► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Taco Bell arena for the first of two home games beginning with the University of Nevada this Wednesday, Feb. 10, night at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain). The Broncos enter the week at 14-9 overall and 3-6, tied for sixth, in conference play while the Wolf Pack are currently in second at 7-2 in Western Athletic Conference action and 13-10 on the year.
Recently for the Teams - This is the second meeting of the year between Nevada and Boise State following the Wolf Pack’s 64-52 victory in Reno on Jan. 9. Nevada split a pair of games last week losing 61-53 at Idaho before defeating San Jose State 72-48 in Reno on Saturday. Boise State dropped a pair of contests on the road last week losing 75-53 at La Tech and 85-76 at New Mexico State.
The Game - This Wednesday’s encounter has Boise State at home where the Broncos have gone 10-1 this season. The contests features Boise State’s third-ranked offense averaging 71.2 points per game and seventh-ranked scoring defense that allows 68.1, versus Nevada’s fifth-ranked offense averaging 63.1 points per game and third-ranked defense that is holding opponents to 60.8 points. Boise State has two of the top-seven scorers in the WAC in Tasha Harris (16.3 ppg) ranked third and Jessica Van Hoogen (14.5 ppg) ranked seventh, while Nevada is led by Shavon Moore (11.1 ppg) who is ranked 14th in the league for scoring.
► Radio Broadcasts
Boise State Radio carries every regular season and postseason game on the air beginning with a 15 minute pregame show. Boise State Assistant Sports Information Director Doug Link is in his 12th year as the voice of Boise State women’s basketball providing the play-by-play for each broadcast home and away. To tune into the action go to KBSU AM-730 in Boise, KEZJ AM-1450 in Twin Falls, and KBSK FM-89.9 in McCall.
► Games on the Internet
Fans can log on to BroncoSports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Live stats can be found at BroncoSports.com to follow the game on game tracker. In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at http://radio.boisestate.edu/listenonline.html.
SCOUTING GAME #24
Looking at Boise State
► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 14-9 overall and 3-6 in conference tied for sixth place in the standings. Boise State has been solid at home this year going 10-1. However, the road has been a different story. Boise State opened the year 4-0 on the road before dropping its last eight road games and is now 4-8 away from Boise. They returned two starters and five letterwinners from the 2008-09 campaign that saw the Broncos go 16-15 overall and 9-7 in conference tying for fifth place. They were picked to place third in this year’s race by both the WAC coaches and media.
► What’s Happened Recently
Boise State dropped a pair of road games last week losing 75-53 at Louisiana Tech then 85-76 at New Mexico State. The Broncos opened WAC play by losing the opener 87-83 in overtime to New Mexico State (Jan. 6) followed by a disappointing 64-52 defeat at Nevada (Jan. 9) and a second overtime loss on Jan. 16 at Idaho by the score of 84-81. Boise State had chances to win all three but lost them down the stretch. Since then Boise State has split the last six games with wins over San Jose State, Hawaii and Utah State, and losses at Fresno State, La Tech and NMSU.
La Tech Game Short Recap - It was one of those nights where nothing went right for the Broncos as Boise State dropped a 22-point decision at Louisiana Tech Wednesday night in Ruston, La. Boise State was a step slow all night and dug itself a deep hole by halftime as the visitors could not get their shots to fall from anywhere on the floor. The Broncos were down 17, 38-21, at the break then watched as the Lady Techsters extended the deficit to 20 points early in the second period. The Broncos attempted to rally midway through the final half pulling to within 11 points, 50-39, with 12:51 remaining. But that was as close as they would get. Freshman Kinzi Poteet led the Broncos with a career-high 11 points to go with six rebounds and one block. Junior Janie Bos followed with 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. No one else hit double-digit scoring for the Boise State.
