Boise State to Host UNLV in Key Mountain West Battle

Jan. 31, 2014

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GAME FACTS

  • Opponent: UNLV Lady Rebels (9-10, 6-2 MW)
  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena) 
  • Date: Feb. 1 (Saturday)
  • Time:  2 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats:  BroncoSports.com
  • Live Video:  BroncoSports.com

The Last Meeting
UNLV70
Boise State60
March 6, 2013
Boise, Idaho
Boise State Falls in Home Finale to UNLV
Boise State Falls in Home Finale to UNLV


WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • The Game: Boise State (11-8, 6-2 MW) will host UNLV (9-10, 6-2 MW) in a key Mountain West Conference battle between teams tied for second place in the league standings, tip is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action. 
  • Follow the Game: The contest against the Lady Rebels will feature live stats on BroncoSports.com at http://www.broncosports.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/bosu-w-baskbl-sched.html, as well as live video at http://www.broncosports.com/videos/.
  • Next Up: Boise State will hit the road for the start of round two in Mountain West play when the Broncos head to San Diego, Calif., for a Wednesday night encounter with the San Diego State Aztecs. 


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Saturday’s game will be the seventh meeting all-time in the series between the Broncos and Lady Rebels with UNLV holding a 4-2 advantage, the Rebels lead 4-0 in MW encounters.
  • Broncos at Home: Boise State has lost to UNLV twice in Taco Bell Arena over the last two seasons.
  • Last Year: UNLV won both games in 2-13, 75-61 in Las Vegas followed by a 70-60 win in Boise. 


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Preseason Poll: UNLV was picked to place fifth in the 2014 conference race in the combined coaches and media preseason poll, while Boise State was selected eighth. 
  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos have won five straight games and seven of their last nine. Most recently they defeated San Jose State 90-69 (Jan. 25) and Air Force (Jan. 29) 77-63 on the road. 
  • Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are 11-8 on the year and 6-2 in conference action ... they are tied with UNLV for second place in the league standings. 
  • Recently for UNLV: The Lady Rebels split last week losing 70-52 at UNLV, then rallied to defeat San Jose State at home 90-76. 
  • UNLV’s Record: The Lady Rebels are 9-10 overall and 6-2 in MW play, tied with Boise State for second. 
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 8-2 overall and 3-0 during MW action in Taco Bell Arena this year. They are 269-142 (.655 pct.) all-time in the arena.
  • Boise State on the Road: After dropping their first six road games of the season the Broncos are now on a three-game win streak and are 3-6 on the road.
  • UNLV on the Road: The Lady Rebels are 3-4 on the road this year. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Miquelle Askew leads the team in scoring at 13.5 ppg (10th MW), followed by Deanna Weaver averaging 13.4 points per game, followed by and Lexie Der at 11.2 ppg (21st MW). Der leads the team on the glass over the year at 6.5 rebounds per game (9th MW), Askew is second at 6.1 rpg (16th MW) with Weaver adding 6.6 rpg during league games. 
  • Leading the Lady Rebels: Alana Cesarz leads UNLV in scoring at 13.9 points per game (8th MW) followed by Danielle Miller at 13.6 ppg (9th MW). Aley Rohde leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 rpg (4th MW). 
  • Boise State as a Team: On the year Boise State is averaging 71.3 points (5th MW) and 36.9 rebounds (10th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 70.4 points (7th MW) and 39.5 boards (6th MW) per game ... in league they are scoring 70.4 ppg (6th MW) and rebounding 35.9 rpg (10th MW), while allowing 64.4 ppg (3rd MW) and 38 rpg (5th MW).
  • UNLV as a Team: This season the Lady Rebels average 66.7 points per game (8th MW) and 37.2 rebounds (10th MW) per game, while allowing 66.6 points (5th MW) and 39.9 rebounds per game (7th MW). In conference action they are averaging 69.9 ppg (8th MW) and 37.9 rpg (8th MW), defensively they allow 65.1 ppg (4th MW) and 39.9 rpg (7th MW).
  • The Coaches: Kathy Olivier is in her sixth season at UNLV where she is 81-96, her career mark is 313-304 in 21 years. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 146-121 and 543-248 in his 27th season all-time.


BRONCO NOTEBOOK

  • Mixing it Up, Leading Scorers: Boise State has had nine different players lead the team in scoring during the first 19 games. Miquelle Askew has led six times, while Deanna Weaver, Lexie Der and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego have led three times each, Brooke Pahukoa and Keiahnna Engel twice each, as well as Brandi Henton, Kenna McDavis and Kayla Reinhart having each led once.
  • Balanced Attack: Boise State has had a relatively balanced attack this year with five players averaging between 13.5 and 7.3 points per game. Miquelle Askew is averaging 13.6 points per game, after nine games Deanna Weaver is averaging 13.4 ppg, followed by Lexie Der at 11.2 ppg and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego at 10.2 ppg. 
  • Scoring Points: The Broncos are running a fast paced scoring offense this year which has them averaging 71.3 points per game to rank fifth in the Mountain West. 
  • Field Goal Attempts: The Broncos have taken more shots than their opponents in 15 of 19 games to date. Portland (Dec. 8) was the first team to take more shots than the Broncos, New Mexico (Jan. 22) was the last to do it and the only MW team to do so. 
  • Field Goal Shooting: The Broncos have shot better than their opponents percentage wise only six times this year most recently in a 73-64 win over San Diego State (Jan. 8), a 74-60 win over New Mexico (Jan. 22), 90-69 victory at San Jose State (Jan. 25) and a 77-63 win at Air Force. They average nearly eight more attempts a game than their opponents.
  • Charity Stripe: Boise State ranks fourth in the MW and 78th nationally in free throw percentage hitting 72.3 percent. 
  • Hitting 70 Percent from the Stripe: The Broncos have shot over 70 percent from the stripe in 11 of 19 games to date. Interestingly enough they are only 5-6 in those contest and tend to win more (6-2) percentage wise when shooting below 70 percent. In fact, they actually lost the top two games when they hit a season-high 88.6 percent versus Southern Utah (Nov. 8) and 85.7 percent at Wyoming. Boise State won the two games when it shot season-lows of 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5) and 53.3 percent versus New Mexico (Jan. 22). 
  • Turnovers: Boise State has had fewer or equal turnovers than the opponent in 16 of 19 contests and averages 19 points per game off turnovers, nearly five more than the opponents. The Broncos are second in the MW in turnover margin at +2.9 to rank 56th nationally.
  • Five Minute Mark: In Boise State’s first 19 contests the team leading with five minutes left in the game has won 18 times. Only once has a team rallied to win, that was in the Bronco’s victory over Idaho State (Nov. 29). 
  • 3-Point Shooting: Boise State is 5-1 win taking fewer 3-point attempts than the opponent and 6-7 when taking more. 
  • Broncos from Downtown: Boise State entered the league season as the 10th-ranked team in the MW for 3-point percentage at 29.5 percent. In league play they are ranked second hitting 41 percent. 
  • From the Arc During Streak: In Boise State’s current five-game win streak the Broncos have shot 44.4 percent from beyond the arc and are averaging 10.2 makes per game. Last week versus New Mexico and San Jose State they went a combined 25-of-49 in 3-point shooting for 51 percent, eight different players hit from the arc. 
  • Team Record Performance: The Broncos tied the school record for made 3-pointers in a game at San Jose State (Jan. 25) going 15-of-30 from beyond the arc. 
  • Below 70: The key for Boise State is keeping the opponent below 70 points, the Broncos are 10-1 this season when they do and 1-7 when they do not.

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