► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team hits the road for its final regular-season road game when the Broncos take on the Utah State Aggies Wednesday night in Logan, Utah, tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the Glen Smith Spectrum. The Broncos bring a 17-11 overall mark and 6-8 conference record into the contest. Boise State is currently sitting in sixth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Meanwhile, Utah State has sits in seventh place with a 4-10 league mark and 12-15 record on the year. This will be the 20th meeting between the two schools all-time with the Broncos holding a 15-4 advantage in the series. Boise State won the first meeting of the year by seven points 70-63 in Boise on Jan. 30.
Recently for the Teams - Utah State has lost four straight games including a close 54-53 contest against Idaho in Logan last Saturday. Meanwhile, Boise State is coming off a pair of loses, 66-64 at Hawai’i on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and a tough 95-72 loss at home to Fresno State this past Saturday.
The Game - This Wednesday’s encounter has Boise State on the road where it has struggled going 5-9 this year. The Boise State-Utah State game features the Broncos third-ranked offense averaging 71.1 points per game and seventh-ranked scoring defense that allows 68, versus Utah State’s seven-ranked offense averaging 59.4 points per game and top-ranked defense that is holding opponents to 59.8. Boise State is led by senior Tasha Harris averaging 15.4 points per game and ranked fifh in the WAC, while Amber White leads the Aggies at 11.8 points per game to rank 10th in the league.
► Follow the Broncos on the Road: Radio and Internet Broadcasts
Boise State Radio carries every regular season and postseason game on the air beginning with a 15 minute pregame show. 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. In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at http://radio.boisestate.edu/listenonline.html.
Scouting Game #29
Looking at Boise State
► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 17-11 overall and 6-8 in conference good for six-place in the WAC standings. Boise State has been solid at home this year going 12-2. 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 last Wednesday, Feb. 24, by a 66-64 score followed by a home loss to Fresno State by the score of 95-72 on Saturday, Feb. 27. That was preceded by three straight victories including a 73-63 home win over Idaho, Feb. 17, followed by a road victory at San Jose State on Feb. 20. 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 15.4 points (5th in WAC), 5.7 rebounds (14th in WAC), and 3.4 assists (3rd in WAC). Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,699 and first in career free throws made (460) and attempted (625).
● Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 12.9 points (9th in WAC) and 3.7 rebound per game. She ranks third in career points at Boise State with 1,569.
● Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 9.0 points to go with a team-high 6.5 rebounds (9th in WAC) per game.
● Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 8.1 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 40.1 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 29.2 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 41.6 rebounds per game and gives up 38.8 (7th in WAC), for a plus 2.8 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
Defensively, the Broncos allow 68 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.9 percent (6th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 29.4 percent (3rd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.2 in turnover margin (3rd in WAC) committing a average of 17.1 per game while forcing 18.3 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 96-60 while at Boise State and is 492-184 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 8-2 versus Utah State as Boise State’s head coach.
Looking at Utah State
► The Aggies
Utah State enters the game at 12-15 overall and 4-10 in league for seventh place. The Aggies have lost four straight and are coming off a 54-53 home defeat to Idaho last Saturday. USU returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s 16-15 campaign that saw them go 9-7 in league play to tie for fifth place.
► Who to Watch
Utah State is led by Amber White who averages a team-high 11.8 points (10th in WAC) and 3.9 rebounds per game. She is followed by Alice Coddington who adds 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
► As a Team
The Utah State averages 59.4 points (7th in WAC) per game while allowing a league low 59.8 points. The Aggies shoot 39.6 percent (7th in WAC) from the floor, 35 percent (2nd in WAC) from the 3-point arc, and 68.2 percent (6th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
► The Head Coach
The Aggies are in their seventh year under Raegan Peebly as head coach. Peebly was hired to restart the Aggie program in 2002 and has gone 70-127 to date. While at Utah State she has gone 2-8 against Boise State.
Looking at the Series
► Boise State Versus Utah State
Wednesday’s encounter between the Aggies and Broncos will be the 20th in the series with Boise State holding a commanding 15-4 advantage. However, Utah State earned its first victories over Boise State since the program was restarted when the Aggies swept the Broncos last year winning 58-44 in Logan then followed with a 65-61 win in Boise. The Broncos did win the first encounter of this season in Boise by seven points, 70-63.
► Last Time They Met
BOISE, Idaho (1/30/2010) - Boise State rallied from six points down with 8:50 remaining to defeat Utah State 70-63 in Boise. Rebecca Kepilino scored a season-high 17 points, 10 in the second half, to lead the Broncos to the come from behind victory. The game was close throughout the 40 minutes of action in a contest that saw seven ties and 10 leads changes. The game was one of swings as the Broncos opened a game-high 10-point, 44-34, lead by the 17:13 mark on the second period. Utah State battled back erasing the 10-point deficit with a 20 to six run that saw them go up a Utah State game-high six points, 56-50, with 8:50 remaining.
After surrendering the 10-point lead and down six, the Broncos rallied. Melissa Rima drained the second of two key 3-pointers from the left corner to give Boise State a 62-61 lead with 2:54 to go.
Boise State finished the final two-plus minutes out scoring Utah State 8-0 down the stretch. Tasha Harris scored six of the final points with two jumpers and two free throws.
► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 67-73 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 118-104 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.