March 10, 2014
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No. 5 Wyoming (19-10, 10-8 MW) vs. No. 4 Boise State (17-12, 12-6 MW)
Reese's MW Basketball Women's Championship, Quarterfinals
Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center)
March 11, 2014 (Tuesday) at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain)
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- 2014 Reese’s Mountain West Basketball Championships: Boise State is off to the conference tournament this week at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas.
- Seeding: The Broncos finished the regular season at 17-12 overall and 12-6 in league play to tie with Nevada for third place. However, Boise State is the fourth seed into the tournament as a result of the tiebreaking procedures which favored the Wolf Pack.
- First Round Bye: All 11 women’s teams advanced to the event with the top five receiving first round byes. Boise State is the No. 4 seed and will not play until the quarterfinals in the four versus five seeds game on Tuesday afternoon.
- Quarterfinal Contest: Boise State will open its third Reese’s Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship at approximately 3:30 p.m. (Mountain) against the Wyoming Cowgirls (19-10, 10-8 MW), the two split during the regular season. This is the second game of the day and it will start no earlier than 3:30 p.m., and 20 minutes following the conclusion of the opening contest.
- Potential Semifinal Opponents: If Boise State were to advance with a victory on Tuesday the Broncos would face the winner of the No. 1 Colorado State vs No. 8 Utah State/No. 9 New Mexico winner at 1 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday.
- 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: Follow all the action at the conference tournament on 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 on the Mountain West Digital Network at http://www.themw.com/#!/watch-live.
- All-Time Record: Tuesday’s game will be the 14th meeting all-time in the series between the Broncos and Cowgirls with Boise State holding a slim 7-6 advantage, the series is tied at 3-3 in MW regular-season encounters.
- Home Court Advantage: Excluding one neutral site meeting the home team has won the other 12 contests in the series, Boise State is 6-0 versus the Cowgirls in Boise and 0-6 in Laramie.
- Last Year: Boise State and Wyoming met twice in 2013 with the Broncos winning the first meeting 70-68 in Taco Bell Arena, while the Cowgirls got their revenge with a 77-60 win in Arena Auditorium at Laramie.
- Game 1 (Laramie, 1/11/14):
- Boise State battled to the end but lost a 55-48 heartbreaker on the road at Wyoming in Arena Auditorium at Laramie.
- Boise State rallied from five points down late in the game to take its last lead of the contest with 3:35 remaining up 47-46.
- Wyoming responded by out scoring the Broncos with a 9-1 run powered by 7-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line in the final three and a half minutes to hold off Boise State for the victory.
- Miquelle Askew and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego tied for game-high scoring honors with 12 points a piece. Lexie Der finished with her second double-double of the season and fifth of her career recording 11 points and team-high 10 rebounds.
- Boise State finished the game shooting 30.6 percent (19-62) from the floor, 25 percent (4-16) from the 3-point arc and 85.7 percent (6-7) from the free-throw line.
- Wyoming out scored the Broncos by nine points at the free-throw line making 15-of-26 attempts (57.7 pct.), 11-of-14 in the second half. Boise State was called for 24 fouls to Wyoming’s 13 in the game. The Broncos first free-throw of the second half came with 3:35 to play when Askew converted both attempts to give Boise State its 47-46 lead with 3:35 to go.
- Wyoming finished the contest shooting 33.3 percent (18-54) from the floor, 28.6 percent (4-14) from the arc.
- Kaitlyn Mileto led the Cowgirls with 18 points followed by Marquelle Dent with 12.
- Kayle Reinhart and Deanna Weaver combined for 26 points to lead Boise State to a dominating 72-59 home victory over the Wyoming Cowgirls in Taco Bell Arena.
- Boise State blew a 10-10 game open with a 11-4 run to seize control of the contest in the first half.
- The Broncos took an 18-point lead into the break, then maintained a double-digit lead throughout the final period as Boise State claimed the 13-point win.
- Reinhart stepped into the lineup for the injured Lexie Der. Battling a flu bug all week, she ended up scoring a team-high 13 points. The sophomore from Southlake, Texas, was perfect from beyond the arc with three 3-pointers.
- Weaver matched Reinhart’s points and added a team-high eight rebounds.
- Kenna McDavis hit three 3-pointers versus the Cowgirls and was the third and final Bronco to reach double-figure points finishing with 11, she added five boards as well.
- Boise State finished the day shooting 45 percent (27-of-60) from the court, 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from beyond the 3-point arc and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from the free-throw line. This was the fifth game in conference play that the Blue and Orange has hit 10 or more treys and the 10th with eight-plus. The 57.9 percent shooting as a team from behind the arc also ranks second all-time for Boise State in a game.
- Wyoming shot 40 percent (18-of-45) from the floor, 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from 3-point range and 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the free-throw line.
