Boise State Starts Two Game Homestand with Fresno State
Broncos host the first of three straight key MW games on Wednesday.
Feb. 25, 2014
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- Fresno State (16-10, 10-5 MW) at Boise State (15-10, 10-4 MW)
- Feb. 26, 2014 (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. (Mountain)
- Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
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The Last Meeting
January 4, 2014
Boise State Falls 72-63 at Fresno State
Deanna Weaver's 22 points were not enough as Boise State fell 72-63 at Fresno State in the Broncos' Mountain West opener Saturday afternoon in the Save Mart Center at Fresno,, Calif. A close game got away from the Broncos down the stretch. Trailing by four points with 5:10 to play Boise State went cold from the floor. The Bulldogs responded with a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to put the contest away. Boise State moves to 5-7 overall and 0-1 with the loss to the Bulldogs, who are now 8-5 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
- The Game: With four games remaining in the regular season Boise State (15-10, 10-4 MW) is home for a big two-game homestand this week starting with rival Fresno State (16-10, 10-5 MW) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Taco Bell Arena.
- This Week: The weekend concludes when the Wyoming Cowgirls (18-7, 9-5 MW) come to town on Saturday for a 2 p.m. (Mountain) tip with the Broncos in Taco Bell Arena. Both the Bulldogs and Cowgirls won the first encounters with Boise State on their home floors earlier this season.
- Big Final Stretch: This Broncos who enter the week in sole possession of second place in the Mountain West standings have a big three-game stretch ahead off them. The next three games are against the teams directly below Boise State in the race for seeding into next month’s Reese’s MW Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. The Broncos host the Fresno State Bulldogs (16-10, 10-5 MW, tied-third place) on Wednesday and Wyoming Cowgirls (18-7, 9-5 MW, fifth place) on Saturday; followed by the final regular season road game next Tuesday against the Nevada Wolf Pack (15-11, 10-5 MW, tied-third place).
- Ticket Promotion: The ticket promotion for the Fresno State game is “Bring Your A Game.” Any kids 12 and under who bring their report card with an “A” or other top score get into the game for free.
- Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action or over the web at BroncoSports.com at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/boise.portal.
- Follow the Game: The contest against Fresno State will feature live stats via gametracker on BroncoSports.com at http://www.broncosports.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/bosu-w-baskbl-sched.html, as well as live video at http://www.broncosports.com/videos/.
- All-Time Record: Wednesday’s game will be the 31st meeting all-time in the series between Fresno State and Boise State with the Bulldogs holding a 21-9 advantage, including 10 straight wins.
- League History: The Broncos and Bulldogs have been rivals in two conferences. Prior to the Mountain West they were both in the Western Athletic Conference together from fall 2001 to spring 2011. Boise State moved to the MW for the 2011-12 season, Fresno State followed last year.
- Last Year: Boise State and Fresno State met three times last year with the Bulldogs winning all three contests: 70-57 in Fresno, 83-65 in Boise and 72-55 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
- First Meeting in 2014
- Deanna Weaver’s 22 points were not enough as Boise State fell 72-63 at Fresno State in the Broncos’ Mountain West opener in the Save Mart Center at Fresno,, Calif.
- A close game got away from the Broncos down the stretch. Trailing by four points with 5:10 to play Boise State went cold from the floor. The Bulldogs responded with a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to put the contest away.
- Playing in her second game of the season Weaver was the only Bronco to reach double figure points coming alive in the final 20 minutes of action with 16 of her 22 points. She hit 10-of-19 attempts from the floor to go with four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 34 minutes of action.
- Foul trouble slowed Askew and Der during the game which saw both go to the bench late in the second period, which contributed to the Bulldogs’ 10-0 run late in the game. Der finished the contest with eight points and five rebounds, while Askew was held below double figure points for the first time ending the game with six to go with six rebounds.
- Boise State finished the day shooting 39.1 percent (25-64) from the floor, 33.3 percent (7-21) from the arc and 75 percent (6-8) from the free throw line.
- Fresno State was led by three players in double-digit scoring with a team-high 20 by Bree Farley on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor with four 3-pointers, she finished with a double-double adding 11 rebounds. Taylor Thompson followed with 17 points, while Alex Sheedy contributed 14 points. Jacinta Vandenberg lead the Bulldogs on the glass with 13 rebounds.
- Fresno State shot 46.3 percent (25-54) from the floor, 44.4 percent (8-18) from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the foul line. The Bulldogs held a sizeable advantage in rebounding 43 to 28.
SETTING THE SCENE
- Preseason Poll: Fresno State was picked to win the 2014 MW regular season title while Boise State was projected eighth out of 11 teams in the combined media and coaches preseason poll.
- Recently for Boise State: The Broncos have split their last two games losing 71-51 at home to Colorado State last Wednesday, then regrouped to defeat UNLV 75-72 on the road Saturday.
- Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are 11-4 since Christmas and are now 15-10 on the year and 10-4 in conference action.
- Recently for Fresno State: The Bulldogs swept a pair of home contests last week defeating Wyoming 65-60 and Utah State on a last second shot 72-70.
