What's Happening This Week
Boise State (3-1) continues a four-game stretch against teams that went to the 2011 WNIT when the Broncos travel to Utah State for a Wednesday night encounter in Logan, Utah. Tip-off against their former league rivals is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Glenn Smith Spectrum.
The Broncos will return home to host the UC Riverside Highlanders out of the Big West Conference on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
Tough Four-Game Stretch for the Broncos
Boise State began a tough four-game stretch this past Sunday, Nov. 20, against teams that participated in the 2011 WNIT when the Broncos defeated the Pepperdine Waves of the West Coast Conference 68-57 in Boise.
The next three games in the group include a road trip to the WAC's Utah State this Wednesday, followed by home games against UC Riverside of the Big West on Sunday, Nov. 27, and Syracuse out of the Big East on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
The Syracuse contest will be broadcast nationally by the Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn.).
Looking at the Broncos
Boise State enters the week at 3-1 overall and undefeated at home at 3-0.
The Broncos are averaging a Mountain West high 80.5 points per game with a +14.5 win margin (3rd MW).
Boise State is shooting a league-best 44.9 percent from the floor, fourth-best 33.3 percent from the 3-point arc and fifth-best 68.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Defensively, Boise State is seventh in the MW for field goal defense allowing 38.1 percent from the floor. However, the Broncos rank first in 3-point defense holding opponents to 17.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Boise State is second in both rebound offense at 44.5 per game and rebound defense holding opponents to 34.5.
Broncos to Watch
Kati Isham, Senior Guard - led Boise State last year in scoring at 12.7 points per game and shot a team-high 37 percent (70-189) from 3-point range. This year she is ranked fourth in the MW averaging a team-best 17.3 points per game. She is shooting 37.5 percent from long range (8th MW). Isham has started every game of her Boise State career (35).
Lauren Lenhardt, Junior Forward/Center - Lenhardt was second in scoring last year as a starter averaging 12.2 points per game and second-best 5.6 rebounds. This year she has come off the bench in three games averaging 14 points (9th MW) and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Diana Lee, Sophomore Guard - Lee has started 32-of-35 games at the point during her career and was a WAC All-Freshmen Team honoree last year. This year she is averaging nine points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.75 assists.
Nicole Brady, Redshirt-senior forward - Brady has started every game this year in the post averaging 8.0 points and team-high 9.0 rebounds (4th MW) per game. She has three games with 10-plus boards including a career-high 13 against Weber State.
Kinzi Poteet, Junior Forward - Poteet has started all four games for the Broncos in the post averaging 6.5 points and 8.8 rebounds (5th MW).
A Quick Look at Utah State
The Aggies enter the week at 3-1 overall with a road win at MW member Wyoming (62-56) to open the season and wins over Weber State (73-63) in their lone home game to date and at UC Irvine (69-64). Their lone loss was at South Dakota State 84-73.
They are led by the Western Athletic Conference's Preseason Player of the Year Ashlee Brown who averages team-highs for points and rebounds at 22.8 and 11.8 respectively. Brooke Jackson follows at 11 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
As a team they average 69.2 points per game and allow 66.8.
The Aggies return three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's 18-15 team that placed third in the WAC at 10-6 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
Utah State was picked by the WAC coaches to place second in this year's conference race.
Raegan Pebley is in her ninth year at Utah State where she is 92-146 all-time and 4-9 versus Boise State.
Boise State and Utah State were league rivals in the WAC from 2005-2011 when the Broncos left for the Mountain West, the Broncos led the series 9-4 during that time.