Boise State Hosts Air Force Friday Night
March 2, 2017

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • The Game: Boise State (21-7, 11-6 MW) closes the regular season Friday night at home against Air Force (4-23, 2-15 MW) at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. 

  • Next Up: The Broncos will head to the Mountain West Championship tournament next in Las Vegas with a bye into the quarterfinals, they will be anywhere from the No. 2 to 4 seed depending on what happens Friday throughout the league.

  • Senior Night: This Friday is Senior Night for the Broncos three seniors Brittney and Brooke Pahukoa, as well as Yaiza Rodriguez ... there will be a short pre-game ceremony in their honor.

  • Radio: KTIK (AM 1350) will carry all of the women's games throughout the season. Chris Lewis is in his fourth season as the voice of the Broncos.

  • Internet Broadcast: You can also listen to the radio broadcast on the internet at BroncoSports.com. 

  • Watch Live: The game will be broadcast live on the internet via the Mountain West Network on BroncoSports.com. 


GAME PREVIEW

  • The Broncos enter Friday's regular season finale on a six-game win streak (longest in MW) and are 21-7 overall and 11-6 in league, tied for third place.

  • Boise State is coming off a pair of road victories 69-61 at San Jose State last Saturday and 66-48 at Fresno State on Tuesday. 

  • Brooke Pahukoa leads Boise State on the year averaging 12.8 points per game (13th MW) ... Shalen Shaw adds 10.6 points (20th MW) and team-high 6.9 rebounds (12th MW) per game ... Marijke Vanderschaaf chips in 10.6 points (19th MW) and 6.5 rebounds (16th MW) per game.

  • On the year, Boise State is second in the Mountain West for scoring offense averaging 69.4 points per game while shooting 40.2 percent (4th MW) from the floor and 32.9 percent (3rd MW) from behind the arc. 

  • Air Force is 4-23 overall and 2-15 in MW play, 11th place ... the Falcons are coming off a split in their last two contests defeating Utah State 64-61 last Saturday, followed by a 64-51 loss to San Diego State, both at home.

  • On the year, Mariah Forde leads Air Force averaging 10.7 points per game (18th MW) ... Kailin Davis is averaging 9.8 points per game ... Dee Bennett leads in the glass averaging 8.3 rebounds per game (t-4th). 

  • The Falcons are averaging 54.2 points per game (11th MW) this season, while allowing 67.9 ppg (8th MW) ... the Falcons shoot 34.2 percent (11th MW) from the floor as a team and 29.2 percent (10th MW) from beyond the arc. 

  • This will be the second meeting of the year with Boise State winning the first contest 69-59 at USAFA, Col., on Feb. 11.

  • This is the 13th meeting in the all-time series which the Broncos lead 11-1 and 9-1 in the MW regular season series.



LAST TIME THEY MET

  • Last time they met was in USAFA, Colo., (Jan. 14) when Marijke Vanderschaaf (13), Marta Hermida (13) and Brooke Pahukoa (10) combined for 36 points to lead Boise State to a 69-59 victory. 

  • In all, six Broncos scored between seven and 13 points as Boise State won with a balanced offensive attack which shot 45.9 percent from the floor against the Falcons. 

  • Boise State used a third quarter surge to take control out scoring Air Force 23-13 to stretch a two-point (30-28) halftime lead out to 12 (53-41) heading into the fourth. 

  • The Broncos led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter before winning by 10. 

  • Kailin Davis led three Falcons in double-figure scoring with 15 followed by Mariah Forde and Erika Chapman with 14 apiece. 



BRONCO FASTBREAK NOTES


TEAM NOTES

  • The Broncos are 11-6 in conference play following a 66-48 win at Fresno State on Tuesday.

  • Boise State is now 21-7 overall and has clinched its fourth-consecutive winning season and seventh 20-win campaign in program history.

  • The Broncos are 13-2 at home in Taco Bell Arena and 8-5 on the road.

  • Season of first, prior to this year Boise State had not won a game at Colorado State or Wyoming in program history, in addition, it had not won at Fresno State during the coach Presnell era ... they won at all three locations this season. 

