Boise State (2-3) returns home after a two-game road trip last week. The Broncos will look to get back on track when they host Utah Valley University (1-3) at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s team. Boise State will then follow that up with a second game at 7:00 p.m. on Monday night in Taco Bell Arena against Southern Utah University (1-4). The Broncos are a combined 7-2 all-time versus this weekend’s opponents.
Boise State enters the week at 2-3 overall. The Broncos opened the season with two home wins over Seattle (66-56) and Portland (68-59). The victories were followed by three defeats against Washington State (85-76) in Boise, followed by a pair of road defeats at Washington (74-51) last Sunday, Nov. 23, and at Wyoming (62-55) on Tuesday night, Nov. 25.
Recently for Boise State
LAST SUNDAY, Game 4 - Seattle, Wash. (11/23/08) - Washington handed Boise State a 74-51 defeat Sunday afternoon in Seattle. After scoring the first four points of the game, the Broncos hit a wall and never recovered as the Huskies ran off a 15-0 run and cruised to the 23-point victory. Playing without their star point guard Tasha Harris for the first time, the Broncos struggled to get anything going most of the day including advancing the ball up the floor. By halftime Boise State trailed 48-18 and had committed as many turnovers as they had points. The trend change slightly when the freshmen guard tandem of Courtney VanBrocklin and Heather Pilcher were inserted for most of the second half as the Broncos came from 38 down with 13:47 to play to within 23 at the buzzer. Freshman Heather Pilcher led the Broncos with a career-high 13 points, followed by Marisa Stotler with nine and Melissa Rima with seven.
LAST TUESDAY, Game 5 - LARAMIE, Wyo. (11/25/08) - In their second game without Tasha Harris, Boise State rebounded from the loss at Washington with a solid performance at Wyoming. The Broncos went out to a 15-point lead several times during the game and held the lead for the first 33 minutes before Wyoming staged a rally late to defeat the Broncos 62-55 in Laramie. Boise State went 4-of-26 from the floor in the second half while the Cowgirls went 9-of-24 and 18-of-26 from the foul line to hand the Broncos the frustrating loss. Brittany Moore scored a career-high 16 points including 4-of-8 from the 3-point line. Marisa Stotler was second in scoring with nine points and six rebounds, followed by Ja’Lara Walker’s eight points and 10 boards.
Bronco Radio Information
Boise State women’s basketball returns to the radio for its 16th year. All of the Broncos’ regular and postseason games can be heard live over the Boise State Radio network. Doug Link, assistant sports information director, enters his 11th season providing the play-by-play for every contest. Each broadcast begins with a 15 minute pregame show and ends with a postgame wrap-up with head coach Gordy Presnell.
► Game 6 vs Utah Valley (11/29/08)
Boise State returns home to the friendly confines of Taco Bell Arena Saturday night when they host Utah Valley University at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain). The Wolverines enter the week at 1-3 overall and 0-2 on the road. They are coming off a pair of road defeats at Gonzaga (95-79) on Nov. 19 and at New Mexico (84-70) this past Tuesday, Nov. 25. They also lost at home to future Boise State opponent Montana State 94-71 to open the season followed by their lone victory a 83-39 romp at home over Mesa State.
A Quick Look at Utah Valley
As a Team - Entering Saturday’s game, Utah Valley averages 75.8 points per game while allowing 78. Who to Watch - Robyn Fairbanks leads the Wolverines with a team-highs for scoring at 24 points and rebounding at 9.3 boards per game, followed by Julie McMurray at 17.8 points per game and Sandy Marvin-Wall’s 10.5 ppg. What’s Back From Last Year - UVU returns all five starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 16-12 overall. Preseason Polls - Utah Valley is in its sixth and final transition year in making the move from the junior college level to NCAA Division I and competes as a independent.
A Quick Look at the Boise State-Utah Valley Series
Boise State holds a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. After Boise State won the first three games of the series Utah Valley broke through for their lone victory in the last meeting between the two programs defeating the Broncos 81-66 in Orem, Utah on Dec. 29, 2006. The Broncos average margin of victory in their three wins was by 31.3 points per game.
The Last Time They Met
OREM, Utah (12/29/20060 - Boise State opened by taking a 6-4 lead two minutes into the game before UVU rallied with a 14-0 run and never looked back. The Wolverines eventually took a 12 point, 44-32, lead into the break. Boise State staged a rally in the second period pulling within two points, 62-60, with 6:18 to play. However, UVU responded by out scoring the Broncos 19-to-six in the final six minutes of the game to claim the 15-point victory. Robyn Fairbanks, a sophomore at the time, led the Wolverines with a double-double on 29 points and 20 rebounds, followed by Sandy Marvin (now Marvin-Wall) with 28 points. Boise State was led by Jessica Thompson with 20 points, followed by Tasha Harris with 11 points and Rebecca Kepilino with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.