Broncos Head to MW Championship
March 5, 2017



NEXT UP FOR THE BRONCOS

  • GAME 30: No. 5 New Mexico (15-14, 10-8 MW)vs No. 4 Boise State (22-7, 12-6 MW)
  • LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center)
  • DATE: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
  • TIME: 3:30 p.m. (Mountain)
  • SERIES: Boise State leads series 9-6
  • INTERNET VIDEO STREAM:  Watch Live on Mountain West Network
  • RADIO BROADCAST: Listen Live on KTIK, AM 1350
  • LIVE STATS: Stats on GameTracker

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WHAT'S HAPPENING
  • The Game: The fourth-seeded Broncos will face No. 5 New Mexico (15-14, 10-8 MW) in Tuesday's quarterfinal round at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain) in the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. 

  • Next Up: The old saying goes "Win and advance or lose and go home." If the Broncos win on Tuesday versus the Lobos, they will meet the winner of the No. 1 Colorado State vs winner of No. 8 San Jose State/No. 9 San Diego State game.

  • 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 Tuesday's MW quarterfinal on a conference-best seven-game win streak and are 22-7 overall after finishing league play at 12-6 to tie for third place.

  • Boise State lost the tiebreaker with UNLV and is the No. 4 seed in the tournament. 

  • The blue and orange is coming off a sweep this past week with a 66-48 road win at Fresno State (Feb. 28) and a 72-48 home victory over Air Force (March 3). 

  • Brooke Pahukoa leads Boise State on the year averaging 13.1 points per game (13th MW) ... Shalen Shaw adds 10.7 points (19th MW) and team-high 7.0 rebounds (11th MW) per game ... Marijke Vanderschaaf chips in 10.5 points (20th MW) and 6.4 rebounds (15th MW) per game.

  • On the year, Boise State is second in the Mountain West for scoring offense averaging 69.5 points per game while shooting 40.5 percent (3rd MW) from the floor and 32.6 percent (3rd MW) from behind the arc ... the Broncos allow 62.1 points per game (7th MW). 

  • New Mexico is 15-14 overall and 10.8 in MW play, fifth place ... the Lobos closed the regular season with three-consecutive defeats, including a 63-51 road loss at San Diego State last Saturday (March 3).

  • On the year, Cherise Beynon leads UNM averaging 15.6 points (3rd MW) and 7.4 rebounds (9th MW) per game ... Richelle van der Keijl adds 14.0 points (8th MW) and 9.7 rebounds (2nd MW). 

  • The Lobos are averaging 67.3 points per game (4th MW) this season, while allowing 62.0 ppg (6th MW) ... they shoot 38.7 percent (7th MW) from the floor as a team and 27.8 percent (11th MW) from beyond the arc. 

  • This will be the third meeting of the year with the home team winning the first two encounters, New Mexico won 75-68 in Albuquerque (Jan. 18) while Boise State won 64-62 in Boise (Feb. 15).

  • This is the 16th meeting in the all-time series which the Broncos lead 9-6 and 7-5 in the MW regular season series.

  • They have met twice in previous MW Championship Tournaments ... UNM defeated the Broncos 51-50 in the 2012 semifinals when a potential game-winning shot by Boise State missed off the rim ... Boise State beat the Lobos 66-60 in the 2015 championship game after which Brooke Pahukoa was named the tournament MVP, she had 16 points in win over Lobos while Yaiza Rodriguez had 18.


FIRST TIME THEY MET
  • The first time they met this year was in Albuquerque (Jan. 18) when Brooke Pahukoa scored a team-high 21 points in an attempt to lead Boise State back from 16 points down as the Broncos lost 75-68 at New Mexico. 

  • Boise State trailed by 16 (56-40) with 3:55 left in the third quarter before rallying in the fourth.

  • Boise State came back in the final 10 minutes pulling to within three 71-68 with 33 seconds left when Shalen Shaw nailed a left corner 3-pointer.

