Broncos Host MW Leading Colorado State
Jan. 31, 2017

NEXT UP FOR THE BRONCOS

  • GAME 21: Colorado State (16-5, 8-1 MW) at Boise State (15-5, 5-4 MW)
  • LOCATION: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
  • DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 1
  • TIME: 7 p.m. (Mountain)
  • SERIES: Colorado State leads the series 8-5
  • INTERNET VIDEO STREAM:  Watch Live on Mountain West Network
  • RADIO BROADCAST: Listen Live on KTIK, AM 1350
  • LIVE STATS: Stats on GameTracker
  • PROMOTION:  Girls and Women in Sports Day is Wednesday with $3 tickets for any girls and women who attend.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING
  • The Game: The Broncos (15-5, 5-4 MW) close a two-game homestand against the top two teams in the Mountain West when they host Colorado State (16-5, 8-1 MW) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Taco Bell Arena. 
  • Next Up: Boise State will travel to Utah State (10-10, 3-6 MW) for a 2 p.m. tip Saturday afternoon in Logan against the Aggies.
  • Radio: KTIK (AM 1350) will carry all of the women’s games throughout the season. Chris Lewis is in his fourth season as the voice of the Broncos.
  • Internet Broadcast: You can also listen to the radio broadcast on the internet at BroncoSports.com. 
  • Watch Live: The game will be broadcast live on the internet via the Mountain West Network on BroncoSports.com. 

A QUICK GAME PREVIEW
  • This game begins the second half of MW play for the Broncos who find themselves tied for fourth place with UNLV at 5-4 in league. 
  • Boise State is coming off a 64-54 home victory over the Wyoming Cowgirls in Boise last Saturday (Jan. 28).
  • Brooke Pahukoa leads Boise State on the year averaging 13.8 points per game (8th MW) ... Shalen Shaw adds 10.7 points (18th MW) and team-high 7.1 rebounds (11th MW) per game.
  • On the year Boise State leads the Mountain West in scoring offense averaging 71.4 points per game while shooting 40 percent (4th MW) from the floor and 33.7 percent (4th MW) from behind the arc. 
  • Colorado State is 16-5 overall and leads the MW with a 8-1 record in league play.
  • The Rams have won eight straight since falling to the Broncos 51-45 in Fort Collins on Dec. 31 ... they are coming in off a 60-43 home win over San Diego State on Saturday.
  • Ellen Nystrom leads CSU in scoring and rebounding on the year averaging 16.0 points (3rd MW) and 8.0 boards (t-7th MW) per game ... Elin Gustavsson is the reigning MW Player of the Week and adds 13.4 points per game.
  • On the year Colorado State is averaging 67.4 points (5th MW) per game, while allowing 52.3 ppg (1st MW) ... the Rams shoot 43.5 percent (1st MW) from the floor as a team and 35.5 percent (2nd MW) from beyond the arc. 
  • This will be the 14th meeting in the series all-time which CSU leads 8-5 and 8-2 in the MW regular-season series.

LAST TIME THEY MET
  • Last time they met was in Fort Collins (Dec. 31) when Brooke Pahukoa scored a team-high 20 points to lead Boise State to its first win at three-time defending Mountain West champ Colorado State since the Broncos joined the league (2011-12).
  • The Broncos led the Rams for 33 minutes but never by more than seven points as they held on for a low-scoring 51-45 victory ... the win also snapped CSU’s 22 home game win streak and their 22 game conference win streak overall.
  • The Broncos were forced to win the game from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter where they made 10-of-12 attempts, including four key free throws in the final 16 seconds that took a two-point (47-45) lead and stretched it out to six (51-45) at the buzzer.
  • Marta Hermida converted two free throws following a rough foul with 16 seconds left ... 12 seconds later Brooke Pahukoa hit two with four seconds on the clock to close it out.


