What’s Happening This Week For The Broncos . . .
Boise State has one game this week as they travel to Orem, Utah to face Utah Valley State on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. (mt) in the McKay Center. Next week, they will then face San Diego at home on Sunday (Nov. 3) at 2:00 p.m. followed by Denver at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 5) night, both games will be in Taco Bell Arena.
What’s Happened Lately For Boise State (3-2) . . .
The Broncos were at the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend where they defeated Oregon 56-47 before losing on a last second three-pointer to Pittsburgh 71-70 in the championship game. Boise State is 3-2 entering the week with both loses coming by a combined three points. Prior to the Oregon Tournament, the Broncos opened with three home games defeating UC Davis (73-56) and Portland (72-62), before falling to Santa Clara 67-65.
Who To Watch For The Broncos . . .
Boise State has three players averaging double-figure points led by sophomore guard Jessica Thompson at 13.8 points per game to go with 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. She had a season high 25 points at Oregon last Friday (Nov. 24) night. Michelle Hessing, a senior center out of Boise, averages 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game followed by sophomore point guard Tasha Harris at 10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. Hessing recorded a career high 22 points the last time out against Pittsburgh in Eugene. Both Thompson and Hessing were named to the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament, all-tournament team.
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 67.2 points per game while shooting 36.9 percent from the floor, 20.9 percent (18-of-86) from beyond the arc, and 71.7 percent (86-of-120) from the foul line. On the boards Boise State averages 42.0 rebounds per game. They are a plus 6.6 in scoring margin, plus 4.0 in rebounding margin, and plus 4.4 in turnover margin.
Defensively As A Team . . .
Boise State has allowed 60.6 points per game, 39.3 percent shooting from the hardwood, and 37.5 percent (21-of-56) from long range. Opponents’ have averaged 38.0 rebounds per game and 17.8 turnovers per game.
Scouting Utah Valley State (5-1)
The Series . . .
Wednesday’s game will be the fourth in the young series that began in 2003. The Broncos have yet to lose to the Wolverines holding a 3-0 lead in the series. Last year’s game in Boise was a 85-55 decision to Boise State on Dec. 1.
What Has Happened Lately For UVSC . . .
The Wolverines have started the season out strong going 5-1, all of the games have been in Orem. Last weekend they defeated Southern Virginia 84-57 and WAC member New Mexico State 79-72. They have also defeated Mesa State (101-82), Utah State (68-60), and San Diego State (75-44). UVSC’s lone loss was a double overtime defeat to Utah (70-68).
Who To Watch For UVSC . . .
Robyn Fairbanks leads the team in scoring and rebounding averaging a double-double through six games with 22.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Sandy Marvin is second in scoring at 15.2 points points per game to go with 3.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.
The Wolverines As A Team . . .
Offensively, UVSC averages 79.2 points per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor, 32.7 percent (34-of-104) from beyond the arc, and 67 percent (77-of-115) from the charity stripe. They average 40.7 rebounds per game and are a plus 15.0 in scoring margin, plus 3.2 in rebound margin, and a plus 2.5 in turnover margin. Defensively, they have allowed 64.2 points per game and 36.5 percent shooting from the hardwood and 28.7 percent (33-of-115) from beyond the three-point line.
More About UVSC . . .
The Wolverines are currently an independent moving up from the junior college ranks three years ago. They return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s 11-16 squad. UVSC’s head coach is Cathy Nixon who is in her 12th season at the school with an overall record of 221-125 and a division one record of 31-52 in three plus years.