Broncos Head for Las Vegas to Face Idaho in WAC Tournament

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Broncos enter tournament as No. 8 seed.


The Boise State Broncos are off to their final Western Athletic Conference Tournament before they move to the Mountain West Conference next year. This year’s championship event is being held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.  Boise State will face instate-rival University of Idaho in the first game, the battle of Idaho is scheduled to tip at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) Wednesday night. The Broncos enter the tournament as the No. 8 seed with a 12-18 overall record and a 3-13 WAC mark, meanwhile the Vandals are the No. 5 seed with a 14-14 record on the year and 7-9 league mark.

The winner of that game will meet the No. 4 seeded University of Nevada Wolf Pack who enter the competition with 20-9 record and 9-7 conference mark. The Wolf Pack earned a first round bye and will open tournament play at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) Thursday night versus the Boise State-Idaho victor.

►  Radio Schedule
All Bronco radio broadcasts are presented by Learfield Sports. All games at the WAC Tournament will be broadcast on KBOI (AM 670) starting at 6:45 p.m. (Mountain). Jack Smith will call the action for both games assisted by Abe Jackson with color analysis.

►  Game 31 Preview - No. 8 Boise State Vs. No. 5 Idaho: Wednesday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)
The Broncos travel to their final Western Athletic Conference Tournament this week where they will open the women’s side of the event against instate-rival Idaho at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Orleans Arena at Las Vegas, Nev. This will be the 68th meeting all-time between the two schools and the final meeting as league rivals. Boise State will look for their first win of the year against the Vandals dropping both regular season games to Idaho.

Boise State enters the contest on a two-game losing streak dropping both games last week at Louisiana Tech (86-72) and at New Mexico State (82-51). The Broncos are 12-18 overall and 3-13 in WAC play finishing the regular season in eighth-place. Junior guard Kati Isham leads the Broncos averaging 12.9 points per game to rank ninth in the WAC on the year.

Meanwhile, Idaho enters the week coming off a road split last week defeating New Mexico State 73-65 then losing at Louisiana Tech 65-55. The Vandals finished the regular season tied for fifth in the WAC standings with New Mexico State at 7-9 and will be the No. 5 seed into the tournament after sweeping the Aggies, Idaho went 14-14 on the year. Senior post Yinka Olorunnife leads them in scoring and rebounding at 14 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, ranking sixth and second in the WAC respectively.

►  Boise State vs. Idaho Season Recap
Idaho won both meetings during the regular season defeating Boise State 68-48 in Moscow on Jan. 22 then 61-46 in Boise on Feb. 12. The Broncos had three players average 8.5 points per game against the Vandals in Lauren Lenhardt, Kati Isham and Janie Bos. Cinnamon Lister and Bos led on the glass at 4.5 rebounds per game while Lister also led in assists at 4.5 per outing. 

The Vandals were led by Derisa Taleni who averaged 15.5 points per game followed closely by Yinka Olorunnife at 14.0 ppg. Olorunnife and Bianca Cheever led on the glass at 7.0 rebounds per game.

Versus Idaho, Boise State shot 31.5 percent (35-111) from the floor, 20.6 percent (7-34) from the arc and 65.4 percent (17-26) from the free-throw line. Idaho countered by shooting 41.3 percent (43-104) from the floor, 31.8 percent (14-44) from the 3-point line and 93.5 percent (29-31) from the charity stripe. Idaho had the edge on the glass 37 to 33.5 per game, while Boise State came out better on turnovers 16.5 per game to 17.

Boise State at Idaho: Moscow, Idaho (1/22/2011) -
Boise State lost a tough game 68-48 at the University of Idaho. The Vandals opened the second half hot hitting five 3-pointers early and shot 52 percent from the floor to blow open a nine-point halftime lead to over 20 midway through the period.

Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos with 14 points followed by Kati Isham with nine. Boise State shot 36.7 percent (18-49) from the floor, 18 percent (2-11) from the arc and 76.9 percent (10-13) from the free-throw line as the Broncos scored a then-season-low 48 points in the loss to their rivals.

Rachele Kloke led Idaho with 15 points followed by Derisa Taleni with 14 and Yinka Olorunnife with 13. The Vandals shot 46.4 percent (26-56) from the floor, 41.7 percent (10-24) from the arc and 100 percent (6-6) from the free-throw line.

