► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team continues a six-game road swing this weekend when the Broncos travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the Lady Rebel Round-Up. Boise State will open the tournament against the host school UNLV (2-2) at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Saturday, that will be followed by the Washington State (1-2) versus Bradley (1-2) game. On Sunday afternoon the consolation game will be played at 2:00 p.m. followed by the championship game at 4:30 p.m.
Against this weekend’s competition the Broncos are 1-0 all-time against UNLV, they have never played the Bradley Braves, and are 17-17 versus Washington State. The WSU Cougars defeated Boise State 85-76 last year in Boise, the game in which the Broncos’ Tasha Harris suffered a season-ending injury during the first minute of the second half.
► 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 five-game win streak with home victories over Western Oregon (76-40), Weber State (66-58) and Portland State (92-80), followed by road wins at Idaho State (76-60) and most recently at Utah Valley (79-55) on Tuesday night.
The Broncos won two games last week, they defeated the Big Sky Conference preseason favorite 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 Saturday, 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. Once again the senior duo of Harris and Van Hoogen led the Broncos with 23 and 21 points respectively.
Then on Tuesday night in Orem, Utah, the Broncos ran past the Utah Valley Wolverines in a dominating 24-point victory, 79-55. Boise State led by 20 at halftime and stretched it to 29 midway through the second. All 11 Broncos scored in the contest led by Harris’ team-high 18 points before being taken out of the game with 11 minutes to play.
► 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 18.4 points (3rd in WAC), 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game. She is followed by Jessica Van Hoogen who adds 13.6 points (10th in WAC), 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game. Junior forward Melissa Rima is third in scoring at 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, followed by junior center Janie Bos who is fourth in scoring at 7.8 points to go with a team-high 6.8 rebounds (9th in WAC), and 1.2 assists.
► Harris and Van Hoogen Moving Up Scoring Charts - Boise State has one of the top scoring duos in the history of the Western Athletic Conference in senior guards Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen. Harris has 92 points in the first five games this year moving her from sixth into fifth-place on the all-time scoring list for Boise State with 1,341 career points. She needs just 18 points this weekend to move into fourth place which is currently held by JoAnn Burrell with 1,358. Van Hoogen who entered the year in seventh place currently has 1,269 points in her career, sixth place is held by Connie Sandland with 1,331.
► Offensively as a Team - The Broncos average 77.8 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the floor, 27 percent (24-89) from the 3-point arc and 73 percent (91-125) from the free-throw line. Boise State has nearly doubled their opponents output from the free throw line making 91 compared to 52. On the glass, Boise State averages 42.6 rebounds per game and gives up 34.6, for a plus 8 in rebound margin.
► Defensively as a Team - The Broncos allow 58.6 points per game and hold opponents to 37 percent shooting from the floor and 24 percent (25-106) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 5.6 in turnover margin committing a average of 14.8 per game while forcing 20.4 per game, doubling their advantage in points off turnovers per game 24-to-11.
► Dominating Scoreboard - The Broncos have won the first five games of the year by an average of 19.2 points per game. In 220 minutes of action they have trailed on the scoreboard a combined 2:04.
► The Head Coach - The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 84-47 while at Boise State and 480-174 in 22 plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. Versus this weekend’s competition as Boise State’s head coach he is 1-0 versus UNLV, 1-2 against Washington State and has never coached against Bradley.
► Scouting Game #6 Vs. UNLV
► Scouting The Rebels - UNLV enters the week at 2-2 overall coming off a split last week defeating Sacramento State 97-92 on the road, then returned home where they lost 78-68 to No. 4 North Carolina.
► Statistically In 2009-10 - Three Rebels average double-figure points on the year led by Kelli Thompson at 16.0 points per game followed by Erica Helms 12.0 ppg and Jamie Smith at 11.8 ppg and a team-high 12.8 rebounds. UNLV averages 69.2 points per game while allowing 71.5 for a scoring margin of minus 2.2 per game. On the boards they are a minus 1.2 bringing down 43.8 compared to giving up 45 rebounds per game.
► About UNLV - The Rebels are in their second year under the direction of head coach Kathy Olivier who is 15-20 at UNLV and 247-228 in 17 years as a head coach. UNLV is a member of the Mountain West Conference where the Rebels were picked to place seventh in this year’s race by the coaches. They return two starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s 14-18 campaign, they went 5-11 in conference to place seventh.
► The Series - Saturday’s encounter will be the second in the series between Boise State and UNLV. The last time they met the Broncos defeated the Rebels in the 2006 Dual in the Desert at Las Vegas by the score of 76-63. Boise State’s Tasha Harris had 21 points in that game.
► Versus The Mountain West - Boise State is 19-28 all-time versus the current members of the Mountain West Conference. UNLV is the first of two MWC teams that the Broncos will play this year, they host Wyoming on New Years Eve.
► Scouting Possible Game #7 Opponents: Bradley
► Scouting The Braves - Bradley enters the week at 1-2 overall with loses at Northern Illinois (86-73), and most recently, Nov. 22, at Illinois (67-45). Their lone victory was sandwich in between the defeats, a 79-64 win at home over Illinois-Chicago.
► Statistically In 2009-10 - They are led by two players in double-figure points with Katie Young leading the team at 12.7 points per game. She is followed by Sonya Harris at 11.7 points and a team-high 12.3 rebounds per game. As a team, Bradley averages 65.7 points per game while allowing 72.3. The Braves shot 43 percent from the floor and out rebound their opponents by three per game, 44 to 41.3.
► About Bradley - The Braves are members of the Missouri Valley Conference where they are picked by the league’s coaches to place sixth in the 2010 conference race. They return three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s 21-10 squad. They are in their 10th season under the direction of head coach Paula Buscher who owns a 118-144 record at the school and a 161-182 overall mark as a head coach.
► The Series - Sunday’s possible encounter with Bradley would be the first ever meeting with the Braves for Boise State.
► Versus The Missouri Valley - Boise State has only played one MVC school before and that was a 64-50 loss to Drake on Nov. 25, 1994.
► Scouting Game #7 Possible Opponent: Washington State
► Scouting The Cougars - Washington State enters the week at 1-2 overall. They opened the year with a 64-54 win over UC Davis in Pullman. Last week the Cougars lost 70-63 at Kansas State and 107-54 at Nebraska.
► Statistically In 2009-10 - Two Cougars average double-digit points led by Rosie Tarnowski at 15.7 per game followed by April Cook adding 13.3. Jazmine Perkins leads on the boards with 6.3 per game. WSU averages 60.3 points per game while allowing 77 for a scoring margin of minus 16.7 per game.
► About WAZZU - The Cougars are in their third year under the direction of head coach June Daugherty who is 17-46 at WSU and 330-257 in 21 years as a head coach. She was Boise State’s coach from 1989-1996 where she went 122-75. WSU is a member of the Pacific-10 Conference where the Cougars were picked to place sixth in this year’s race by the coaches. They return three starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 11-19 campaign, they went 4-14 in conference to place tied for eighth.
► The Series - Sunday’s encounter will be the 35th in the series between Boise State and WSU with each team having 17 victories. The Cougars defeated the Broncos 85-76 in Boise last year.
► Versus The Pacific-10 - Boise State lost three games to the league last year Washington State, Washington and Arizona. The Broncos are 34-64 all-time against current members of the Pac-10. Boise State could possibly play two members this year if WSU and the Broncos meet in Vegas, the Broncos travel to Oregon next Friday.