► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team will host Western Athletic Conference rival Utah State University this Saturday night in the first game of a doubleheader with the Bronco men hosting the Fresno State Bulldogs following the women’s contest. Tip for the Bronco-Aggie game is schedule for 7:05 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. This is the first of two scheduled games between the Broncos and Aggies this year and 19th encounter in the all-time series which Boise State leads 14-4.
Boise State enters the contest at 13-7 overall and 2-4 in conference and is coming off a disappointing 73-66 lose at Fresno State this past Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Utah State brings an 11-9 mark and 3-4 record in WAC play to the game. The Aggies are coming off a close 57-55 road victory at the University of Idaho on Wednesday.
The game features Boise State’s second-ranked scoring offense averaging 71.9 points per game and seventh-ranked scoring defense 67.2, versus Utah State’s eighth-ranked scoring offense averaging 59.2 points and top-ranked defense that is allowing a league low 57.5. It also features the conferences top 3-point shooting team in Utah State hitting 36.1 percent against the WAC’s second-ranked 3-point defensive team in Boise State that holds opponents to 28.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Boise State is led by its senior duo of Tasha Harris averaging 16.7 points (4th in WAC) and 6.2 rebounds (10th in WAC) per game, and Jessica Van Hoogen who adds 16 points (5th in WAC) and 2.9 steals (2nd WAC). Amber White leads Utah State in scoring average at 11.5 points (13th in WAC) per game while adding 4.1 rebounds.
► Special Doubleheader Promotion
Boise State is continuing its special doubleheader promotion for this Saturday. Anyone who arrives prior to halftime of the women’s basketball game can purchase a ticket for $5.00. The ticket is for a reserved seat good for both games, you will not have to move for the men’s 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 #21
(Note: WAC rankings are as of 1/27/2010 and national rankings are as of 1/28/2010)
Looking at Boise State
► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 13-7 overall and 2-4 in conference tied for seventh place in the standings. The Broncos are coming in off a tough seven-point 73-66 loss at Fresno State on Wednesday. Prior to that they snapped a three-game skid last week defeating San Jose State for their first WAC win, then followed that up with a win over Hawaii. 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 six road games and is now 4-6 away from Boise.
► What’s Happened Recently
Boise State lost 73-66 at Fresno State on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Last week the Broncos swept San Jose State 75-53 and Hawaii 73-64 in Boise. 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.
Fresno State Game Short Recap - Boise State’s Jessica Van Hoogen and Tasha Harris combined for 41 points in the loss at Fresno State. The Bulldogs scored the opening basket and never trailed in the game leading by as many as 13 points with 6:42 to play in the second half. However, the Broncos kept the game close throughout and tied the score up twice in the second period. They came within four points late and had chances to get closer but came up short. In the end free throws and defensive rebounding cost the Broncos as the Bulldogs out scored Boise State 15 (15-of-18) to four (4-of-5) from the line and 19 to five on second chance points.
► Who to Watch
● Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points (3rd in WAC, 77th nationally), 6.2 rebounds (10th in WAC), and a WAC third-best 3.2 assists. Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,601 and first in career free throws made (435) and attempted (590). She is ranked first in the WAC for free throw percentage in league games at 90 (27-30).
● Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 16 points (5th in WAC, 97th nationally), 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She ranks third in career points at Boise State with 1,529.
● Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 8.3 points to go with a team-high 6.3 rebounds (9th in WAC) per game.
● Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 6.9 points while adding 4.9 boards.
► As a Team
Offensively, the Broncos average 71.9 points per game (2nd in WAC, 39th nationally) while shooting 39.8 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 29.1 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 70.4 percent (4th 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 38.8 (7th in WAC), for a plus 3.9 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
Defensively, the Broncos allow 67.2 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.3 percent (6th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28.4 percent (2nd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.7 in turnover margin (2nd in WAC) committing a average of 17.6 per game while forcing 19.3 per game. Boise State is ranked 18th nationally for steals per game at 11.5.
► The Head Coach
The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 92-56 while at Boise State and is 488-180 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 7-2 versus Utah State as Boise State’s head coach.
Looking at Utah State
► The Aggies
Utah State enters the game at 11-9 overall and 3-4 in league. Utah State is coming into Saturday’s game off a 57-55 road victory at Idaho this past Wednesday. Prior to that the Aggies had dropped four straight in league action.
The Aggies returned three starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s 16-15 campaign that saw them go 9-7 in league play to tie for fifth place.
► Who to Watch
On the year Utah State has one player averaging double-figure points, that being, Amber White a 5-10 wing that averages 11.5 points (13th in WAC) and 4.1points a game. Alice Coddington follows in scoring with 8.7 ppg, while Lydia Whitehead leads in the boards at 7.7 rebounds per game (3rd in WAC).
► As a Team
The Utah State averages 59.2 points per game (8th in wAC) while allowing a league-best 57.5. The Aggies shot 40.2 percent from the floor, a WAC-high 36.1 percent from the 3-point arc, and 67.5 percent from the free-throw line.
► The Head Coach
The Aggies are in their seventh year under Raegan Peebly as head coach. Peebly was hired to restart the Aggie program in 2002 and has gone 69-122 to date. While at Utah State she has gone 3-7 against Boise State.
Looking at the Series
► Boise State Versus Utah State
Saturday’s encounter between the Aggies and Broncos will be the 19th in the series with Boise State holding a commanding 14-4 advantage. However, Utah State earned its first victories over Boise State since the program was restarted when the Aggies swept the Broncos last year winning 58-44 in Logan then followed with a 65-61 win in Boise.
► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 63-69 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 114-100 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.