Broncos are at Eastern Washington on Friday Night

Dec. 19, 2013

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THIS WEEK'S GAME FACTS
  • Opponent: Eastern Washington
  • Game Location: at Cheney, Wash. (Reese Court)
  • Date: Friday, Dec. 20
  • Time: 7 p.m. (Mountain) 
  • Live State: GoEags.com
  • Live Video:  Go Eags.com

The Last Meeting
Eastern Washington74
Boise State63
December 7, 2012
Boise, Idaho
Boise State Rally Comes Up Short in 74-63 Loss To EWU
Boise State Rally Comes Up Short in 74-63 Loss To EWU


WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • The Game: Boise State (4-5) will close its pre-Christmas schedule on the road at Cheney, Wash., against Eastern Washington (3-5) on Friday night, Dec. 20, in Reese Court at 7 p.m. (Mountain).
  • Date Changed: This contest was originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. in Cheney but was moved to Friday night, Dec. 20, to accommodate EWU as its football team hosts a national semifinal game Saturday afternoon.
  • Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action. 
  • Follow the Game: The contest at Eastern Washington will feature live stats and video at the EWU athletic website: GoEags.com.
  • Next Up: Boise State will close its nonconference schedule on Sunday, Dec. 29, when the Broncos host the Cal State Fullerton Titans out of the Big West Conference at 2 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. 


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Friday’s game will be the 48th meeting all-time in the series between Eastern Washington and Boise State with the Broncos holding a 28-19 advantage. 
  • In Cheney: The Eagles lead the series in games played at Cheney by a 16-8 margin, however the Broncos won the last time the two met there on Dec. 17, 2011, by a 72-63 score. 
  • Last Time: The Broncos and Eagles played in Boise last year on Dec. 7 when the Eagles claimed a 74-63 win in Taco Bell Arena, a game box of that contest can be found on page 29 of this release. 
  • Series Versus Big Sky: Boise State is 188-138 all-time against the 11 current members of the Big Sky Conference and is 1-1 in 2013-14 with a 90-86 loss to Southern Utah and a 72-70 win over Idaho State. Boise State was once a member of the Big Sky (1988-1996) and its predecessor the old Mountain West Athletic Conference (1982-1987).


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Eastern Washington’s Conference Affiliation: The Eagles are in the 11 member Big Sky Conference.
  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos have lost their last two contests falling 85-71 at Portland (Dec. 8) before dropping a 76-70 decision at home to San Francisco (Dec. 14).
  • Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are 4-5 on the year. 
  • Recently for Eastern Washington: The Eagles have won three straight, all at home, with wins over Cal State Northridge (73-53), Idaho (85-84) and Northwest University (90-48) on Tuesday night (Dec. 17). 
  • EWU’s Record: The Eagles enter Friday’s game at 3-5 overall, they lost the first five games to start the season. 
  • Boise State at Home: The Broncos are 4-2 in Taco Bell Arena this year. Boise State went 7-8 at home last season and is 265-142 (.651 pct.) all-time in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Boise State on the Road: The Broncos have lost all three road contests this fall.
  • EWU at Home: The Eagles are currently 3-1 at home this year with an active three-game win streak. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is being led by sophomore center Miquelle Askew at 14.6 points per game (9th MW) and team-second-best 6.4 rebounds per game (t-10th MW), followed by redshirt-sophomore forward Lexie Der at 12.7 ppg (14th MW) and a team-high on the glass at 7.1 rpg (5th MW). 
  • Leading the Eagles: Laura Hughes leads the Eagles at 17.5 points (5th BSC) and 5.5 rebounds per game. Lexie Nelson is next in scoring at 15.0 ppg (6th BSC), while Melissa Williams leads on the glass at 6.3 rebounds per game (14th BSC). 
  • Boise State as a Team: Boise State is shooting 37.7 percent (9th MW) from the floor, 295 percent (7th MW) from the 3-point arc and 73.5 percent (3rd MW / 63rd NCAA) from the free-throw line, as well as averaging 73.2 points (4th MW) and 39 rebounds (7th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 75.2 points (10th MW) and 41.6 boards (8th MW) per game. 
  • Eastern Washington as a Team: The Eagles average 69 points (5th BSC) and 35 rebounds (t-10th BSC) per game, while allowing 71 points (7th BSC) and 38 rebounds per game (6th BSC). They shoot 43.5 percent (2nd BSC) from the floor, 36.8 percent (1st BSC) from the arc and 69.5 percent (6th BSC) from the free-throw line.
  • Preseason Polls: Boise State was projected eighth out of 11 teams in the MW preseason poll, while Eastern Washington was picked by the coaches to win the Big Sky race out of 11 teams.
  • The Coaches: Wendy Schuller is in her 13th season at EWU where she is 164-198, her career mark is the same. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 140-118 and 535-245 in his 27th season all-time.


