Boise State Closes Homestand With NMSU Sunday

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What's Happening
  • Boise State (5-4) closes a five-game homestand this weekend when the Broncos host New Mexico State (1-7) at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Dec. 11, in Taco Bell Arena.  
  • Boise State is coming off a win Thursday night over Montana Tech (97-61) and is 2-2 during the homestand and 5-2 overall in Taco Bell Arena.  
  • 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.

Boise State Versus New Mexico State
  • This is a renewal of a WAC rivalry as the Aggies and Broncos meet for the 25th time with the series tied at 12 wins each.
  • NMSU has won the last four encounters over the previous two years when the Broncos were in the WAC, including a sweep last year with a 87-71 win in Boise followed by a 82-51 win in Las Cruces.
  • Head coach Gordy Presnell is 7-8 all-time versus the Aggies.    

Last Year Between Boise State and New Mexico State
  • Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos versus the Aggies in 2010-11 averaging 19 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, both team highs. Diana Lee was second in scoring at 10.5 ppg, Kati Isham added 8.0 ppg.
  • The Aggies lost their top-three scorers against Boise State from last year. The top returner is Tabytha Wampler who averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 boards per game against the Broncos, Kaitlyn Soto was next at 5.5 ppg.
  • Boise State shot 35.6 percent from the floor, 26.3 percent (10-38) from the arc and 80 percent (28-35) from the free-throw line in last year's series. NMSU countered with 45.5 percent from the floor, 61.9 percent (26-42) from the 3-point arc and 77.5 percent (31-40) from the charity stripe.
  • Boise State turned the ball over 44 times compared to 28 for NMSU, good for a 57-to-24 advantage in points off turnovers for the Aggies.

Time Changes for Utah State and Utah Valley Games
  • The start time for the Utah State home game on Dec. 22 (Thursday) has been moved up to 3:30 p.m. from 7:00 p.m. so it would not conflict with the Las Vegas Bowl game that night.
  • 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 game at 5-4 overall and coming off a 97-61 victory Thursday over Montana Tech in Boise.
  • Before Thursday's win they suffered 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 77.8 points per game with a +6.8 win margin (3rd MW).
  • Boise State is shooting a league-best 45.4 percent from the floor, a second-best from the arc at 34.5 percent (61-177), as well as a fifth-best 72 percent (121-168) 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 seventh in the MW, Lenhardt has not had enough attempts to be ranked. Brady is at 81.8 percent (18-22) from the line good for 10th (tied) in the MW.
  • All five starters for Boise State are shooting above 40 percent from the floor with a high of 45.7 pct by Kinzi Poteet and a low of 42.7 pct by Nicole Brady.  
  • A sixth Bronco, Lauren Lenhardt, has come off the bench to lead the MW and rank 19th nationally in field goal percentage at 57.1 pct (48-84).
  • Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year led by Kati Isham with 22 and Diana Lee with 15. Lee is hitting a league second-best 42.9 percent (15-35) followed by Isham at 35.5 percent (22-62), seventh in MW.

Looking at the Defense
  • Defensively, the Broncos are last in the MW for scoring defense giving up 71 points per game.
  • They are also seventh in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 40.9 percent from the floor.
  • Boise State ranks second in the league and 72nd nationally for 3-point defense holding opponents to 26.9 percent (45-167) from beyond the arc.  

The Broncos on the Glass
  • The Broncos lead the MW for rebound defense holding teams to 33.2 boards per game.
  • Boise State is ranked fourth in the MW for rebound offense averaging 40.6 per game.
  • Boise State has out rebounded all but two teams this season and leads the conference in rebound margin at +7.3, which ranks 35th nationally.
  • The Broncos average 9.1 offensive boards a game, good for an average of 13.4 points per game.  
  • 19 percent of the Broncos total points (700) are from second chance points (135), they have given up 87 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 15.7 points per game. She is shooting 35.5 percent from long range (7th MW). Isham has started every game of her Boise State career (40).
  • 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 13.8 points per game (8th MW) and is third on the team in rebounding averaging 5.8 rpg (15th MW). She leads the MW and is ranked 19th nationally in field goal percentage hitting 57.1 percent from the floor. Lenhardt was named MW Player of the Week on Nov. 28.
  • Diana Lee, Sophomore Guard - Lee has started 37-of-40 games in her career. She was a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Freshmen Team honoree last year. This year she is averaging 10.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists (5th MW). Lee is ranked second in the MW for 3-point percentage hitting 42.9 percent (15-35).
  • Nicole Brady, Redshirt-senior forward - Brady has started every game this year averaging 10.8 points (13th MW) and team-high 7.3 rebounds (6th 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 nine games for the Broncos in the post averaging 5.6 points and second-best 7.2 rebounds per game (7th MW).
  • Heather Pilcher, Senior Guard/Wing - Pilcher is having a strong senior season so far averaging 8.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists (7th MW) per game.

A Quick Look at New Mexico State
  • The Aggies are former (2001-2011) and future (2013-...) conference rivals in the Western Athletic Conference.
  • NMSU was picked by league's coaches and media to place sixth in this year's WAC race.
  • The Aggies enter the week at 1-7 overll and on a seven-game losing streak including a 63-27 loss at UTEP on Nov. 29 and 54-53 at New Mexico their last time out on Dec. 4.
  • Tabytha Wampler leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 13.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Hannah Womack follows at 8.3 ppg.
  • Mark Trakh is in his first year as head coach of the Aggies.