- Kayla Woodward led three Cowgirls in double-digit scoring with 18, followed by Chelan Landry with 13 and Fallon Lewis with 10.
SETTING THE SCENE
- Preseason Poll: Wyoming was picked to place second in the 2014 MW regular season race while Boise State was projected eighth out of 11 teams.
- Recently for Boise State: Boise State split its final six games of the regular season including 1-1 last week falling at Nevada 75-70, before regrouping to down Air Force 75-44.
- Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are now 17-12 overall on the year and 12-6 in conference action, good for a tie for third place in the final MW standings.
- Recently for Wyoming: The Cowgirls enter the tournament with a three-game losing streak: at Boise State (72-59), versus Utah State (84-80) and at Colorado State (58-46).
- Wyoming’s Record: The UW finished the regular season at 19-10 overall and 10-8 in MW play, good for fifth place.
- Boise State at Home: The Broncos went 11-4 in Taco Bell Arena this year. They are 272-144 (.654 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. They did not play any neutral site contests.
- Wyoming on the Road: The Cowgirls are 7-8 on the road this season and went 2-7 in league play. Overall they went 4-8 on the opponents’ floors and 3-0 on neutral courts..
- Leading the Broncos: Deanna Weaver and Miquelle Askew enter the tournament tied for the scoring average lead at 13.1 points per game. Weaver has not played in enough games to be ranked by MW, but Askew is 12th MW. Askew leads the team in total points with 364. Lexie Der follows those two at 10.9 ppg but is injured and will not play in Las Vegas. Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego is third on the active list at 10.0 ppg. Weaver leads the team on the glass at 6.4 rebounds per game.
- Leading Wyoming: 2014 All-MW First Team honoree Kayla Woodward leads Wyoming averaging 16.8 points per game (3rd MW) and 7.0 rebounds (7th MW). Fallon Lewis is second in scoring at 14.7 ppg (5th MW) and leads the league on the glass averaging 9.6 rpg.
- Boise State as a Team: On the year Boise State is averaging 71.8 points (6th MW) and 37.1 rebounds (10th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 69 points (7th MW) and 39 boards (6th MW) per game ... in league they are scoring 71.7 ppg (6th MW) and rebounding 36.8 rpg (10th MW), while allowing 65.6 ppg (4th MW) and 38.1 rpg (4th MW).
- Wyoming as a Team: The Cowgirls average 73 points (3rd MW) and 40.5 rebounds (5th MW) per game, while allowing 64.7 points (3rd MW) and 39.3 rebounds per game (7th MW). In conference action they are averaging 72.2 ppg (4th MW) and 39.5 rpg (6th MW), defensively they allow 64.8 ppg (3rd MW) and 38.2 rpg (t-5th MW).
- The Coaches: Joe Legerski is in his 11th season at Wyoming where he is 215-125, his career mark is the same. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 153-125 and 549-252 in his 27th season all-time.
BOISE STATE IN MW TOURNAMENT
- Boise State will be competing in its third Mountain West tournament this week when it takes the court against Wyoming.
- Boise State is 1-2 in the MW championship tournament.
- 2012: The Broncos defeated Colorado State 68-63 before falling in the semifinals 51-50 to New Mexico.
- 2013: Boise State lost in the quarterfinals to Fresno State by a 72-55 score.
BOISE STATE IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
- The Broncos are 15-24 all-time in conference tournaments.
- 2007 WAC Champions: Boise State won the 2007 WAC Tournament championship at Las Cruces, N.M., the first title in program history.
- Tournament Championship Game Appearances: The Broncos have played in four conference tournament championship games going 1-3 in those contests.
Championship Game Performances
1. 1992 Big Sky - Vs. Montana L 82-67
2. 1994 Big Sky - Vs. Montana L 81-65
3. 1998 Big West - Vs. UC Santa Barbara L 86-69
4. 2007 WAC - Vs. New Mexico State W 49-46
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS
- WAC Champions: Boise State won the 2007 and 2008 WAC regular-season titles. The Broncos shared the 2007 championship with La Tech.
- Conference Titles: Boise State has won four regular-season conference titles overall, two as a co-champion.
- Divisional Titles: In addition to the four conference championships, the Broncos have also won two league divisional titles as well. In 1977-78 they were the co-champions of the Northwest Women’s Basketball League’s Mountain Division and in 1997-98 they won the Eastern Division of the Big West Conference.
- All-Time Titles: Boise State’s regular season championships
1. 1991-92 Big Sky champions (14-2)
2. 1993-94 Big Sky co-champions (12-2)
3. 2006-07 WAC co-champions (12-4)
4. 2007-08 WAC champions (14-2)
1. 1977-78 NWBL Mountain Division co-champions (11-2)
2. 1997-98 Big West Eastern Division champions (11-3)