► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team continues a six-game road swing this week with three games. It begins with a trip to Orem, Utah, Tuesday to face the Utah Valley Wolverines (2-3) at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain). That will be followed by the Lady Rebel Round-Up this weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., where the Broncos will open with the host school UNLV at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Saturday followed by a Sunday afternoon encounter with either Washington State University or Bradley University.
► Van Hoogen Named WAC Player of the Week
DENVER, Colo. (11/23/2009) – Boise State senior guard Jessica Van Hoogen has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 16-22. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Van Hoogen and the fourth of her career.
Van Hoogen, a Temecula, Calif. (Temecula Valley) native, led Boise State to a pair of victories last week over Portland State and Idaho State. Against the Vikings, she led the Broncos in scoring with a season-high 24 points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out two assists. She hit 10-of-19 from the floor and went 3-of-4 from the free throw line. At Idaho State, she scored 21 points to go with five boards, three assists and three steals. For the week, she averaged 22.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
► What’s Happened Recently
Boise State has opened the 2009-10 regular season with a four-game win streak with home victories over Western Oregon (76-40), Weber State (66-58) and Portland State (92-80), and a road win at Idaho State (76-60).
The Broncos won two games last week, they defeated the Big Sky Conference preseason favorites the Portland State Vikings on Thursday by 12 in a high-scoring shootout in Boise. Jessica Van Hoogen and Tasha Harris led Boise State in scoring with 24 and 18 points respectively.
Last time out, Boise State defeated instate-rival Idaho State on the road in a hard fought battle that saw the Broncos pull away in the final four minutes to win by 16 points on Saturday afternoon. Once again the senior duo of Harris and Van Hoogen led the Broncos combining for 40 plus points for the second straight game with 23 and 21 respectively.
► Radio Broadcasts
Boise State Radio carries every regular season and postseason game on the air beginning with a 15 minute pregame show. Boise State Assistant Sports Information Director Doug Link is in his 12th year as the voice of Boise State Women’s Basketball providing the play-by-play for each broadcast. To tune into the action go to KBSU AM-730 in Boise, KEZJ AM-1450 in Twin Falls, and KBSK FM-89.9 in McCall.
► Games on the Internet
Fans can log on to BroncoSports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at BroncoSports.com to follow the game on game tracker. In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at http://radio.boisestate.edu/listenonline.html.
► A Quick Look At Boise State
► Boise State’s Leaders - Senior Tasha Harris leads the Broncos statistically averaging 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game. She is followed by Jessica Van Hoogen who adds 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.8 steals per game. Junior post Janie Bos is third in scoring at 8.8 points to go with a team-high 6.8 rebounds (7th WAC), and 1.5 assists.
► Offensively as a Team - The Broncos average 77.5 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the floor, 23 percent (15-66) from the arc and 77 percent (77-106) from the free-throw line. Boise State has nearly doubled their opponents output from the free throw line making 77compred to 44 and attempting 106 free throws compared to 65. On the glass, Boise State averages 42.5 rebounds per game and gives up 34.8, for a plus 7.8 in rebound margin.
► Defensively as a Team - The Broncos allow 59.5 points per game and hold opponents to 36 percent shooting from the floor and 25 percent (22-87) from the arc. Boise State is a plus six in turnover margin committing and average of 15 per game while forcing 21 per game, doubling their advantage in points off turnovers per game 24-to-12.
► Dominating the Scoreboard - The Broncos have won the first four games of the year by an average of 18 points per game. In 180 minutes of action they have trailed on the scoreboard a combined 1:06.
► The Head Coach - The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 83-47 while at Boise State and 479-174 in 22 plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. Versus this week’s competition as Boise State’s head coach he is 1-2 against Utah Valley, 1-0 versus UNLV, and 1-2 against Washington State. He has never coached against Bradley.
► Scouting Game #5 at Utah Valley
► Scouting The Wolverines - UVU enters the week at 2-3 overall and on a two game losing streak. Last week they lost at No. 25 Mississippi State 81-35 then lost at Longwood 73-51 on Friday. Their lone wins are against none DI schools Mesa State 62-56 and the College of Idaho 72-56.
► Statistically In 2009-10 - They are led by the 2009 Great West Conference Preseason Player of the Year Julie Smith who averages team-highs for points and rebounds at 13.4 and 5.8 per game respectively, She was also the GWC Player of the Week on Nov. 16. As a team, UVU averages 54.2 points per game while allowing 67.8.
► About Utah Valley - The Wolverines are in their first official season as a member of the Great West Conference where they are picked by the coaches to tie with Chicago State for second. They return three starters and six letterwinners from last year’s 17-10 squad. They are in their 15th season under the direction of head coach Cathy Nixon who owns a 266-162 record at the school.
► The Series - Tuesday’s encounter is the sixth all-time in the series that Boise State leads 3-2. However, Utah Valley has won the last two meetings defeating the Broncos 73-70 last November in Boise. The last time the two met in Orem, Utah, they blew Boise State out 81-66 on Nov. 29, 2006. The Broncos won the first three meetings by a margin of 31.3 points per game. However, the last victory was on Dec. 1, 2005 in Boise by the score of 85-55.