- Fresno State’s Record: Fresno State has won four of its last six games and enters the week at 16-10 overall and 10-5 in MW play, tied for third-place in the league standings.
- Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 10-3 overall and 4-1 during MW action in Taco Bell Arena this year and 1-0 in Bronco Gym. They are 270-143 (.654) all-time in the arena.
- Boise State on the Road: After dropping their first six road games of the season the Broncos have gone 5-1 since and are now 5-7 on the road overall.
- Fresno State on the Road: The Bulldogs are 5-6 on the road this year and 3-4 in MW games.
- Leading the Broncos: Deanna Weaver leads the team in scoring average at 13.7 points per game (has not played in enough games to be ranked by MW), while Miquelle Askew leads the team in total points with 326 and second in average at 13 ppg (11th MW). Lexie Der follows those two at 11 ppg, next is Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego at 10.0 ppg. Weaver leads the team on the glass at 6.3 rebounds per game.
- Leading the Bulldogs: Taylor Thompson leads Fresno State in scoring at 13.5 points per game (10th MW) followed by Alex Sheedy at 12.6 ppg who has missed the last nine games because of injury. Bree Farley adds 12.4 points per game (14th MW), while Jacinta Vandenberg leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 rpg (9th MW).
- Boise State as a Team: On the year Boise State is averaging 71.7 points (6th MW) and 36.8 rebounds (10th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 69.8 points (7th MW) and 39.2 boards (5th MW) per game ... in league they are scoring 71.6 ppg (6th MW) and rebounding 36.1 rpg (10th MW), while allowing 66 ppg (4th MW) and 38 rpg (5th MW).
- Fresno State as a Team: This season the Bulldogs average 68 points per game (7th MW) and 37.5 rebounds (8th MW) per game, while allowing 61.9 points (2nd MW) and 38.3 rebounds per game (4th MW). In conference action they are averaging 68 ppg (7th MW) and 37.5 rpg (8th MW), defensively they allow 61.9 ppg (2nd MW) and 38.3 rpg (4th MW).
- The Coaches: Reagan Pebley is in her second season at Fresno State where she is 40-19, her career mark in 11 years is 150-174. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 142-119 and 537-246 in his 27th season all-time.
- Mixing it Up: Boise State has had 10 different players lead the team in scoring this year; Miquelle Askew has led seven times; Deanna Weaver and Lexie Der have five times each; Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego three; Brooke Pahukoa and Keiahnna Engel twice each; Brandi Henton, Kenna McDavis, Kayla Reinhart and Tonishia Childress having each led once.
- Top Scoring Individual Performances: The season high in points was recorded by Miquelle Askew with 34 against Utah State* (Feb. 8), followed by Deanna Weaver with 33 at New Mexico (Feb. 12), Brooke Pahukoa with 26 against College of Idaho (Nov. 20), Deanna Weaver’s 25 versus San Diego State (Jan. 8) and Miquelle Askew’s 23 against Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 29). Four were accomplished at home in Taco Bell Arena or *Bronco Gym. The top road performance was 33 points by Weaver at New Mexico.
- Most Double Digit Scoring Games: Miquelle Askew has recorded the most games with double figure points with 19 this year and 25 in her career. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego has tallied 14 double digit point games, while Lexie Der has 13 and Weaver with 10.
- 30 Point Games: Miquelle Askew recorded a career-high 34 points in Bronco Gym against Utah State (Feb. 8), that is the first 30-plus point game since Nicole Brady scored 30 at Utah State on Nov. 23, 2011. Deanna Weaver followed Askew in the next game with 33 points at New Mexico.
- 20 Point Games: Miquelle Askew has reached 20-plus points a team-high five times this year with a high of 34 against Utah State (Feb. 8). Deanna Weaver is next with three, Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and Lexie Der have two each, Brooke Pahukoa has accomplished it once each.
- Most Times Leading Team: Miquelle Askew has led the team in scoring a team-best seven times this season, followed by Deanna Weaver and Lexie Der has five each, while Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego three times.
- Balanced Attack: Boise State has had a relatively balanced attack this year with five players averaging between 13.7 and 7.3 points per game. Deanna Weaver leads the team averaging 13.7 ppg, Miquelle Askew averages 13 ppg, followed by Lexie Der at 11 ppg and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego at 10 ppg.
- Scoring Points: The Broncos are running a fast paced scoring offense this year which has them averaging 71.7 points per game to rank sixth in the Mountain West and 88th nationally.
- Below 70: The key for Boise State is keeping the opponent below 70 points, the Broncos are 12-1 this season when they do and 3-9 when they do not.
- Double Digit Deficits: Boise State has rallied twice from double-digit deficits. The Broncos trailed by 11 with 8:27 to play in the first half at home against Utah Valley (Dec. 5) but rallied to win 63-60. Most recently they were down 13 (15-2) with 12:56 left in first half at Utah State (Jan. 18), then rallied to win 71-68. Boise State has lost one double figure lead this year a 12-point advantage at home to San Francisco (Dec. 14), a 76-70 defeat.