Idaho at Boise State: Boise, Idaho (2/12/2011) -
After leading the entire first half Boise State struggled in the second as the Broncos lost 61-46 to Idaho in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State opened the game fast taking an 11-point lead midway through the first half and a four point 24-20 lead into the break. Unfortunately, The Broncos came out flat in the second period allowing the Vandals to rally for the win as Boise State scored a season-low 46 points.

Janie Bos led Boise State with 10 points followed by Kati Isham with eight. The Broncos shot 27.4 percent (17-62) from the floor, 21.7 percent (5-23) from the arc and 53.8 percent 7-13) from the stripe.

Derisa Taleni led Idaho with 17 points, Yinka Olorunnife with 15 and Alyssa Charlston with 11. The Vandals shot 35.4 percent (17-48) from the court, 20 percent (4-20) from the arc and 92 percent (23-25) from the free-throw line.

►  Boise State vs. Idaho Series Recap
This is the most played rivalry in Boise State program history with Wednesday’s encounter at Las Vegas being the 68th. Boise State currently holds a 37-30 advantage in the all-time series which dates back to March of 1971. These two rivals have been in four different leagues together beginning with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference (1982-88) which merged with the Big Sky Conference (1988-96). The two then moved together into the Big West Conference (1996-2001) before Boise State left for the Western Athletic Conference for the 2001-02 season. Idaho later joined the Broncos in the WAC for the 2005-06 year. Next year Boise State moves to the Mountain West Conference. The series has been one of streaks with one team dominating the other for periods of time. Since 1990 the Broncos have held the edge going 27-16, in WAC games Boise State has a 7-5 advantage. Idaho leads in the games played at Moscow by three 17 to 14, while Boise State leads 21-11 in games played at Boise. 

►  Possible Game 32 Preview - No. 8 Boise State Vs. No. 4 Nevada: Thursday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)
If Boise State is victorious on Wednesday over Idaho, the Broncos would advance to the second round of the WAC Tournament to meet the No. 4 seed Nevada Wolf Pack at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) Thursday night in the Orleans Arena. This would be the first game of the competition for Nevada who earned a bye into the second round. Boise State lost both regular season games to the Wolf Pack.

Boise State enters the tournament on a two-game losing streak dropping both games last week at Louisiana Tech (86-72) and at New Mexico State (82-51). The Broncos are 12-18 overall and 3-13 in WAC play finishing the regular season in eighth-place. Junior guard Kati Isham leads the Broncos averaging 12.9 points per game to rank ninth in the WAC on the year. Lauren Lenhardt led the team in league games averaging 13.4 points per game to rank ninth in the WAC.

Nevada enters the week coming off a road loss last week to Fresno State 73-50 in the Wolf Pack’s lone contest. Nevada finished the regular season in sole possession of fourth-place in the WAC standings at 9-7 to earn a first round by as the fourth seed into the tournament, the Pack went 20-9 overall. Senior guard Tahnee Robinson leads them in scoring at 21.9 points per game ranking second in the WAC.

►  Boise State vs. Nevada Season Recap
The Wolf Pack won both meetings during the regular season defeating Boise State 68-51 in Reno on Jan. 8 then 74-57 in Boise on Feb. 19. Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos versus Nevada averaging 13 points and four rebounds per game, Janie Bos followed at 10.5 points and team-high 5.0 rebounds. 

The Wolf Pack were led by Tahnee Robinson who averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Shavon  Moore was second at 13.5 poins and team-high eight rebounds, but she is injured and will miss the game. Nicole Williams added 13 points and 5.5 boards per game.

In two games against Nevada, Boise State shot 35.7 percent (35-98) from the floor, 30.4 percent (7-23) from the arc and 68.9 percent (31-45) from the free-throw line. The Wolf Pack countered by shooting 40 percent (48-120) from the floor, 29.4 percent (10-34) from the 3-point line and 72 percent (36-50) from the charity stripe. Nevada had a big advantage on the glass 39 to 31.5 per game, while Boise State averaged 22.5 turnovers per game to Nevada’s 16.5 tpg.

Boise State at Nevada: RENO, Nev. (1/8/2011) - The Broncos controlled the flow of play in the first half at Nevada leading nearly the entire period. However, a poor second half doomed Boise State as the Wolf Pack blew open a 26-26 halftime tie out scoring the Broncos 42-25 in the final 20 minutes to take home the victory.

Boise State shot poorly hitting 32.7 percent from the floor and 23 percent from the arc. Lauren Lenhardt was in foul trouble for most of the game but still managed to lead Boise State with 12 points and five rebounds, followed by Kati Isham and Melissa Rima with 10 points each.

