Boise State Women's Basketball Heads to Reno to face Nevada in WAC Tournament...

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Broncos to play Wolf Pack at 7:00 pm (Mountain) Wednesday night in Reno.


► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team is off to the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Tournament where it will meet the host school University of Nevada in the quarterfinals Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev. This is the second year in a row that the Broncos will meet the Wolf Pack in the opening round, last year Nevada won 73-65 in Reno.

How the Teams fared in 2010 - The Broncos bring a 19-11 overall mark and 8-8 conference record into the contest. Boise State finished the league race in a three-way tie for fourth place with Idaho and New Mexico State in the WAC standings. Meanwhile, Nevada placed third going 10-6 in conference and 16-14 on the year.

Season Series - The two split the regular-season series with the home team winning each time. The Wolf Pack defeated the Broncos 64-52 in Reno on Jan. 9, followed by Boise State’s 65-51 victory in Boise on Feb. 10. Wednesday’s game will be the 42nd meeting in the all-time series with the Broncos holding a commanding 30-11 advantage. Nevada holds a 12-8 advantage in games played in Reno.

Recently for the Teams - Nevada split a pair of home games last week defeating New Mexico State 61-59 before dropping a 69-62 decision to Idaho on Saturday. Meanwhile, Boise State is coming off a sweep of two games taking a 57-47 victory at Utah State Wednesday night then returned home to defeat La Tech 74-65 in the regular-season finale on Saturday.

The Game - This game is the third meeting of the year between Nevada and Boise State and will be the third quarterfinal game on Wednesday. The contest between the Broncos and Wolf Pack features the Broncos third-ranked offense averaging 70.7 points per game and seventh-ranked scoring defense that allows 67.2, versus Nevada’s fifth-ranked offense averaging 63.1 points per game and third-ranked defense that is holding opponents to 61.7. Boise State is led by All-WAC first team honoree senior Tasha Harris averaging 15.5 points per game and ranked fourth in the WAC, while Nevada is led by two All-WAC honorees in Tahnee Robinson averaging 16.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game followed by Shavon Moore at 11.0 points and 6.7 boards per game. 

What’s Next -
If Boise State defeats Nevada Wednesday the Broncos would play the winner of the final quarterfinal game between No. 2-seed La Tech and No. 7-seed Utah State in the semifinals. That contest would take place at approximately 3:30 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday.


► Boise State WAC Tournament History
●    Boise State University’s women’s basketball team will be competing in its ninth Western Athletic Conference Tournament this week when it takes on Nevada in the quarterfinals.
●    In eight previous tournaments the Broncos have gone a combined 9-7 all-time and 7-1 in their opening contest.
●    Last year Boise State lost to Nevada for the first time in its opening round game by the score of 73-65 in Reno.
●    The Broncos won the WAC Tournament title in 2007 defeating New Mexico State 49-46 in Las Cruces, N.M., the only time that they have advanced to the WAC championship game. It was also the first ever conference tournament title in program history.

Janie Bos Named Final WAC Player of the Week for 2009-10
DENVER, Colo. (3/8/2010) - Boise State junior forward/center Janie Bos has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of March 1-7. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor ever for Bos.

Bos, an Ontario, Calif., native, averaged 13.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game while leading Boise State to a pair of wins last week. She shot 48 percent (10-of-21) from the field and 100 percent (6-of-6) from the free throw line on the week. Bos opened the week with 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a road win at Utah State. She came alive in the final minutes, scoring eight of the last 10 Bronco points, including converting four free throws on one-and-one situations. In an upset of LA Tech, she not only held first-team all-WAC performer Adrienne Johnson to 10 points, but she posted her second double-double of the week with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

► Harris, Marshall and Lenhardt Earn WAC Postseason Honors...
BOISE, Idaho (3/7/2010) - The Western Athletic Conference announced its women’s basketball postseason honors Sunday, March 7, and among those recognized were Boise State’s Tasha Harris, Julia Marshall and Lauren Lenhardt. Harris was named to the All-WAC first team while the other two, Marshall and Lenhardt, were named to the WAC All-Freshmen Team. Harris is the first Bronco ever to be named All-WAC first team twice during her career, while Marshall and Lenhardt join a long list of Boise State players to make the all-freshmen team.

► 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 #31

Looking at Boise State

► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 19-11 overall and 8-8 in conference to end the regular-season in 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 13-2. 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 since 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 sweep last week defeating Utah State 57-47 on Wednesday, March 3, then followed that with a 74-65 home win over La Tech on Saturday, March 6. Janie Bos led Boise State in the two wins with back-to-back double-doubles to average 13 points and 14 rebounds per game earning her WAC Player of the Week honors.