  • Unfortunately, the Broncos came up short on a couple of chances to pull even closer in the final 30 seconds as New Mexico held off the blue and orange at the free-throw line as Cherise Beynon went 4-of-4 from the charity stripe to put the game away. 


LAST TIME THEY MET
  • The last time they met this year was in Boise (Feb. 15) when Marijke Vanderschaaf recorded her second double-double of the season on a career-high 26 points and a then-career-tying 11 rebounds to help Boise State rally from 10 down to start the fourth quarter to defeat New Mexico 64-62. 

  • Boise State trailed for nearly 35 minutes of the game before it rallied to take a 60-59 lead on a pair of Vanderschaaf free throws with 1:24 left.

  • After UNM hit a LONG (25-30 feet out) 3-pointer to tie the score at 62 with 27 seconds left, Vanderschaaf hit the game winning field goal with one second left.

  • Two freshmen made a major impact in the victory as Riley Lupfer scored 11 points behind three second half 3-pointers; while Braydey Hodgins scored all 10 of her points during the fourth quarter rally, including two clutch 3-pointers. 


BRONCO FASTBREAK NOTES

TEAM NOTES
  • Boise State is now 22-7 overall and has clinched its fourth-consecutive winning season and seventh 20-win campaign in program history.

  • The Broncos are 14-2 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 (12 years) ... they won at all three locations this season. 

  • Boise State is 19-1 this year when leading after three quarters ... 36-3 since the quarter format was adopted for the 2015-16 season.

  • The Broncos are 19-0 this year when leading with five minutes to play in the game ... 92-4 (all games) since Boise State joined the MW for 2011-12 campaign. 

  • 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 29 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 nine times (Brooke Pahukoa).

  • The Broncos currently have three players averaging double-digit points led by Brooke Pahukoa (13.1 ppg) followed by Shalen Shaw (10.7 ppg) and Marijke Vanderschaaf (10.5 ppg) ... six players average 7.1 or more points per game.

  • In MW play, Brooke Pahukoa averaged 12.4 (13th MW), while Marijke Vanderschaaf averages 10.9 points per game (18th 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 16 by Brooke Pahukoa.

  • Boise State is third in the MW for 3-point percentage as a team at .326 ... they have made 205 3-pointers this season and average 7.1 per game.

  • Defensively, Boise State ranks second in the MW and 13th nationally in 3-point defense holding opponents to 27.3 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 28.1 percent to rank ninth in the MW (conference games). 


INDIVIDUAL NOTES
  • During the current seven-game win streak Marijke Vanderschaaf has led the team at 12.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game ... Brooke Pahukoa is scoring 12.3 points per game ... Shalen Shaw is averaging 10.7 points and 6.9 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 613 wins. 

  • Brooke Pahukoa leads the team and ranks 12th in the MW for points per game at 13.1 ... she has 16 games in double-digit points, eight with 20-plus, including 21 at New Mexico (Jan. 18), 23 versus San Jose State (Jan. 21), 21 at Fresno State (Feb. 28) and 23 versus Air Force (March 3).

  • Brooke Pahukoa has moved into ninth all-time (1,286) for career points at Boise State, 45 (1,331) short of tying for eighth.

  • Shalen Shaw is second on team and 19th in MW for scoring at 10.7 points per game ... she leads the team and is 11th in MW for rebounds at 7.0 per game. 

  • Shaw grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in win over Air Force (March 3) to move into 11th on the Boise State career rebound list with 630 ... two short of tying for 10th and 16 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 7-0 since her return. 

  • Vanderschaaf is third on team for scoring averaging 10.5 points per game (20th MW) and has scored double-figure points in 15 contests, second 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 6.4 rebounds per game (2nd on team / 15th MW) and has 17 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 23rd nationally in assists per game at 6.0.

  • Rodriguez set the school's career assists record earlier this fall at 452 and has since stretched it out to 598 ... fourth in MW history.


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