Boise State (4-3) enters the portion of their schedule where they will play three consecutive games against members of the Pacific-10 Conference. The action starts this Friday at home in Taco Bell Arena when they host the Washington Huskies (4-5) at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain). The Broncos will then face the Washington State Cougars (2-5) at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific) this Sunday, Dec. 9, at Friel Court in Pullman, Washington. The three game series with the PAC-10 will conclude with the Arizona Wildcats (2-4) at the McKale Center in Tucson next Wednesday, Dec.12, at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain). Boise State is 32-60 all-time versus members of the PAC-10, 3-18 against Washington, 16-16 against Washington State, and has never met Arizona until this year.
Lately For The Broncos...
Boise State is coming off a split losing 84-80 at Portland last Friday (Nov. 30) followed by a 73-64 victory at home over Oral Roberts on Monday (Dec. 3). Prior to that the Broncos split two games at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 23-24 in Moraga, Calif. at Saint Mary’s College. Boise State defeated Cal State Bakersfield 83-53 to open the tournament then stumbled to the host Saint Mary’s Gaels 78-63.
Looking at the Boise State Broncos (4-3) . . .
The Broncos are 4-3 overall entering the week’s competition. Boise State is currently undefeated at home in Taco Bell Arena this season. Meanwhile, they have struggled when on the road going 1-3. Their lone win came on a neutral court against Cal State Bakersfield, while they are 0-3 on the opposition’s court.
Boise State is the defending Western Athletic Conference champions after going 12-4 in league play last season. They set a school record for overall wins after finishing 24-9 during the 2006-07 campaign highlighted by the WAC’s regular season and tournament titles, and a NCAA Tournament first round appearance. This year’s team was picked to repeat their conference championship in 2008 by both the league’s coaches and media.
Who To Watch For The Broncos . . .
Junior point guard Tasha Harris has led the Broncos in scoring during five of the first seven games scoring double figure points in every contest to date. She enters this week averaging a WAC high 18.3 points per game to go with 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.9 steals. Harris is a 2007 WAC Preseason All-WAC Second Team honoree. Jessica Thompson, a junior shooting guard, is the WAC’s Preseason Player of the Year. She is second on the team and sixth in the WAC for scoring at 14.6 points per game, in addition the junior averages 5.0 boards, 2.4 assists, and 2.4 steals. The two guard combo scores almost 33 points per game, or nearly half of Boise State’s total of 70.1 per game. Jamia Malone, a JC transfer, is third on the team in scoring averaging at 6.3 points per game. Senior forward Jackie Lee leads the Broncos on the glass at 5.3 per game followed by Thompson’s 5.0 rpg.
Offensively As A Team . . .
Boise State is an up-tempo team who looks to push the ball up the floor. The Broncos feature the WAC’s second ranked scoring offense averaging 70.1 points per game on 37.7 percent (WAC 5th) shooting from the floor, 30.6 percent (WAC 6th) from three-point range, and 69.3 percent (WAC 4th)from the foul line. They are second in the league for three-pointers per game at 6.3 per contest.
Defensively As A Team . . .
Defensively, Boise State allows 69 points per game to rank sixth in the league. Meanwhile, opponents have shot 40.5 percent (WAC 5th) from the court and 30.5 percent (WAC 2nd) from long range. Boise State is a plus 0.9 (WAC 5th) in rebound margin, 42.0 to 41.1. The Broncos are forcing 19.3 turnovers per game while giving it away 16.4 times per game, they are second the WAC in turnover margin at +2.9.
Game 8 Scout: Washington at Boise State
The Series . . .
Friday’s encounter will be the 22nd of the series that dates back to March 3, 1972 when Boise State defeated Washington at the AIAW regional tournament 59-34 in Moscow, Idaho. The two teams were once members of the Northwest Women’s Basketball League together from 1977-82. The Huskies have won nine straight over Boise State including a 73-55 victory over the Broncos in Boise the last time they met (11/22/02). Boise State’s last win in the series was on Dec. 2, 1992 in Boise by the score of 82-78. Washington leads the series 18-3 to date.
A Quick Look At Washington . . .
Washington is a member of the Pacific-10 Conference and are located in Seattle, Wash. The Huskies enter the game at 4-5 overall and are coming off a 74-56 home defeat at the hands of Pepperdine this past Tuesday (Dec. 4). They recorded wins over Northern Arizona (83-70), Idaho (73-57), Arkansas State (69-59), and UC Irvine (87-69). Notable losses were at Kansas State (88-61) and at WAC member Hawai’i (80-75).
The Huskies are in their first year under the guidance of head coach Tia Jackson. They returned three starters and five letterwinners from last season’s NCAA Tournament team that went 18-13 overall and 11-7 in the PAC-10 to place 4th. They lost 79-60 to Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This season’s Washington squad was picked by the league’s coaches to place sixth while the media picked the Huskies to finish fifth in the 2007-08 PAC-10 race.
Statistically For The Huskies . . .
As a Team: Washington is averaging 70.4 points per game and allowing 73. The Huskies have shot 41.2 percent from the floor, 31.6 percent from three-point range, and 71.3 percent from the foul line. They have held their opposition to 42 percent shooting from the court and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc. They are a plus 5.7 in rebound margin averaging 41.6 per game.
Who to Watch: Washington has two players averaging double figure scoring on the year led by freshman Katelan Redmon at 13.6 points per game. Sophomore Sami Whitcomb is second in scoring at 12.4 ppg, while Jess McCormack is third at 9.5 ppg. Boise native Emily Florence leadson the glass averaging7.1 rebounds per game, McCormack is second at 6.8 rebounds per game.
Game 9 Scout: Boise State at Washington State
The Series . . .
Sunday’s meeting will be the 33rd of the series which dates back to March 2,1972 when the Cougars defeated the Broncos 46-25 in the AIAW regional tournament in Moscow, Idaho. Washington State has won six straight over Boise State including the last meeting which was in Boise on Dec. 4, 2005 when the Cougars won in overtime 80-76. The Broncos’ last victory in the series came on Nov. 28, 1993 in Boise by the score of 77-61. The all-time series is tied at 16 apiece.
A Quick Look At Washington State . . .
The PAC-10 Washington State Cougars enter the week at 2-5 overall with wins over Eastern Washington (70-59) and Idaho (67-49). Notable losses are to Portland (70-40), Santa Clara (62-52), N.C. State (77-51), Alabama (66-37), and Texas Tech (89-45) their last time out. The Cougars will not play a game prior to Boise State on Sunday.
The Cougars are in their first year under former Boise State head coach June Daugherty. They returned three starters and seven letterwinners from last season’s team that went 5-24 overall and 1-17 in the PAC-10 to place 10th. This season’s Washington State team was picked by the league’s coaches and media to place 10th in this year’s conference race.
Statistically For The Cougars . . .
As a Team: Washington State is averaging 51.7 points a game while allowing 67.4 for a negative 15.7 in scoring margin. The Cougars are shooting 32.4 percent from the floor, 33 percent from three-point range, and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. The opposition has shot 45 percent from the court and 30.1 percent from the arc. WSU is also a -7.6 in rebound margin averaging 34.1 boards per game.
Who to Watch: Katie Appleton is the lone Cougar averaging double figure scoring at 11.7 points per game. She is also tied with Heather Molzen for the lead in rebounding at 4.7 boards per game. Salena Dickerson is second on the team in scoring at 8.7 points per game, followed by Molzen at 7.0 ppg.