Boise State Heads to Hawai?i for Wednesday Night Encounter

►  What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team has a pair of games on its slate for the week. The action begins with a road trip to the islands to play the University of Hawai’i at 9:00 p.m. (Mountain) Wednesday night in Honolulu. That will be followed by a home game on Saturday when the Broncos return to host Utah State University in Taco Bell Arena at 7:00 p.m.

►  Game 22: Boise State at Hawai’i, Feb. 2
Boise State enters Wednesday’s game in Honolulu on a three-game losing streak. The Broncos are 11-10 overall and 2-5 in WAC play, tied for seventh place. Meanwhile, Hawai’i has yet to win in conference play entering the contest at 6-15 overall and 0-8 in league, which includes a 75-62 loss Monday night at home to Nevada. This is the second meeting of the year and the final time that these two teams will meet at conference rivals in the regular-season as Boise State heads to the Mountain West Conference next year.   

This game will feature two teams looking to turn their fortunes around after slow starts to the conference season. Boise State will be led by junior guard Kati Isham (15 ppg) and sophomore post Lauren Lenhardt (13.7 ppg) ranked seventh and ninth in the WAC respectively in scoring. Hawai’i will counter with freshman sensation Kamilah Jackson ranked 11th in scoring (13 ppg) and second nationally in rebounding (13.1 rpg). 

►  Boise State vs. Hawai’i Series Recap
Wednesday’s game will be the 22nd in the series with the Rainbow Wahine holding a slim 11-10 lead all-time. This is the second meeting of the year between the two schools with Boise State winning the first encounter 69-63 in Boise on Jan. 15.  All of the games in the series have taken place since the Broncos joined the WAC for the 2001-02 season. Hawai’i dominated the early series winning the first six contests and nine of the first 11. However, Boise State has clawed back winning eight of the last 10 meetings. Hawai’i leads the regular-season series 11-8 with the Broncos owning the WAC Tournament series 2-0. In games played in Honolulu the Rainbow Wahine lead 7-2, games played in Boise favor the Broncos 6-4 as do contests on neutral floors 2-0, both WAC Tournament meetings. The two teams split last year’s series with Boise State winning 73-64 in Boise and Hawai’i winning the return game 66-64 in Honolulu. 
►  The Last Time
BOISE, Idaho (1/15/2011): Boise State defeated Hawai’i 69-63 in the first meeting two weeks ago at Boise. The Broncos battled hard to defeat Hawai’i in a game that saw momentum swing back and forth. The largest lead of the game was eight points by Boise State while Hawai’i’s was four. There were eight ties and 10 lead changes in the contest.

Lauren Lenhardt led the way for Boise State scoring over half of the team’s points on her way to tying the school scoring record with 37. She recorded the second double-double of her career with 13 rebounds. Janie Bos was the only other Broncos in double-figure points with 10 to go with five boards. Boise State shot 34.8 percent from the floor, 26.3 percent from the arc and 75 percent from the charity stripe.

Shawna Kuehu led Hawai’i with 18 points and eight rebounds, Megan Tinnin added 16 points and nine rebounds, Keisha Kanekoa added 14 points. Kamilah Jackson recorded 22 rebounds and seven points. Hawai’i shot 31.5 percent from the floor, 40.9 percent from the 3-point arc and 50 percent from the foul line.

►  Looking at Boise State
The Broncos are 11-10 overall and 2-5 in WAC play which ranks them tied for seventh place in the standings with San Jose State. Boise State enters the week coming off a pair of home loses 87-71 to New Mexico State and 93-86 to La Tech. Prior to that, the Broncos lost 68-48 at Idaho on Jan. 22 to bring a three-game losing streak to the islands.

Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 15 points per game to rank seventh in the WAC. She leads the conference and is ranked 26th nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 42.1 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 13.7 points (9th in WAC) and 6.4 rebounds (10th in WAC) per contest on the year, in league games she leads in scoring at 18.1 ppg (3rd in WAC). Senior post Janie Bos adds 9.2 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game.

Offensively, Boise State is averaging 70.2 points per game (3rd in WAC) and 39.8 rebounds (6th in WAC) on the year. The Broncos are shooting a WAC third-bests 41.9 percent from the floor and 33.2 percent from the 3-point arc. In addition, they are converting 70.5 percent (3rd in WAC) from the free-throw line.

Defensively, the Broncos allow 68.8 points per game (9th in WAC) and 39.1 rebounds (6th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-1.6 in turnover margin (5th in WAC).

Boise State returned two starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s 19-12 team that went 8-8 in WAC play to tie for fourth place. The Broncos were picked to place fifth by the coaches and fourth by the media in this year’s preseason polls.

►  Looking at Hawai’i
The Rainbow Wahine where picked to place seventh in the WAC by the league’s coaches and eighth by the media in preseason polls. Hawai’i enters the game at 6-15 overall and 0-8 in WAC play. They lost 75-62 Monday night at home to Nevada to extended their losing streak to nine games.

Kamilah Jackson leads the Rainbow Wahine at 12.6 points and a WAC best 12.6 rebounds per game. She was ranked second nationally in rebounding heading into Monday night’s contest. Keisha Kanekoa is second on the team at 11.3 points per game. There are three other players that average between eight and nine points per game.

Hawai’i averages 60.4 points per game (8th in WAC) and allow 66.8 (6th in WAC). The Wahine shot 37 percent (8th in WAC) from the floor and  league-lows from the arc (25.4 pct) and free-throw line (62.6 pct).

►  Radio Schedule
All Bronco radio broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. The Hawai’i game broadcasts will be on Boise State Public Radio, KBSU (AM 730) and will start at 8:45 p.m. (Mountain). Jack Smith will call the action for the game.

►  Recently for the Broncos
Boise State completed its nonconference schedule at 9-5 overall going 5-3 at home and 4-2 on the road. They opened WAC play going 2-5  to enter Wednesday at 11-10 overall. The Broncos are 7-5 at home and 4-5 on the road in 2010-11.

New Mexico State at Boise State: Boise, Idaho (1/27/2011) -
Lauren Lenhardt’s 30 points were not enough as Boise State fell victim to New Mexico State’s hot shooting from the 3-point arc in a 87-71 loss. In addition to the Aggies 15-of-24 shooting from beyond the arc, Boise State came out slow to begin each half digging themselves big holes. The combination of the two cost was too much to overcome. Boise State shot 41 percent from the floor, 26 percent from the arc and 88 percent from the free-throw line. NMSU responded to every Boise State rally attempt with 3-pointers as the Aggies shot 63 percent from the arc.

La Tech at Boise State: Boise, Idaho (1/29/2011) - Boise State’s rally attempt late in the game fell short as the Broncos lost a 93-86 shootout to Louisiana Tech in Taco Bell Arena. Down 15 points with five minutes to play, Boise State stormed back to make the outcome interesting pulling to within four points twice with under a minute to go. Boise State held La Tech without a field goal in the final five minutes, but the Lady Techsters held the Broncos off at the free-throw line converting 13-of-18 attempts in the final two minutes to get the victory. Kati Isham led Boise State with 20 points including hitting six-of-nine 3-point attempts followed by Nicole Brady with a career-high 15 points. 

►  Boise State vs. WAC
Boise State is 71-90 all-time in WAC regular-season games. However, against its current membership the Broncos are 62-66 in conference contests. Boise State is a combined 132-110 overall versus the current membership in all games (conference and nonconference games).

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