Nevada shot 36.7 percent from the floor, 21.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the charity stripe. The Wolf pack out rebounded the Broncos 45 to 34 which included 18 offensive boards. Tahnee Robinson had a team-high 15 points followed by Marissa Hammond with 14 and Shavon Moore with 13.

Nevada at Boise State: Boise, Idaho (2/19/2011) -
A poor second half cost Boise State in its home finale as Nevada pulled away for a 74-57 victory over the Broncos. The Broncos opened with intensity and battled hard during the first 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the turnover bug struck again allowing the Wolf Pack to take control midway through the first half. Boise State trailed by nine at halftime. Down eight points, 57-49, with nine minutes on the clock the Broncos struggled with their touch and ball control down the stretch.

Boise State scored eight points in the final nine minutes of play, while Nevada rolled off 17 to stretch its lead to a game-high 20 points with nine seconds to play.
Lauren Lenhardt scored a team-high 14 points followed by Janie Bos with 13 on her senior night. The Broncos shot 39.1 percent (18-46) from the floor, 40 percent (4-10) from the 3-point arc and 73.9 percent (17-23) from the free-throw line.

Robinson led Nevada with 27 points and team-high eight rebounds. Nicole Williams added 18 points followed by Shavon Moore with 14 points. The Wolf Pack finished the night shooting 43.3 percent (26-60) from the floor, 40 percent (6-15) from the arc and 69.6 percent (16-23) from the foul line.

►  Boise State vs. Nevada Series Recap
Nevada and Boise State have been in four different conferences together since the late 1980’s beginning with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference followed by the Big Sky, then the Big West and currently the WAC. The two will move to the Mountain West Conference over the next two years making it five leagues. If they meet in Las Vegas it would be the 45th meeting in the all-time series with Boise State leading 30-14 and 12-8 in WAC games. Nevada has now won three-straight over Boise State and has eliminated the Broncos from the WAC Tournament the last two years, both tournaments where held in Reno.  

►  Looking at Boise State
The Broncos are 12-18 overall and 3-13 in WAC play, good for eighth in the final conference standings. Boise State enters the tournament coming off a pair of road defeats last week at La Tech (86-72) and at New Mexico State (82-51).

Junior guard Kati Isham leads Boise State on the year averaging 12.9 points per game to rank ninth in the WAC. She is fourth in the conference in 3-point percentage hitting 37.5 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 12.4 points (11th in WAC) and 5.7 rebounds per contest on the year, in league games she leads the team in scoring at 13.3 ppg (9th in WAC). Senior post Janie Bos adds 9.1 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game.

Offensively, Boise State is averaging 67.4 points per game (5th in WAC) and 38.7 rebounds (5th in WAC) on the year. The Broncos are shooting 40.6 (5th in WAC) percent from the floor and 32.6 percent (3rd in WAC) from the 3-point arc. In addition, they are converting 70.6 percent (4th in WAC) from the free-throw line.

Defensively, the Broncos allow 70.7 points per game (9th in WAC) and 38.2 rebounds (6th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-3.1 in turnover margin (6th in WAC).
Boise State returned two starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s 19-12 team that went 8-8 in WAC play to tie for fourth place. The Broncos were picked to place fifth by the coaches and fourth by the media in this year’s preseason polls.

►  Looking at Idaho
Idaho enters the game at 14-14 overall and 7-9 in league, tied for fifth-place. The Vandals split a pair of road games last week defeating New Mexico State 73-65, then lost at La Tech 65-55.

They are led by Yinka Olorunnife averaging 14 points and 10.3 rebounds per game to rank sixth and second in the conference, respectively. Rachele Kloke is second averaging 11.5 points per game (15th in WAC).

Idaho is shooting 39.9 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 32.1 percent (5th in WAC) from the arc and a league-best 74 percent from the free-throw line. They average 63.4 points per game (7th in WAC) and allow 63.6 (2nd in WAC).
 
►  Looking at Nevada
Nevada enters the game at 20-9 overall and 9-7 in league finishing in fourth-place. The Wolf Pack are coming off a loss in their lone game last week at Fresno State (73-50). 
They are led by senior Tahnee Robinson averaging 21.7 points per game to rank second in the WAC.  Nicole Williams will be the second leading scorer for the Wolf Pack in the game at 9.1 points per game.

Nevada is shooting 41.9 percent (3rd in WAC) from the floor, 32.3 percent (4th in WAC) from the arc and 69.9 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line. The Wolf Pack average a 67.9 points per game (4th in WAC) and allow a WAC-best 63.4.