Boise State Travels to Fresno State Thursday
► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team has a pair of Western Athletic Conference games on this week’s slate. It begins Thursday night when the Broncos take on Fresno State on the road in California. Then Boise State returns home for the second Boise State-Idaho doubleheader of the year on Saturday night in Taco Bell Arena.
► Game 24: Boise State at Fresno State, Feb. 5
Boise State enters Thursday’s game looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The Broncos are 11-12 overall and 2-7 in WAC play, tied for seventh place. Meanwhile, Fresno State is in second place at 6-2 in league action and 15-7 overall. This is the first meeting of the year between these two teams and the first of two meetings in seven days, the Bulldogs will travel to Boise next Thursday (Feb. 17).
Boise State is led by junior guard Kati Isham (14.1 ppg) and sophomore post Lauren Lenhardt (13.2 ppg) ranked eighth and ninth in the WAC respectively in scoring. Fresno State will counter with Jaleesa Ross (16.7 ppg) and Hayley Munro (12.7 ppg) ranked third and 11th in the WAC.
► Boise State vs. Fresno State Series Recap
This week’s game will be the 25th meeting all-time in the series which the Bulldogs lead 15-9. Fresno State has won four straight contests over Boise State and 11 of the last 14. The two have met 20 times since the the Broncos joined the WAC for the 2001-02 campaign, Boise State is 7-13 in those games. The overall series breakdown is as follows: Fresno State leads in games played at Fresno 7-4 and meetings in Boise 7-3; Boise State leads neutral court encounters 3-1 and WAC Tournament contests 2-0. Fresno State swept the 2009-10 season series winning 73-66 in Fresno followed by a 95-72 victory in Boise.
► What Happened Last Year
Fresno State swept the series in 2009-10. Last season the Bulldogs averaged 84 points per game compared to 69 for the Broncos. Boise State was led by then-seniors Jessica Van Hoogen and Tasha Harris who averaged 13 and 12.5 points per game against Fresno State. The top Broncos back from last year’s series are Lauren Lenhardt who averaged 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game followed by Janie Bos and Heather Pilcher who scored 6.0 points per game each.
Fresno State was led by Emma Andrews at 17.0 points per game, followed by Joh-Teena Filipe at 16.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, Jaleesa Ross at 12.0 ppg and Hayley Munro at 11 ppg.
► Looking at Boise State
The Broncos are 11-12 overall and 2-7 in WAC play which ranks them tied for seventh place in the standings with San Jose State. Boise State enters the week coming off five-consecutive losses. Most recently they lost 84-69 to Utah State last Saturday in Boise. That was preceded by a 69-53 loss at Hawai’i.
Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 14.1 points per game to rank eighth in the WAC. She is second in the conference and 55th nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 39.7 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 13.2 points (9th in WAC) and 6.2 rebounds (11th in WAC) per contest on the year, in league games she leads the team in scoring at 16.4 ppg (4th in WAC). Senior post Janie Bos adds 9.3 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game.
Offensively, Boise State is averaging 69.4 points per game (3rd in WAC) and 39.3 rebounds (6th in WAC) on the year. The Broncos are shooting a WAC fourth-bests 41.4 percent from the floor and 32.4 percent from the 3-point arc. In addition, they are converting 69.2 percent (4th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 69.5 points per game (9th in WAC) and 38.9 rebounds (6th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-1.8 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 Fresno State
The Bulldogs where picked to battle La Tech for the regular-season title. The WAC coaches and media picked them to repeat as champions in preseason polls. Fresno State enters the game at 15-7 overall and 6-2 in WAC play, both losses were overtime defeats to league leading La Tech. They saw a four-game win streak snapped last Saturday in a 90-84 overtime loss at La Tech, preceded by a 72-51 victory at Nevada and a 65-33 home win over San Jose State.
Jaleesa Ross leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 16.7 points per game (3rd in WAC). Hayley Munro and Rosie Moult follow averaging 12.7 (11th in WAC) and 12.2 (14th in WAC) points per game. Moult adds a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game (9th in WAC).
Fresno State averages a WAC-high 75.8 points per game and allow 67.0 (6th in WAC). The Bulldogs shoot 39.7 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 34.5 percent (1st in WAC) from the arc and 69.2 percent (5th in WAC)from the free-throw line.
► Radio Schedule
All Bronco radio broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. The Fresno State game broadcast will be on Boise State Public Radio, KBSU (AM 730) and will start at 7:45 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 have now lost five-consecutive games to opened WAC play at 2-7 to enter Thursday at 11-12 overall. The Broncos are 7-6 at home and 4-6 on the road in 2010-11.
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.
Utah State at Boise State: Boise, Idaho (2/5/2011) - A combined 35 points by Janie Bos and Janelle Kearney were not enough to lead the Broncos to victory as they dropped an 84-69 decision to Utah State in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State struggled stopping the Aggies defensively who shot nearly 51 percent from the floor, then added to their troubles by committing 25 turnovers resulting in 30 Utah State points. Bos scored 19 points while Kearney had a career night with 16 points. The Broncos shot 46.4 percent from the floor but struggled from the arc hitting 15.8 percent and free-throw line at 58.3 percent. Utah State shot 50.8 percent from the court, 36.8 percent from the arc and 72.2 percent from the charity stripe.
► Boise State vs. WAC
Boise State is 71-92 all-time in WAC regular-season games. However, against its current membership the Broncos are 62-68 in conference contests. Boise State is a combined 132-112 overall versus the current membership in all games (conference and nonconference games).
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