Syracuse at Boise
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
7:00 p.m. (MST)
- Boise State (4-2) is hosting Syracuse University (5-0) out of the Big East Conference Tuesday night at Taco Bell Arena, tip is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (MST).
- Tuesday's game is the second of a five game homestand, the Broncos are 1-0 so far during this home stretch and are undefeated overall at home going 4-0 to date.
- Television: The Syracuse contest will be broadcast nationally by the Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn.) with Ann Schatz and Krista Blunk providing the play-by-play and color.
- Radio: As usual, the game will be carried live on The Ticket/ESPN Radio (KTIK AM 1350) with Chris King calling all the action.
- Internet: Live stats (free) and audio (subscription) will be available on BroncoSports.com. Live video will be blacked out for this game since it is being televised on The Mtn.
Boise State Versus Syracuse and the Big East
- This is the first ever meeting between Syracuse and Boise State in women's basketball. The Broncos will return the trip to Syracuse next year as part of a home-and-home contract.
- This game marks the first time that a Big East school has come to Boise to play the Broncos.
- Boise State is 1-1 all-time against current members of the league defeating Marquette 81-73 at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind., on Dec. 2, 1995. The loss by the Gordy Presnell squad was a buzzer beater 71-70 decision to Pitt at the Oregon Thanksgiving Classic in Eugene on Nov. 25, 2006.
Tough Four-Game Stretch for the Broncos
- Boise State is in the midst of playing four consecutive games against teams that participated in last year's WNIT.
- To date the Broncos are 2-1 against those teams: won 68-57 over Pepperdine in Boise, lost 97-86 at Utah State and defeated UC Riverside 68-58 this past Sunday in Boise.
- Overall this year, Boise State will play nine games (nearly a third of its schedule) against six teams that went to last year's WNIT: Pepperdine, Utah State (twice), UC Riverside, Syracuse, as well as league rivals TCU (twice) and Wyoming (twice).
Looking at the Broncos
- Boise State enters the week at 4-2 overall and are coming off a 68-58 home win over UC Riverside this past Sunday, Nov. 27.
- The Broncos' scoring offense leads the Mountain West averaging 79.3 points per game with a +9.5 win margin (3rd MW).
- Boise State is shooting a league-best 45.3 percent (174-384) from the floor, a second-best 34.7 percent (41-118) from the 3-point arc and fifth-best 70.2 percent (87-124) from the free-throw line.
- Four Broncos are shooting over 80 percent from the charity stripe so far this year with a third above 70 percent. Unfortunately, five players are hitting below 60 percent.
- Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year led by Kati Isham with 14 and Diana Lee with nine. The other three individuals have not attempted a 3-pointer this season.
- Defensively, Boise State has had its moments of weakness in this area in 2011. The Broncos are last in the MW for scoring defense giving up 69.8 points per game and field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 42.5 percent from the floor. However, the Broncos rank first in 3-point defense holding opponents to 24.8 percent from beyond the arc.
- Boise State is second in the league for rebound offense at 43.2 per game and first in rebound defense holding opponents to 30.3 per game.
Home Sweet Home
- Boise State enters the Syracuse game undefeated at home going 4-0 to date.
- The Broncos have been dominant at home winning by an average of 19.3 points per game out scoring the opposition 78.8 to 59.5 points per game.
- In contrast, Boise State has struggled away from home (0-2) where they are being out scored by 10 points per game, 90.5 to 80.5.
- The difference between playing at home or away is field goal defense and rebounding. The Broncos have been holding opponents to 38.1 percent shooting at home compared to 51.3 percent on the road. On the glass, Boise State has been dominant at home out rebounding teams by 18.3 per game (47.5 to 29.3), on the road they struggle with a +2 in rebound margin (34.5 to 32.5). Nearly all other statistical categories are close if not better on the road.
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 fourth (tied) in the MW averaging 15.7 points per game. She is shooting 35 percent from long range (11th MW). Isham has started every game of her Boise State career (37).
- 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. She is currently recovering from an injury suffered during October's training period. Lenhardt missed the season opener and has only started once (at Utah State) to date. This year she has been a major impact coming in off the bench to lead the team in scoring at 16 points per game (3rd MW) and is third in rebounding averaging 6.4 rpg (14th MW). She also leads the MW in field goal percentage hitting 59.6 percent from the floor.
- Diana Lee, Sophomore Guard - Lee has started 34-of-37 games at the point during her career and was a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Freshmen Team honoree last year. This year she is averaging 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists (t-7th MW). Lee is ranked seventh in the MW for 3-point percentage hitting 37.5 percent (9-24).
- Nicole Brady, Redshirt-senior forward - Brady has started every game this year averaging 11.8 points (10th MW) and team-high 8.8 rebounds (t-2nd 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 recording 10 points and 11 boards versus Southern Oregon, in addition to a career-high 30 points to go with 11 rebounds at Utah State.
- Kinzi Poteet, Junior Forward - Poteet has started all six games for the Broncos in the post averaging 4.7 points and team second-best 7.5 rebounds per game (7th MW).
- Heather Pilcher, Senior Guard/Wing - Pilcher is having a strong senior season so far averaging 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists (t-7th MW) per game.
A Quick Look at Syracuse
- The Orange are members of the Big East Conference where they went 25-10 overall and 9-7 in BEC play to place tied for seventh in 2010-11, as well as advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals.
- Syracuse was picked by the Big East coaches to place eighth out of 16 teams in this year's conference race.
- The Orange enter Tuesday's game undefeated at 5-0 and are coming off a 90-57 road win at Binghamton Saturday afternoon.
- The game at Boise State is the first of three games in the west for Syracuse which will compete in a tournament at Hawaii later this week.
- Syracuse is winning by an average of 31 points per game out scoring opponents 82.4 to 51.4 points per game.
- Kayla Alexander, a 6-4 center and Preseason All-Big East honoree, leads the Orange in scoring and rebounding at 20.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Carmen Tyson-Thomas is second in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game. Alexander was also a first-team All-Big East selection last year.
- John Margaritis is in his sixth season at Syracuse where he is 104-65, his career mark is the same.