Broncos Head To Hawaii For Two
Nov. 15, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (1-0) travels to Honolulu for a pair of games at the Bank of Hawai’i Classic, facing San Diego Friday at 7:30 p.m. MT (4:30 p.m. local) and Northern Arizona Sunday at 5:30 p.m. MT (2:30 p.m. local). It is Boise State's first trip to Hawaii since Feb. 2, 2011, when the Broncos fell to Hawai’i, 69-53, in WAC play.

The Broncos are coming off of a season-opening 83-51 victory over Northwest Christian last Friday at Taco Bell Arena. Junior guard Marta Hermida just missed a triple-double, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds and nine assists in the win. Friday also marks the first meeting between Boise State and San Diego in five years. In the last game between the teams, San Diego defeated the Broncos, 77-70, at the Air Force Classic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Boise State opened the new campaign with an 83-51 victory over Northwest Christian last Friday, the program’s fourth-straight victory in a season opener.

Junior guard Marta Hermida came just a rebound and an assist shy a triple-double, finishing the game with 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Senior guard Shalen Shaw led the Broncos with 16 points while going 7-for-11 from the field, while sophomore guard Riley Lupfer (15 points), redshirt sophomore guard Ellie Woerner (12 points), and redshirt junior center Marijke Vanderschaaf (11 points) each scored in double digits.

San Diego (2-0) started its season with victories over San Diego Christian College (82-53) and Southern Utah (72-59) ahead of its trip to Honolulu.

Cindy Fisher enters her 13th season at the Torero helm, while San Diego is led early in the season by the play of Aubrey Ward-El (17.0 ppg, 58.8 FG pct.) and Caroline Buhr (12.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg).

Northern Arizona (0-2) dropped high-scoring contests to UC Santa Barbara (96-93) and Rice (88-83) to open the season.

With Loree Payne in her first season as Lumberjacks head coach, Northern Arizona is led by the play of Kenna McDavis (24.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg) and Olivia Lucero (19.5 ppg, 7.5 apg).

Junior guard Marta Hermida finished Friday’s win over Northwest Christian with 12 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine assists, just missing what would have been the second triple-double in Boise State history. In fact, it would have been just the second triple-double over both Bronco men’s or women’s hoops history, as Karla Meier posted the only Bronco triple-double on Feb. 9, 1980 against Montana (15 points, 14 rebounds, 10 steals).

Boise State showed off a well-balanced offense in its win over Northwest Christian, as five Broncos scored in double figures. Led by senior Shalen Shaw’s 16 points, the Broncos also got double-digit scoring contributions from sophomore guard Riley Lupfer (15 points), redshirt sophomore guard Ellie Woerner (12 points), and redshirt junior center Marijke Vanderschaaf (11 points).

It marked the first time that the Broncos had at least five players score at least 10 points apiece since six Broncos hit double digits in an 89-49 win at Portland on Dec. 6, 2015.

Boise State had a record-setting opening quarter against Northwest Christian, as it outscored the Beacons, 32-14.

The Broncos’ 32 points go down as the most in a quarter in program history, eclipsing the 30-point fourth quarter in an 83-78 victory at Saint Mary’s on Nov. 25, 2016. Also, Boise State hit six 3-pointers in the quarter, matching the program record set in the fourth quarter of last year’s 65-61 Mountain West semifinal victory over Colorado State (March 8).

Junior guard Marta Hermida passed her first test last Friday as Boise State’s fill-in starting point guard, handing out a career-best nine assists in the win over Northwest Christian.

Hermida has been pressed into point-guard duty to start this campaign while sophomore point guard Braydey Hodgins recovers from a hand injury suffered during practice in early October. Hodgins is expected to return to action in early December.

Boise State, the defending Mountain West Tournament Champion and a NCAA Tournament participant in two of the past three seasons (2015, 2017), was tabbed the favorite to capture the 2017-18 Mountain West regular-season title.

The announcement marked the first time that Boise State has topped the Mountain West preseason poll, and the first time the Broncos have been voted a preseason conference favorite since the 2007-08 and 2008-09 WAC campaigns.

Senior forward Shalen Shaw was voted to the five-woman Preseason All-Mountain West Team in voting done by conference head coaches and media members. During a 2016-17 season in which Boise State set a program record with 25 wins while winning the Mountain West Tournament title and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons, Shaw led the Broncos in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and field-goal percentage (44.3), and entering the 2017-18 campaign is the Broncos’ top returner in scoring (10.1 ppg) and assists (67). She also ranks second among Bronco returners in 3-pointers made (47) and steals (38).

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