► Who to Watch  
Tasha Harris - The senior All-WAC point-guard leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points (4th in WAC), 5.8 rebounds (12th in WAC), and 3.4 assists (3rd in WAC). Harris ranks second all-time in career points at Boise State with 1,732 and first in career free throws made (479) and attempted (648). She is ranked 10th all-time in WAC history for scoring and fifth in career free throws made.
Jessica Van Hoogen - The senior shooting-guard averages 12.4 points (9th in WAC) and 3.6 rebound per game. She ranks third in career points at Boise State with 1,580.
Janie Bos - The junior center is third on the team in scoring at 9.3 points to go with a team-high 7.0 rebounds (7th in WAC) per game.
Rebecca Kepilino - The senior forward is fourth in scoring at 8.3 points while adding 4.8 boards. 

► As a Team
Offensively, the Broncos average 70.7 points per game (3rd in WAC) while shooting 40.1 percent (4th in WAC) from the floor, 29 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69.9 percent (3rd in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State ranks second in the WAC 42.1 rebounds per game and gives up 38.5 (7th in WAC), for a plus 3.6 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).

Defensively, the Broncos allow 67.2 points per game (7th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.4 percent (6th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 29.4 percent (5th in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 0.9 in turnover margin (4th in WAC) committing a average of 17.1 per game while forcing 18 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 98-60 while at Boise State and is 494-184 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 6-5 versus Nevada as Boise State’s head coach. 
 

Looking at Nevada

► The Wolf Pack
Nevada enters the game at 16-14 overall and 10-6 in league to finish third in the final WAC standings. The Wolf Pack lost three of their last four contests including a home split last week.  They defeated New Mexico State 61-59 on Wednesday then lost to Idaho 69-62 on Saturday. Nevada returned two starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s 18-14 campaign. They were picked to place sixth by the coaches and fifth by the media in this year’s league race.

► Who to Watch
The Wolf Pack is led by All-WAC first team honoree Tahnee Robinson  who averages a team-high 16.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She is followed by All-WAC second team honoree Shavon Moore who adds 11 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.      

► As a Team
Nevada averages 63.1 points (5th in WAC) per game while allowing 61.7 points (3rd in WAC). The Wolf Pack shoots 40.1 percent (5th in WAC) from the floor, 30.8 percent (5th in WAC) from the 3-point arc, and a league-best 71percent from the free-throw line.

► The Head Coach
The Wolf Pack are in their second year under Jane Albright as head coach where she is 34-27. She is 3-2 versus Boise State as the Wolf Pack’s head coach.
 

Looking at the Series

► Boise State Versus Nevada
Wednesday’s encounter between the Wolf Pack and Broncos will be the 42nd in the series with Boise State holding a commanding 20-11 advantage. The two split the regular-season series in 2010 with the home team winning both. They met in the 2009 WAC Tournament quarterfinals in Reno where the Wolf Pack won 73-65, the only time the two have gone head-to-head in the WAC championship event. 

► This Year's Series
Reno, Nev. (1/9/2010) -  In the first game, Boise State rallied from 10 points down early in the second half to take a 44-43 lead midway through the period. Unfortunately, a string of four consecutive turnovers along with poor shooting doomed the Broncos down the stretch in the 12-point loss as the Wolf Pack rallied out scoring Boise State 21-8 in the final 10 minutes.  Jessica Van Hoogen led Boise State with 16 points while Lauren Lenhardt added 10 and Tasha Harris’ eight. Nevada placed four in double-figure points led by Tahnee Robinson with 15 and Kayla Williams with a double-double on 14 points and 11 rebounds.

BOISE, Idaho (2/10/2010) -
During the second game, Boise State turned in an impressive performance when it dominated second-place Nevada 65-51 in Taco Bell Arena. Down two, the Broncos broke open an 11-9 game with a 16-1 run midway through the first half and never looked back. It was a solid team effort for the Broncos against the Wolf Pack who were led by senior Rebecca Kepilino’s 13 points and seven rebounds, both team-highs, Tasha Harris added 11 points as the only other Bronco in double-digit points. Nevada was led by Shavon Moore with 13 points, Tahnee Robinson with 11 and Nicole Williams with 10. 

► Boise State Versus the WAC
Boise State is 69-73 all-time in WAC play. The Broncos are 120-104 all-time versus the current membership of the WAC and went 9-8 last year, including a first round loss at the WAC Tournament.