Both games are the first contest of doubleheaders with the men's team on Saturday and Monday.
► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team begins a three-game homestand this weekend to close the nonconference portion of their schedule. It begins with a pair of doubleheaders when the Broncos host the Santa Clara University Broncos (2-7) at 1:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the first contest of the day followed by the men’s team hosting Houston Baptist. Saturday’s action will be followed by a Monday night doubleheader featuring the Boise State women hosting the Seattle University Redhawks (3-10) at 6:00 p.m. followed by the men against Portland State. These will be the final pre-Christmas games for the Boise State women’s team who will wrap-up the nonconference schedule when they host the University of Wyoming on New Years Eve at 2:00 p.m.
► Special Doubleheader Promotion
Boise State announces special doubleheader promotion for this Saturday and Monday. Anyone who arrives prior to halftime of the women’s basketball game each day can purchase a ticket for $5.00. The ticket is for a reserved seat good for both games, you will not have to move for the men’s game.
► This Week’s Talking Points...
● The Broncos enter the weekend at 8-3 overall and undefeated at home with a 4-0 mark. Boise State is coming off a split last week defeating Montana State 74-68 Wednesday night in Boise, followed by a frustrating 83-72 loss Saturday at Saint Mary’s.
● Boise State is led by its senior guard tandem of Jessica Van Hoogen (17.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Tasha Harris (17.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg), they are ranked third and fourth respectively in the WAC for scoring. They are one of six duos ranked in the top 100 nationally with Van Hoogen at 56 and Harris at 58. Harris has scored 1,457 points in her career to rank third all-time at Boise State, she needs 42 more (1,500) to move into second. Van Hoogen moved into fourth place all-time this past weekend when she scored 43 points giving her a career total of 1,402.
● Boise State swept both of this weekend’s opponents last year defeating Seattle 66-56 in Boise to open the season and Santa Clara 57-51 on the road. The Broncos are 2-4 all-time versus Santa Clara and 1-0 against Seattle.
● In four-plus years under coach Presnell the Broncos are an impressive 49-12 (.803) at home, 24-5 versus nonconference opponents and 25-7 versus WAC teams. Boise State went 10-6 at home last year and 14-0 the year before.
● WAC Rankings - The Broncos lead the WAC in rebounding at 42.9 per game, including a league-best 16.1 offensive boards per game. They also lead in steals per game at 13.2 and turnover margin at a +2.73. Boise State ranks fourth in scoring offense at 73.0 points per game, fifth in scoring defense at 67.1 ppg and third in scoring margin at +5.9 ppg.
● National Rankings Top 100 - Boise State is ranked seventh nationally in steals per game at 13.2, 26th in 3-point defense (25.3 pct), 52nd in scoring offense (73.0 ppg), 75th in turnover margin (2.73), 80th in blocked shots (4.0 bpg), and 96th scoring margin (+5.9 ppg).
► Radio Broadcasts - Boise State Radio carries every regular season and postseason game on the air beginning with a 15 minute pregame show. Boise State Assistant Sports Information Director Doug Link is in his 12th year as the voice of Boise State Women’s Basketball providing the play-by-play for each broadcast. To tune into the action go to KBSU AM-730 in Boise, KEZJ AM-1450 in Twin Falls, and KBSK FM-89.9 in McCall.
► Games on the Internet - Fans can log on to BroncoSports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at BroncoSports.com to follow the game on game tracker. In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at http://radio.boisestate.edu/listenonline.html.
► Scouting Boise State
► What’s Happened Recently - Boise State enters the week at 8-3 overall and coming off a split last week where they defeated Montana State 74-68 Wednesday night in Boise before dropping a frustrating 83-72 contest at Saint Mary’s on Saturday. The Broncos were solid at home against Montana State never trailing in the contest. Unfortunately, the shooting woes surfaced again on the road as Boise State shot 32 percent at Saint Mary’s.
● Montana State Recap - Wednesday night in Boise, Idaho, the Broncos played in the friendly confines of Taco Bell arena for the first time in three weeks where they out gunned Montana State to get a much needed 74-68 victory over the Bobcats. Boise State never trailed in the contest but could not quite find away to put the Bobcats away who battled back all night. Boise State withstood a late MSU rally to snap a two-game losing streak and get its eighth win of the year. Jessica Van Hoogen shot lights out as she matched her season-high of 26 points to lead the Broncos, followed by Tasha Harris with 16 points, 11 in the second half.
● Saint Mary’s Recap - Saturday at Moraga, Calif., Boise State lost 83-72 to Saint Mary’s in the Broncos final nonconference road game of the year. The Broncos kept it close throughout most of the game before Saint Mary’s slowly pulled away down the stretch. Boise State’s worst enemy was its inability to get shots to fall as the Broncos continue to struggle on the road shooting 32 percent (27-84) from the floor against the Gaels. It was the third consecutive road defeat for Boise State who opened the season winning their first four road games. The senior tandem of Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen led the Broncos with a combined 36 points as Boise State fell to 8-3 on the year.
► Boise State’s Leaders - Seniors Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen lead the Broncos statistically. Van Hoogen averages a team-high 17.5 points (3rd in WAC), 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while Harris adds 17.3 points (4th in WAC), 5.4 rebounds (13th in WAC), and 3.1 assists per game. Junior center Janie Bos is third on the team in scoring at 6.8 points to go with a team-high 6.1 rebounds (t-9th in WAC), and 1.2 assists. Senior forward Rebecca Kepilino is fourth in scoring at 6.4 points per game to go with 4.6 boards.
