Broncos open Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament against the Ducks on Friday followed by either Utah or Pitt on Saturday...

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

The Broncos (2-1) travel to Eugene, Oregon this weekend for the University of Oregon Thanksgiving Classic in McArthur Court. This is the first road trip of the year for Boise State after opening the season with three home games. Boise State opens their weekend against the host Oregon Ducks (2-0) of the Pacific-10 Conference in the second game on Friday, tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (pacific) or 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one. In the second game of the weekend the Broncos will play either the Pittsburgh Panthers (4-0) of the Big East Conference or the Utah Utes (1-2) of the Mountain West Conference in the first game on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

What’s Happened Lately For Boise State (2-1) . . .

The Broncos opened their regular season with three consecutive home games at Taco Bell Arena. They recorded victories in the first two contests defeating UC Davis 73-56 (Nov. 10) followed by a 10-point win over Portland 72-62 (Nov. 17). Boise State enters this week coming off a tough two-point loss Monday (Nov. 20) night to the defending West Coast Conference champion Santa Clara Broncos by the score of 67-65.

Who To Watch For The Broncos . . .

Boise State has had a relatively balanced offense entering the weekend. Someone new has led the team in scoring in each of the first three games. To date, six players average between 11.3 and 8.0 points per game. Sophomore Jessica Thompson leads the team at 11.3 points per to go with 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.7 steals. Senior center Michelle Hessing is the only other Bronco averaging double-figure points at 10.3 per game. The Boise native also averages 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and a team high 1.7 blocks per game. Following those two are Tahsa Harris averaging 9.3 points per, Jackie Lee (8.7 ppg), Nadia Begay (8.3 ppg), and Rebecca Kepilino (8.0 ppg). Senior Jackie Thompson leads the team on the glass at 6.7 rebounds per game followed by Kepilino at 6.0 rpg.

Offensively As A Team . . .

Boise State is an up-tempo team who looks to push the ball up the floor. The Broncos enter the week averaging 70.0 points per game while shooting 39.6 percent from the floor, 20.8 percent (10-of-48) from beyond the arc, and 71.6 percent (48-of-67) from the foul line. On the boards, Boise State averages 39.3 rebounds per game. They are a plus 8.3 in scoring margin, plus 1.3 in rebounding margin, and plus 7.0 in turnover margin.

Defensively As A Team . . .

Boise State has allowed 61.7 points per game, 40.9 percent shooting from the hardwood, and 38.5 percent (15-of-39) from long range. Opponents’ have averaged 38.0 rebounds per game and 20.7 turnovers per game.

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.

Last Weekend For Boise State . . .

Broncos Down Portland 72-62 In Women’s Basketball...

BOISE, Idaho - (11/17/2006) - The Boise State defeated the Portland Pilots 72-62 in non-conference action at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. Powered by 31 combined points from Tasha Harris and Jess Thompson the Broncos ran out to a 20-point first half lead and never looked back. In all, four Broncos recorded double-figure points in the victory over the Pilots.

The first half started a little sluggish but the tempo picked up by the halfway point of the period. With the score at 15-11 in favor of the Broncos with 11 minutes to go, Boise State ran off a 19-5 run to claim control of the game. It was the second time in as many games that the Broncos had a decisive first half run to pull away from their opponent by halftime.

The second half went back and forth with each team answering mini runs to keep the score between 10 and 20 points for most of the period. The Pilots led by Rachel Warren’s double-double on 20 points and 11 rebounds managed to cut the lead to nine points a couple times during the half only to see the Broncos answer.

Portland’s final run pulled them to within seven points, the closest they had been since they trailed 19-13 with 9:56 left in the first half, with a little more than a minute left in the game at 69-62. Boise State responded by scoring the final three points of the game to stretch the score to the final 10-point margin, 72-62.

