Broncos Face Key Battle In Vegas
Feb. 2, 2018

Boise State (13-8, 7-3 MW) at UNLV (12-8, 7-2 MW)
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
Las Vegas, Nev. - Thomas and Mack Center

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (13-8, 7-3 MW) resumes play after its first bye of the Mountain West season, traveling to Las Vegas to face UNLV (12-8, 7-2 MW) Saturday at 4 p.m. MT. The Broncos return to Boise following Saturday’s road contest in Vegas, and will have a two-game homestand, hosting New Mexico (Feb. 7) and Utah State (Feb. 10).

It wasn’t pretty, but Boise State picked up its second-straight win last Saturday with a 49-46 victory over Air Force.

The Bronco defense came through for its struggling offense, limiting Air Force to just 29.1-percent shooting and 16 field goals in the contest. On the game’s final possession, the Bronco defense smothered Air Force’s attack, forcing two desperation 3-pointers that were well off-target, to preserve the victory.

On offense, Riley Lupfer led the way with 14 points and four 3-pointers, while Shalen Shaw finished with nine points and six rebounds, and Marta Hermida scored 10 points with six rebounds and three assists.

Boise State heads to Las Vegas for the return matchup at UNLV Saturday. The Lady Rebels, since falling to the Broncos, 69-60, at Taco Bell Arena on Dec. 30, have won seven of eight, and are led by the play of Katie Powell (16.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and Brooke Johnson (15.6 ppg, 4.10 apg).

In the Dec. 30 Boise State win over UNLV, Riley Lupfer scored a career-high 28 points and went 7-for-14 from 3-point range, as the Broncos hit 12 3-pointers. Tess Amundsen’s seven points in the second quarter helped the Broncos outscore the Lady Rebels, 22-8, in the frame and break open what had been a 16-16 game after one.

Riley Lupfer enters Saturday’s contest at UNLV with a chance to set Boise State’s single-season record for 3-pointers made.

Currently at 78 treys (third all-time in Boise State single-season history), Lupfer needs just four more to eclipse Abby Vaughan’s record of 81 set in 2002-03.

From a career standpoint, Lupfer cracked the Boise State top 10 for 3-pointers made last Saturday against Air Force. Her four treys in the contest brought her career tally to 134, good for 10th all-time.

While UNLV plays the majority of its regular-season contests at Cox Pavilion, this Saturday’s matchup with the Broncos will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center. That’s sure to be a welcome change for the Broncos, who are 6-1 at Thomas and Mack, site of the Mountain West Tournament, over the last three seasons. In fact, over Boise State’s 6-1 mark at Thomas and Mack over the last three conference tournaments, the Broncos are 1-1 against the Lady Rebels.

In a strange reversal of things, Boise State may just be more comfortable playing on hostile courts this season, as the Broncos have a 6-1 mark in true away games as opposed to a 7-5 mark at home. Boise State’s six true away wins this season, following Jan. 24’s win at San Jose State, stand just two back of the eight in 2015-16, a mark that was the highest since winning 10 true road games in 2006-07. Boise State’s 4-1 road mark in Mountain West play is also just a win back of the 5-4 road MW records of the past two seasons, with the program’s all-time best conference road win total being seven (1991-92 Big Sky).

Redshirt sophomore A’Shanti Coleman has established herself as one of Boise State’s top players off the bench this season, as she leads the Broncos with 20 blocks in addition to averaging 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and shooting 52.1 percent from the field over 18.4 minutes per game.

Coleman, who sat out the 2016-17 campaign after transferring from Arizona, has continued her strong play against Mountain West opponents, averaging 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds with 11 blocks and a 55.6 field-goal percentage. On Jan. 24 against San Jose State, she had a career day, scoring a career-best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

Junior guard Marta Hermida has played a key role in Boise State’s 7-3 start to Mountain West play, as she is averaging 10.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.50 assists per game in conference play.

Heading into Saturday’s contest, Hermida is second in the Mountain West with 4.10 assists per game, and on Jan. 24 at San Jose State set the Boise State single-game record with 14.

For the year, Hermida ranks in the team’s top two in scoring (10.6 ppg, second), rebounding (5.8 rpg, second) and assists (5.29 apg, first). She set another bit of program history back on Nov. 26 against Corban, recording just the second triple-double in Bronco history with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.

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