Broncos Begin Homestand Against Cougars
Dec. 17, 2017

Boise State (5-3) vs. Washington State (5-5)
Dec. 18, 2017
Boise, Idaho - Taco Bell Arena
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (5-3) begins a three-game, four-day homestand Monday night as it hosts Washington State (5-5) at Taco Bell Arena. Following Monday night’s contest, the Broncos conclude their nonconference slate with a back-to-back, hosting CSU Bakersfield Wednesday (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m., followed by St. Francis (Pa.) Thursday (Dec. 21) at 5:30 p.m.

Monday’s contest will be carried over-the-air by Stadium, with Dominic Shelden on play-by-play and former Bronco great Brooke Pahukoa on color. Check your local listings or go to to find out where to watch the game on TV.

Boise State made at least half of its shot attempts for the second-straight game, shooting 50.0 percent (26-for-52) from the field in a 73-47 victory at Portland on Dec. 10.

Braydey Hodgins came off the bench and scored a team-high 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting, while Shalen Shaw posted her second double-double in as many games, going for 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Broncos got another well-rounded scoring effort, as 12 of the 13 team members who saw action scored at least three points. In the paint, the Bronco quartet of Joyce Harrell, Brooke Wheeler, A’Shanti Coleman, and Emerald Toth, sharing minutes in place of the injured Marijke Vanderschaaf, combined for 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting (71.4 percent).

Washington State (5-5) had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 64-56 loss against Gonzaga.

The Cougars, with former Bronco head coach June Daugherty in her 11th year at the helm, are led by the play of Borislava Hristova (17.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Alexys Swedlund (9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg).

Boise State leads the all-time seres against Washington State, 19-18, and defeated the Cougars, 77-73 in overtime, last Dec. 4 in Pullman.

Boise State, already 1-0 against the Pac-12 this season following Dec. 7’s 85-62 rout of Washington, has a chance to claim its second scalp against the conference with Monday’s matchup against Washington State.

Should the Broncos come out victorious over the Cougars, it would not only mark back-to-back victories over Washington State, but would also be the first time since 2007-08 that Boise State registered two wins over the Pac-12 in a single season. That year, the Broncos defeated Washington (88-66) and Washington State (71-64) in back-to-back games on Dec. 7 and 9.

Monday night’s contest is Boise State’s third this season against a Division I program from the state of Washington. The Broncos, with wins over Eastern Washington and Washington already under their belt, can make it 3-0 with a win over Washington State Monday night.

Boise State has shot at least 50.0 percent in each of its past two games, hitting the mark exactly Dec. 10 at Portland (26-for-52) after shooting a blistering 58.2 percent (32-for-55) in Dec. 7’s 85-62 victory over Washington.

It is the first time that the Broncos shot at least 50.0 percent in consecutive games since Jan. 24 and 28, 2015 against Air Force (52.4 percent) and at Colorado State (50.0 percent), respectively.

Should the Broncos shoot at a 50.0-percent clip Monday against Washington State, it would mark the first such three-game streak since a four-game stretch from Dec. 19, 1992-Jan. 3, 1993.

Senior forward Shalen Shaw posted her second-straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds Dec. 10 at Portland. The performance came a game after her best game of the season Dec. 7, when Shaw went 8-for-13 from the field and finished with season highs of 17 points and 14 assists.

Prior to the game against Washington, Shaw had only previously hit double digits in rebounds once this season, and hadn’t scored more than 10 points in a game since going for 16 in the season opener against Northwest Christian on Nov. 10.

With starting center Marijke Vanderschaaf out for the season with a torn ACL suffered in the opening moments against Washington on Dec. 7, the job of holding down the paint and boards for the Broncos has fallen to the quartet of junior Joyce Harrell, senior Brooke Wheeler, redshirt sophomore A’Shanti Coleman, and freshman Emerald Toth.

In Vanderschaaf’s absence over the last two games, the quartet has combined to score 45 points and shoot 78.3 percent (18-for-23) from the field. Harrell, who made her first start of the season Sunday at Portland, has gone 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) with 16 points and seven rebounds over the two games, while Wheeler has posted 14 points with seven rebounds and shot 85.7 percent (6-for-7).

Braydey Hodgins has been a boon to the Broncos since her return Nov. 30 from a preseason injury. Over her four games back, Hodgins is averaging 10.5 points and shooting 52.4 percent from the field. This mark includes an 60.0-percent clip from 3-point range (6-for-10), and from the line she is 14-for-17 (.824).

Dec. 3 at Eastern Washington, Hodgins scored a career-high 14 points, and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the line to help the Broncos ice their 61-57 win over the Eagles. On Dec. 10 at Portland, she scored a team-high 13 points with three rebounds and two assists.

Junior guard Marta Hermida continued her stellar start to the 2017-18 campaign Dec. 10 at Portland, scoring five points with five rebounds and five assists.

For Hermida, who posted just the second triple-double in Boise State women’s basketball history back on Nov. 26 (with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Corban), it was her fourth game this season in which she has scored at least five points with five rebounds and five assists.

On the year, Hermida, who has stepped up to take the leadership role this season, leads the Broncos with 11.9 points and 5.4 assists per game, while ranking second with 6.0 rebounds per game.

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