Boise State host UC Riverside Sunday

Game Information
Date: Sunday, Nov. 27
Time:  2:00 p.m. (Mountain)
Location:  Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
TV:  None
Radio: Bronco Sports Network (KTIK AM 1350) /

What's Happening

Boise State (3-2) is coming off a 97-86  loss Wednesday night at Utah State in the second of four consecutive games against teams that went to the 2011 WNIT.  

Now the Broncos start a five-game homestand that begins with UC Riverside at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, 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 Broncos then lost at Utah State this past Wednesday, Nov. 23, by the score of 97-86.

The next two games in the group include Sunday's home game against UC Riverside of the Big West on Sunday, Nov. 27, followed by a contest against 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 3-2 overall and undefeated at home at 3-0.

The Broncos' offense is ranked 23rd nationally averaging a Mountain West-high 81.6 points per game with a +9.4 win margin (3rd MW).

Boise State is shooting a league-best 45.2 percent from the floor, while hitting 32.3 percent from the 3-point arc and 69.2 percent from the free-throw line, both fifth-best in the conference.

Defensively, Boise State is eighth in the MW for field goal defense allowing 41.6 percent from the floor. However, the Broncos rank first in 3-point defense holding opponents to 24.2 percent from beyond the arc.  

Boise State is second in rebound offense at 43.6 per game and first in rebound defense holding opponents to 32.8.

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 third in the MW averaging a team-best 16.0 points per game. She is shooting 36.4 percent from long range (10th MW). Isham has started every game of her Boise State career (36).

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 is averaging 15 points (6th MW) and 6.3 rebounds per game (14th MW).

Diana Lee, Sophomore Guard - Lee has started 33-of-36 games at the point during her career and was a WAC All-Freshmen Team honoree last year. This year she is averaging 10.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists (5th MW).

Nicole Brady, Redshirt-senior forward - Brady has started every game this year in the post averaging 12.4 points (12th MW) and team-high 9.4 rebounds (3rd MW) per game. She has four games with 10-plus boards including a career-high 13 against Weber State. Brady has two doubles-doubles as well with a career-high 30 points to go with 11 rebounds at Utah State last time out.

Kinzi Poteet, Junior Forward - Poteet has started all five games for the Broncos in the post averaging 5.6 points and 7.8 rebounds (6th MW).

Heather Pilcher, Senior Guard/Wing - Pilcher is having a strong season so far averaging 10.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists (7th MW) per game.

A Quick Look at UC Riverside
The Highlanders enter the game at 1-5 overall. Earlier this week the Highlanders lost at home to  Louisiana-Lafayette 59-56, then lost at Utah State Friday night 71-68.

To date, UCR's lone win was at home versus CSU-Bakersfield 76-62 on Nov. 19. Among the Highlanders' losses are a 66-46 defeat at Arizona State and a 64-36 loss at Mountain West member UNLV.

Preseason All-Big West honoree Tre'Shonti Nottingham leads UCR at 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, followed by Natasha Hadley at 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Jessica Ogunnorin leads on the glass at 7.3 rebounds per game.

As a team they average 56.8 points per game and allowed 64.8.

UCR was picked to place fourth out of nine teams in this year's Big West race.

The Highlanders return two starters and five letterwinners from last years 19-13 campaign when they went 11-5 in league to place third and advanced to the first round of the WNIT.

John Margaritis is in his eighth season at UCR where he is 123-101, his career mark is 233-181 in 14 years.

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