New Mexico State Game Short Recap - Boise State’s shot failed the Broncos at the wrong time as they faltered down the stretch in a 85-76 loss at New Mexico State in Las Cruces. The road woes continued for the Broncos who watched a 10-point second half lead evaporate as the Aggies rallied for the win in the Pan American Center. Melissa Rima led Boise State with a career night on 24 points and 12 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season and second of her career. She also set a school record for free throws made and attempted going 16-of-19 during the contest. The game was a battle from the start and by the end of the 40 minutes the contest saw seven ties and 16 leads changes. The largest lead of the night was a 10-point Boise State advantage at 53-43 with 14:54 to play. The Aggies largest lead was nine points which they had three times late in the game.
► Who to Watch
● Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points (3rd in WAC, 87th nationally), 5.8 rebounds (14th in WAC), and a WAC third-best 3.1 assists. Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,642 and first in career free throws made (443) and attempted (602).
● Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 14.5 points (7th in WAC) and 4.0 rebound per game. She ranks third in career points at Boise State with 1,543.
● Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 8.7 points to go with a team-high 6.3 rebounds (9th in WAC) per game.
● Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 7.1 points while adding 4.9 boards.
► As a Team
Offensively, the Broncos average 71.2 points per game (3rd in WAC, 45th nationally) while shooting 39.5 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 28.7 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69.2 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 42.5 rebounds per game and gives up 39.2 (7th in WAC), for a plus 3.3 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
Defensively, the Broncos allow 68.1 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.9 percent (6th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28.7 percent (3rd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.2 in turnover margin (4th in WAC) committing a average of 17.5 per game while forcing 18.7 per game. Boise State is ranked 29th nationally for steals per game at 10.8.
► The Head Coach
The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 93-58 while at Boise State and is 489-182 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 5-5 versus Nevada as Boise State’s head coach.
Looking at Nevada
► The Wolf Pack
Nevada enters the game at 13-10 overall and 7-2 in league good for second place. The Wolf Pack is coming into Wednesday’s game off a split last week losing 61-53 at Idaho then defeated San Jose State 72-48 in Reno. Nevada returns two starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s 18-14 campaign. They were picked to place sixth by the coaches and fifth by the media in this year’s league race.
► Who to Watch
On the year Nevada has three players averaging double-figure points. Tahnee Robinson leads the team in scoring at 15.8 points per game, she averages 18.3 in league (2nd in WAC). Shavon Moore follows with 11.1 points (14th in WAC) and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game, while Johnna Ward adds 10.0 points per game.
► As a Team
The Nevada averages 63.1 points (5th in WAC) per game while allowing 60.8 points (3rd in WAC). The Wolf Pack shoots 40.2 percent (4th in WAC) from the floor, 32.2 percent (5th in WAC) from the 3-point arc, and 70.3 percent (2nd in WAC) from the free-throw line.
► The Head Coach
The Wolf Pack are in their second year under Jane Albright as head coach where she is 31-24. She is 3-1 versus Boise State as the Wolf Pack’s head coach.
Looking at the Series
► Boise State Versus Nevada
Wednesday’s encounter between the Wolf Pack and Broncos will be the 41st in the series with Boise State holding a commanding 29-11 advantage. Last year they split the regular season series with the home team winning each time, Nevada won 77-45 in Reno followed by Boise State winning 75-74 in Boise. The two then met in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals in Reno where the Wolf Pack won 73-65. In the first meeting this year the Wolf Pack prevailed by 12, 64-52 in Reno.
► Last Time They Met
RENO, Nev. (1/9/2010) - In the last game, Boise State rallied from 10 points down early in the second half to take a 44-43 lead midway through the period. Unfortunately, a string of four consecutive turnovers along with poor shooting doomed the Broncos down the stretch in the 12-point loss as the Wolf Pack rallied out scoring Boise State 21-8 in the final 10 minutes. Jessica Van Hoogen led Boise State with 16 points followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 10 points and a team-high five rebounds. Nevada had four in double-figure points led by Tahnee Robinson with 15, followed by Kayla Williams with a double-double on 14 points and 11 rebounds. Shavon Moore added 13 points and eight boards while Nicole Williams chipped in 11 points.
► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 64-71 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 115-102 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.