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Boise State Plays at Portland Monday Night

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What's Happening
  • Boise State University (7-4) concludes a two-game road trip Monday when the Broncos take on the University of Portland (5-7) at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain) in the Chiles Center at Portland, Ore.  
  • The Broncos are looking to extend their three-game win streak when they take on the Pilots out of the West Coast Conference.
  • Boise State earned its first break through on the road Saturday (Dec. 17) afternoon when it defeated Eastern Washington 72-63. The Broncos are now 1-2 on the road.
  • The Broncos current three game win streak includes home victories over Montana Tech (97-61) and New Mexico State (72-57), followed by Saturday's win at EWU.
  • Boise State continues to be the hottest shooting team in the Mountain West hitting conference-highs for field goal shooting, 45.1 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc which has resulted in a league best 76.7 points per game. The Broncos are ranked in the top-30 nationally in all three categories at 18th, 27th and 23rd respectively (as of 12/13/11).
  • 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 PortlandPilots.com.

Next Up

  • Boise State University will close its pre-Christmas schedule Thursday (Dec. 22) afternoon at 3:30 p.m. when it hosts the Utah State Aggies in a rematch of the Nov. 23 game in Logan, a 87-80 USU victory.
  • The Aggies have won three straight over the Broncos including a sweep last year.

Boise State Versus Portland and the West Coast Conference

  • Monday's encounter will be the 15th in the all-time series which the Pilots lead 9-5.
  • Portland leads 6-1 in games played at Portland. The lone Boise State victory was 67-50 on Dec. 11, 1987
  • The two opened the season against each other last year in Boise on Nov. 12, 2010, with the Pilots winning 83-76.  
  • Boise State is 1-0 versus the West Coast Conference this season with a 68-57 win over Pepperdine in Boise on Nov. 20. To date, the Broncos are 41-40 all-time against the current nine members of the league.  

Last Year Between Boise State and Portland
  • Portland led the entire way last year by as many as 12 points. The Broncos kept it close but could never take the lead.
  • Lauren Lenhardt led Boise State with 24 points followed by Janie Bos and Kati Isham with 11 each.
  • Tara Cronin led five Pilots who scored double figures with 19 points. Natalie Day was next with 17 followed by Nakeisha Brown with 15, Alexis Gannis with 14 and ReZina Teclemariam with 12.
  • Boise State shot 45 percent from the floor, 40 percent (6-15) from the arc and 80 percent (16-20) from the free-throw line. Portland countered with 40.6 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent (6-16) from the 3-point arc and 80.6 percent (25-31) from the charity stripe.
  • The Broncos turnover the ball over 24 times accounting for 26 Portland points.
  • Rebounding was even at 38 each, but the Pilots held a 25 to eight advantage in second chance points.

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 (as of 12/13/11) in scoring offense averaging 76.7 points per game with a +7.7 win margin (3rd MW).
  • Boise State is shooting league-best 45.1 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent (77-209), as well as a third-best 73.2 percent (153-209) from the free-throw line.
  • as of Dec. 13, 2011, 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 84.6 percent (11-13) followed by Nicole Brady at 81.5 (22-27) and Kati Isham at 81.4 percent (35-43). Brady and Isham are ranked ninth and 10th respectively 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 48.7 pct by Heather Pilcher and a low of 42 pct. by Diana Lee and 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 55.7 pct.
  • Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year and four that have 10 or more.  Kati Isham leads with 29 followed by Diana Lee with 16. Lee is hitting a league second-best 43.2 percent (16-37) followed by Isham at 39.7 percent (29-73), third in MW.
  • Balanced attack, Boise State has a relatively balanced attack with five players averaging over nine points per game with a high of 16.4 ppg by Kati Isham and a low of 9.3 ppg by Diana Lee.

The Broncos Defensively
  • Defensively, the Broncos are last in the MW for scoring defense giving up 69 points per game.
  • They are also seventh in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 39.9 percent from the floor.
  • Boise State is second in the MW and is ranked 56th nationally for 3-point defense holding opponents to 27.1 percent from beyond the arc.  

The Broncos on the Glass
  • The Broncos are second in the MW for rebound defense holding teams to 34 boards per game.
  • Boise State is ranked fourth in the MW for rebound offense averaging 39.5 per game.
  • Boise State has out rebounded all but three teams this season and is third in the conference in rebound margin at +5.5, 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 (844) are from second chance points (140), they have given up 109 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 16.4 points per game. She is shooting 39.7 percent from long range (3rd MW). Isham has started every game of her Boise State career (42).
  • 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 12.4 points per game (8th MW) and is third on the team in rebounding averaging 6.0 rpg. She leads the MW and is ranked 33rd nationally in field goal percentage hitting 55.7 percent from the floor. Lenhardt was named MW Player of the Week on Nov. 28.
  • Diana Lee, Sophomore Guard - Lee has started 39-of-42 games in her career. She was a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Freshmen Team honoree last year. This year she is averaging 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists (5th MW). Lee is ranked second in the MW for 3-point percentage hitting 43.5 percent (16-37).
  • Nicole Brady, Redshirt-senior forward - Brady has started every game this year averaging 10.6 points (14th MW) and team-high 7.2 rebounds (6th 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 10 games for the Broncos in the post averaging 6.6 points and second-best 7.0 rebounds per game (10th MW).
  • Heather Pilcher, Senior Guard/Wing - Pilcher is having a strong senior season so far averaging 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists (6th MW) per game.

A Quick Look at Portland
  • The Pilots are members of the West Coast Conference where they were picked by the league's coaches to finish sixth out of nine schools in this year's race.
  • Portland enters the game at 5-7 overall and coming off a home 71-42 loss Saturday to 13th ranked Louisville.
  • Natalie Day leads the Pilots averaging team-highs for points and rebounds at 18.0 and 7.3 respectively. ReZina Teclemariam is the only other Portland player averaging double-figure points at 10.2.
  • The Pilots average 60.2 points per game and allow 67.3. They are shooting 37.4 percent from the floor, 32.5 percent from the arc and 67.6 percent from the free-throw line.
  • Jim Sollars is in his 26th season at Portland where he has accumulated a 356-382 overall record. Sollars is 7-5 versus Boise State.