Senior Day for Harris, Kepilino and Van Hoogen.
► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team will close the regular season with “Senior Day” when they host the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters in the first game of a doubleheader with the Bronco men. It is a Saturday matinee with the women’s game tipping at approximately 2:05 p.m. (Mountain). The Broncos bring a 18-11 overall mark and 7-8 conference record into the contest. Boise State is currently sitting in a three-way tie for fourth place with Idaho and New Mexico State in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech sits in second place with a 11-4 league mark and 20-7 record on the year. This will be the 22nd meeting between the two schools all-time with the Lady Techsters holding a 15-6 advantage in the series. La Tech won the first meeting of the year by 22 points 75-53 in Ruston, La., on Feb. 3.
Recently for the Teams - La Tech has won eight of its last nine games including a 63-56 contest at Idaho on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Boise State is coming off 57-47 victory at Utah State Wednesday night, Feb. 24, and a tough 95-72 loss at home to Fresno State this past Saturday.
The Game - This Saturday’s game is the regular-season finale and has the Broncos at home where they are 12-2 this year. The Boise State-La Tech game features the Broncos third-ranked offense averaging 70.6 points per game and seventh-ranked scoring defense that allows 67.3, versus Louisiana Tech’s top-ranked offense averaging 74.3 points per game and fourth-ranked defense that is holding opponents to 63.4. Boise State is led by senior Tasha Harris averaging 15.4 points per game and ranked sixth in the WAC, while La Tech is led by two of the top-three scorers in the league in Shanavia Dowdell averaging 18 points and Adrienne Johnson who adds 16.1 points per game to rank first and third respectively.
► Special Doubleheader Promotion
Boise State is continuing its special doubleheader promotion for this Saturday. Anyone who arrives prior to halftime of the women’s basketball game can purchase a ticket for $5.00. The ticket is for a reserved seat good for both games, you will not have to move for the men’s game.
► Senior Day Ceremony
Boise State will honor its three seniors with a short ceremony prior to the start of the game as La Tech on Saturday. The festivities will begin at 1:55 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena as the Broncos say thank you to Tasha Harris, Rebecca Kepilino and Jessica Van Hoogen who have all played a major role in turning the Boise State program around during their tenures.
► 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 #29
(Note: WAC rankings are as of 3/4/2010)
Looking at Boise State
► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 18-11 overall and 7-8 in conference good for a three-way tie for fourth place in the WAC standings with Idaho and New Mexico State. 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. Boise State has now gone 2-1 in its last three road games making the Broncos 6-9 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 home loss to Fresno State by the score of 95-72 on Saturday, Feb. 27, followed by a road win this past Wednesday at Utah State by the score of 57-47.
► Who to Watch
● Tasha Harris - The senior point-guard leads the team in scoring at 15.4 points (6th in WAC), 5.8 rebounds (12th in WAC), and 3.3 assists (3rd in WAC). Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,714 and first in career free throws made (465) and attempted (630).
● Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 12.5 points (9th in WAC) and 3.6 rebound per game. She ranks third in career points at Boise State with 1,572.
● Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 9.3 points to go with a team-high 6.8 rebounds (7th in WAC) per game.
● Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 8.1 points while adding 4.6 boards.
► As a Team
Offensively, the Broncos average 70.6 points per game (3rd in WAC) while shooting 40.1 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 29.1 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69.7 percent (4th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 41.7 rebounds per game and gives up 38.5 (6th in WAC), for a plus 3.2 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
Defensively, the Broncos allow 67.3 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.6 percent (5th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 29.3 percent (4rd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 1.1 in turnover margin (3rd in WAC) committing a average of 17.2 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 97-60 while at Boise State and is 493-184 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 5-4 versus La Tech as Boise State’s head coach.
Looking at Louisiana Tech
► The Lady Techsters
La Tech enters the game at 20-7 overall and 11-4 in league for second place. The Lady Techsters have won eight of the last nine games and are coming off a 63-56 road win at Idaho. Tech returned four starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 21-13 campaign that saw them go 12-4 in league play to tie for first place.
► Who to Watch
The Lady Techsters are led by Shanavia Dowdell who averages a league-highs points with 18 per game and rebounds at 12.5 rpg. She is followed by Adrienne Johnson who adds 16.1 points (3rd in WAC) and 7.3 rebounds (5th in WAC) per game.
► As a Team
La Tech averages 74.3 points (1st in WAC) per game while allowing 63.4 points (4th in WAC). The Lady Techsters shoot 43.3 percent (1st in WAC) from the floor, 31 percent (5th in WAC) from the 3-point arc, and 69.2 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line.
► The Head Coach
The Lady Techsters are in their first full year under Teresa Weatherspoon as head coach. She took over the program last Feb. (2009) and is currently 28-9 at her alma mater. She is currently 1-0 versus Boise State as Tech’s head coach.
Looking at the Series
► Boise State Versus La Tech
Saturday’s encounter between the Lady Techsters and Broncos will be the 22nd in the series with La Tech holding a commanding 15-6 advantage. Louisiana Tech won the first nine contests of the series, however, Boise State has turned the series as of late winning five of the last seven meetings. Last year the Broncos won 52-42 in Boise followed by a 66-61 victory at La Tech. The Lady techsters won the first meeting this season defeating Boise State 75-53 in Ruston on Feb. 3.
► Last Time They Met
RUSTON, La. (2/3/2010) - It was one of those nights where nothing went right for the Broncos as Boise State dropped a 22-point, 75-53, decision at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. Boise State was a step slow all night and dug itself a deep hole by halftime as the visitors could not get their shots to fall from anywhere on the floor. The Broncos were down 17, 38-21, at the break then watched as the Lady Techsters extended the deficit to 22 points in the second period.
The Broncos attempted to rally midway through the final half pulling to within 11 points, 50-39, with 12:51 remaining. But that was as close as they would get. Freshman Kinzi Poteet led the Broncos with a career-high 11 points to go with six rebounds and one block. Junior Janie Bos followed with 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. No one else hit double-digit scoring for the Boise State.
► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 68-73 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 119-104 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.