► What’s Happening: First Road Game of the Year at Pepperdine
Boise State hits the road for the first time this year when the Broncos take on Pepperdine University of the West Coast Conference. Tip is set for 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) Tuesday night in Firestone Fieldhouse at Malibu, Calf. This is the first of three road games this week, the Broncos will also compete in the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational this weekend in Fort Collins, Colo.
RADIO: This game will be available on the Bronco Sports Network on KBOI (AM 670) in the Treasure Valley. It will also be available over the internet at BroncoSports.com. This year Jack Smith will be handling the play-by-play duties for Boise State game broadcasts.
INTERNET: Live stats and video will be available at the Pepperdine Waves web site, there may be a fee for video.
► Quick Bronco Review
Boise State opened the season with a four-game homestand in which the Broncos went 3-1. After dropping the opener to the University of Portland 83-76, the Broncos have won three straight defeating Idaho State 73-48, Southern Utah 91-80, and most recently Eastern Washington last Saturday by the score of 64-60.
► Last Time Out
Boise State (3-1) held off the defending Big Sky Conference champions Eastern Washington Eagles 64-60 last Saturday, Nov. 20, in Boise. The game went back and forth for 40 minutes with the largest lead by both teams being 10 points.
The Broncos led by two at the half 29-27. Boise State held a lead nearly the entire second period with two early exceptions. After taking a 10-point lead 51-41 with just under 10 minutes to play, the Eagles battled back to within two points, 62-60, with 2:56 left.
Boise State shot 42 percent (19-45) from the floor, 41 percent (7-17) from 3-point range and 54 percent (19-35) from the free-throw line. Julia Marshall led the Broncos with 14 points powered by three 3-pointers, Kati Isham added 13 points.
Eastern Washington shot 27 percent (20-75) from the court, 28 percent (8-29) from the arc and 67 percent (12-18) from the charity stripe. Tatjana Sparavalo led the Eagles with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
► Boise State vs. Pepperdine Series Recap
Series History: It has been 23 years since Pepperdine and Boise State met last on the hardwood in the Cal Poly Classic in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Jan. 2, 1987 when the Waves defeated the Broncos 63-53.
Series Record: These two programs have met only once before with the Waves winning that encounter on a neutral floor.
Boise State vs. WCC: The Broncos are 33-27 all-time versus the current membership of the West Coast Conference, which includes an 83-76 loss to Portland on Nov. 12 at home in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State still has a home game against Saint Mary’s scheduled for Dec. 29.
► Boise State Talking Points for Game
ROAD GAMES: Boise State is looking to get off to a good start on the road this year. The Broncos went 5-10 away from home last season.
WCC ON THE ROAD VS. WCC: Boise State is 1-6 in the last three years on the road against West Coast Conference members. The lone win was at Santa Clara on Dec. 20, 2008 by a 57-51 score.
PRESNELL MILESTONES: Coach Presnell reached his 100th victory at Boise State when the Broncos defeated Southern Utah last Tuesday, Nov. 16. He now needs three wins to reach the 500 career milestone.
BRONCO LEADERS: Four games into the season Kati Isham leads the Broncos in scoring at 13.8 ppg followed by Julia Marshall at 12 ppg, Lauren Lenhardt at 10.3 ppg and 4.55 rpg, while Janie Bos adds 8.5 ppg and team-high 9.5 rpg.
AS A TEAM: Offensively, Boise State is averaging 76 ppg and 41.8 rpg, while shooting 44.3 percent from the floor, 37.8 percent from the 3-point arc and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line. Defensively, they allow 67.8 ppg and 40.8 rpg.
Overcoming Mistakes: Boise State’s youth and the number of new players has led to poor decisions and sketchy ball handling at times which has led to 21.5 turnovers per game and an average of 19.75 ppg for the opposition. Can the Broncos correct these trouble spots before they catch up with them.
WHAT’S BACK: Boise State returns two starters, Janie Bos and Julia Marshall, as well as seven letterwinners from last year’s 19-12 campaign.
WAC POLLS: After finishing the 2009-10 WAC race at 8-8 and tied for fourth-place, the Broncos where picked to place fifth in this year’s preseason coaches poll and fourth in the media’s.
► Pepperdine Talking Points for Game
RECENTLY: Pepperdine is coming off a 70-62 home loss to UC Davis last Friday, preceded by a 108-74 road win at Cal State-Northridge.
ABOUT Pepperdine: The Waves are 2-2 entering the Boise State game on Tuesday. They return four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year’s WNIT first round team that went 20-12 overall and 9-5 in league to place third.
THEIR LEADERS: After four games they have three players averaging double-figure scoring led by Jazmine Jackson at 14.5 ppg and a team-high 8.8 rpg. Lauren Bell is second at 14.3 ppg followed by Robie Mayberry at 12.8 ppg.
AS A TEAM: The Waves average 74.8 ppg and allow 66.5. They average 17.8 steals per game.
WCC Polls: Pepperdine was picked to finish third out of eight schools in this year’s WCC race in the league’s preseason coaches poll.
PU COACH: Julie Rousseau is in her seventh year at Pepperdine where she is 88-96 overall.