Stand Continues With CSU Bakersfield
Dec. 19, 2017

Boise State (5-4) vs. CSU Bakersfield (4-6)
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2017
Boise, Idaho - Taco Bell Arena

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (5-4) hits the middle of its three-game, four-day homestand Wednesday, hosting CSU Bakersfield (4-6) for a 7 p.m. tip at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos wrap up the non-conference portion of its 2017-18 slate Thursday, tipping off against St. Francis (Pa.) at 5:30 p.m.

Boise State had its three-game winning streak snapped Monday night, as the Broncos fell, 61-53, to Washington State.

A’Shanti Coleman had a career night for Boise State, posting personal bests of 13 points and eight rebounds, while Shalen Shaw also finished with 13 points, and Marta Hermida posted six points, nine rebounds, and six assists.

But it was cold shooting that did in the Broncos. After hitting at least 50.0 percent of their shots in each of the previous two games, Boise State shot just 30.8 percent (20-for-65) Monday night, including a season-low 10.5 percent (2-for-19) from 3-point range. The Broncos also left points at the line, going a season-worst 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from the charity stripe.

Boise State plays consecutive nights at Taco Bell Arena, first hosting CSU Bakersfield (4-6) Wednesday at 7 p.m. before closing the non-conference portion of the schedule Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against St. Francis (4-6).

CSU Bakersfield, with head coach Greg McCall in his seventh season at the helm, is led by the play of Aja Williams (12.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Jazmine Johnson (7.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg). The Roadrunners have won two in a row heading into Wednesday night’s matchup, beating Whittier and Omaha to bounce back from a three-game slide.

St. Francis, like Boise State, will be playing its second game in as many nights when the teams meet Thursday. The Red Flash, which has lost four of its last five, will face Portland on the road Wednesday afternoon before traveling to Boise for Thursday’s contest.

The Red Flash is led by the play of Jessica Kovatch (19.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg) and Caitlyn Kroll (13.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg). St. Francis is coached by Joe Haigh, in his sixth season with the Red Flash.

Senior Shalen Shaw enters these final two home games of the non-conference season on the cusp of 1,000 career points, as she currently stands at 977.

Once Shaw hits the milestone, she will become the 19th Bronco in program history to have scored 1,000 career points.

Despite suffering just its first loss of December Monday night, Boise State will aim to bounce back Wednesday against CSU Bakersfield. The Broncos responded to its previous loss, a 74-72 defeat against Saint Mary’s, with three-straight wins, so they have a chance to begin a new run.

A victory Wednesday night over CSU Bakersfield would guarantee the Broncos a winning record in regular-season non-conference play for the fourth-straight season.

The last time that Boise State finished under .500 in the non-conference slate was 2013-14, when the Broncos went 5-6.

Monday night’s loss to Washington State was the second of the season at Taco Bell Arena for Boise State, matching last season’s home loss total.

The Broncos also lost just two games at home in 2014-15, before going 10-5 at Taco Bell Arena in 2015-16. That’s the highest loss total at home for Boise State since the 2012-13 squad went 7-8 at Taco Bell Arena.

Senior forward Shalen Shaw scored 13 points in Monday’s loss to Washington State, running her streak of double-digit scoring performances to four.

After scoring 16 points in the season opener against Northwest Christian on Nov. 10, Shaw hit a wall, failing to score more than six points in each of the next four contests, including being held to just two points on Nov. 30’s loss to Saint Mary’s. However, the Reno, Nev., native rebounded, beginning her current run with 10 points in Dec. 3’s win at Eastern Washington, and hitting a high of 17 points in Dec. 7’s win over Washington.

Shaw has posted two double-doubles during this four-game stretch, as she added 14 rebounds to her 17 points against the Huskies, and followed that with 10 points and 10 rebounds Dec. 10 at Portland.

Redshirt sophomore forward A’Shanti Coleman has proved worth the wait for the Broncos, after having to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Through her first nine games with the Broncos, Coleman, who transfered from Arizona, is averaging 6.1 points and 4.0 rebounds over 18.6 minutes per game off the bench, along with shooting 42.1 percent. Monday night against Washington State, she posted career highs of 13 points and eight rebounds.

Monday’s loss was frustrating for Boise State partially because the Bronco offense could not take advantage of one of the best nights of the season for the defense.

Boise State’s defense forced Washington State into an 0-for-10 start from the field, and a 2-for-16 mark in the opening quarter. For the game, the Cougars shot just 32.3 percent shooting Monday, the second-lowest figure by a Division I opponent this season.

Washington State’s two 3-pointers (2-for-14 in the game) were also an opponent low this season, matching San Diego (Nov. 17) and Portland (Dec. 10).

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