What’s Happening This Week For The Broncos . . .
After two home victories over San Diego 47-29 (Dec. 3) and Denver 70-65 (Dec. 5), Boise State hits the road for four straight. It begins this weekend in northern California when the Broncos take on UC Davis at 7:00 p.m. (pacific) followed by a Sunday afternoon matinee at San Francisco, tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at War Memorial Gym. The UC Davis game will be the second meeting of the year between the two teams. They opened the season in Boise against each other with the Broncos winning 73-56 on December 10. San Francisco will be the final of four West Coast Conference teams on Boise State’s schedule this year.
What’s Happened Lately For Boise State (5-3 ) . . .
The Broncos have won two straight entering this weekend’s competition. They defeated San Diego 47-29 last Sunday in Boise, handing the Toreros’ their first loss of the season. Tuesday night Boise State won a hard fought game over the University of Denver 70-65 in Boise at Taco Bell Arena.
Who To Watch For The Broncos . . .
Boise State has three players averaging double-figure points led by sophomore guard Jessica Thompson at 13.8 points per game to go with 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 2.6 steals per game. She had a season high 25 points at Oregon (Nov. 24), then followed that with 20 at Utah Valley State (Nov. 29). Michelle Hessing, a senior center out of Boise, averages 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game followed by sophomore point guard Tasha Harris at 10.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. Hessing recorded a career high 22 points against Pittsburgh (Nov. 25) in Eugene.
Offensively As A Team . . .
Boise State is an up-tempo team who looks to push the ball up the floor. The Broncos enter the weekend averaging 64.9 points per game while shooting 37.3 percent from the floor, 22.9 percent (30-of-131) from beyond the arc, and 68.4 percent (119-of-174) from the foul line. On the boards Boise State averages 41.9 rebounds per game. They are a plus 5.1 in scoring margin, plus 4.5 in rebounding margin, and plus 3.3 in turnover margin.
Defensively As A Team . . .
Boise State has allowed 59.8 points per game, 39.1 percent shooting from the hardwood, and 35 percent (36-103) from long range. Opponents’ have averaged 37.4 rebounds per game and 18.3 turnovers per game.
What’s Back From 2005-06 . . .
Coach Presnell enters his second year at Boise State. The Broncos made an immediate improvement under the new coach’s leadership in his first season in 2005-06 going 15-15 overall, 6-10 in league action to place sixth, and advanced to the conference tournament’s semifinals. It was the first non-losing season for the Broncos in six seasons and the highest conference finish since the program joined the league for the 2001-02 campaign.
Boise State returns every impact player from last year’s squad including four starters, nine letterwinners, and a redshirt sophomore. Among the returners are the top five scorers and rebounders from a squad that scored the most points in eight years with 1,984 points (66.1 points per game) and set a school record for team rebounds in a season with 1,252. The Broncos return 90.5 percent of their points, 86.7 percent of the rebounds, 83.7 percent of the assists, and their entire scoring punch from outside the three-point arc. Boise State has led the league in three-point percentage in three of their first five seasons of membership including the last two years.
Last Time Out For Boise State . . .
There’s No Place Like Home, Boise State Defeats San Diego 47-29 ...
BOISE, Idaho - (12/3/2006) - After two frustrating road losses the Broncos turned the table as they handed the previously undefeated Toreros a 47-29 loss at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. Senior post Michelle Hessing led Boise State with 10 points and was the only player on either team in double-figures during the low scoring affair. The Broncos also held the high scoring San Diego Toreros, who entered the game averaging 72 points a game, to a Boise State 30-year low 29 points allowed. Not since January 20, 1977 when the Broncos defeated Northwest Nazarene 64-29 has Boise State held an opponent to below 30 points.
Both teams struggled throughout the game to build momentum as it turned into a defensive battle from the tip. After two quick baskets by Boise State to open the game, San Diego ran off a 10-0 run to claim a seven-point 11-4 lead over the Broncos with 15:25 remaining in the game.
Two and a half minutes later the Toreros led 13-8 on a layup by Sabine Loewe with 12:55 to go. That is when San Diego hit a wall. USD went ice cold from the floor and failed to score another field goal in the period finishing the half shooting 14.8 percent (4-of-27) from the floor.
