Broncos look to end road woes at San Jose State.
► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team looks to snap an eight-game road losing streak this Saturday when they travel to take on the San Jose State Spartans this Saturday, tip is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the SJSU Events Center. The Broncos enter the week at 16-9 overall and 5-6 in conference play, good for fifth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Meanwhile, the Spartans bring in a 6-19 mark on the year and a league record of 2-10. This will be the 20th meeting in the rivalry with the San Jose State holding a slim 10-9 advantage in the series.
Recently for the Teams - This is the second meeting of the year between San Jose State and Boise State following the Broncos 75-53 victory in Boise on Jan. 20. San Jose State is coming off a home 68-61 win over Hawai’i on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to end a six-game skid. Meanwhile, Boise State won its rivalry game with Idaho on Wednesday by the score of 73-63 in Boise, preceded by a 65-51 home upset of second place Nevada on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Taco Bell Arena.
The Game - This Saturday’s encounter has Boise State on the road where it has not won since late November and has lost eight straight entering this contest. The game features Boise State’s third-ranked offense averaging 71 points per game and seventh-ranked scoring defense that allows 67.2, versus SJSU’s ninth-ranked offense averaging 57.5 points per game and ninth-ranked defense that is holding opponents to 70.7. Boise State is led by Tasha Harris averaging 16.1 points per game and ranked fourth in the WAC, while Chasity Shavers leads the Spartans at 14.8 ppg to rank sixth.
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SCOUTING GAME #26
Looking at Boise State
► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 16-9 overall and 5-6 in conference tied for fifth place in the standings. Boise State has been solid at home this year going 12-1. 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.
Nevada Game Short Recap: BOISE, Idaho (2/10/2010) - 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.
Idaho Game Short Recap: BOISE, Idaho (2/17/2010) - Boise State dominated Idaho at home with a 73-63 victory over its rival in Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos used a 12-0 run midway through the first half to break the game open and seized control stretching their advantage to double figures by the end of the period. Up 10 at halftime, Boise State built an 18-point lead early in the second stanza then held the Vandals off as the visitors could get no closer than seven points in the final period.
Four Broncos recorded double-figure points in the key Western Athletic Conference victory as Boise State clinched its fourth-consecutive winning season and fifth over .500 under coach Gordy Presnell. Tasha Harris led Boise State with a team-high 17 points to go with six rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Rebecca Kepilino added 14 points and five rebounds followed by Janie Bos’ double-double on 12 points and team-high 10 rebounds, while Melissa Rima chipped in 12 points and four boards.
► 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 3.2 assists (4th in WAC). Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,670 and first in career free throws made (451) and attempted (613).
● Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 13.6 points (9th in WAC) and 3.8 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 8.6 points to go with a team-high 6.4 rebounds (9th in WAC) per game.
● Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 7.6 points while adding 5.0 boards.
► As a Team
Offensively, the Broncos average 71 points per game (3rd in WAC, 48th nationally) while shooting 39.8 percent (7th in WAC) from the floor, 29.2 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 42.2 rebounds per game and gives up 38.8 (6th in WAC), for a plus 3.5 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
Defensively, the Broncos allow 67.2 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.6 percent (6th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28.4 percent (3rd in WAC, 39th nationally) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.3 in turnover margin (3rd in WAC) committing a average of 17.2 per game while forcing 18.5 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 95-58 while at Boise State and is 491-182 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 7-3 versus San Jose State as Boise State’s head coach.
Looking at San Jose State
► The Spartans
San Jose State enters the game at 6-19 overall and 2-10 in league, good for ninth place. SJSU is coming off a 68-61 home victory over Hawai’i this past Wednesday. The Spartans returned four starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 2-28 campaign that saw them go 1-15 in league play to finish ninth. They were picked to place tied for eighth by the league’s coaches and ninth by the media in this year’s conference race.
► Who to Watch
San Jose State led by Chasity Shavers who averages a tema-high 14.8 point (sixth in WAC) and 4.1 rebounds per game. She is followed by Samantha Marez who adds 10.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
► As a Team
The SJSU averages 57.5 points (9th in WAC) per game while allowing 70.7 points (9th in WAC). The Spartans shoots 38.2 percent (8th in WAC) from the floor, 27.8 percent (9th in WAC) from the 3-point arc, and 66.6 percent (7th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
► The Head Coach
The Spartans are in their third year under Pam DeCosta as head coach. To date, she has gone 11-74 at SJSU. DeCosta is 0-5 versus Boise State while at San Jose State.
Looking at the Series
► Boise State Versus San Jose State
Saturday’s encounter between the Spartans and Broncos will be the 20th in the series with San Jose State holding a 10-9 advantage. SJSU won the seven league games against Boise State and 10 of the first 12. However, the Bronco shave now won six straight and seven of the last eight encounters. Boise State won the first meeting this year in Boise 75-53 and swept last year’s series with a 58-53 victory in Boise followed by a 56-45 win at San Jose.
► Last Time They Met
BOISE, Idaho (1/20/2010) - Tasha Harris scored 21 points to lead Boise State to its first WAC victory of the season defeating San Jose State 75-53 in Taco Bell Arena. After a slow start the Broncos caught fire midway through the first half to break a close game open. Down five, 17-12, with 11:44 to go in the opening period, Boise State used a 13-4 run to take a 25-21 lead with 8:25 remaining before half. Boise State never trailed again in the game as the Broncos ran off to the 22-point victory. Harris scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as she was perfect from the floor going five-of-five from the floor and two-of-two from the 3-point line in the first period. Senior Rebecca Kepilino followed with a season-high 14 points while junior Melissa Rima chipped in 10 points. Chasity Shavers led San Jose State with 17 points followed by Samantha Marez with 11 points and Shuanna Ridge with 11 points and team-high seven rebounds.
► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 66-71 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 117-102 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.