Final Homestand Begins Against Rams
Feb. 20, 2018

Boise State (17-9, 11-4 MW) vs. Colorado State (18-8, 10-5 MW)
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Boise, Idaho - Taco Bell Arena

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (17-9, 11-4 MW) opens its final homestand of 2017-18 Wednesday, hosting Colorado State for a 7 p.m. tip at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos wrap the regular-season home slate Tuesday, Feb. 27 against San Diego State, before heading to Laramie for the season finale at Wyoming (March 2).

Boise State extended its winning streak to a season-high four games with Saturday’s 58-47 win at Air Force.

Forward A’Shanti Coleman had a career day, setting personal bests in scoring (16 points) and rebounding (nine) while going 7-for-10 from the field with two blocks and two steals.

Riley Lupfer added 15 points and three 3-pointers to bring her season tally to 100, while Shalen Shaw scored five points and six rebounds, all coming in the second half after foul trouble limited her to just six minutes of action in the first half.

Boise State can earn a bye to the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament with a win Wednesday over Colorado State. The Broncos host the Rams for a 7 p.m. tip at Taco Bell Arena.

The Rams (18-8, 10-5 MW) come into Boise following Saturday’s 75-64 overtime defeat to Fresno State, a loss that snapped Colorado State’s season-best six-game winning streak.

The Rams are led by the play of Hanna Tvrdy (10.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Grace Colaivalu (8.9 ppg, 3.12 apg). Colaivalu scored 26 points against the Broncos in this season’s first meeting between the teams, but Boise State still prevailed, 62-58.

Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer earned her third Mountain West Player of the Week honor of the season Monday. Over road wins at Nevada and Air Force, the Bronco guard claimed her latest honor after averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.50 assists per game, while shooting 59.1 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3-point range.

In Wednesday’s 63-55 win at Nevada, Lupfer scored 23 points, posting her eighth 20-point game of the conference season, and, for the fourth time in conference play, hit her career-best seven 3-pointers. Three days later, she hit three treys and scored 11 points in Boise State’s 21-6 second quarter, which led to a 58-47 win at Air Force.

Boise State’s winning ways have kept it right in the thick of the Mountain West regular-season title race. The Broncos, at 11-4, are tied for third with Fresno State, just a half-game back of leaders Wyoming and UNLV, each at 11-3.

The Broncos play two of their final three at home, beginning Wednesday with Colorado State (Feb. 21) and closing with San Diego State (Feb. 27), before ending the regular season at Wyoming (March 2).

The Broncos are also 2.5 games ahead of sixth-place New Mexico (8-6) for a bye into the Mountain West Tournament quarterfinals.

Boise State has a chance to earn a bye into the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament with a victory over Colorado State Wednesday.

With the Broncos already 2.5 games ahead of sixth-place New Mexico with three to play, a win over Colorado State would also put the Broncos two games up on the Rams. WIth two games remaining after Wednesday, a Bronco win would seal the tiebreaker over Colorado State (via season sweep), and guarantee the Broncos no worse than the No. 5 seed at the conference tournament.

Redshirt sophomore A’Shanti Coleman was one of Boise State’s top producers off the bench this season, and on Feb. 7, against New Mexico, she entered the starting lineup for the first time. Over the four games in which Coleman has started, she has improved her production even more, averaging 9.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent from the field.

Saturday at Air Force, Coleman set career highs with 16 points and nine rebounds, going 7-for-10 from the field in the 58-47 Bronco win.

Playing Colorado State on a Wednesday could be a good sign for the Broncos, as they are 6-1 in Wednesday conference games, against a record of 5-3 on Saturdays.

In Wednesday games, the Broncos average 78.6 points, shoot 47.4 from the field and 43.8 from 3-point range, and own a plus-8.0 rebound margin. But, on Saturdays, those numbers dip, as the Broncos average just 62.9 points per game, shot 41.2 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range, and have an even rebounding margin (31.8 rebounds per game for both the Broncos and their opponents). In fact, Boise State’s scoring margin goes from plus-9.2 on Wednesdays to just plus-0.7 on Saturdays.

Boise State went 2-0 at home in its most recent homestand (Feb. 7 vs. New Mexico, Feb. 10 vs. Utah State), improving its mark at Taco Bell Arena this season to 9-5. The Broncos, 5-2 at home in Mountain West play, have begun playing better on a friendly court since going just 4-3 in non-conference play.

The five losses at home equal the most since the 2015-16 campaign, when Boise State went 10-5 at Taco Bell Arena. A sixth home loss would be the most in a season for the Broncos since going 7-8 in 2012-13.

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