BRONCO FASTBREAK NOTES

TEAM NOTES
  • The Broncos are 5-4 in conference play following a 64-54 win over now-second-place Wyoming in Boise last Saturday.
  • Boise State is now 15-5 overall and 11-1 in Taco Bell Arena this season.
  • During league play the Broncos have been a much different team at home than they have been on the road ... Boise State is 4-1 at home winning by 10 points per game, while it is 1-3 on the road and losing by an average of 3.7 points per game.
  • On the year, Boise State has a balanced offensive attack and has had three or more players reach double-figure scoring in 15 of 20 games ... they are 13-2 in those 15 contests.
  • The balanced attack includes 10 players having scored double-digit points this season, seven have led the team in scoring at least once ... no one has led the team in scoring more than seven times (Brooke Pahukoa).
  • The Broncos currently have three players averaging double-digit points led by Brooke Pahukoa (13.8 ppg) followed by Shalen Shaw (10.7 ppg) and Marijke Vanderschaaf (10.2 ppg) ... six players average 7.0 or more points per game.
  • Four Broncos have reached double-digit points at least 10 times each and a total of six have had five or more with a high of 12 by Shaw.
  • Boise State is fourth in the MW for 3-point percentage as a team at .337 ... they are 38th in the nation for total 3-pointers made at 163 and 24th nationally for 3-pointers made per game at 8.2.
  • Defensively, Boise State ranks second in the MW and is 22nd nationally in 3-point defense holding opponents to 27.3 percent from beyond the arc.
  • The Broncos started the season off at 12-1 overall which tied for the best start in program history after 13 games, since the 1974-75 squad set the school record at 12-0 before dropping to 12-1 ... the 1971-72 and 1973-74 teams also went 12-1. 
  • Boise State just completed its best pre-conference campaign in program history at 10-1.
  • Winter Chill, Boise State shot 38.8 percent from 3-point range in nonconference play to lead the MW and rank 17th nationally, since Christmas and the start of league the Broncos have struggled shooting a chilly 27.3 percent to rank ninth in the MW (conference games). 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
  • Head coach Gordy Presnell hit the 600 career wins milestone against Portland (Dec. 18), Presnell is the 32nd coach in NCAA DI history to hit the mark ... he now has 606 wins. 
  • Brooke Pahukoa leads the team and ranks eighth in the MW for points per game at 13.8 ... she has nine games in double-digit points, six with 20-plus, including 21 at New Mexico (Jan. 18) and 23 versus San Jose State (Jan. 21).
  • Brooke Pahukoa has moved into 10th all-time (1,180) for career points at Boise State, 81 (1,261) short of tying for ninth.
  • Brooke Pahukoa is ninth in the MW for 3-point percentage at .366 and is sixth in the league for 3-pointers per game at 2.1.
  • Shalen Shaw is second on team and 18th in MW for scoring at 10.7 points per game ... she leads the team and is 11th in MW for rebounds at 7.1 per game. 
  • Shaw tallied a team-high eight rebounds against Concordia (Dec. 7) to reach the 500 career rebounds milestone ... she currently stands at 582 to rank 15th all-time at Boise State, 10 short of sole possession of 14th and 13 short of 12th.
  • Shaw ranks fourth among active players this year in the MW for career double-doubles with 14, two this season.
  • Yaiza Rodriguez has dished out nine or more assists in six contests to date and six or more in 12 games ... she has three with 10-plus.
  • Rodriguez is second in the MW and 15th nationally in assists per game at 6.6.
  • Rodriguez set the school’s career assists record earlier this fall at 452 and has since stretched it out to 556.
  • Rodriguez is now fourth in MW history for career assists at 556.
  • Marijke Vanderschaaf is averaging 6.4 rebounds per game (2nd on team / 15th MW) and has 12 games with six or more boards ... she had a career-high 11 in win at Colorado State (Dec. 31).
  • Vanderschaaf is averaging 10.3 points per game and has scored double-figure points in 10 contests including a career-high 22 at San Diego State (Jan. 7) and team-high 20 in the win over Wyoming (Jan. 28). 
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