  • Boise State has rallied from behind in the fourth quarter during three of its last five games to record victories over New Mexico (Feb. 15), Wyoming (Feb. 18), Nevada (Feb. 22) ... they lead most of the way in wins at San Jose State (Feb. 25) and at Fresno State (Feb. 28).

  • On the year, Boise State has used a balanced offensive attack and has had three or more players reach double-figure scoring in 20 of 28 games ... they are 18-2 in those 20 contests.

  • The balanced attack includes 10 players having scored double-digit points this season, eight have led the team in scoring at least once ... no one has led the team in scoring more than eight times (Brooke Pahukoa).

  • The Broncos currently have three players averaging double-digit points led by Brooke Pahukoa (12.8 ppg) followed by Shalen Shaw (10.6 ppg) and Marijke Vanderschaaf (10.6 ppg) ... six players average 7.1 or more points per game.

  • In MW play, Brooke Pahukoa leads averaging 11.8 (15th MW), while Marijke Vanderschaaf averages 11.1 points per game (17th MW).

  • Five Broncos have reached double-digit points at least 10 times each this season and a total of seven have had four or more with a high of 15 by Marijke Vanderschaaf and Brooke Pahukoa.

  • Boise State is third in the MW for 3-point percentage as a team at .329 ... they have made 202 3-pointers this season and average 7.2 per game.

  • Defensively, Boise State ranks second in the MW and ninth nationally in 3-point defense holding opponents to 26.9 percent from beyond the arc.

  • Winter Chill, Boise State shot 38.8 percent from 3-point range in nonconference play to lead the MW and rank 17th nationally, since Christmas and the start of league play the Broncos have struggled shooting a chilly 28.3 percent to rank ninth in the MW (conference games). 


INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • During the current six-game win streak Marijke Vanderschaaf has led the team in scoring at 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game ... Brooke Pahukoa is scoring 10.5 points per game ... Shalen Shaw is averaging 10.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. 

  • Head coach Gordy Presnell hit the 600 career wins milestone against Portland (Dec. 18), Presnell is the 32nd coach in NCAA DI history to hit the mark ... he now has 612 wins. 

  • Brooke Pahukoa leads the team and ranks 13th in the MW for points per game at 12.8 ... she has 15 games in double-digit points, seven with 20-plus, including 21 at New Mexico (Jan. 18), 23 versus San Jose State (Jan. 21) and 21 at Fresno State (Feb. 28).

  • Brooke Pahukoa has moved into ninth all-time (1,263) for career points at Boise State, 68 (1,331) short of tying for eighth.

  • Shalen Shaw is tied second on team and 20th in MW for scoring at 10.6 points per game ... she leads the team and is 12th in MW for rebounds at 6.9 per game. 

  • Shaw grabbed a team-high (tied) 11 rebounds in win over New Mexico (Feb. 15) to move from 15th on the Boise State career rebound list into 12th with 598 ... she now sits at 621, five short of tying for 11th and 25 short of seventh.

  • Shaw ranks fourth among active players this year in the MW for career double-doubles with 14, two this season.

  • Shaw went down injured in the game at Nevada (Jan. 25) and missed the next three contests, the Broncos went 1-3 in that stretch (including loss at Nevada) ... the Broncos are 6-0 since her return. 

  • Vanderschaaf is tied on team for scoring averaging 10.6 points per game (19th MW) and has scored double-figure points in 15 contests, tied for the most on team, including a career-high 26 in victory against New Mexico (Feb. 15), 22 at San Diego State (Jan. 7) and 20 in the win over Wyoming (Jan. 28). 

  • Marijke Vanderschaaf is averaging 6.5 rebounds per game (2nd on team / 16th MW) and has 16 games with six or more boards ... she had a career-high 16 in win at San Jose State (Feb. 25).

  • Rodriguez is second in the MW and 21st nationally in assists per game at 6.1.

  • Rodriguez set the school's career assists record earlier this fall at 452 and has since stretched it out to 595 ... fourth in MW history.

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