► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team wraps up this week’s action when it host the University of Idaho in a key Western Athletic Conference game Saturday night in a doubleheader in Taco Bell Arena.
► Game 25: Idaho at Boise State, Feb. 12
Boise State enters Saturday’s game looking to snap a six-game losing streak following a 78-59 defeat at Fresno State on Thursday. The Broncos are 11-13 overall and 2-8 in WAC play, tied for seventh place. Meanwhile, Idaho is tied for fourth place at 5-5 in league action and 12-10 overall. This is the second meeting of the year between these two teams and the last as conference rivals with the Broncos heading to the Mountain West Conference next season.
Boise State is led by junior guard Kati Isham (13.5 ppg) and sophomore post Lauren Lenhardt (13.2 ppg) ranked eighth and ninth in the WAC respectively in scoring. Idaho will counter with Yinka Olorunnife (14.5 ppg) and Rachele Kloke (12.4 ppg) ranked fifth and 14th in the WAC.
► Boise State vs. Idaho Series Recap
Idaho won the first meeting of the year in Moscow on Jan. 22 68-48. This is the most played rivalry in Boise State program history with Saturday’s encounter at Boise being the 67th. Boise State currently holds a 37-29 advantage in the all-time series which dates back to March of 1971. These two rivals have been in four different leagues together beginning with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference (1982-88) which merged with the Big Sky Conference (1988-96). The two then moved together into the Big West Conference (1996-2001) before Boise State left for the Western Athletic Conference for the 2001-02 season. Idaho later joined the Broncos in the WAC for the 2005-06 year. Next year Boise State moves to the Mountain West Conference. The series has been one of streaks with one team dominating the other for periods of time. Since 1990 the Broncos have held the edge going 27-15, in WAC games Boise State has a 7-4 advantage. Idaho leads in the games played at Moscow by three 17 to 14, while Boise State leads 21-10 in games played at Boise. They split the last two seasons.
► What Happened Last Time
Boise State at Idaho: Moscow, Idaho (1/22/2011) - Boise State lost a tough game 68-48 at the University of Idaho. The Vandals opened the second half hot hitting five 3-pointers early and shot 52 percent from the floor to blow open a nine-point halftime lead to over 20 midway through the period.
Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos with 14 points followed by Kati Isham with nine. Boise State shot 36.7 percent from the floor and 18 percent from the arc as the Broncos scored a season-low 48 points in the loss to their rivals.
Rachele Kloke led Idaho with 15 points followed by Derisa Taleni with 14 and Yinka Olorunnife with 13. The Vandals shot 46.4 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent from the arc and 100 percent (6-6) from the free-throw line.
► Looking at Boise State
The Broncos are 11-13 overall and 2-8 in WAC play which ranks them tied for seventh place in the standings with San Jose State and Hawai’i. Boise State enters the contest coming off six-consecutive losses. Most recently they lost 78-59 Thursday night at Fresno State preceded by a 84-69 loss to Utah State last Saturday in Boise.
Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 13.5 points per game to rank eighth in the WAC. She is third in the conference and 49th 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 9.4 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game.
Offensively, Boise State is averaging 69 points per game (3rd in WAC) and 39.4 rebounds (6th in WAC) on the year. The Broncos are shooting a WAC fourth-bests 41.1 percent from the floor and fifth-best 32.2 percent from the 3-point arc. In addition, they are converting 69.2 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 69.8 points per game (9th in WAC) and 39.1 rebounds (6th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-1.9 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 Idaho
The Vandals where picked to place fourth in the WAC by the league’s coaches and fifth by the media in preseason polls. Idaho enters the game at 12-10 overall and 5-5 in WAC play, tied for fourth. The Vandals are coming off a 70-64 loss Thursday night at Utah State and are on a two-game losing streak. Last week the Vandals defeated San Jose State in Moscow 62-41 then lost at Hawai’i 72-60.
Idaho has a core group of five seniors this year led by YInka Olorunnife with team highs for points and rebounds at 14.5 ppg (5th in WAC) and 10.2 rpg (2nd in WAC). She is followed by Rachele Kloke at 12.4 points per game. Idaho is shooting 39.6 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 33 percent (4th in WAC) from the arc and a league-best 72.8 percent from the free-throw line. The Vandals average 64.5 points per game (7th in WAC) and allow a league-low 63.3.
► Radio Schedule
All Bronco radio broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. The Idaho game broadcast will be on KBOI (AM 670) and will start at 5:45 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 six-consecutive games to opened WAC play at 2-8 to enter Saturday at 11-13 overall. The Broncos are 7-6 at home and 4-7 on the road in 2010-11.
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 at Fresno State: Fresno, Calif. (2/10/2011) - Boise State made it interesting early but eventually fell 78-59 at Fresno State Thursday night in the Save Mart Center. The Broncos led 13-5 early before Fresno State took control midway through the first period. The Bulldogs capitalized on Boise State turnovers and 3-point shooting (16-41) to pull away from the Broncos. Nicole Brady had a career-high 18 points followed by Kinzi Poteet with 12 and a team-high nine rebounds. Boise State shot 34.9 percent (22-63) from the floor, 28.6 percent (6-21) from the arc and 69.2 percent (9-13) from the free-throw line. Fresno State converted 40.6 percent (28-69) from the floor, 39 percent (16-41) from the arc and 75 percent (6-8) from the charity stripe. The Broncos did out score the Bulldogs in the paint 28 to 24 and in bench points 23 to 10. Fresno State won the glass 44 to 42.
► Boise State vs. WAC
Boise State is 71-93 all-time in WAC regular-season games. However, against its current membership the Broncos are 62-69 in conference contests. Boise State is a combined 132-113 overall versus the current membership in all games (conference and nonconference games).