Boise State Hosts Utah State for "BLACK OUT" in Bronco Gym

Feb. 7, 2014

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GAME FACTS


WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • The Game: Boise State (12-9, 7-3 MW) closes the week's action this Saturday when the Broncos host the Utah State Aggies (10-11, 4-6 MW) in Bronco Gym at 2 p.m. (Mountain).
  • Ticket Promotion: Everyone is asked to wear black for "BLACK OUT" Saturday, admission to the game is $1 per person. 
  • 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 versus Utah State 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 returns to the road next Wednesday when the Broncos travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to face the New Mexico Lobos (8-13, 3-7 MW) at 7 p.m. (Mountain). 


BRONCO GYM

  • Opened: Bronco Gym is the orignal home of Boise State women's basketball prior to Taco Bell Arena. The gym opened in January of 1956 and was used until the opening of Taco Bell Arena in November of 1982. The Bronco shave played the occasional game in Bronco Gym since the move.
  • Capacity: The gym has gone through a couple re-configurations over the years and currently seats 1, 128 for basketball. The gym current serves as the home of Bronco volleyball, as well as the wrestling team.
  • Last Time: The last time Boise State played a regular season contest in Bronco Gym was against San Jose State on Feb. 10, 2007, when the Broncos defeated the Spartans 82-59. That win was the first of a school record 17-game home win streak.


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Saturday's game will be the 26th meeting all-time in the series between the Broncos and Aggies with Boise State holding a 17-8 advantage, it will be the second Mountain West encounter.
  • At Boise: The Broncos are 9-4 versus the Aggies in Boise. 
  • Last Year: Boise State and Utah State did not play last year since the Aggies were not in the conference until this season.
  • First Meeting of 2014:
    1. LOGAN, Utah (1/18/2014) - Lexie Der recorded her third double-double of the year to lead Boise State's rally over Utah State in 71-68 Mountain West Conference victory for the Broncos first road win of the season. 
    2. Boise State opened ice cold missing its first 14 shots to go down 13-0 midway through the first half. 
    3. Boise State rallied to take a 30-23 halftime lead, then held off the Aggies in a second period which saw four lead changes and four ties. 
    4. It took two Keiahnna Engel free throws with 4 seconds left to secure the win for the blue and orange. 
    5. Der finished the game with team-highs for points and rebounds with 19 and 11, respectively. The redshirt sophomore scored 13 of her points in a back and forth second period, including a huge 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to give Boise State a 67-66 lead. 
    6. Deanna Weaver was held to four points and six shots in the first half, but came alive when the Broncos needed her. Weaver recorded eight of her 12 points in the final 7:18 of the contest when the game was on the line. The junior also added a team and career-high six assists.
    7. Boise State finished the night shooting 36.5 percent (23-63) from the floor, 37.5 percent (9-24) from beyond the arc and 80 percent (16-20) from the charity stripe. The Broncos dominated the glass by a 42 to 31 margin, 16 to five in offensive boards which was good for a 19 to four advantage in second chance points.
    8. Utah State hit 46.4 percent (26-56) from the floor, 14.3 percent (2-14) from the arc and 77.8 percent (14-18) from the free-throw line. 
    9. Jennifer Schlott led the Aggies with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Franny Vaaulu added 10 points and Stephanie Bairstow had nine to go with a team-high eight rebounds.


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Preseason Poll: Utah State was picked to place sixth in the 2014 conference race in the combined coaches and media preseason poll, while Boise State was selected eighth. 
  • Recently for Boise State: Recently Boise State had won six in a row before falling Wednesday night at San Diego State 75-65. 
  • Boise State's Record: The Broncos saw their six-game win streak snapped Wednesday at San Diego State. They have now won eight of their last 11 contest and are 12-9 on the year and 7-3 in conference action, good for a tied for second-place in the league standings with Fresno State. 
  • Recently for Utah State: The Aggies have split their last two games defeating Wyoming 80-75 at home, then lost 70-66 at Nevada on Feb. 5. 
  • Utah State's Record: The Aggies are 10-11 overall and 4-6 in MW play, good for eighth-place. 
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 9-2 overall and 4-0 during MW action in Taco Bell Arena this year. They are 270-142 (.655 pct.) all-time in the arena. Boise State has an active five-game home win streak going.
  • Boise State on the Road: After dropping their first six road games of the season the Broncos are now 3-7 on the road.
  • Utah State on the Road: USU is 4-7 away from Logan this season and 2-3 in league play. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Deanna Weaver leads the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 13.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, after 11 contests. Miquelle Askew leads the team in total points with 276 points for a 13.1 per game average (11th MW), followed by Lexie Der at 10.7 ppg (27th MW). 
  • Leading the Aggies: Jennifer Schlott leads Utah State and teh Mountain West in scoring at 25.2 points per game to rank sixth nationally, she also leads the league in assists at 6.0 per game. Makenlee Williams is second on the team in scoring at 18.0 points per game but has missed the last 10 games injured. Franny Vaaulu follows both in scoring at 10.8 ppg. 
  • Boise State as a Team: On the year Boise State is averaging 71.3 points (6th MW) and 36.2 rebounds (10th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 69.6 points (7th MW) and 39.3 boards (5th MW) per game ... in league they are scoring 70.7 ppg (t-5th MW) and rebounding 34.6 rpg (10th MW), while allowing 63.9 ppg (3rd MW) and 37.8 rpg (5th MW).
  • Utah State as a Team: This season the Aggies average a league-best 78.4 points per game and 41.8 rebounds (3rd MW) per game, while allowing 74.5 points (9th MW) and 43.1 rebounds per game (10th MW). In conference action they are averaging 74.4 ppg (2nd MW) and 39.3 rpg (7th MW), defensively they allow 75.3 ppg (9th MW) and 42.3 rpg (9th MW).
  • The Coaches: Jerry Finkbeiner is in his second season at Utah State where he is 28-25, his career mark is 502-266 in 25 years. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 148-122 and 544-249 in his 27th season all-time.
  • Coaching Connection: Jerry Finkbeiner is the father of Boise State assistant coach Ben Finkbeiner and the son of Myron Finkbeiner founder of the Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

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