Broncos Host San Francisco on Saturday

Dec. 13, 2013

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SCHEDULE
  • Date: Dec. 14 - San Francisco (3-5) at Boise State (4-4)
  • Location: Taco Bell Arena (Boise, Idaho)
  • Tip Time: 1:05 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats: BroncoSports.com
  • Live Video:  BroncoSports.com

The Last Meeting
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November 24, 2012
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Bronco Women Fall 75-61 at San Francisco
Bronco Women Fall 75-61 at San Francisco


WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • The Game: Boise State (4-4) returns home to host the San Francisco Dons (3-5) out of the West Coast Conference this Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Doubleheader: This is the final doubleheader of the season for the basketball teams as the Bronco women will open Saturday’s competition first followed by the men versus Saint Mary’s at 4 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action. 
  • Next Up: Boise State will be on the road for its next game traveling north to Cheney, Wash., to face the Eastern Washington Eagles (1-5) of the Big Sky Conference on Saturday, Dec. 21. 


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Saturday’s game will be the fifth meeting all-time in the series between the Dons and Broncos with Boise State holding a 3-1 advantage. 
  • Series Versus WCC: Boise State is 44-49 against the 10 current members of the West Coast Conference and is 0-1 in 2013-14 with last week’s 85-71 loss at Portland. 
  • In Boise: The Broncos won the only other meeting 61-50 between USF and Boise State that was played in Boise on Dec. 28, 2005. 
  • Last Time: These two met last year in San Francisco on Nov. 24 when the Dons claimed their first win of the series 75-61. 



SETTING THE SCENE

  • San Francisco’s Conference Affiliation: The Dons are in the 10 member West Coast Conference.
  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos have split their last two contests defeating Utah Valley 63-60 (Dec. 5), then falling 85-71 at Portland (Dec. 8).
  • Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are 4-4 on the year. 
  • Recently for San Francisco: The Dons have also split their last two games, both at home, edging the Mountain West’s UNLV Rebels 62-61 (Dec. 6) before losing 85-70 Wednesday (Dec. 11) night to Cal State Bakersfield. 
  • San Francisco’s Record: USF enters Saturday’s game at 3-5 overall. 
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 4-1 in Taco Bell Arena this year. Boise State went 7-8 at home last season and is 265-141 (.653 pct.) all-time in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Boise State on the Road: The Broncos have lost all three road contests this fall.
  • USF on the Road: The Dons are currently 2-3 on the road this year. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is being led by sophomore center Miquelle Askew at 14.8 points per game (8th MW) and team-second-best 6.6 rebounds per game (t-8th MW), followed by redshirt-sophomore forward Lexie Der at 13 ppg (15th MW) and a team-high on the glass at 7.2 rpg (5th MW). 
  • Leading the Dons: Rachel Howard leads USF at 13.6 points per game (13th WCC), followed by Taj Winston at 12.9 ppg (17th WCC). Claudia Price leads the team on the glass at 7.1 rebounds per game (12th WCC). 
  • Boise State as a Team: Boise State is shooting 37.4 percent (10th MW) from the floor, 28.8 percent (8th MW) from the 3-point arc and 73.2 percent (3rd MW) from the free-throw line, as well as averaging 73.6 points (4th MW) and 39.4 rebounds (7th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 75.1 points (10th MW) and 42.9 boards (9th MW) per game. 
  • San Francisco as a Team: The Dons are averaging 72 points (t-6th WCC) and 42.5 rebounds (8th WCC) per game, while allowing 77.6 points (10th WCC) and 43.5 rebounds per game (10th WCC). They shoot 39.1 percent (8th WCC) from the floor, 30.7 percent (8th WCC) from the arc and 72.1 percent (2nd WCC) from the free-throw line.
  • Preseason Polls: Boise State was projected eighth out of 11 teams in the MW preseason poll, while San Francisco was picked by the coaches to place tied for seventh out of 10 teams in the WCC.
  • The Coaches: Jennifer Azzi is in her fourth season at USF where she is 24-74, her career mark is the same. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 140-117 and 535-244 in his 27th season all-time.