Turnovers played a key role in the game with the Pilots giving it away 25 times compared to 14 for the Broncos. That resulted in Boise State’s 26-to-18 advantage in points off turnovers. The two teams battled hard down low throughout the contest with Boise State edging Portland 40-to-38 in rebounds leading to a 11-to-four advantage in second chance points. In the paint Boise State out scored Portland 34-to-32 with Rachel Warren having 20 of those Portland points.

Boise State shot 31.3 percent (22-of-63) from the floor, struggled from beyond the arc for the second time hitting 23.1 percent (3-of-13), and made 75.8 percent (25-of-33) of their free throws. Portland countered by hitting 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from the hardwood, 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from long range, and 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the charity stripe.

Santa Clara Outlasts Broncos 67-65 In Women’s Basketball Action...

BOISE, Idaho - (11/20/06) - The Boise State Broncos lost a tough two-point 67-65 decision to the Santa Clara Broncos of the West Coast Conference Monday night in Boise. Santa Clara maintained a lead throughout the second half stretching it out to eight points on four occasions. Boise State managed to fight back each time finally tying the score at 65 with 2:26 left in the contest. Unfortunately, they failed to score again missing on several opportunities in the closing minutes, while Santa Clara managed to score the final two points to hold off Boise State for the win.

The game went back and forth throughout the first half with the teams trading baskets and leads. Boise State had several chances to make a run but missed numerous layups in the period. Santa Clara gained their largest lead of the period, five points, with just under three minutes left. Eventually they took a three-point advantage into the break. Boise State’s last lead of the night came at the 6:37 mark of the first half at 24-22.

The second half saw Santa Clara slowly stretch their lead to eight points three minutes into the period. The next 13 minutes saw the two teams trade baskets keeping the point margin between two and eight points in favor of Santa Clara.

Sophomore Jenna Galassi helped keep the Broncos in the game in the second half with 10 of her team high 12 points coming during the period. She scored the first basket of the Broncos’ final run with four minutes left in the game as they fought back to tie the score at 65-65 two and half minutes remaining.

The final push by Boise State saw Galassi hit a layup with 4:01 left, followed by a pair of layups by Jackie Lee and a short jumper by Michelle Hessing to erase the Santa Clara lead with 2:26 showing on the clock.

After Santa Clara regained a two-point lead, Boise State had chances to tie the game twice at the foul line In the final 90 seconds but Lee and Harris both missed the front ends of one-and-one opportunities. Boise State was unable to get a solid opportunity for a shot in the closing moments as Santa Clara held on for the win.

Boise State shot a decent 40.8 percent from the floor but struggled for the third time this season from beyond the arc hitting 15.4 percent (2-of-13) of their opportunities. Boise State also struggled from the foul line hitting 50 percent (5-of-10) on the night. Santa Clara shot 38.2 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the three-point line, and 75 percent (9-of-12) from the charity stripe.


SCOUTING OREGON (2-0)

The Series . . .

Friday’s game will be the 13th meeting in the series which Oregon leads 9-3. The last time these two met was in Eugene on January 2, 2001 when the Ducks handed the Broncos a convincing 67-29 defeat. Boise State’s last win in th eseries came on January 3, 1993 in Boise by the score of 91-78.

What Has Happened Lately For Oregon . . .

The Ducks enter the game at 2-0 overall coming off a pair of victories in California last week. Oregon defeated UC Santa Barbara 85-77 (Nov. 17) then defeated Long Beach State 44-33 (Nov. 19). Their meeting with the Boise State Broncos will be their home opener.

Who To Watch For Oregon . . .

Taylor Lilly leads the Ducks in scoring at 20.5 points per game to go with 4.5 rebounds. Carolyn Ganes is second in scoring at 13.5 points per game. No one else averages double-figure points. On the glass, Jessie Shetters averages a team high 9.0 rebounds per game. One other player of note, former Bronco Jamie Hawkins plays for Oregon as a senior post this year. She’s averaging 2.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 15 minutes per game.

The Ducks As A Team . . .

