Boise State (2-4) wraps up a two-game homestand Monday night with Southern Utah University (1-4) at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos who are in the midst of a four-game losing streak will look to get back on track against the SUU Thunderbirds.
The Broncos enter the week at 2-4 overall. Boise State has gone 0-3 since the loss of Tasha Harris against Washington State on Nov. 20, but has shown steady improvement with each game including two last minute setbacks at Wyoming 62-55 this past Tuesday and against Utah Valley 73-70 Saturday night in Boise. The Broncos opened the season with two home wins over Seattle (66-56) and Portland (68-59). The victories were followed by four defeats against Washington State (85-76) in Boise, at Washington (74-51) on Nov. 23, and the most recent losses to Wyoming and Utah Valley.
Recently for Boise State
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.
Last Saturday, Game 6 - Boise, Idaho (11/29/08) - A combined 32 points by the freshmen guard tandem of Courtney VanBrocklin and Heather Pilcher were not enough to carry Boise State as the Broncos fell in the final minute to Utah Valley 73-70. The Broncos rallied from nine points down in the second half to take a six-point 62-56 lead with 6:33 to play, only to let the game slip away at the end. Down four, 56-52, with 9:37 remaining, VanBrocklin scored four points of a 10-0 Bronco run that gave Boise State a 62-56 lead with 6:33 to go. Boise State then held the lead until the final minute when Utah Valley rallied regaining the advantage on a Sandy Marvin-Wall layup with 57 seconds remaining and the score reading 69-68. The final minute saw Boise State finish the game with two missed field goals and two turnovers. Meanwhile, Utah Valley held off the Broncos at the foul line as Asumi Nakayama hit four-of-four free throws in the last 30 seconds. VanBrocklin led Boise State with a career-high 19 points on six-of-nine shooting from the floor and seven-of-eight from the free-throw line. Pilcher tied her career-high for points with 13.
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.
What’s Happening Next
► Game 7 vs Southern Utah - Monday (12/1/08)
Boise State concludes a two-game homestand Monday night with Southern Utah at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. The SUU Thunderbirds are members of the Summit League and enter the Bronco game with a 1-4 mark. They are coming off a 70-64 loss at BYU Friday night preceded by a 75-61 home victory over Idaho State last Tuesday in Cedar City.
A Quick Look at Southern Utah
As a Team - Entering Monday’s game, Southern Utah averages 59.6 points per game while allowing 66.2. Who to Watch - Caitlyn Sears leads the Thunderbirds averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, followed by Anne Higbee at 9.6 points and 5.8 boards per game. What’s Back From Last Year - The Thunderbirds return four starters and six letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 6-24 overall and 4-14 in league to place eighth. Preseason Polls - The league’s preseason poll of coaches, SID’s, and media pegged Southern Utah to place ninth during the 2008-09 conference race. Head Coach - The Thunderbirds lost head coach Steve Hodson on Nov. 4 who passed away after battling cancer. He went 15-44 in two years as the head coach at SUU. Assistant Kit Janes is the interim head coach.
A Quick Look at the Boise State-Southern Utah Series
Boise State holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series. Southern Utah won the first encounter 57-52 in Boise on Nov. 26, 1988. The Broncos have won the last four, most recently a 59-51 victory in Boise on Dec. 18, 1999. Boise State is 3-1 versus the Thunderbirds in Boise and 1-0 in Cedar City.