Stand Continues With CSU Bakersfield
Dec. 19, 2017
Boise State (5-4) vs. CSU Bakersfield (4-6)
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.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
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.
SHAW ON THE CUSP OF 1,000 POINTS
Once Shaw hits the milestone, she will become the 19th Bronco in program history to have scored 1,000 career points.
GOING FOR A WINNING NON-CONFERENCE SLATE
The last time that Boise State finished under .500 in the non-conference slate was 2013-14, when the Broncos went 5-6.
NEED TO PROTECT THE HOME
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.
SHAW FINDING DOUBLE DIGITS
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.
COLEMAN’S CAREER NIGHT
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.
THE DEFENSE WAS THERE
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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