Boise State Closes Three-Game Home Stand With Portland on Friday and Santa Clara on Monday . . .

What’s Happening This Week For The Broncos . . .

Boise State wraps up a three-game home stand to start the season with a pair of teams from the West Coast Conference. The action begins with a Friday night encounter with the Portland Pilots fresh off two victories in the opening week. The home stand concludes with a Monday game against the Santa Clara Broncos who enter the game at 1-0 overall. Both contests tip-off at 7:05 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State Enters Week at 1-0 . . .

The Broncos enter the week coming off a 73-56 win over UC Davis in their season opener last Friday (Nov. 10) night in Boise. Junior forward Jackie Lee led four Broncos in double-figure scoring with 16 points against the Aggies. The victory marked the second consecutive year that Boise State has won their opener.

Prior to the win over UC Davis, the Broncos defeated instate NAIA power Lewis-Clark State 79-37 in Boise State’s lone exhibition game on Sunday, November 5 in Boise. The Broncos executed their up-tempo offense to perfection going on a 28-6 run to end the first half, followed by a 29-4 run to begin the second period to blow the game open. Sophomores Jessica Thompson and Rebecca Kepilino led the Broncos over the Warriors scoring 17 and 15 points respectively in the exhibition win.

Lee and Hessing Lead The Broncos . . .

After one game junior Jackie Lee leads the Broncos with 16 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Michelle Hessing, a senior from Boise, is second in points with 11 to go with three rebounds and two blocks. Following those two are sophomores Jessica Thompson and Rebecca Kepilino with 10 points each, Kepilino also has five rebounds to go with her points. On the Boards, senior Jackie Thompson was big against UC Davis leading the Broncos with 10 rebounds after one game.

Offensively As A Team . . .

It is to early to say a lot, but Boise State scored 73 points against UC Davis in their season opener last Friday (Nov. 10) night. They also out rebounded the Aggies 36-to-30, shot 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the floor, 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from beyond the arc, and 75.0 percent (18-of-24) from the foul line.

Defensively As A Team . . .

It is to early to say a lot, but the Broncos allowed UCD to shoot 46.0 percent (23-of-50) from the floor and 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from long range.

What’s Back From 2005-06 . . .

Coach Presnell enters his second year at Boise State. The Broncos made an immediate improvement under the new coach’s leadership in his first season in 2005-06 going 15-15 overall, 6-10 in league action to place sixth, and advanced to the conference tournament’s semifinals. It was the first non-losing season for the Broncos in six seasons and the highest conference finish since the program joined the league for the 2001-02 campaign.

Boise State returns every impact player from last year’s squad including four starters, nine letterwinners, and a redshirt sophomore. Among the returners are the top five scorers and rebounders from a squad that scored the most points in eight years with 1,984 points (66.1 points per game) and set a school record for team rebounds in a season with 1,252. The Broncos return 90.5 percent of their points, 86.7 percent of the rebounds, 83.7 percent of the assists, and their entire scoring punch from outside the three-point arc. Boise State has led the league in three-point percentage in three of their first five seasons of membership including the last two years.

GAME 2 Preview:

Opponent: Portland Pilots (2-0)

Conference: West Coast

Date and Time of Game: November 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Location of Game: Taco Bell Arena (12,400) in Boise, Idaho

Series Record: Portland leads 6-3

Last meeting: Dec. 16, 2002 in Boise - Result: UP 72-64

What’s Happened Lately For Portland: The Pilots opened the season with two home victories over the Pacific Tigers of the Big West 74-60 last Sunday (Nov. 12), followed by a 83-56 win over the WAC’s Idaho Vandals on Tuesday (Nov. 14). The Pilots have had four players score double-figure points in their first two games. Laiken Dollente recorded 22 points against Pacific, while Kendra Morris was high against Idaho with 19 points.

Who To Watch For Portland: The Pilots have two players averaging double-digit points through two contests beginning with Dollente averaging 16.0 per game, she also averages six assists and five steals per game. Morris is second in scoring at 12.5 points per game. Rachel Warren, a preseason All-WCC selection, leads the team on the boards at 7.5 rebounds per game, she averages 8.5 points per outing as well.

Portland As A Team: The Pilots have averaged 78.5 points per game through two contests while allowing 58.0 per game. They have shot the ball well hitting 45.3 percent from the floor, 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from beyond the arc, and 67.2 percent (43-of-64) from the charity stripe. They are -1 in rebound margin averaging 41.5 compared to their opponents’ 42.5 boards per game. The first two games have been turnoverfest with the Pilots giving it away 23 times per game while their opponents have thrown it away 31 times per game.

About Portland: The University of Portland is a member of the West Coast Conference. They returned three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s 4-24 squad that went 1-13 in WCC play finishing last. Jim Sollars is in his 21 season at Portland where he has a 277-298 record, his career record is 454-380 in 30 plus years. Portland was picked to place 8th in this year’s coaches poll.

The Series’ History: Friday’s game will be the tenth meeting in the all-time series which the Pilots lead 6-3. Portland has won four straight over the Broncos including a 72-64 victory in the last meeting on December 16, 2002 in Boise. Boise State’s last victory in the series was 19 years ago on December 11, 1987 in Portland by the score of 67-50.

GAME 3 Preview:

Opponent: Santa Clara Broncos (1-0)

Conference: West Coast

Date and Time of Game: November 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Location of Game: Taco Bell Arena (12,400) in Boise, Idaho

Series Record: Santa Clara leads 2-1

Last meeting: Nov. 26, 1995 in Santa Clara, Calif. - Result: SCU 76-40

What’s Happened Lately For Santa Clara: The Broncos opened the regular season on the road at Long Beach State where they defeated the 49ers 76-67 on Sunday (Nov. 12). In the game Chandice Cronk and Ashley Graham combined for 41 points to lead the Broncos over the 49ers. Prior to their meeting with Boise State on Monday in Boise, Santa Clara hosts a pair of games against the ACC’s Miami Hurricane on Wednesday (Nov. 15) and the Big West’s Cal Poly Mustangs on Friday (Nov. 17).

Who To Watch For Santa Clara: Chandice Cronk scored 24 points at Long Beach State to lead the Broncos, while Ashley Graham backed Cronk up with 17 points. No one else scored double-figure points in their only game to date (Nov. 15). Tracey Walker leads on the boards with six rebounds at LBSU followed by Cronk with five.

Santa Clara As A Team: The Broncos after one game scored 76 points and allowed 67. On the glass Santa Clara was out rebounded by 24 at Long Beach State 49-to-25. However, they are a plus 15 in turnover margin giving it away nine times at Long Beach State while the 49ers turned it over 24 times. Against Long Beach State, Santa Clara shot 41.7 percent from the floor and three-point range (10-of-24), and 72.7 percent from the foul line.

About Santa Clara: Santa Clara University is a member of the West Coast Conference. They returned three starters and 12 letterwinners from last year’s 19-12 squad that went 11-3 to win the WCC regular season title. They advanced to the WNIT where the Broncos lost at Oregon State 77-48. Michelle Bento-Jackson is in her fifth season at Santa Clara where she is 66-57 overall, which is also her career coaching record. Santa Clara was picked to place fourth in this year’s WCC race by the league’s coaches.

The Series’ History: Monday’s meeting between the Broncos’ will be the fourth encounter all-time in the series. Santa Clara holds a slim edge 2-1 in the series to date. The last meeting between the two programs was on November 26, 1995 at the Santa Clara Thanksgiving Tournament where the SCU Broncos won 76-40. Boise State’s lone win in the series was on December 11, 1994 in Boise by the score of 62-42.

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