► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team heads to the Hawaiian Islands for a Wednesday night encounter with the University of Hawai’i, tip is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Stan Sheriff Center at Honolulu. The Broncos bring a 17-9 overall mark and 6-6 conference record into the contest. Boise State is currently sitting in fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Meanwhile, the Rainbow Wahine bring in a 9-18 record on the year and a league mark of 3-11, good for eighth place. This will be the 20th meeting in the series with Hawai’i holding a slim 10-9 advantage.
Recently for the Teams - This is the second meeting of the year between Hawai’i and Boise State following the Broncos 73-64 victory in Boise on Jan. 23. The Rainbow Wahine are coming off a hard fought 62-55 home loss to La Tech on Saturday, Feb. 20, and have lost six contests in a row. Meanwhile, Boise State has won three straight including a dominating 80-62 road win at San Jose State this past Saturday.
The Game - This Wednesday’s encounter has Boise State on the road where it has tended to struggle this year, but snapped an eight-game road losing streak this past Saturday with the victory at San Jose State. The Boise State-Hawai’i game features the Broncos third-ranked offense averaging 71.3 points per game and seventh-ranked scoring defense that allows 67, versus UH’s sixth-ranked offense averaging 60.9 points per game and eighth-ranked defense that is holding opponents to 70.7. Boise State is led by senior Tasha Harris averaging 16 points per game and ranked fourth in the WAC, while Keisha Kanekoa leads the Rainbow Wahine at 11.4 ppg to rank 12th in the league.
► Follow the Broncos on the Road: Radio and Internet Broadcasts
Boise State Radio carries every regular season and postseason game on the air beginning with a 15 minute pregame show. 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. In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at http://radio.boisestate.edu/listenonline.html.
SCOUTING GAME #26
Looking at Boise State
► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 17-9 overall and 6-6 in conference good for fourth place in the WAC 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 then dropped eight straight between Dec. 4 and Feb. 6. That streak was snapped on Feb. 20 with a 80-62 win at San Jose State making the Broncos 5-8 away from Boise. Boise State 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 has won three straight contests including a sweep last week with a home 73-63 win over Idaho, Feb. 17, followed by the road victory at San Jose State last Saturday. Prior to that the Broncos defeated then second-place Nevada 65-51 in Boise on Feb. 10.
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.
San Jose State Game Short Recap: SAN JOSE, Calif. (2/20/10) - Boise State earned a much needed road win at San Jose State defeating the Spartans by 18 points 80-62. The Broncos never trailed in the contest and used a 14-2 run midway through the first period to seize control of the game. Boise State took a 16-point lead into the half then stretched it to 24 points in the second period.
Boise State maintained a double-digit lead throughout the final half claiming a game-high 24 point lead twice, the last came at 72-48 with 3:37 remaining. With the game under control the Broncos played primarily the underclassmen for the final six minutes of the contest. The closest that San Jose State would come in the final period was 14 points on a couple of occasions including at 74-60 with 2:02 to play. Rebecca Kepilino led the Broncos with a season-high 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. Tasha Harris followed with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Janie Bos added 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds, four assists and one block.
► Who to Watch
● Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard leads the team in scoring at 16.0 points (4th in WAC), 5.6 rebounds (14th in WAC), and 3.2 assists (3rd in WAC). Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,683 and first in career free throws made (455) and attempted (620).
● Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 13.4 points (9th in WAC) and 3.7 rebound per game. She ranks third in career points at Boise State with 1,558.
● Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 8.7 points to go with a team-high 6.5 rebounds (9th in WAC) per game.
● Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 8.0 points while adding 4.8 boards.
► As a Team
Offensively, the Broncos average 71.3 points per game (3rd in WAC, 48th nationally) while shooting 40 percent (7th in WAC) from the floor, 29.1 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69.5 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 38.7 (6th in WAC), for a plus 3.5 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
Defensively, the Broncos allow 67 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.4 percent (5th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28.1 percent (2nd in WAC, 39th nationally) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.4 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 96-58 while at Boise State and is 492-182 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 8-2 versus Hawai’i as Boise State’s head coach.
Looking at Hawai’i
► The Rainbow Wahine
Hawai’i enters the game at 9-18 overall and 3-11 in league, good for eighth place. UH is coming off a 79-71 home loss to La Tech this past Saturday. The Rainbow returned three starters and 11 letterwinners from last year’s 8-23 campaign that saw them go 4-12 in league play to finish seventh.
► Who to Watch
Hawai’i is led by Keisha Kanekoa who averages a team-high 11.4 point (12th in WAC) and 3.4 rebounds per game. She is followed by Breanna Arbuckle who adds 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
► As a Team
The Hawai’i averages 60.9 points (6th in WAC) per game while allowing 70.7 points (8th in WAC). The Wahine shoot 40.1 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 29.8 percent (7th in WAC) from the 3-point arc, and 61.6 percent (9th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
► The Head Coach
The Rainbow Wahine are in their first year under Dana Takahara-Dias as head coach. To date, she has gone 9-18 at her alma mater. She is now 0-1 against Boise State.
Looking at the Series
► Boise State Versus Hawai’i
Wednesday’s encounter between the Rainbow Wahine and Broncos will be the second of the year following a 73-64 Boise State victory in Boise on Jan. 23. The game will also be the 20th in the series with Hawai’i holding a slim 10-9 advantage. They split last year with the home team winning both times, Boise State won 70-61 in Boise followed by Hawai’i edging the Broncos 68-67 in Honolulu.
► Last Time They Met
BOISE, Idaho (1/23/2010) - All five Bronco starters recorded double-figure points in the same game for the first time this season. The contest was tight throughout with Boise State rallying from eight-points down early in the second period. The Broncos slowly pulled away down the stretch out scoring Hawaii 19-9 in the final six minutes to claim the nine point victory. The Broncos won it at the free-throw line hitting 83.3 percent (25-30) and 10-of-10 in the final 2:16 of the game. Jessica Van Hoogen and Tasha Harris led Boise State with 16 points each followed by 12 from Rebecca Kepilino, and 10 each from Janie Bos and Julia Marshall.
► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 67-71 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 118-102 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.