Boise State Heads to San Jose State for Key WAC Game
Tip has been changed to 9:30 p.m. (Mountain)
► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team heads to San Jose State University this weekend for its lone game of the week and a key Western Athletic Conference encounter as the two battle for the final berth into next month’s WAC Tournament. Tip-off for the contest in the Events Center on the SJSU campus is 9:30 p.m. (Mountain).
► Game Time Change for Saturday
The start time for this Saturday’s game at San Jose State has been bumped to a later time from 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) to 9:30 p.m. The contest is the second game of a doubleheader, the SJSU men host Louisiana Tech first.
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This weekend’s lone contest for Boise State at San Jose State is a big game for the Broncos with the winner getting the upper hand on earning the final berth into next month’s WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Boise State enters the week on a nine-game losing streak and looking for something good to happen. The Broncos are 11-16 overall and 2-11 in league action, good for ninth-place. They closed their home schedule last week with a pair of defeats to Fresno State (75-57) and Nevada (74-57). Boise State will now close the regular season with three games on the road beginning with the SJSU contest this weekend.
Meanwhile, San Jose State is a half game up on Boise State entering the week at 2-10 in WAC and 2-23 overall. The Spartans will play at Hawai’i on Thursday prior to hosting the Broncos on Saturday.
Junior guard Kati Isham (13.4 ppg) leads Boise State in scoring followed by sophomore post Lauren Lenhardt (12.5 ppg), they are ranked eighth and 10th respectively in the WAC. San Jose State is led by JC transfer Sara Plavljanin (10.9 ppg) a junior guard.
► Boise State vs. San Jose State Series Recap
Saturday’s game between San Jose State and Boise State will be the 22nd all-time and will mark the final time they play a regular season contest as conference rivals, the Broncos head to the Mountain West Conference next year. The meetings between these two programs have taken place primarily since Boise State joined the WAC 10 years ago for the 2001-02 season. The Broncos hold a slim edge in the series at 11-10 all-time. However, the WAC regular-season series favors SJSU by a 10-9 margin. The Spartans dominated the league series early on winning the first seven WAC games as they sprinted out to a 10-2 advantage. However, Boise State has now won eight straight contests including a WAC Tournament victory in March of 2007 and an 83-51 victory over SJSU earlier this year in Boise on Jan. 13 to take the lead.
► What Happened Last Time
San Jose State at Boise State: BOISE, Idaho (1/13/2011) - The Broncos recorded their first WAC win of the year defeating San Jose State 83-51 at home. Boise State opened the game storming out to a 20-7 lead midway through the first half and never looked back taking a 29-point advantage (43-14) into the break. The second half was more evenly played as San Jose State stepped up, but the Broncos still out scored the Spartans 40-37 in the period.
Kati Isham led Boise State with a team-high 20 points after going five-of-10 from the 3-point arc. Melissa Rima followed with a season-high 15 points and team-high nine rebounds, while Lauren Lenhardt added 10 points and five boards. Boise State shot 41.9 percent from the floor, 42.3 percent from the arc and 64.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Sara Plavljanin led the Spartans with 13 points and six rebounds followed by Sayja Sumler with 10 points. Brittany Jones added a team-high 11 rebounds to go with four points. San Jose State shot 35.2 percent from the floor, 23.1 percent from the arc and 62.5 percent from the line.
► Looking at Boise State
The Broncos are 11-16 overall and 2-11 in WAC play which ranks them ninth in the standings. Boise State enters the contest coming off nine-consecutive losses. Most recently they closed their home schedule with losses to Fresno State (75-57) and Nevada (74-57).
Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 13.4 points per game to rank eighth in the WAC. She is third in the conference and 51st nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 39.3 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 12.5 points (10th in WAC) and 5.8 rebounds (t-13th in WAC) per contest on the year, in league games she leads the team in scoring at 13.8 ppg (8th in WAC). Senior post Janie Bos adds 9.2 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game.
Offensively, Boise State is averaging 67.3 points per game (5th in WAC) and 38.8 rebounds (6th in WAC) on the year. The Broncos are shooting 40.6 (4th in WAC) percent from the floor and 32.1 percent (4th in WAC) from the 3-point arc. In addition, they are converting 69.5 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
Defensively, the Broncos allow 69.9 points per game (9th in WAC) and 38.4 rebounds (5th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-2.48 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 San Jose State
San Jose State enters the week at 2-23 overall and 2-10 in league. The Spartans will play at Hawai’i on Thursday prior to playing the Broncos on Saturday in San Jose. They have lost seven straight games and are coming off three consecutive road defeats at Nevada (65-36), at New Mexico State (54-29) and at Louisiana Tech (62-53) last time out.
They are led by Sara Plavljanin who is the only SJSU player averaging double-figure points at 10.9 per game. However, the Spartans have four players averaging between eight and nine points per game.
The Spartans are shooting 33.5 percent (9th in WAC) from the floor and 24.6 percent from the arc. They average 47.5 points per game (9th in WAC) and allow 66.4 (3rd in WAC).
► Radio Schedule
All Bronco radio broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. The game 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.
► Boise State vs. WAC
Boise State is 71-96 all-time in WAC regular-season games. However, against its current membership the Broncos are 62-72 in conference contests. Boise State is a combined 132-116 overall versus the current membership in all games (conference and nonconference games).
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