Boise State Hosts Utah Valley on Thursday

Dec. 4, 2013

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  • Thursday (Dec. 5) - Utah Valley at Boise State (Taco Bell Arena)    Live Stats      Live Video

The Last Meeting
Boise State80
Utah Valley63
November 9, 2012
Orem, Utah
Boise State Opens with 80-63 Win at Utah Valley
Boise State Opens with 80-63 Win at Utah Valley


WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • The Game: Boise State (3-3) is home Thursday to host the Utah Valley Wolverines (1-6) of the Western Athletic Conference this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Doubleheader: The women’s basketball game is the first contest of a doubleheader featuring both the men’s and women’s teams in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action. 
  • Ticket Promotion: For doubleheader basketball games featuring the Boise State women and men, fans can get into both contests for $6 (everyone) apiece if they arrive before the start on the second half of the women’s game. Those arriving after halftime will pay the regular men’s ticket prices, all seats are reserved for both games. Boise State students get in free with a student ticket (a ticket is required), the student section is general admission seating. 
  • Next Up: Boise State will be on the road for its next contest traveling to play at the University of Portland on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. (Mountain) in the Chiles Center. 


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Thursday’s game will be the 10th meeting all-time in the series between the Wolverines and Broncos with Boise State holding a 7-2 advantage, including an active four game win streak in the series. 
  • In Boise: The Broncos are 3-1 all-time against the Utah Valley in games played at Boise. 
  • Last Time: These two opened the 2012-13 season against each other in other at Orem, Utah, last fall where the Broncos won 80-63. 


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Utah Valley’s Conference Affiliation: The Wolverines are in their second season as members of the Western Athletic Conference.
  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos have split their last two contests falling on the road 74-61 at South Dakota (Nov. 24), then returned home to defeat instate-rival Idaho State 72-70 last Friday (Nov. 29).
  • Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are 3-3 on the year. 
  • Recently for Utah Valley: The Wolverines have lost five straight, including two home defeats in their most recent contests last weekend falling 87-84 to Sacramento State and 80-66 to Northern Arizona.
  • Utah Valley’s Record: UVU enters Thursday’s game at 1-6 overall. 
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 3-1 in Taco Bell Arena this year. Boise State went 7-8 at home last season and is 264-141 (.652 pct.) all-time in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Boise State on the Road: The Broncos have lost both road contests this fall.
  • Utah Valley on the Road: Utah Valley is also winless on the road going 0-3 to date. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is being led by sophomore center Miquelle Askew at 14.2 points per game (11th MW) and a team-high (tied) 7.2 rebounds per game (t-7 MW), followed by redshirt-sophomore forward Lexie Der at 13 ppg (t-14 MW) and tied for the team lead on the glass at 7.2 rpg (t-7th MW). 
  • Leading the Wolverines: Katie Kuklok leads UVU in scoring at 19.7 points per game (3rd WAC), followed by Tina Doughty at 11.7 ppg (18th WAC). Karlee Kartchner leads UVU on the glass at 7.8 rebounds per game. 
  • Boise State as a Team: Boise State is shooting 38.3 percent (6th MW) from the floor, 29.7 percent (9th MW) from the 3-point arc and 74.5 percent (1st MW / 42nd NCAA) from the free-throw line, as well as averaging 75.8 points (4th MW) and 40.7 rebounds (4th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 76 points (9th MW) and 40.5 boards (5th MW) per game. 
  • Utah Valley as a Team: The Wolverines are averaging 73.6 points (t-3rd WAC) and 38.4 rebounds (8th WAC) per game, while allowing 69.7 points (6th WAC) and 40.3 rebounds (2nd WAC) per game. They shoot 43 percent (1st WAC) from the floor, 40.2 percent (1st WAC) from the arc and 71.8 percent (2nd WAC) from the free-throw line.
  • Preseason Polls: Boise State was projected eighth out of 11 teams in the MW preseason poll, while Utah Valley was picked by the coaches to place sixth out of nine teams in the WAC.
  • The Coaches: Kathy Nixon is in her 19th season at UVU where she is 313-238 (56.8 pct.), her career mark is the same. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 139-116 (54.5 pct.), 535-243 (68.8 pct.) in his 27th season all-time.
     

TEAM NOTES

  • Young Starting Lineup: After a quick national survey by the Boise State Sports Information Department and Mountain West Conference media relations department, Boise State is believed to have the second youngest starting lineup in the nation featuring three sophomores and two freshman.
  • Scoring Points: The Broncos are running a fast paced scoring offense this year which has them averaging 75.8 points per game to rank fourth in the Mountain West. The Broncos have taken more shots than their opponents in all six games to date and are averaging 12 attempts more a game 70 to 58. 
  • Mixing it Up, Leading Scorers: Boise State had a different player lead the team in scoring during each of its first five games, Miqulle Askew scored a then-career-high-tying 18 against Southern Utah, Lexie Der had a career-high 22 versus Lewis-Clark State, Keiahnna Engel tied her career-high at New Mexico State, Brooke Pahukoa finished with a career-high 26 against the College of Idaho, while Brandi Henton had the high of 18 at South Dakota. Der became the first repeat leader against Idaho State when she had 19 points.
  • Balanced Attack: Boise State has had a relatively balanced attack this year with five players averaging between 14.2 and 8.2 points per game starting with Miquelle Askew (14.2 ppg), followed by Lexie Der (13 ppg), while Brandi Henton averages 9.8 ppg, Yaiza Rodriguez and Keiahnna Engel are next at 8.2 ppg each. 
  • Cleaning the Glass: Boise State has won the rebound battle in three of six games to rank third in the MW for rebound margin at +0.2. On the year the Broncos are averaging a MW-best 16 o-boards per game. Boise State is fourth in rebound offense (40.7 rpg) and fifth for rebound defense/rebounds allowed (40.5 rpg). They average 14.8 second chance points to the opponent’s 11.8 per game.
  • Free Throwing Shooting: Boise State leads the MW in free throw percentage hitting 74.5 percent which ranks them 42nd nationally as a team. 
  • Top 10 Team Performance: The Broncos hit 31-of-35 free throw attempts against Southern Utah in the opener tying for third most made in a game all-time at Boise State. 
  • Turnovers: Boise State has had fewer turnovers than the opponent in five of six contests and averages 23 points per game off turnovers. The Broncos also lead the MW in turnover margin at +5.
  • Charity: Boise State has shot better from the free-throw line in five of six games to date with a season high 88.6 percent against Southern Utah (Nov. 8) and a low of 59.1 percent against Idaho State (Nov. 29).




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