
- She was named Mountain West Player of the Week on Jan. 9.
Lauren Lenhardt, Junior Forward/Center
Nicole Brady, Redshirt-Senior Forward
- Lenhardt was second in scoring last year as a starter averaging 12.2 points per game and second-best 5.6 rebounds.
- Missed first game of the season this year with an injury. After coming in off the bench in eight of her first nine games back, she has since moved into the starting lineup full-time at center.
- This year she is averaging 14.7 points per game (4th MW) and 5.9 rebounds (12th MW). In league games she has recorded three games over 20 points and leads the league in scoring at 22 points per game.
- She is shooting 53.7 percent (2nd MW/24th NCAA) from the floor.
- Lenhardt is second in 3-point percentage on the season in the MW at 42.6 (20-47) but leads during conference games hitting 56.3 percent (9-16).
- The junior has reached double digit points 16 times this year and 39 times in her career, season-high was 29 at Air Force (1/14/12).
- She has two double-doubles on the year; 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Seattle (12/4/11) and 22 points and 10 boards against TCU (1/21/12).
- Lenhardt has been named MW Player of the Week twice this year on Nov. 28 and Jan. 16.
- Brady has started 17 of 20 games averaging 8.8 points and team-high 7.4 rebounds (5th MW) per game.
- The senior is averaging 7.6 rpg during league games (5th MW).
- She has two doubles-doubles on the year recording 10 points and 11 boards vs. Southern Oregon (1/11/11), in addition to a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds at Utah State (11/23/11).
- She has a team-high six games with 10-plus boards including a career-high 13 against Weber State (11/13/11).
Kinzi Poteet, Junior Forward
Heather Pilcher, Senior Guard/Wing
- Poteet is the only Bronco to start all 20 games this.
- Averaging 6.3 points and second-best 6.6 rebounds per game (8th MW).
- The career 56.3 percent free throw shooter went 6-17 (.353 pct.) from the free-throw line in the first seven contests ending with the Syracuse game. Since then Poteet has gone 25-31 (.807 pct.) in the last 13 games.
Mountain West Era Begins
- Pilcher is the only senior to have played all four seasons at Boise State where she has started 54 of 113 games played, primarily as a wing/three-guard.
- This year she is shooting 40.8 percent (14th MW) from the floor, 29.5 percent (13-44) from the arc and 76.5 percent (26-34) from the charity stripe, has not missed a free throw in league (6-of-6).
- Averaging a team fourth-best 7.8 points per game to go with 3.7 rebounds and team-high 2.9 assists (7th MW).
- A new era begins this year with Boise State's first Mountain West campaign.
- The Broncos won their inaugural MW game Wednesday (Jan. 11) night 65-46 over New Mexico in Boise. It was also the program's 600th victory all-time.
- The Broncos are 15-8 all-time against the current membership of the MW.
- Boise State joins Colorado State University, San Diego State University, Texas Christian University (TCU), University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV), University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming and the U.S. Air Force Academy as members of the Mountain West.
- The Mountain West is the sixth conference that the women's basketball program has been affiliated with since the inaugural season of 1970-71.
- Overall, the Broncos have been league rivals with 40 different schools (including the seven in the MW this year) in 42 years.
- Boise State's all-time record in conference games is 255-253 (.502 pct).
- The Broncos left the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) last summer following ten years of membership.