► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team wraps up a two game homestand at Taco Bell Arena when the Broncos host arch-rival the University of Idaho in the first game of a Wednesday night doubleheader with the men’s team, tip for the women’s game is 6:05 p.m. (Mountain). The Broncos enter the week at 15-9 overall and 4-6 in conference play, tied with Idaho for fifth place. Meanwhile, the Idaho Vandals are currently in 6-17 on the year. This will be the 65th meeting in the rivalry with the Broncos leading 36-28.
Recently for the Teams - This is the second meeting of the year between Idaho and Boise State following the Vandal’s 84-81 overtime victory in Moscow on Jan. 16. Idaho split a pair of games last week losing 85-38 at Fresno State on Wednesday, Feb. 10, followed by a 74-59 home win over Hawai’i on Saturday, Feb. 13. Meanwhile, Boise State won its only game of the week with a convincing 65-51 victory in Boise over second-place Nevada last Wednesday, Feb. 10.
The Game - This Wednesday’s encounter has Boise State at home where the Broncos have gone 11-1 this season. The contests features Boise State’s third-ranked offense averaging 70.9 points per game and seventh-ranked scoring defense that allows 67.4, versus Idaho’s eighth-ranked offense averaging 58.7 points per game and sixth-ranked defense that is holding opponents to 66.6 points. Boise State is led by Tasha Harris averaging 16.1 points per game and ranked fourth in the WAC, while Rachele Kloke leads Idaho at 14 ppg ranked ninth.
► Special Doubleheader Promotion
Boise State is continuing its special doubleheader promotion for this Saturday. Anyone who arrives prior to halftime of the women’s basketball game can purchase a ticket for $5.00. The ticket is for a reserved seat good for both games, you will not have to move for the men’s game.
► 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 #25
Looking at Boise State
► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 15-9 overall and 4-6 in conference tied for fifth place in the standings. Boise State has been solid at home this year going 11-1. 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 won its lone game last week defeating second-place Nevada 65-51 in Boise. Prior to that the Broncos dropped a pair of road games 75-53 at Louisiana Tech then 85-76 at New Mexico 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.
Nevada Game Short Recap - Boise State turned in an impressive performance when it dominated second-place Nevada 65-51 in Taco Bell Arena. Down two, the Broncos broke open an 11-9 game with a 16-1 run midway through the first half and never looked back in a key Western Athletic Conference game. It was a solid team effort for the Broncos against the Wolf Pack who were led by senior Rebecca Kepilino’s 13 points and seven rebounds, both team-highs. Nevada opened the scoring and held onto the lead for the first four minutes before Boise State took control. Down 11-9 with 16:20 to play the Broncos started to roll as they ran off the 16-1 run over the next seven minutes to take a 25-12 advantage by the 9:12 mark. Boise State extended the run to 30-9 by the end of the period stretching its lead out to 19 points, 39-20, at the break.Nevada never pulled closer than 14 points in the second half, which they did on three occasions. Boise State’s largest lead of the game came with 7:25 to play in the contest up 26 points at 62-36. The Wolf Pack made a late run against the Bronco bench to cut the deficit to the final 14-point victory margin of 65-51.
► Who to Watch
● Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points (4th in WAC), 5.6 rebounds (14th in WAC), and 3.0 assists (t-6th in WAC). Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,653 and first in career free throws made (447) and attempted (608).
● Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 14.2 points (8th in WAC) and 4.0 rebound per game. She ranks third in career points at Boise State with 1,550.
● Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 8.5 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 7.3 points while adding 5.0 boards.
► As a Team
Offensively, the Broncos average 70.9 points per game (3rd in WAC, 47th nationally) while shooting 39.8 percent (7th in WAC) from the floor, 29.2 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 68.9 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 42.4 rebounds per game and gives up 38.8 (7th in WAC), for a plus 3.6 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
Defensively, the Broncos allow 67.4 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.7 percent (6th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28.5 percent (3rd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.1 in turnover margin (4th in WAC) committing a average of 17.5 per game while forcing 18.6 per game.
► The Head Coach
The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 94-58 while at Boise State and is 490-182 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 6-3 versus Idaho as Boise State’s head coach.
Looking at Idaho
► The Vandals
Idaho enters the game at 6-17 overall and 4-6 in league, tied with the Broncos for fifth. The Vandals are in their 5th season as members of the WAC. They returned three starters and six letterwinners from last year’s 13-15 campaign that saw them go 10-6 in league play to finish tied for third. They were picked to place fourth in this year’s WAC race by both the league’s coaches and media.
► Who to Watch
Idaho has three players averaging double-digit points on the year led by Rachele Kloke at 14.0 ppg (9th in WAC). She is followed by Shaena Kuehu at 11.4 points (12th in WAC) and 6.0 rebounds (11th in WAC) per game, while Yinke Olorunnife adds 10.4 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds (4th in WAC)
► As a Team
The Idaho averages 58.7 points (8th in WAC) per game while allowing 66.6 points (6th in WAC). The Vandals shoots 36.3 percent (9th in WAC) from the floor, 31.1 percent (6th in WAC) from the 3-point arc, and 65.4 percent (8th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
► The Head Coach
Idaho is in its second year under Jon Newlee as head coach. To date, he has gone 19-32 with the Vandals and owns an overall coaching mark of 146-135 in 11 years. Newlee is 4-6 versus Boise State all-time, 2-1 with Idaho and 2-5 while at Idaho State (2002-2008).
Looking at the Series
► Boise State Versus Idaho
Wednesday’s encounter between the Vandals and Broncos will be the 65th in the series with Boise State holding a 36-28 advantage. Idaho won the first meeting of the year in Moscow in overtime by the score of 84-81. Last year they split the regular season series with the road team winning each time, Boise State won 60-56 in Moscow followed by Idaho winning the regular season finale 58-56 in Boise.
► Last Time They Met
MOSCOW, Idaho (1/16/2010) - At Idaho, the Broncos unforced errors and poor shot selection at critical moments cost them late in regulation and in overtime. The game was close throughout as the teams traded nine leads to go with 10 ties. Boise State continued to struggle from the free-throw line going 15-28 during the 84-81 loss. Janie Bos led the team with a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Idaho was led by Yinke Olorunnife’s double-double on 25 points and 10 boards.
► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 65-71 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 116-102 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.