► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team concludes a six-game road swing this weekend when the Broncos travel to the state of Oregon for a pair of games. They will place their 7-0 win streak on the line Friday night when the Broncos take on the University of Oregon (6-1) at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) at McArthur Court on the U of O campus in Eugene, Ore. Boise State will wrap up this weekend’s action Sunday afternoon with a 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) tip in the Chiles Center versus the University of Portland (3-3) in Portland.
This Week’s Talking Points...
● The Broncos are 4-9 all-time versus the Oregon Ducks and are 34-64 overall against the current membership of the Pacific-10 Conference.
● The Oregon game is the second-straight game versus a Pac-10 opponent for Boise State after defeating Washington State 68-64 last Sunday in the championship game of the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up in Las Vegas, Nev.
● Boise State trails in the series with Portland by a 7-5 margin and is 32-24 all-time versus the current members of the West Coast Conference.
● Portland is the first of three WCC teams that the Broncos will face in the next two weeks, they will also play at Saint Mary’s and host Santa Clara.
● Boise State has a one-game win streak versus both of this week’s opponents defeating Oregon 57-47 in Eugene on Nov. 26, 2006 and Portland 68-59 last year in Boise on Nov. 16, 2008.
● Oregon defeated Portland 95-68 Wednesday night in Eugene.
● Boise State is off to its best start at 7-0 since the 1974-75 team opened 12-0.
● The Broncos’ senior guard duo of Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen have combined to average over 40 points per game. Harris has scored 18.3 points per game through seven contests and is ranked third in the WAC, Van Hoogen is averaging 16.0 ppg and ranks fourth in the league.
A Quick Look At Boise State
► Harris Named WAC Player of the Week
DENVER, Colo. (12/1/2009) – Boise State senior point guard Tasha Harris has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 23-29. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Harris and the fifth of her career. Harris is the second Bronco to earn the award this year joining Jessica Van Hoogen received the honor last week.
Harris, a Longmont, Colo. (Skyline) native, led Boise State to a 3-0 record last week to remain undefeated on the season. She opened the week with a team-high 18 points and a game-high seven assists in a 79-55 victory at Utah Valley last Tuesday. In the first game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up over the weekend, Harris led the Broncos to the title and was named tournament MVP. In a 74-66 win over host UNLV, she finished with 13 points on 60 percent shooting and five rebounds. She then scored a team-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals in the championship game against Washington State. The senior hit three free throws in the final 25 seconds, including one with two seconds left, to clinch the win. For the week, Harris averaged 18.0 points on 51 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 29.3 minutes per game. She also moved from fifth place to third on the Boise State career scoring list with 1,395 points. Note: Harris was also named Boise State’s student-athlete of the week for her performance in the three wins last week.
► What’s Happened Recently
Boise State’s 7-0 start to the season is the program’s best opening run since the 1974-75 team opened 12-0. Last week the Broncos swept three road games defeating Utah Valley 79-55 on Tuesday (Nov. 24), then won the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up over the weekend with a 74-66 win over UNLV on Saturday (Nov. 28), followed by a 68-64 victory over Washington State on Sunday (Nov. 29).
● Utah Valley Recap - Tuesday night in Orem, Utah, the Broncos ran past the Utah Valley Wolverines in a dominating 24-point victory. 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.
● UNLV Recap - Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas, Boise State broke open a close game at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half with a 17-2 run to take a 16-point lead. The Broncos never trailed after the run and held off a late Lady Rebel rally attempt to take the eight-point win over UNLV. Senior Jessica Van Hoogen recorded a season-high 26 points to lead the Broncos followed by 13 from Harris.
● Washington State Recap - In the tournament championship game on Sunday against Washington State, the Broncos rallied from eight down in the first half to take a hard fought four-point win over the Pac-10’s Cougars. After trailing nearly the entire first half and 30-29 at the break, Boise State claimed the lead early in the second period. The Broncos maintained the score advantage for the majority of the final 20 minutes but could never pull away any further than nine points down the stretch. WSU closed to within one with under a minute to play but Boise State responded with Harris hitting three-of-four free throws in the last 25 seconds to hold the Cougars off. Harris led the Broncos with a team-high 23 points followed by Van Hoogen with 18.
► 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.
► Boise State’s Leaders
Senior Tasha Harris leads the Broncos statistically averaging 18.3 points (3rd in WAC), 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game. She is followed by Jessica Van Hoogen who adds 16.0 points (4th in WAC), 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Junior center Janie Bos is third on the team in scoring at 7.9 points to go with a team-high 6.4 rebounds (9th in WAC), and 1.4 assists. Freshman guard Julia Marshall ranks fourth in scoring at 7.1 points to go with 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 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 128 points in the first seven games this year moving her from sixth into third-place on the all-time scoring list for Boise State with 1,395 career points. Van Hoogen who entered the year in seventh place currently has 1,321 career points and is closing in on sixth place which is held by former Bronco Connie Sandland with 1,331.
