Boise State Closes Home Schedule with Fresno State and Nevada
► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team wraps up its home schedule for the 2010-11 campaign this week when the Broncos host Western Athletic Conference rivals Fresno State Thursday and University of Nevada on Saturday, both games will tip at 7:07 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena.
► Saturday is “Senior Day”
This Saturday the Broncos will say thank you to their two seniors Janie Bos and Melissa Rima on “Senior Day.” The duo wraps up their home careers for Boise State against the Nevada Wolf Pack. The contest will be preceded by a short ceremony in honor of the seniors.
► Saturday Night’s Promotion
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team would like to invite all supporters in the fight against breast cancer to wear pink to the game against Nevada on Saturday. All fans wearing pink will receive FREE admission!.
► Game 26 Preview: Fresno State at Boise State, Feb. 17
Boise State enters the week looking to snap a seven-game losing streak following a 61-46 defeat by Idaho last Saturday in Boise. This week the Broncos host their final two home games of the season as they try to improve on their 11-14 overall mark and 2-9 record in WAC play, tied for eighth place. Meanwhile, Fresno State is in second place at 8-2 in league action and 17-7 overall. This is the second meeting of the year between these two teams with the Bulldogs defeating the Broncos last Thursday in Fresno 78-59.
Boise State is led by junior guard Kati Isham (13.6 ppg) and sophomore post Lauren Lenhardt (12.8 ppg) ranked eighth and 10th in the WAC respectively in scoring. Fresno State features the league’s top scoring offense at 76.1 points per game. Jaleesa Ross (17.2 ppg) leads Fresno State followed by Rosie Moult (12.7 ppg) ranked third and 11th in the conference.
► Boise State vs. Fresno State Series Recap
This week’s game will be the 26th meeting all-time in the series which the Bulldogs lead 16-9. Fresno State has won five straight contests over Boise State and 12 of the last 15. The two have met 21 times since the Broncos joined the WAC for the 2001-02 campaign, Boise State is 7-14 in those games. The overall series breakdown is as follows: Fresno State leads in games played at Fresno 8-4 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 Time
Boise State at Fresno State: Fresno, Calif. (2/10/2011) - Boise State made it interesting early but eventually fell 78-59 at Fresno State 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.
Jaleesa Ross led the Bulldogs with 32 points on 8-16 shooting from the arc, followed by Rosie Moult with 15 points and Taja Edwards with 14. 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.
► Looking at Boise State
The Broncos are 11-14 overall and 2-9 in WAC play which ranks them tied for eighth place in the standings with Hawai’i. Boise State enters the contest coming off seven-consecutive losses. Most recently they lost 61-46 to Idaho in Boise last Saturday. That was preceded by a 78-59 defeat at Fresno State.
Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 13.6 points per game to rank eighth in the WAC. She is fourth in the conference and 64th nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 38.8 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 12.8 points (10th in WAC) and 6.0 rebounds (13th in WAC) per contest on the year, in league games she leads the team in scoring at 14.9 ppg (7th in WAC). Senior post Janie Bos adds 9.1 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game.
Offensively, Boise State is averaging 68.1 points per game (4th in WAC) and 39.4 rebounds (6th in WAC) on the year. The Broncos are shooting 40.6 (4th in WAC) percent from the floor and 31.7 percent (6th in WAC) from the 3-point arc. In addition, they are converting 68.8 percent (6th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 69.5 points per game (8th in WAC) and 39.1 rebounds (7th 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 17-7 overall and 8-2 in WAC play, both losses were overtime defeats to league leading La Tech. They defeated Boise State 78-59 last Thursday, Feb. 10, then Utah State 81-63 on Saturday, Feb. 12, both games were in Fresno.
Jaleesa Ross leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 17.2 points per game (3rd in WAC). Rosie Moult is second averaging 12.7 (11th in WAC) followed by Hayley Munro at 12.5 (t-12th in WAC) points per game. Moult adds a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game (9th in WAC). Fresno State averages a WAC-high 76.1 points per game and allows 66.5 (6th in WAC). The Bulldogs shoot 40.2 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 34.8 percent (1st in WAC) from the arc and 69.1 percent (4th in WAC)from the free-throw line.
► Game 27 Preview: Nevada at Boise State, Feb. 19
Boise State will host Fresno State Thursday prior to Saturday’s home finale versus Nevada. The Wolf Pack will play at Idaho on Thursday before traveling to Boise. Nevada enters the week tied with Idaho for fourth place in the standings at 6-5 in league action, the Pack is 17-7 overall. This is the second meeting of the year between Boise State and Nevada with the Wolf Pack defeating the Broncos 68-51 Jan. 8 in Reno.
Nevada will be led by the WAC’s second-ranked scorer in Tahnee Robinson averaging 21.2 points per game. Shavon Moore follows Robinson at 14.2 ppg while adding a team-high 8.6 rebounds (5th in WAC) per game.
► Boise State vs. Nevada Series Recap
Nevada and Boise State have been in four different conferences together since the late 1980’s beginning with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference followed by the Big Sky, then the Big West and currently the WAC. The two will move to the Mountain West Conference over the next two years making five leagues. This is the 44th meeting in the all-time series with Boise State leading 30-13 and 12-7 in WAC games. The home team has won the last seven games which includes two Nevada wins at the WAC Tournament (2009 and 2010) in Reno. The Wolf Pack won the first meeting this year in Reno on Jan. 8 by a 68-51 margin.
► What Happened Last Time
Boise State at Nevada: RENO, Nev. (1/8/2011) - The Broncos controlled the flow of play in the first half at Nevada leading nearly the entire period. However, a poor second half doomed Boise State as the Wolf Pack blew open a 26-26 halftime tie out scoring the Broncos 42-25 in the final 20 minutes to take home the victory.
Boise State shot poorly hitting 32.7 percent from the floor and 23 percent from the arc. Lauren Lenhardt was in foul trouble for most of the game but still managed to lead Boise State with 12 points and five rebounds, followed by Kati Isham and Melissa Rima with 10 points each.
Nevada shot 36.7 percent from the floor, 21.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the charity stripe. The Wolf pack out rebounded the Broncos 45 to 34 which included 18 offensive boards. Tahnee Robinson had a team-high 15 points followed by Marissa Hammond with 14 and Shavon Moore with 13.
► Looking at Nevada
The Wolf Pack was picked to place third by both the WAC coaches and media in preseason polls. Nevada has won three straight heading into the week and are 17-7 overall and 6-5 in league, tied for fourth. They are coming off wins at San Jose State (66-47), versus San Jose State in Reno (65-36) and over Hawai’i (69-42) at home.
Nevada is led by Tahnee Robinson averaging a WAC second-best 21.2 points per game, followed by Shavon Moore at 14.2 points (7th in WAC). Moore is ranked fifth in the WAC for rebounding at 8.6 per game followed closely by Kayla Williams ranked sixth at 7.9 rpg. The Wolf Pack are the third ranked offense at 68.6 points per game while allowing 63.2 (2nd in WAC). On the glass Nevada is the top team in the conference averaging a league-best 42.5 rebounds per game and give up a league-low 35.4.
► Radio Schedule
All Bronco radio broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. Both games will be broadcast on KBSU (AM 730) this week and will start at 6:45 p.m. (Mountain). Jack Smith will call the action for the games.
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