Women's Basketball Hits the Road for Weber State and Utah Valley...

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►  What’s Happening This Week:
Boise State (7-3) will close the pre-Christmas schedule with a road trip to Utah for two games. The action starts Saturday, Dec. 18, at 5:00 p.m. (Mountain) when the Broncos take on the Weber State Wildcats (3-5) out of the Big Sky Conference in Ogden. They will follow that contest with a game against the Great West Conference’s Utah Valley Wolverines (1-8) in Orem on Monday at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain). Boise State swept both teams last year, defeating Weber State 66-58 in Boise then downed UVU 79-55 on the road.

Both games will be available on the radio over the Bronco Sports Network at KBSU (AM 730).

When Boise State takes the court at Weber State it will have played one game in the last 13 days as the Broncos took sometime off for finals. Their last contest was a 73-68 win over Sacramento State in Boise on Saturday, Dec. 11. Prior to that its was a road win at Seattle U (66-57) on Dec. 5. 

Entering the weekend Boise State has won two straight games. Junior guard Kati Isham leads the team with a WAC third-best scoring average of 15.2 points per game, she is shooting 47 percent from the floor and a WAC-best 44 percent from the 3-point arc. 

Weber State enters the game coming off a narrow defeat at the hands of Oregon State (62-55) Tuesday afternoon in Ogden. The Wildcats are led by sophomore guard Megan Patterson averaging 11.8 points per game.

Utah Valley enters the week at 1-8 overall and will host Cal State Bakersfield Saturday afternoon before hosting the Broncos on Monday. The Wolverines have lost four straight and are led by sophomore forward Sammie Jensen averaging team-highs for points and rebounds at 12.2 and 8.2 respectively.

►  A Quick Look At Boise State
Boise State opened the season with a four-game homestand in which the Broncos went 3-1. Since then the Broncos have gone 6-2 and are on a two-game win streak with victories over Seattle U and Sac State. They enter this weekend at 7-3 overall. 
Last week the Broncos hosted Sacramento State on Saturday, Dec. 11, and came away with a tight 73-68 win over the Hornets. Boise State recorded a season-low 25 percent shooting from the floor in the first half then rallied in the second period hitting 48.5 percent. Four Broncos recorded double-digit points led by Kati Isham with a career-high 22. Janie Bos added her third-consecutive double-double on 11 points and 10 rebounds.   

►  Bronco Leaders
Kati Isham leads the Broncos on the year in scoring at 15.2 points per game (3rd in WAC), she leads the WAC in 3-point percentage at 44.1. Janie Bos adds 11.1 points (17th in WAC) and team-high 8.7 rebounds per game (6th in WAC). Julia Marshall is third in scoring at 10.2 ppg, Lauren Lenhardt follows at 9.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg,

►  As A Team
Offensively, Boise State is averaging 71.4 ppg (2nd in WAC) and 41.1 rpg (4th in WAC), while shooting a WAC-best 43.9 percent from the floor, 34.6 percent (2nd in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 69.3 percent (5th in WAC) from the free-throw line. Defensively, they allow 67.2 ppg (5th in WAC) and 39.1 rpg (5th in WAC). 

►  Boise State vs. Weber State Series Recap
Series History: These two schools were once conference rivals in the old Mountain West Athletic Conference (1982-88) and later in the Big Sky Conference (1988-96). Saturday’s game will be the 42nd meeting,  with Boise State holding a slim 21-20 advantage in the all-time series.  

Last Time: Boise State defeated Weber State 66-58 in Boise last year on Nov. 15, 2009. Tasha Harris and Rebecca Kepilino, both seniors last year, led the Broncos with 22 and 10 points respectively. Top returning Broncos are Julia Marshall who scored nine points and Heather Pilcher with six. Weber State was led by Caitlin Anderson with 12 points and Sarah Conner with 10. Anderson returns as a senior forward this year. 

Boise State vs. Big Sky: Boise State has a long history with the Big Sky Conference as a former member (1988-96). The Broncos are 180-135 all-time versus the current membership. Boise State has four BSC teams on its schedule and one future member. So far the Broncos (4-0) have defeated Idaho State (73-48), future member Southern Utah (91-80), Eastern Washington (64-60) and Sacramento State (73-68).

►  Boise State vs. Utah Valley Series Recap
Series History: Utah Valley and Boise State have met six times prior to Monday’s game in Orem, Utah. The Broncos lead the series which started in 2003 by a 4-2 margin and are 2-1 in games played at Orem.     

Last Time: Boise State used the 3-pointer (9-23) to blow past the Wolverines last year in Orem. The Broncos had seven players hit from behind the arc as Boise State defeated Utah Valley 79-55 on Nov. 24, 2009. The Broncos also out scored the Wolverines 25 to six in points off turnovers. Tasha Harris led the team in scoring with 18 points followed by Julia Marshall with 10, Marshall returns this year. Utah Valley was led by the now departed Julie Smith with 23 points. Kaycee Mansfield is the top returner from last year’s game scoring seven points against the Broncos, third most on the team.

Boise State vs. Great West: Of the current seven members of the Great West Conference Utah Valley is the only team the Broncos have met on the hardwood. Other GWC members include: North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas-Pan American, Chicago State, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Houston Baptist.