► Offensively as a Team
The Broncos average 75.9 points per game (2nd in WAC) while shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, 25.2 percent (31-123) from the 3-point arc and 71.5 percent (128-179) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State averages 41.7 rebounds per game (1st in WAC) and gives up 38.6 (6th in WAC), for a plus 3.1 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
► Defensively as a Team
The Broncos allow 58.6 points per game (4th in WAC) 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 15.1 per game (23rd nationally) while forcing 20.3 per game, doubling their advantage in points off turnovers per game 21.4-to-10.1. Boise State ranks 10th nationally in steals per game at 13.0.
► Broncos Have Dominated the Scoreboard
The Broncos have won the first seven games of the year by an average of 15.4 points per game. In the first six games of the year or 240 minutes the Broncos trailed a combined five minutes and 40 seconds (5:40). The Washington State game messed with the figure a bit, but Boise State has still been impressive this year trailing a total of 28:10 (WSU 21:30) out of 280 minutes. The largest point deficit for the Broncos has been eight points to Washington State.
► The Head Coach
The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 86-47 while at Boise State and is 482-174 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 Oregon and 2-1 against Portland.
Scouting Game #8 at Oregon
► Scouting The Ducks
Oregon enters the weekend at 6-1 overall and is coming off two home victories over Portland (95-68) on Wednesday night and Portland State (87-58) last Sunday. Their only loss was to Wisconsin 58-57 last Saturday (Nov. 28) in Eugene. To date they have played only one game away from home that was a 86-81 win at Montana on Nov. 22.
► Statistically In 2009-10
They are led by four players scoring in double-figures. Amanda Johnson leads the way averaging a double-double on 16.9 points and 11.7 rebounds. Taylor Lilley follows with 14.3 ppg, Nicole Canepa adds 14.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg, while Micaela Cocks chips in 12.6 ppg. As a team, Oregon averages 88 points per game while allowing 64.7.
► About Oregon
The Ducks are members of the Pacific-10 Conference where they are picked by the league’s coaches and media to place eighth in the 2010 conference race. They return four starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s 9-21 squad that went 5-13 in the Pac-10 to place seventh. They are in their first season under the direction of head coach Paul Westhead who owns a 6-1 record at the school.
► The Series
Friday’s encounter with Oregon is the 14th all-time in the series which the Ducks lead 9-4. Boise State won the last meeting between the schools in the opening round of the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 24, 2006 in Eugene by the score of 57-47. The last time Oregon won it was a 67-29 blow out in Eugene on Jan. 2, 2001. These two were once conference rivals in the old Northwest Women’s Basketball League from 1977-82. Boise State is 3-3 versus the Ducks in Boise, 1-5 in Eugene and 0-1 on a neutral floor.
► Versus The Pacific-10 Conference
Boise State has regularly played schools from the Pac-10 and is currently 34-63 against its current membership. Friday’s game is the second consecutive game for the Broncos against Pac-10 schools after defeating Washington State 68-64 last Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev., it is also the last game scheduled for the year versus the league.
Scouting Game #9 at Portland
► Scouting The Pilots
Portland enters the weekend at 3-3 overall and coming off a loss at Oregon (95-68) Wednesday night in Eugene. Prior to that the Pilots had won three straight over Air Force (73-65), Sacramento State (98-630 and Portland State (75-71). They lost on Nov. 16 to WAC member Utah State 63-57 in Portland. The Boise State game will be the third of the week for Portland who host Pacific on Friday.
► Statistically In 2009-10
Portland is led by four players averaging double-figure points. Laiken Dollente leads the team scoring 14.5 points per game. She is followed by Lauren Angel at 12.8 ppg, Alexis Gannis at 12.0 and a team-high 9.8 rebounds, and Natalie Day at 10.6 ppg. The Pilots average 72.5 points per game while allowing 71.5 for a scoring margin of +1 per game.
► About Portland
The Pilots are in their 24th year under the direction of head coach Jim Sollars who is 320-349 at Portland and 497-431 overall in 34 years as a head coach. Portland is a member of the West Coast Conference where the Pilots are picked to place fourth in this year’s race by the league’s coaches. They return three starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s 17-14 squad that went 10-4 in WCC play to place second.
► The Series
Sunday’s encounter will be the 13th in the series between Boise State and Portland with the Pilots holding a 7-5 advantage. Last year Boise State defeated Portland 68-59 in Boise on Nov. 16, 2008. The last time they met in Portland was a Pilot victory by the score of 84-80 on Nov. 30, 2007.
► Versus The West Coast Conference
Boise State has regularly played the members of the WCC over the years and is 32-24 all-time versus the current schools in the league. The Pilots are the first of three WCC schools the Broncos will play over the next two weeks, Boise State plays at Saint Mary’s (Dec. 12) and then hosts Santa Clara (Dec. 19).