► Offensively as a Team - The Broncos average 73 points per game (4th in WAC) while shooting 39.9 percent (7th in WAC) from the floor, 25.4 percent (8th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69.5 percent (4th in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State averages a WAC-best 42.9 rebounds per game and gives up 39.7 (8th in WAC), for a plus 3.2 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).
► Defensively as a Team - The Broncos allow 67.1 points per game (5th in WAC) and hold opponents to 39.2 percent (4th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 27 percent (2nd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 2.7 in turnover margin (1st in WAC) committing a average of 18.2 per game while forcing 20.9 per game.
► Broncos Ranked Seventh Nationally in Steals - The Broncos are one of the better teams in the nation defensively as it relates to steals. Boise State currently ranks 7th nationally in steals per game at 12.8, Oral Roberts leads the NCAA at 15.9 per game.
► Harris and Van Hoogen Moving Up Scoring Charts - Boise State has one of the top scoring duos in the history of the Western Athletic Conference in senior guards Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen. Harris has 190 points this year moving her from sixth into third-place on the all-time scoring list for Boise State with 1,457 career points. Van Hoogen who entered the year in seventh place currently has 1,402 career points and has moved into fourth place.
► Harris and Van Hoogen Among Top Scoring Duos - Boise State’s senior guard tandem of Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen are one of six pairs ranked in the top 100 nationally for scoring, Van Hoogen comes in at 56th while Harris is 58th. They are one of two sets of guards to be ranked nationally joining East Tennessee State’s TaRonda Smith (18.3 ppg) at 44th and Siarre Evans (18.0 ppg) who is tied for 51st.
► The Head Coach - The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 87-50 while at Boise State and is 483-176 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. Versus this weekend’s competition as Boise State’s head coach he is 1-2 versus Santa Clara and 1-0 against Seattle.
► Scouting Game #12
Santa Clara Broncos (2-7)
Saturday ● Dec. 19, 2009 ● 1:00 p.m. (MST)
Taco Bell Arena ● Boise, Idaho
► Looking at the Broncos - Santa Clara enters the week at 2-7 overall and will play at Minnesota on Wednesday. They are coming off a road win over Pacific (Calif.) by the score of 74-69 on Sunday, Dec. 13. Prior to that they lost seven straight including defeats at the hands of Iowa (67-51), UCLA (77-51), Oregon (88-71), and Utah (59-54). Their other win was a season opening victory over Sonoma State 73-43.
► Statistically in 2009-10 - Santa Clara is led by three players averaging double-figure points beginning with Alyssa Shoji at 14.2 points per game. She is followed by Lena Gipson averaging 13.9 ppg and a team-high 9.8 rebounds per game, while Megan Fulps adds 10.7 ppg. The Broncos average 63.6 points per game while allowing 69.3 for a scoring margin of -5.8 per game.
► About Santa Clara - The Broncos are in their second year under the direction of head coach Jennifer Mountain who is 6-34 at Santa Clara. The Broncos are members of the West Coast Conference where they are picked to tie for seventh place in this year’s race by the league’s coaches. They return two starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 4-27 squad that went 1-13 in conference play to place eighth.
► The Series - Saturday’s encounter will be the seventh in the series with Santa Clara holding a 4-2 advantage. Boise State won last year’s meeting in Santa Clara by the score of 57-51 on Dec. 20, 2008. Boise State had three players in double-figure points in last year’s game but none return this year, the top scorer back is Heather Pilcher who had eight points. Santa Clara returns its top two scorers from that contest in Lena Gipson who recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Maggie Goldenberger who added 20 points and eight boards.
► Versus the West Coast Conference - Santa Clara is the last of three WCC teams Boise State will face this year. The Broncos lost 76-65 at Portland and 83-72 at Saint Mary’s this past Saturday. The Broncos are 32-26 all-time versus the members of the WCC.
► Scouting Game #13
Seattle Redhawks (3-10)
Monday ● Dec. 21, 2009 ● 6:00 p.m. (MST)
Taco Bell Arena ● Boise, Idaho
► Looking at the Redhawks
Seattle enters the week at 3-10 overall and is coming off a home split on Monday and Tuesday with a 63-56 loss to Saint Mary’s and a 82-51 victory over Evergreen State. at this point the only common opponent is Saint Mary’s which defeated both teams. SU’s othe two wins are over UW-Milwaukee (68-63) and Pacific Lutheran (75-37). The Redhawks will play at Oregon State on Friday night before traveling to Boise for Monday’s encounter with the Broncos.
► Statistically in 2009-10 - Ashley Brown is the only player scoring in double-figures at 15.3 points per game to go with 4.3 rebounds. Tatiana Heck is second in scoring at 9.5 points while adding 4.8 boards per game. As a team, Seattle averages 57.2 points per game while allowing 62.6.
► About Seattle - The Redhawks are in their second year of transition from the NCAA Division II to division I and are currently operating as an independent. They return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s 20-9 team. They are in their first season under the direction of head coach Joan Bonvicini who owns a 3-10 record at the school and a 615-304 overall mark as a collegiate head coach.
► The Series - Monday’s encounter with Seattle is the seventh all-time in the series with Boise State owning a 4-2 advantage. They met in the season opener last year in Boise where the Broncos defeated the Redhawks 66-56. Boise State was led by Tasha Harris in 2008’s contest with 25 points. SU top players back from that game are Tatiana Heck with 12 points, Mercedes Alexander with 11 and Cassidy Murillo with 10. The last time the Redhawks won was Feb. 7, 1981 in Boise by the score of 76-57.