Broncos Host Utah State Saturday Night
► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team lost 69-53 at Hawai’i on Wednesday night. The Broncos now return home to host Utah State University in Taco Bell Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.
► Game 23: Utah State at Boise State, Feb. 5
Boise State enters Saturday’s game looking to snap a four-game losing streak. The Broncos are 11-11 overall and 2-6 in WAC play, tied for seventh place. Meanwhile, Utah State is tied for third place at 5-3 in league action and 11-10 overall.
This is the second meeting of the year and the final time that these two teams will meet as conference rivals in the regular-season with Boise State heading to the Mountain West Conference next year. The Aggies won the first meeting in Logan 69-57.
Boise State is led by junior guard Kati Isham (14.6 ppg) and sophomore post Lauren Lenhardt (13.2 ppg) ranked seventh and ninth in the WAC respectively in scoring. Utah State will counter with Ashlee Brown (15.3 ppg) and Devyn Christensen (10.2 ppg) ranked fourth and 20th respectively.
► Boise State vs. Utah State Series Recap
Saturday’s game will be the 22nd meeting all-time in the series. The Aggies won the first meeting of the year 69-57 in Logan on Jan. 6 in the league opener for both schools. Utah State joined the WAC with the 2005-06 season. The two have met 12 times since then with the Broncos holding a 9-3 advantage. Boise State also leads in the all-time series by a 16-5 margin. The series breakdown is as follows: Boise State leads in games played at Logan 6-3, meetings in Boise 8-2, neutral courts 2-0, and WAC Tournament contests 1-0. Boise State swept the 2009-10 season series winning 70-63 in Boise followed by a 57-47 victory in Logan.
► The Last Time They Met
LOGAN, Utah (1/6/2011): Boise State lost its WAC opener 69-57 at Utah State. The Broncos shot a then-season-low 32 percent from the floor and 12 percent from the 3-point arc in the loss. Utah State took an early lead and never trailed in the game shooting 44 percent from the floor.
Boise State was led by Kati Isham with 18 points followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 10 points, Janie Bos added six points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Utah State had three players in double-figure scoring led by Devyn Christensen with 21 points. She was followed by Amber White with 14 points and Banna Diop with a double-double on 12 points and 12 rebounds.
► Looking at Boise State
The Broncos are 11-11 overall and 2-6 in WAC play which ranks them tied for seventh place in the standings with San Jose State. Boise State enters the weekend coming off four-consecutive losses. Most recently they lost at Hawai’i on Wednesday 69-53 preceded by 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.
Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 14.6 points per game to rank seventh in the WAC. She leads the conference and is ranked 25th nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 42 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 13.2 points (9th in WAC) and 6.2 rebounds (12th in WAC) per contest on the year, in league games she leads the team in scoring at 16.4 ppg (t-5th in WAC). Senior post Janie Bos adds 8.9 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game.
Offensively , Boise State is averaging 69.5 points per game (3rd in WAC) and 39.5 rebounds (6th in WAC) on the year. The Broncos are shooting a WAC third-bests 41.2 percent from the floor and 33.2 percent from the 3-point arc. In addition, they are converting 69.9 percent (4th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 68.8 points per game (9th in WAC) and 39.4 rebounds (8th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-1.4 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 Utah State
The Aggies where picked to place eighth in the WAC by the league’s coaches and seventh by the media in preseason polls. Utah State enters the game at 11-10 overall and 5-3 in WAC play. They have won three straight games including a 79-73 victory over Nevada in Reno on Thursday night. That was preceded by a pair of home wins over Hawai’i (52-41) and San Jose State (72-57).
Ashlee Brown leads the Aggies in scoring and on the glass at 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, ranked fourth and third respectively in the WAC. Caldwell, Idaho native, Devyn Christensen is second on the team at 10.2 points per game.
Utah State averages 66.7 points per game (5th in WAC) and allow 68.8 (8th in WAC). The Aggies shoot 41.1 percent (4th in WAC) from the floor, 29.5 percent from the arc and 68.4 percent from the free-throw line.
► Radio Schedule
All Bronco radio broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. The Utah State game broadcasts will be on Boise State Public Radio, KBSU (AM 730) and will start at 6:45 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 2-6 to enter Saturday at 11-11 overall. The Broncos are 7-5 at home and 4-6 on the road in 2010-11.
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 at Hawai’i: Honolulu, Hawaii (2/2/2011) - Boise State fell 69-53 at Hawai’i Wednesday night. It was a cold night for the Broncos who could not get anything to fall for them in the game. Boise State trailed by 14 at the half and a game-high 23 midway through the second. The second half saw Hawai’i open the period with a 22-6 run to blow open the game as the Rainbow Wahine raced out to a 20-point lead at 51-31 with 13 minutes to play and were never seriously challenged after that. Heather Pilcher led the Broncos in scoring with a season-high 11 points which included three-of-five shooting from the arc. Kati Isham was second with eight points followed by Diana Lee with seven. Boise State shot a season-low 24.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from the arc and 61.3 percent from the free-throw line.
► Boise State vs. WAC
Boise State is 71-91 all-time in WAC regular-season games. However, against its current membership the Broncos are 62-67 in conference contests. Boise State is a combined 132-111 overall versus the current membership in all games (conference and nonconference games).
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