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What's Happening
  • Boise State (4-4) to host Montana Tech at 7:00 p.m. Thursday night, Dec. 8 in Taco Bell Arena.  
  • Boise State is currently on a two-game losing streak in this five game homestand and is 1-2 during the stretch to date.  
  • Radio: As usual, the game will be carried live on The Ticket/ESPN Radio (KTIK AM 1350) with Chris King calling all the action.
  • Internet: Live stats (free) and video/audio (subscription) will be available on BroncoSports.com.

What's Up Next
  • The Broncos will close the five game homestand Sunday afternoon, Dec. 11, against old Western Athletic Conference rival New Mexico State at 2:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.
  • This will be the first of two meetings between the Aggies and Broncos this year with Boise State traveling to Las Cruces on Jan. 7.

Boise State Versus Montana Tech
  • This is the first meeting between the two schools in women's basketball.
  • Head coach Gordy Presnell is 1-0 all-time versus the Orediggers having defeated Montana Tech while at Seattle Pacific, 73-61 during the fall of 1998.     

Game Start Time Changed for Dec. 31 Vs. Utah Valley
  • The start time for the Utah Valley at Boise State game on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise has been changed from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Mountain).

Looking at the Broncos
  • Boise State enters the week at 4-4 overall and coming off a pair of home defeats 70-47 to Syracuse of the Big East Conference on Tuesday night, Nov. 29, and a 89-80 loss to Seattle U. on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4.
  • Prior to that the Broncos defeated UC Riverside 68-58 at home on Nov. 27.

Looking at the Offense
  • The Broncos' scoring offense continues to lead the Mountain West and is ranked 39th nationally with an average of 75.4 points per game with a +3.1 win margin (4th MW).
  • Boise State is shooting a league-best 44.6 percent from the floor, fourth-best from the arc at 32.9 percent (52-158), as well as a sixth-best 69.1 percent (105-152) from the free-throw line.
  • Boise State's field goal percentage is ranked 27th nationally while its 3-point percentage is 85th.
  • Lauren Lenhardt leads from the free-throw line with a team-best 90 percent (9-10) followed by Kati Isham at 82.9 percent (29-35) which ranks her ninth in the MW, Lenhardt has not had enough attempts to be ranked.
  • All five starters for Boise State are shooting above 40 percent from the floor with a high of 44.7 pct by Kinzi Poteet and a low of 41.2 pct by Diana Lee.  
  • A sixth Bronco, Lauren Lenhardt, has come off the bench to lead the MW and rank 19th nationally in field goal percentage at 58.1 pct (43-74).
  • Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year led by Kati Isham with 19 and Diana Lee with 12. Lee is hitting 37.5 percent (12-32) followed by Isham at 35.2 percent (19-54).

Looking at the Defense
  • Defensively, the Broncos are last in the MW for scoring defense giving up 72.2 points per game.
  • They are also seventh in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 42.1 percent from the floor.
  • Boise State ranks first in the league and 72nd nationally for 3-point defense holding opponents to 25.9 percent (37-143) from beyond the arc.  

Broncos on the Glass
  • The Broncos lead the MW for rebound defense holding teams to 33 boards per game.
  • Boise State is ranked fourth in the MW for rebound offense averaging 40.2 per game.
  • Boise State has out rebounded all but two teams this season and leads the conference in rebound margin at +7.2, which ranks 35th nationally.
  • The Broncos average 9.1 offensive boards a game, good for an average of 13.4 points per game.  
  • 18 percent of the Broncos total points (603) are from second chance points (107), they have given up 73 second chance points to opponents.

Broncos to Watch
  • Kati Isham, Senior Guard - led Boise State last year in scoring at 12.7 points per game and shot a team-high 37 percent (70-189) from 3-point range. This year she is ranked fifth in the MW averaging 16 points per game. She is shooting 35.2 percent from long range (7th MW). Isham has started every game of her Boise State career (39).
  • Lauren Lenhardt, Junior Forward/Center - Lenhardt was second in scoring last year as a starter averaging 12.2 points per game and second-best 5.6 rebounds. She is currently recovering from an injury suffered during October's training period. Lenhardt missed the season opener and has  only started once (at Utah State) to date. This year she has been a major impact coming in off the bench averaging at 14.3 points per game (8th MW) and is third on the team in rebounding averaging 6.1 rpg (15th MW). She leads the MW and is ranked 19th nationally in field goal percentage hitting 58.1 percent from the floor. Lenhardt was named MW Player of the Week on Nov. 28.
  • Diana Lee, Sophomore Guard - Lee has started 36-of-39 games in her career. She was a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Freshmen Team honoree last year. This year she is averaging 9.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists (8th MW). Lee is ranked fifth in the MW for 3-point percentage hitting 37.5 percent (12-32).
  • Nicole Brady, Redshirt-senior forward - Brady has started every game this year averaging 11 points (13th MW) and team-high (tied) 7.4 rebounds (t-fifth MW) per game. She has four games with 10-plus boards including a career-high 13 against Weber State. Brady has two doubles-doubles as well recording 10 points and 11 boards versus Southern Oregon, in addition to a career-high 30 points to go with 11 rebounds at Utah State.
  • Kinzi Poteet, Junior Forward - Poteet has started all eight games for the Broncos in the post averaging 5.3 points and team-high (tied) 7.4 rebounds per game (t-fifth MW).
  • Heather Pilcher, Senior Guard/Wing - Pilcher is having a strong senior season so far averaging 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists (t-6th MW) per game.

A Quick Look at Montana Tech
  • The Orediggers are members of the NAIA Frontier Conference.
  • Montana Tech enters the game 3-4 overall and has won two straight defeating Simpson University 74-56 and Holy Names University 85-71 last weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah.  
  • Montana Tech is averaging 67 points per game and allowing the same to its opponents.
  • Kelsey DeWit is leading the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 12 points and 7.6 boards per game respectively.  Mandy Machinal follows at 11.9 ppg while Danielle Devenny adds 11.7 ppg.
  • Kerie DePell is in her fifth season at Montana Tech where she is 60-62 all-time.