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What's Happening
  • Boise State University (6-4) opens a two-game road trip this Saturday when the Broncos take on Eastern Washington University at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Reese Court at Cheney, Wash.  
  • The Broncos are looking for their first break through on the road this season after dropping the two previous away games at Idaho State (84-75) on Nov. 17 and at Utah State (87-80) on Nov. 23.
  • Boise State just completed a five-game homestand where it went 3-2.
  • The Broncos enter the weekend on a two-game win streak with victories over Montana Tech (97-61) on Dec. 8 and New Mexico State (72-57) on Dec. 11.  
  • 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) will be available on GoEags.com.

Next Up
  • Boise State University (6-4) will continue the road trip Monday night (Dec. 19) when the Broncos take on the University of Portland Pilots (5-6) at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) at the Chiles Center in Portland, Ore.
  • This is the sixth consecutive year that the two programs have met with Portland winning three of the last five encounters. The Pilots have won two straight and lead the all-time series 9-5.
  • Last year Portland defeated Boise State 83-76 in Boise on Nov. 12 to open the season.

Boise State Versus Eastern Washington and the Big Sky
  • Saturday's encounter will be the 46th in the all-time series which the Broncos lead 27-18.
  • These two programs are former conference rivals in the old Northwest Women's Basketball League (1977-82), Mountain West Athletic Conference (1982-88) and the Big Sky Conference (1988-96). The series record in conference games favors Boise State 20-14.
  • Eastern Washington leads the series in games played at Cheney 12-9.
  • The two played last year in Boise on Nov. 20, 2010, with the Broncos winning a close one 64-60.  
  • Boise State is 1-1 versus the Big Sky this year defeating Weber State (86-68) and losing at Idaho State (84-75). The Broncos are 181-137 all-time against current members of the Big Sky.  

Last Year Between Boise State and Eastern Washington
  • Last year's contest went back an forth as they traded seven lead changes to go with four ties.
  • Boise State held a single digit lead most of the second half and needed three Julia Marshall 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes to help keep the Eagles at bay.
  • Marshall led Boise State with 14 points followed by Kati Isham with 13 and Diana Lee with nine. Kinzi Poteet added eight points and nine rebounds.
  • Tatjana Sparavalo led EWU with 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Kyla Evans with 11 points and Brianne Ryan who added 10 points and 11 boards.
  • Boise State shot 42.2 percent from the floor, 41.2 percent (7-17) from the arc and 54.3 percent (19-35) from the free-throw line. EWU countered with 26.7 percent from the floor, 27.6 percent (8-29) from the 3-point arc and 66.7 percent (12-18) from the charity stripe.

Time Changes for Utah State and Utah Valley Home 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).

High Scoring Broncos
  • Offensively the Broncos continue to lead the Mountain West and are ranked 23rd nationally in scoring offense averaging 77.2 points per game with a +7.6 win margin (2nd MW).
  • Boise State is shooting league-best 45.2 percent from the floor and 35.9 percent (69-192), as well as a fourth-best 73 percent (135-185) from the free-throw line.
  • Boise State's field goal percentage is ranked 18th nationally while its 3-point percentage is 27th.
  • Lauren Lenhardt leads from the free-throw line with a team-best 90 percent (9-10) followed by Kati Isham at 84.6 percent (33-39) which ranks her fourth 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 47.9 pct by Heather Pilcher and a low of 41.8 pct by Nicole Brady.  
  • A sixth Bronco, Lauren Lenhardt, has come off the bench to lead the MW and rank 33rd nationally in field goal percentage at 55.6 pct.
  • Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year led by Kati Isham with 24 and Diana Lee with 16. Lee is hitting a league second-best 44.4 percent (16-36) followed by Isham at 36.4 percent (24-66), seventh in MW.
  • Balanced attack, Boise State has a relatively balanced attack with five players averaging over nine points per game with a high of 15.9 ppg by Kati Isham and a low of 9.3 ppg by Heather Pilcher.

The Broncos Defensively
  • Defensively, the Broncos are last in the MW for scoring defense giving up 69.6 points per game.
  • They are also seventh in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 40.4 percent from the floor.
  • Boise State leads the league and is ranked 56th nationally for 3-point defense holding opponents to 25.8 percent from beyond the arc.  

The Broncos on the Glass
  • The Broncos are second in the MW for rebound defense holding teams to 34.3 boards per game.
  • Boise State is ranked fourth in the MW for rebound offense averaging 39.6 per game.
  • Boise State has out rebounded all but three teams this season and is fourth in the conference in rebound margin at +5.3, which ranks 65th nationally.
  • The Broncos average 14.5 offensive boards a game, good for an average of 13.4 points per game on second chance points.  
  • 17 percent of the Broncos total points (772) are from second chance points (134), they have given up 96 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 fourth in the MW averaging 15.9 points per game. She is shooting 36.4 percent from long range (7th MW). Isham has started every game of her Boise State career (41).
  • 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. This year she has been a major impact coming in off the bench averaging at 12.7 points per game (8th MW) and is third on the team in rebounding averaging 5.7 rpg. She leads the MW and is ranked 33rd nationally in field goal percentage hitting 55.6 percent from the floor. Lenhardt was named MW Player of the Week on Nov. 28.
  • Diana Lee, Sophomore Guard - Lee has started 38-of-41 games in her career. She was a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Freshmen Team honoree last year. This year she is averaging 10.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists (5th MW). Lee is ranked second in the MW for 3-point percentage hitting 44.4 percent (16-36).
  • Nicole Brady, Redshirt-senior forward - Brady has started every game this year averaging 10.4 points (14th MW) and team-high 7.3 rebounds (4th 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 10 games for the Broncos in the post averaging 6.5 points and second-best 7.2 rebounds per game (t-6th MW).
  • Heather Pilcher, Senior Guard/Wing - Pilcher is having a strong senior season so far averaging 9.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists (6th MW) per game.

A Quick Look at Eastern Washington
  • The Eagles are members of the Big Sky Conference where they were picked by the league's coaches to finish seventh out of nine schools in this year's race.
  • EWU enters the week at 4-5 overall and coming off a tough loss at Gonzaga 75-69 its last time out on Dec. 9.
  • The Eagles defeated the only common opponent with Boise State to date the University of Portland 76-60 in Portland on Nov. 29.
  • EWU is led by senior guard/forward Brianne Ryan who is ranked second in the Big Sky and 46th nationally for scoring at 18.2 points per game, as well as averaging a team-high 5.6 rebounds.
  • The Eagles average 67.1 points per game and allow 68. They are shooting 39.5 percent from the floor, 32.2 percent from the arc and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.
  • Wendy Schuller is in her 11th season at EWU where she has accumulated a 130-171 overall record. She is 2-2 versus Boise State.