Boise State Hosts Air Force in Regular Season Finale

March 6, 2014

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GAME FACTS

  • Air Force (1-26, 0-17 MW) at Boise State (16-12, 11-6 MW)
  • Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
  • March 7, 2014 (Friday) at 7 p.m. (Mountain)
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The Last Meeting
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Boise State Extends Win Streak with 77-63 Win at Air Force
Keiahnna Engel and Kenna McDavis set new career scoring highs with 15 points each to lead Boise State to a 77-63 victory in a Mountain West Conference women's basketball game at Air Force Wednesday night.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • The Game: Boise State (16-12, 11-6 MW) will close the regular season this Friday night when the Broncos host the Air Force Falcons (1-26, 0-17 MW) for Senior Night at 7 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Senior Night: Friday’s contest will also be Senior Night for the Broncos as they honor two young ladies in Julia Marshall and Carly Perkins, two former members who medically retired but have remained a part of the program since. The pregame ceremony for Marshall and Perkins will start at 7 p.m.
  • Ticket Promotion: The ticket promotion for the Air Force game is “Dollar Night,” everyone gets into the game for one dollar ($1).
  • Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and over the internet at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/boise.portal
  • Follow the Game: The contest against Air Force will feature live stats via GameTracker on BroncoSports.com at http://www.broncosports.com/sports/w-baskbl/sched/bosu-w-baskbl-sched.html, as well as live video at http://www.broncosports.com/videos/.


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Friday’s game will be the eighth meeting all-time in the series between the Broncos and Falcons with Boise State holding a 6-1 advantage, the Broncos lead 4-1 in MW encounters.
  • Home Court Advantage: Boise State has been dominating over the Falcons at home in Boise owning a 3-0 mark all-time, 2-0 in Taco Bell Arena and 1-0 in Bronco Gym.
  • Last Year: The two schools split the regular season series with the home team winning each time, Boise State won 66-65 in Boise followed by a 77-72 Air Force victory in Colorado. 
  • First Meeting in 2014:

  1. (Jan. 29) at Air Force - Keiahnna Engel and Kenna McDavis set new career scoring highs at the time with 15 points each to lead Boise State to a 77-63 victory at Air Force. 
  2. Engel led the Broncos in the first half with 14 points as Boise State took control of the game taking a 22-point advantage into halftime. 
  3. With the game already in hand Boise State was forced to hold off a fierce Air Force rally attempt in the second period as they pulled to within 12, 75-63, with 1:21 to play, but they could get no closer. 
  4. Engel and McDavis each made three 3-pointers during the contest as they combined for 30 points. Engel shot 5-of-8 from the floor and went 3-of-3 from the arc during the game. Meanwhile, McDavis shot 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3-point range as she became the ninth Bronco to lead the team in scoring this season. 
  5. Boise State finished the night shooting 49.2 percent (30-61) from the court, 44.4 percent (8-18) from the arc and 56.3 percent (9-16) from the free-throw line. 
  6. Air Force hit 42.9 percent in the game, 17.6 percent (3-17) from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent (12-19) from the charity stripe. 
  7. Four Falcons reached double figure points led by Jimi Blagowsky with 19, followed by Lindsey Lewis with 14, Missy Byrd with 13 and Camille Thompson with 10.


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Preseason Poll: Boise State was picked to place eighth in the 2014 conference race in the combined coaches and media preseason poll, while Air Force was selected 11th.
  • Recently for Boise State: Boise State has split its last two games defeating Wyoming 72-59 last Saturday, then followed with a frustrating 75-70 loss Tuesday night at Nevada. 
  • Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are now 16-12 overall on the year and 11-6 in conference action, good for fourth place in the MW standings. 
  • Recently for Air Force: The Falcons lost their two most recent games 87-43 at UNLV last Saturday and 76-62 at home to New Mexico this past Tuesday. 
  • Air Force’s Record: The Falcons have struggled this year going 1-26 to date and 0-17 in conference action. 
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 11-4 in Taco Bell Arena this year. They are 271-144 (.653 pct.) all-time in Taco Bell Arena. They are 1-0 in Bronco Gym this season. 
  • Boise State on the Road: After dropping their first six road games of the season the Broncos have gone 5-2 since and are now 5-8 on the road overall.
  • Air Force on the Road: The Falcons are 0-14 on the road this season and 0-8 in league play entering Friday’s game. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Deanna Weaver leads the team in scoring average at 13.4 points per game (has not played in enough games to be ranked by MW), while Miquelle Askew leads the team in total points with 364 and is second in average at 13 ppg (11th MW). Lexie Der follows those two at 10.9 ppg, next is Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego at 10.3 ppg. Weaver leads the team on the glass at 6.4 rebounds per game. 
  • Leading Air Force: Jimi Blagowsky leads the Falcons averaging 11.4 points per game, followed by Camille Thompson at 10.7 ppg. Madeleine Philpot leads Air Force on the glass at 4.3 rebounds per game.
  • Boise State as a Team: On the year Boise State is averaging 71.7 points (6th MW) and 36.7 rebounds (10th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 69.9 points (7th MW) and 39.2 boards (6th MW) per game ... in league they are scoring 71.5 ppg (6th MW) and rebounding 36.1 rpg (10th MW), while allowing 66.8 ppg (4th MW) and 38.3 rpg (t-5th MW).
  • Air Force as a Team: The Falcons average 53.9 points (11th MW) and 32.1 rebounds (11th MW) per game, while allowing 77.3 points (10th MW) and 43.3 rebounds per game (10th MW). In conference action they are averaging 54.2 ppg (11th MW) and 32.2 rpg (11th MW), defensively they allow 79.7 ppg (10th MW) and 44.9 rpg (10th MW).
  • The Coaches: Andrea Williams is in her fourth season at Air Force where she is 20-98, her career mark in six years is 32-133. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 152-125 and 548-252 in his 27th season all-time.


MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT UPDATE

  • Conference Standings: Boise State currently has a 11-6 conference record which places them fourth in the conference standings. 
  • First Round Bye: Boise State clinched a first round bye at the tournament last Saturday when the Broncos defeated Wyoming in Taco Bell Arena. 
  • Highest Possible Finish: The Broncos still have an outside chance of placing as high as a tie for second place if the Broncos defeat Air Force on Friday and Fresno State losses at home to San Jose State, as well as Nevada losing at UNLV.
  • Lowest Possible Finish: The lowest the Broncos can finish in the conference standings is a tie for fourth place if they lose to Air Force and Wyoming upsets Colorado State in Fort Collins.
  • Highest Possible Seeding into Tournament: If Boise State tied for second or third, the Broncos lose both ties breakers to Fresno State and Nevada meaning the highest seed they can get is fourth.
  • Tournament Opponent: Boise State already knows it will play in the four-five game next Tuesday against Wyoming at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain), regardless of the outcome of Friday night’s MW schedule of contests. The only question is if the Broncos are the fourth or fifth seed. If the two teams tie, Wyoming wins the tiebreaker and will be the fourth seed.

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