Broncos Host Aztecs For Senior Night
Feb. 26, 2018

Boise State (18-9, 12-4 MW) vs. San Diego State (11-16, 5-11 MW)
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Boise, Idaho - Taco Bell Arena

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (18-9, 12-4 MW) hosts Senior Night Tuesday, taking on visiting San Diego State (11-16, 5-11 MW) in the regular-season home finale at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos wrap up the regular-season Friday at Wyoming (6:30 p.m.), before beginning action at the Mountain West Tournament (March 5-9).

Boise State win its fifth-straight game, and pulled off its first regular-season sweep of Colorado State, with a 55-49 win over the Rams on Feb. 21. The win clinched for the Broncos a first-round bye at the Mountain West Tournament.

Sophomore guard Braydey Hodgins scored 14 points in the win, with seven coming in the fourth quarter. After hitting a 3-pointer to put the Broncos up seven with just over five minutes to go, Hodgins went 4-for-4 from the line over the final 1:32 to help seal the win.

The Bronco defense was again nails in the final frame, limiting Colorado State to just 5-for-19 shooting (26.3 percent) and 0-for-7 from 3-point range.

Boise State hosts San Diego State (11-16, 5-11 MW) Tuesday for Senior Night, with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

The Aztecs have lost seven of nine heading into Tuesday’s game, although they most recently halted a three-game slide Saturday with an 85-78 victory over San Jose State. San Diego State is led by the play of McKynzie Fort (16.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Geena Gomez (11.0 ppg, 3.81 apg).

Boise State, at 12-4 in conference play, still has a chance to earn at least a share of its first Mountain West regular-season title. The Broncos sit one game back of co-leaders Wyoming and UNLV with two games remaining. The Broncos and Cowgirls clash in the finale March 2, so if the Broncos can win both remaining games, defeat the Cowgirls, and have UNLV lose at least once in these final two games, Boise State will be in position to share the conference crown.

Boise State has locked up at least the No. 3 seed at March 5-9’s Mountain West Tournament. The Broncos clinched at least the fourth seed, and a first-round bye, with last Wednesday’s win over Colorado State, then were guaranteed at least the No. 3 seed Saturday with Fresno State’s loss at Wyoming.

The Broncos still have an outside chance at the No. 1 seed, with a shot at the No. 2 seed also still alive. However, if Wyoming and UNLV each win Tuesday, that eliminates Boise State’s shot at the No. 1 seed.

The Broncos have never been seeded higher than third at the tournament. Boise State was the No. 3 seed in 2016, and has been the No. 4 seed thrice (2014-15, 2017)

At 12-4 in Mountain West play, Boise State has matched its all-time best win total since joining the conference in 2011-12. One more win over these final two games will set the new mark, while with two wins, Boise State can match its program-best win total in conference play (14-2 in the WAC in 2007-08).

Boise State has finished 12-6 in Mountain West play thrice prior (2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17).

Boise State’s current five-game winning streak has come about mainly due to the Broncos’ excellent fourth-quarter defensive work.

Over the fourth quarters of the last five games, Bronco opponents are shooting just 31.5 percent (23-for-73) from the field, and 19.0 percent (4-for-21) from 3-point range. In fact, Bronco opponents have missed their last 13 fourth-quarter 3-point attempts, dating back to Utah State missing their final try back on Feb. 10.

Tuesday’s contest will mark the final home game in the careers of Bronco seniors Shalen Shaw and Brooke Wheeler.

Shaw, who will play her 121st career game Tuesday, has spent this season steadily marching her way up many career Boise State records this season. Heading into the matchup with San Diego State, Shaw currently ranks 13th in scoring (1,136 points), 11th in field goals made (448), third in rebounds (846), tied for seventh in blocks (78), and 11th in assists (263).

This year, Shaw leads the Broncos in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and is third in scoring (9.0 ppg) while shooting 47.0 percent from the field.

Wheeler has played 44 games in her Bronco career after transferring to Boise State from Snow College ahead of the 2016-17 season. She has averaged 1.5 points and 1.6 rebounds, and shot 36.6 percent, in a reserve role at center. Wheeler, who suffered an ankle injury in practice on Jan. 12, has missed the last 11 games.

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