TEAM NOTES                                                                                            

  • Young Starting Lineup: After a quick national survey by the Boise State Sports Information Department and Mountain West Conference media relations department, Boise State is believed to have the third youngest starting lineup in the nation featuring three sophomores and two freshman.
  • Mixing it Up, Leading Scorers: Boise State has had six different players lead the team in scoring during the first nine games to date. Miquelle Askew has led three times while Lexie Der has led the team twice. Keiahnna Engel, Brandi Henton, Brooke Pahukoa and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego have all led once.
  • Balanced Attack: Boise State has had a relatively balanced attack this year with six players averaging between 14.6 and seven points per game starting with Miquelle Askew (14.6 ppg), followed by Lexie Der (12.7 ppg), while Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego chips in 10.8 ppg. 
  • Scoring Points: The Broncos are running a fast paced scoring offense this year which has them averaging 73.2 points per game to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 87th nationally. 
  • Field Goal Attempts: The Broncos have taken more shots than their opponents in eight of nine games to date, Portland (Dec. 8) was the first team to take more shots then the Broncos. 
  • Field Goal Shooting: It is interesting that the Broncos rank fourth in the MW for scoring since as a team they tend to struggle getting shots to fall in games. They have shot better than their opponents only once this year in a 92-56 victory over the College of Idaho. It helps that they average nine more attempts a game than their opponents.
  • Charity Stripe: Boise State ranks third in the MW and 63rd nationally in free throw percentage hitting 73.5 percent. 
  • Hitting 70 Percent from the Stripe: The Broncos have shot over 70 percent from the stripe in five of nine games to date. Interestingly enough they are only 1-4 in those contest and tend to win more when shooting below 70 percent. In fact, they actually won the game when they shot a season-low 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5). 
  • Free Throw Shooting: Boise State has shot better from the free-throw line than its opponents in six of nine games to date with a season high 88.6 percent against Southern Utah (Nov. 8), a 90-86 loss, and a low of 50 percent against Utah Valley (Dec. 5), a 63-60 win.
  • Turnovers: Boise State has had fewer or equal turnovers than the opponent in seven of nine contests and averages 21.8 points per game off turnovers, nearly seven more than the opponents. The Broncos are second in the MW in turnover margin at +3.9 to rank 49th nationally.
     

 SELECT PLAYER HIGHLIGHTS                                                                          

  • Miquelle Askew: Askew has scored double-figure points in every game this season to date with a career-high 21 on two occasions against the College of Idaho (Nov. 20) on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor and at Portland (Dec. 8) ... tied career-high for points with 21 at Portland (Dec. 8) powered by a career-high 11 free throws made ... tallied team-high 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor to go with five rebounds against San Francisco (Dec. 14) ... team-high 14.6 points per game average to rank ninth in the MW for scoring ... second on team and tied for 10th in the MW for rebounding at 6.4 rebounds per game ... ranked 10th in MW for field goal shooting at 46.1 percent ... fourth in the MW and 52nd nationally for free-throw shooting at 88.1 percent.
  • Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego: Recorded a team-second-best 15 points at Portland (Dec. 8) ... against San Francisco (Dec. 14) recorded a team-second-best 12 points to go with career-highs for rebounds (5), assists (7), and tied career-best with three steals ... third on the team for scoring at 10.8 points per game ... second in 3-point percentage (40 pct.) for players who have attempted 15 or more this season ... ranked sixth in the MW and 72nd nationally for 3-point percentage at 40 percent, tied for sixth in 3-pointers made per game a 2.0, 12th in assists per game at 3.1 and tied for 12th in steals per game at 1.7.
  • Lexie Der: Recorded 11 points and team-high (tied) seven rebounds against San Francisco (Dec. 14), her first game back after missing Utah Valley and Portland games because of injury ... second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game, to rank 14th in the MW ... first on team in rebounding and fifth in the MW at 7.1 rebounds per game ... 11th in the MW for steals per game at 1.7 spg.
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