Though the Broncos did not light the scoreboard up either, hitting 10-of-30 shots (33.3 pct) from the hardwood, they did manage to rally from the five-point deficit with a 13-0 run to end the half. Their last field goal in the first half came on a Jackie Thompson layup with 4:14 remaining as Boise State took a 21-14 lead into the break.
The shooting percentages improved a bit in the second half but the game continued to be a decisive battle. The Broncos opened the period with a quick three-pointer from junior forward Jackie Lee to give the Broncos a 24-14 advantage 15 seconds into the half.
The Toreros shooting woes continued as they watched Boise State slowly pull away on the scoreboard. After scoring 14 points in the first half San Diego managed only 15 in the second. Boise State slowly built their lead to double-digits 33-22 with 9:43 left. The Broncos eventually stretched it to 21 points (47-26) with 2:11 remaining. San Diego hit three free throws in the final 61 seconds to cut Boise State’s lead to the final 18-point margin as the Broncos won 47-29 snapping a two-game losing streak.
Scouting GAME 9: UC Davis (2-6)
The Series’ History: Friday’s game will be the second meeting of the season and third all-time between these two programs. The two program sopened the season against each other in Boise on December 10 when the Broncos defeated the Aggies 73-56. Prior to that, the last time the Broncos and Aggies confronted each other on the hardwood was on January 2, 1983 in Davis, California. UCD won a tight game 54-53 over the Connie Thorngren coached Broncos.
What Has Happened Lately For UC Davis . . .
The Aggies split a pair of games last week on the east Coast defeating Brown 72-63 to open their host’s own tournament, then lost to Syracuse 75-55 in the championship game. UCD enters the week at 2-6 overall with their other victory coming over San Francisco State 74-40 on Nov. 20.
Who To Watch For UC Davis . . .
UC Davis has three players averaging double-figure points. Heather Bates leads the team at 12.3 points per game along with a team high 6.6 rebounds per contest. Haylee Donaghe is second in scoring at 11.9 per game followed by Genevieve Costello at 11.3.
The Aggies As A Team . . .
Offensively, UCD scores 62.2 points per game and allows 65.2. They have shot 42.7 percent from the floor, 35.3 percent (48-of-136) from the three-point arc, and 66.7 percent (98-of-147) from the foul line. Their opponents have shot 40 percent from the hardwood and 32.1 percent (50-of-156) from behind the arc. UC Davis is a negative 7.6 in rebound margin having been out rebounded 31.-6-to-39.2 per game.
More About USD . . .
The Toreros return three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s 9-19 team that went 4-10 in the WCC to place seventh. Cindy Fisher is in her second year at USD where she has gone 17-25 overall, her collegiate head coaching record is 76-106 all-time. San Diego was picked to finish sixth in this year’s league race.
Scouting GAME 10: San Francisco (3-5)
The Series’ History: Sunday’s encounter with San Francisco will be the third in the series and second in two years. Boise State leads the series 2-0 over USF. They met last December 28, 2005 in Boise with the Broncos winning 61-50.
What Has Happened Lately For San Francisco . . .
The Dons have split their last four games defeating Southern Illinois (67-60) and San Jose State (53-48 ot), with losses to Delaware (71-47) and to Cal Poly (60-38) their last time out on Dec. 2. They also have a win over Colorado State (62-51) on Nov. 17.
Who To Watch For San Francisco . . .
The Dons are led by Dominique Carter averaging 15.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She is followed by Nickie Warren in double-figure scoring averaging 10.3 points and a team high 8.1 rebounds per game.
The Dons As A Team . . .
Offensively, USF averages 55.0 points per game while allowing 61.5 per contest. The Dons have been shooting 37.9 percent from the floor, 25.3 percent (25-of-99) from behind the arc, and 64.1 percent (91-of-142) from the foul line. Defensively they have allowed opponents to shoot 41.6 percent from the floor and 30.3 percent (36-of-119) from the three-point line. They average 35.8 rebounds and 20.4 turnovers per game.
More About USF . . .
The Dons return four returners and eight letterwinners from last year’s 9-20 squad that finished sixth in the West Coast Conference with a 4-10 mark. Tanya Haave is in her first season at USF where she is 3-5 overall. They are picked to finish seventh in this year’s WCC race.