Oregon averages 64.0 points per game while shooting 39.0 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent (12-of-32) from beyond the arc, and 70.0 percent (35-of-50) from the charity stripe. They average 38.5 rebounds per game and are a plus 4.5 in rebound margin.

More About Oregon . . .

The Ducks return two starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s 14-15 squad that went 5-13 in the PAC-10 placing eighth. Bev Smith is in her sixth season at her alma mater where she has gone 85-69 overall. Oregon was picked to place eighth again this year in the PAC-10’s preseason coaches and media polls.


SCOUTING PITT (4-0)

The Series . . .

If Boise State and Pittsburgh meet on Saturday it will be the first game in the series between the two schools in women’s basketball. The Broncos have only played one current member of the Big East Conference before which was a 81-73 victory over Marquette at the Hoosier Classic in 1995.

What Has Happened Lately For Pitt . . .

Pitt has opened the season with four consecutive victories. They opened the season with two home wins over California (PA) 71-58 and Mount St. Mary’s 77-55, followed by two road wins 61-56 at Duquesne (Nov. 19) and 75-62 at St. Bonaventure their last time out on Tuesday night (Nov. 21).

Who To Watch For Pitt . . .

Shavonte Zellous leads the Panthers in scoring at 20.3 points per game to go with 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.2 blocks. Marcedes Walker is second in scoring averaging 17.0 points per game and brings in a team high 9.3 rebounds per game.

The Panthers As A Team . . .

Pitt averages 71.0 points per game and gives up 57.8. The Panthers have shot 45.1 percent from the floor, 13.5 percent (5-of-37) from beyond the three-point line, and 74.2 percent (69-of-93) from the foul line. They average 39.8 rebounds per game and are a plus 2.5 in rebound margin.

More About Pitt . . .

The Panthers return four starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s team that went 22-11 overall and 9-7 in the Big East placing tied for sixth. Agnus Berenato is in his fourth season at Pitt where he is 45-46 all-time. Pitt was picked to finish fifth by the league’s coaches in the 16 team Big East Conference this season.


SCOUTING UTAH (1-2)

The Series . . .

If Boise State and Utah meet on Saturday it will be the 14th meeting all-time in the series that Utah leads 12-1. The Utes won the last game between these two schools on December 2, 2000 in Salt Lake City by the score of 73-54. Boise State’s lone win in the series came in Boise on December 31, 1991 by the score of 71-69.

Alumnae Watch . . .

Elaine Elliott, Utah’s head coach, is a member of the Boise State athletic hall of fame playing for the Broncos from 1973 to 1977. She was a member of Boise State’s 1975 AIAW Northwest Regional champions (21-3 overall) that played in the national tournament in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

What Has Happened Lately For Utah . . .

Utah has struggled to start the season going 1-2 in their first three games. The Utes opened with two losses 57-45 at Gonzaga and 61-55 in Salt Lake City to Fresno State (Nov. 13). The one win so far was at Utah Valley State in double-overtime 70-68 last Friday (Nov. 17).

Who To Watch For Utah . . .

Morgan Warburton is the only Ute averaging double-figure points to date at 18.0 points per game to go with 5.7 rebounds, and over three assists per game. Joh-Teena Filipe is second in scoring at 9.0 points per game. Kalee Whipple leads on the glass at 8.0 rebounds per game.

The Utes As A Team . . .

Utah averages 56.7 points a game and has allowed 62.0. They shoot 35.5 percent from the floor, 29.1 percent (16-of-55) from beyond the arc, and 57.1 percent (24-of-42) from the foul line. They average 45.0 rebounds per game and are a plus 6.3 in rebound margin. They also average 20.0 turnovers per game for a minus 4.0 in turnover margin.

More About Utah . . .

Utah returned two starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 27-7 team that went 12-4 in the Mountain West to place second. They advanced to the 2006 NCAA Elite Eight before bowing out of the tournament. This year’s squad was picked to place fourth in the MWC race by the league’s coaches.