BRONCO NOTEBOOK

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 third youngest starting lineup in the nation featuring three sophomores and two freshman.
  • Mixing it Up, Leading Scorers: Boise State has had six different players lead the team in scoring during the first eight games to date. Miquelle Askew and Lexie Der have led the team twice each, while Keiahnna Engel, Brandi Henton, Brooke Pahukoa and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego have all led once.
  • Balanced Attack: Boise State has had a relatively balanced attack this year with seven players averaging between 14.8 and seven points per game starting with Miquelle Askew (14.8 ppg), followed by Lexie Der (13 ppg), while Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego chips in 10.6 ppg. 
  • Scoring Points: The Broncos are running a fast paced scoring offense this year which has them averaging 73.6 points per game to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 86th nationally. 
  • Field Goal Attempts: The Broncos have taken more shots than their opponents in seven of eight games to date, Portland (Dec. 8) was the first team to take more shots then the Broncos. 
  • Field Goal Shooting: It is interesting that the Broncos rank fourth in the MW for scoring since as a team they tend to struggle getting shots to fall in games. They have shot better than their opponents only once this year in a 92-56 victory over the College of Idaho. It helps that they average nine more attempts a game than their opponents.
  • Charity Stripe: Boise State ranks third in the MW and 70th nationally in free throw percentage hitting 72.2 percent. 
  • Hitting 70 Percent from the Stripe: The Broncos have shot over 70 percent from the stripe in four of eight games to date. Interestingly enough they are only 1-3 in those contest and tend to win more when shooting below 70 percent. In fact, they actually won the game when they shot a season-low 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5). 
  • Free Throw Shooting: Boise State has shot better from the free-throw line than its opponents in five of eight games to date with a season high 88.6 percent against Southern Utah (Nov. 8), a 90-86 loss, and a low of 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5), a 63-60 win.
  • 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. Unfortunately, the T-Birds made 35-of-44 free throw attempts. 
  • Turnovers: Boise State has had fewer or equal turnovers than the opponent in seven of eight contests and averages 21.6 points per game off turnovers, nearly seven more than the opponents. The Broncos also are tied for the lead in the MW in turnover margin at +4.9 to rank 31st nationally.
  • International Flare: Boise State has three international players on its roster, two Canadians in Diana Lee and Lexie Der, while Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego is from Spain. All three have represented their nations in international youth competitions. 
  • Broncos Twins: Boise State has one set of twins on its roster in the Pahukoa sisters Brittney and Brooke. Brittney just saw her first action of the season against Utah Valley on Dec. 5 after recovering from and injury. Brooke has been a starter all season long at the two guard. 



What Happened Last Week

  • Record and Results: Boise State split a pair of games last week defeating Utah Valley (Dec. 5) 63-60 at home, then went on the road where it lost 85-71 at Portland (Dec. 8).
  • Rodriguez Ortego: The freshman point guard led the Broncos on the week averaging a team-high 18 points per game while shooting 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the floor and 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from 3-point range. The native of Spain scored a team and career-high 21 points against Utah Valley, then followed that up with a team-second-best 15 at Portland. 
  • Askew: The sophomore center averaged 16.5 points per game last week to rank second on the team to go with 5.0 rebounds per game, third on the team. She scored a team-high and career-tying 21 points at Portland, preceded by 12 versus Utah Valley.
  • On the Glass: Kayla Reinhart and Keiahnna Engel led the team on the glass averaging 6.5 and 6.0 rebounds per game, respectively.
  • As a Team: The Broncos averaged 67 points and 35.5 rebounds per game, while allowing 72.5 points and 50 rebounds per game. They shot 34.4 percent from the floor, 26.7 percent from the arc and 69.6 percent from the foul line. Opponents shot 38.6 percent from the court, 32.1 percent from the 3-point line and 80.9 percent from the charity stripe. 
  • BOISE, Idaho (Dec. 5) Versus Utah Valley: Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and Tonishia Childress combined for 33 points to lead Boise State as the Broncos rallied from 11 points down in the first half to defeat Utah Valley 63-60. Both freshmen scored career-highs in the win led by Rodriguez Ortego’s 21 points followed by Childress with 12. Sophomore center Miquelle Askew matched Childress’ points. Boise State used an 18-to-4 advantage on points off turnovers to rally for the win, including a 13-0 advantage in the second half. 
  • PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 8) Versus Portland: Miquelle Askew tied her career high for points with 21 to lead Boise State against Portland in a 85-71 loss to the Pilots. Boise State trailed the entire way as the Broncos struggled against Portland’s height advantage. With Boise State down 17-10, Portland used a 18-4 run midway through the first half to take control of the game, Boise State was unable to recover after that run. The Pilots used their height advantage and pounded the ball into the paint where they out scored the Broncos 36-to-18 and 19-to-13 in second chance points. 



This Week’s Player Highlights

  • Askew: Askew tied her career-high in points with 21 at Portland (Dec. 8) to lead the team in scoring. Her point total was powered by a career night at the free-throw line where she hit 11-of-12 attempts, both career highs ... the sophomore has scored in double figures in every game this year, including two with 21 points against the College of Idaho (Nov. 20) and at Portland (Dec. 8) ... she averages a team-high 14.8 points per game to rank eighth in the MW for scoring ... second on team and tied for eighth in the MW for rebounding at 6.6 rebounds per game ... ranked 15th in MW for field goal shooting at 44.6 percent, fourth in the MW and 61st nationally for free-throw shooting at 87.8 percent.
  • Rodriguez Ortego: Rodriguez Ortego also hit a career high in scoring with 21 against Utah Valley (Dec. 5) when she hit 9-of-15 field goal attempts, both career highs ... third on team for scoring at 10.6 points per game and second in 3-point percentage (39.5 pct.) for players who have attempted 10 or more this season ... ranked sixth in the MW for 3-point percentage at 39.5 percent and tied for ninth in 3-pointers made per game a 1.9.
  • Pahukoa: Brittney Pahukoa debuted against Utah Valley (Dec. 5) playing in nine minutes of action. In her second game of the season at Portland (Dec. 8) she record her first points as a Bronco with eight hitting two 3-pointers and a pair of free throws. 
  • Childress: Recorded a career-high 12 points, second on team for points, in the Broncos’ victory against Utah Valley (Dec. 5) in Boise ... she made 5-of-8 field goals with two 3-pointers.

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