Admission is one dollar, $1, per person.
► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team returns home to Taco Bell Arena for a big game Saturday night when it host the Fresno State Bulldogs at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain). The Broncos bring a 17-10 overall mark and 6-7 conference record into the contest. Boise State is currently sitting in a tie for fifth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Meanwhile, Fresno State has clinched the WAC regular season title with an undefeated 14-0 mark to go with a 23-5 overall record. This will be the 24th meeting all-time with the Bulldogs holding a 14-9 advantage in the series. Fresno State won the first meeting of the year by seven points 73-66 in Fresno on Jan. 27.
Recently for the Teams - Fresno State has won 15 consecutive games including a 81-78 overtime victory at La Tech this past Wednesday. Meanwhile, Boise State is coming off a 66-64 loss at Hawai’i on Wednesday which was preceded by three wins.
The Game - This Saturday’s encounter has Boise State at home where it has gone 12-1 this year, the lone loss was in overtime to New Mexico State. The Boise State-Fresno State game features two of the top ranked scoring offenses in the league. The Broncos bring the third-ranked offense averaging 71.1 points per game and seventh-ranked scoring defense that allows 67, versus Fresno State’s second-ranked offense averaging 72 points per game and second-ranked defense that is holding opponents to 60.4. Boise State is led by senior Tasha Harris averaging 15.7 points per game and ranked fourth in the WAC, while Jaleesa Ross leads the Bulldogs at 17.8 points per game to rank second in the league.
► Special Promotion: Pack the House for Fresno State
This Saturday the Broncos (17-10, 6-7 WAC) host Western Athletic Conference rivals the Fresno State Bulldogs (23-5, 14-0 WAC) at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State is asking Bronco Nation to support the team as they take on the league champion and undefeated Bulldogs in the annual PACK THE HOUSE NIGHT. Admission to this game is one dollar, $1.00, per person for everyone who attends and helps cheer on the Broncos as they attempt to upset the 2010 WAC regular season champions. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. There will be prizes and drawings for fans during the contest. Tickets can be purchased the night of the game at the Taco Bell Arena ticket office. Wear your home WHITE and cheer the Broncos on to victory!
► Radio Broadcasts
Boise State Radio carries every regular season and postseason game on the air beginning with a 15 minute pregame show. Boise State Assistant Sports Information Director Doug Link is in his 12th year as the voice of Boise State women’s basketball providing the play-by-play for each broadcast home and away. 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.
► Games on the Internet
Fans can log on to BroncoSports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Live stats can be found at BroncoSports.com to follow the game on game tracker. In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at http://radio.boisestate.edu/listenonline.html.
Scouting Game #28
Looking at Boise State
► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 17-10 overall and 6-7 in conference good for a fifth-place tie in the WAC standings with Idaho. 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. Unfortunately, Boise State followed that with a 66-64 defeat at Hawaii on Feb. 24 making the Broncos 5-9 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 is coming off a disappointing loss at Hawai’i on Wednesday by a 66-64 score. That was preceded by three straight victories 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.
► Who to Watch
● Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard leads the team in scoring at 15.7 points (4th in WAC), 5.6 rebounds (14th in WAC), and 3.3 assists (3rd in WAC). Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,692 and first in career free throws made (457) and attempted (622).
● Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 13.2 points (9th in WAC) and 3.7 rebound per game. She ranks third in career points at Boise State with 1,566.
● Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 9.0 points to go with a team-high 6.6 rebounds (9th in WAC) per game.
● Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 8.2 points while adding 4.7 boards.
► As a Team
Offensively, the Broncos average 71.1 points per game (3rd in WAC, 44th nationally) while shooting 40 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 29.3 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69.4 percent (4th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 41.8 rebounds per game and gives up 38.8 (7th in WAC), for a plus 3.0 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
Defensively, the Broncos allow 67 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.5 percent (5th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 28.4 percent (3rd in WAC, 25th nationally) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.6 in turnover margin (2nd in WAC) committing a average of 16.9 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 96-59 while at Boise State and is 492-183 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 3-7 versus Fresno State as Boise State’s head coach.
Looking at Fresno State
► The Bulldogs
Fresno State enters the game at 23-5 overall and 14-0 in league, clinching the WAC regular season title. The Bulldogs have won 15 straight and are coming off a 81-78 overtime win at La Tech on Wednesday. The Bulldogs returned all five starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 24-9 campaign that saw them go 12-4 in league play to tie for first place.
► Who to Watch
Fresno State is led by Jaleesa Ross who averages a team-high 17.8 points (2nd in WAC) and 5.9rebounds per game. She is followed by Hayley Munro who adds 11.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
► As a Team
The Fresno State averages 72 points (2nd in WAC) per game while allowing 60.4 points (2nd in WAC). The Bulldogs shoot 42.1 percent (2nd in WAC) from the floor, 34.4 percent (3rd in WAC) from the 3-point arc, and 70.6 percent (2nd in WAC) from the free-throw line.
► The Head Coach
The Bulldogs are in their fifth year under Adrian Wiggins as head coach. To date, he has gone 117-50 at Fresno State and 8-3 against Boise State.
Looking at the Series
► Boise State Versus Fresno State
Saturday’s encounter between the Bulldogs and Broncos will be the second of the year following a 73-66 Fresno State victory in Fresno on Jan. 27. This will be the 24th encounter between the Bulldogs and Broncos with Fresno State holding a 14-9 advantage. The Bulldogs swept the Broncos last year winning 62-52 in Fresno followed by a 70-58 win in Boise.
► Last Time They Met
FRESNO, Calif. (1/27/2010) - Boise State’s Jessica Van Hoogen and Tasha Harris combined for 41 points in the loss at Fresno State. The Bulldogs scored the opening basket and never trailed in the game leading by as many as 13 points with 6:42 to play in the second half. However, the Broncos kept the game close throughout and tied the score up twice in the second period. Boise State came within four points late and had chances to get closer but came up short. In the end free throws and defensive rebounding cost the Broncos as the Bulldogs out scored Boise State 15 (15-of-18) to four (4-of-5) from the line and 19 to five on second chance points.
► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 67-72 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 118-103 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.