Boise State Host Oregon Friday, Then Travels to Seattle Sunday...
Coach Presnell shooting for 500th career win.
► What’s Happening: Broncos Have Two Games This Weekend, Home and Away
Boise State (5-2) has a pair of games on the schedule for this weekend beginning with a big home contest against the Pac-10’s University of Oregon (5-1) at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) Friday night in Taco Bell Arena.
That will be followed by a road trip to play Seattle University (1-5) at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) Sunday in the Connelly Center at Seattle, Wash.
The Oregon Ducks feature one of the highest scoring teams in the nation under the Paul Westhead offense averaing 90.5 points per game. Boise State has the top field goal shooting team in the Western Athletic Conference hitting 45.6 percent from the floor.
Seattle has struggled this year but the Redhawks finally get the Broncos on their home floor for the first time after playing the last two years in Boise, both SU losses.
Boise State split with these two teams last year losing 88-61 at Oregon on Dec. 4, before defeating Seattle 57-47 in Boise on Dec. 21.
RADIO: Friday’s game will be carried live over the Bronco Sports Network on KBOI (AM 670) in the Treasure Valley. The Seattle game will be carried on the network’s KBSU (AM 730) affiliate on Sunday, each game starts with a 15 minute per game show hosted by Jack Smith, who also handles the play-by-play duties for Boise State game broadcasts.
INTERNET for Oregon Game: Fans can log on to BroncoSports.com and watch all home games at the “multimedia” link. 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 $10.95 for one month, $29.95 for four months, or $79.95 for the year. Live stats can be found at BroncoSports.com as well for no fee.
INTERNET for Seattle Game: Fans can go to the Seattle U. web site for live stats for Sunday’s contest: http://www.goseattleu.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=18200.
► Friday Promotion
All y-ball kids 12 and under wearing their jerseys get into the game FREE!
► Quick Bronco Review
Boise State opened the season with a four-game homestand in which the Broncos went 3-1. After dropping the opener to the University of Portland 83-76, the Broncos have won three straight defeating Idaho State 73-48, Southern Utah 91-80, and most recently Eastern Washington last Saturday by the score of 64-60.
Last week the Broncos hit the road for the first time for three games. They opened with a 82-65 loss at Pepperdine University on Nov. 23, then rallied to sweep a pair of neutral site games at the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo., defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 77-66 and Texas Southern University 65-48 Nov. 27-28.
► Bronco Leaders
Kati Isham leads the Broncos in scoring at 13.3 ppg (7th in WAC), she leads the WAC in 3-point percentage at 42.4. Julia Marshall adds 10.2 ppg, Lauren Lenhardt follows at 10.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg, while Janie Bos adds 9.9 ppg and team-high 7.1 rpg.
► As A Team
Offensively, Boise State is averaging 73.0 ppg (3rd in WAC) and 40.7 rpg (4th in WAC), while shooting a WAC-best 45.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from the 3-point arc and 68.2 percent from the free-throw line. Defensively, they allow 66.7 ppg (5th in WAC) and 38.1 rpg.
TAMU-CC Game (11/27/10): Last Saturday the Broncos opened the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational with a come-from-behind 77-66 victory over TAMU-Corpus Christi in Colorado.
Boise State shot the ball well hitting a season-high 47.5 percent from the floor. Turnovers continued to plague the Broncos who committed 22, however, the Islanders committed 24 of their own to balance it out.
Janie Bos and Kati Isham each scored 16 points followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 15 and a team-high eight rebounds.
Texas Southern Game (11/28/10): On Sunday the Broncos started slow in the first half, but turned it on in the second with a dominating 20 minutes to pull away from the Tigers 65-48.
Boise State continued to shoot the ball well hitting 47.3 percent from the floor and 42 percent from 3-point range (8-19).
Kati Isham led the team in scoring with 15 followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 11. Isham was later named to the CRMI All-Tournament team.
► Boise State vs. Oregon Series Recap
Series History: This is the 15th time the two programs have met on the hardwood with the Ducks leading the series 10-4. They were once conference rivals (1976-82) in the old Northwest Women’s Basketball League.
Last Time: The high-scoring Ducks ran away early in the contest from Boise State in Eugene on Dec. 4, 2009 for a 88-61 victory.
Two Broncos were in double-figures as then-seniors Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen each scored 15 points to lead Boise State. Top Bronco back in 2010-11 is Lauren Lenhardt who recorded six points and three boards.
Oregon had five players in double-digit points led by Amanda Johnson with 20 and nine boards, followed by Taylor Lilley with 15 points, and Jasmin Holliday with 12 points and team-high 13 rebounds.
Boise State vs. PAC-10: Boise State has a long history with the Pac-10 Conference going 35-65 all-time versus the current membership. The Ducks are the only Pac-10 team on this year’s schedule.
► Boise State vs. Seattle Series Recap
Series History: This is the eighth meeting between the Broncos and Redhawks with Boise State leading 5-2 all-time. This is the third-straight season the two have met with the Broncos winning the last two in Boise.
Last Time: Boise State defeated Seattle U. 57-47 in Boise last Dec. 21 in a close game that saw five ties and eight lead changes. Both teams shot the ball poorly with Boise State hitting 38 percent from the floor and 11 percent from the arc, while Seattle was 28 percent from the court and 23 percent from 3-point range. The Broncos out scored the Redhawks 31-24 in the second half to get the win.
Janie Bos recorded a double-double on team-highs of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jessica Van Hoogen matched the points with 13 followed by Rebecca Kepilino with 11 points. Van Hoogen and Kepilino were seniors last year.
Ashley Brown led Seattle with 18 points followed by Elle Kerfoot with 12 points and team-best 10 boards. Brown is gone from the team while Kerfoot returns.
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