Broncos Open MW Play In Fort Collins
Dec. 27, 2017

Boise State (6-5, 0-0 MW) at Colorado State (8-3, 0-0 MW)
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
Fort Collins, Colo. - Moby Arena

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    BOISE, Idaho - For the third time in four seasons, Boise State and Colorado State will clash in the Mountain West season opener, as the Broncos (6-5, 0-0 MW) visit Fort Collins for a 7 p.m. tip Thursday against the Rams (8-6, 0-0 MW). The Broncos finish the week Saturday, hosting UNLV Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Mountain West home opener at Taco Bell Arena.

    Boise State ended its non-conference slate on a winning note, defeating St. Francis (Pa.), 87-59, on Dec. 21.

    The Broncos made a season-high 12 3-pointers in the contest, shooting 44.4 percent (12-for-27) from behind the arc. Sophomore guards Riley Lupfer and Braydey Hodgins led the way with four treys apiece.

    The pair would also lead five Broncos scoring in double digits in the contest, as Lupfer finished with a team-high 18 points, and Hodgins scored a career-best 17. Marta Hermida (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Shalen Shaw (11 points, 10 rebounds) each posted a double-double, while A’Shanti Coleman came off the bench to sscore 12 points.

    Boise State opens Mountain West play Thursday night in Fort Collins, taking on Colorado State (8-3) at 7 p.m. It marks the third time in four seasons that the Broncos and Rams have faced off to start conference play.

    Colorado State, with Ryun Williams in his sixth year at the helm, is led by the play of Annie Brady (9.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Hannah Tvrdy (8.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg).

    Senior Shalen Shaw entered Dec. 21’s game against St. Francis (Pa.) needing just 11 points to reach 1,000 career points, and she got exactly 11, becoming the 19th Bronco in program history to reach the milestone.

    Thursday night marks the beginning of Boise State’s seventh Mountain West campaign, and the Broncos are 4-2 over their six previous conference openers.

    Two seasons ago, the Broncos beat the Rams, 75-65, at Taco Bell Arena in the conference opener for both teams, while last year, Boise State beat Utah State, 76-55, at Taco Bell Arena on Dec. 29.

    Boise State and Colorado State will meet in the Mountain West opener for the third time in four seasons when Thursday night’s contest tips off. The teams have split the previous two meetings in the conference opener, with Boise State beating the Rams, 75-65, at Taco Bell Arena on Dec. 31, 2014, and the Rams getting a 68-64 victory at Moby Arena on Jan. 2, 2016.

    Last year, the Broncos went 2-1 against the Rams, as each team won away from home in the regular season, and Boise State got the last word, defeating top-seeded Colorado State, 65-61, in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament en route to winning the tournament crown for the second time in three seasons.

    Three times this season, Boise State has had five players score in double figures in the same contest. The Broncos did it again Dec. 21 against St. Francis (Pa.), as Riley Lupfer led the way with 18 points, Braydey Hodgins went for a career-high 17 points, A’Shanti Coleman went for 12, and Marta Hermida and Shalen Shaw each scored 11.

    The Broncos had previously achieved this feat against Northwest Christian (Nov. 10) and at Eastern Washington (Dec. 3).

    Against St. Francis (Pa.), Boise State accomplished a feat for the first time in nearly two seasons as two players, Marta Hermida and Shalen Shaw, recorded double-doubles in the same contest.

    Against the Red Flash, Hermida scored 11 points with 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the campaign to go with her triple-double against Corban (Nov. 26), while Shaw got her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

    The last time that Boise State had two players record double-doubles in the same contest was March 4, 2016 against San Jose State, when Shaw went for 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Brooke Pahukoa scored 26 point with 10 boards.

    Senior forward Shalen Shaw’s 11 points against St. Francis (Pa.) ran her streak of double-digit scoring performances to six.

    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 three double-doubles during this six-game stretch, as she added 14 rebounds to her 17 points against the Huskies, followed that with 10 points and 10 rebounds Dec. 10 at Portland, and scored 11 points with 10 rebounds against St. Francis (Pa.).

    Boise State got a pair of red-hot shooting performances from guards Riley Lupfer and Braydey Hodgins in the win over St. Francis (Pa.), as they combined for 35 points and eight 3-pointers.

    Lupfer scored a season-high 18 points, going 7-for-14 from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point range, and tied her career high with seven rebounds.

    Hodgins, meanwhile, scored a career-high 17 points in the win, going 5-for-8 from the field and hitting a career-best four 3-pointers. Her previous career high was 14 points at Eastern Washington back on Dec. 3.

    Junior forward Joyce Harrell stepped into the starting lineup Dec. 10 at Portland, and has started the past four games following Marijke Vanderschaaf’s season-ending injury.

    Harrell has made a difference on both ends of the floor since breaking into the starting five, averaging 7.0 points and shooting 56.0 percent (14-for-25) while grabbing 5.5 rebounds over 20.0 minutes per game.

    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 11 games with the Broncos, Coleman, who transfered from Arizona, is averaging 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds over 19.5 minutes per game off the bench, along with shooting 49.0 percent. After posting career highs of 13 points and eight rebounds against Washington State on Dec. 18, Coleman followed with eight points against CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 20, and 12 points with six rebounds Dec. 21 against St. Francis (Pa.). Over Boise State’s three-game stretch last week, Coleman averaged 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent (12-for-18) from the field.

    Boise State has been doing a fine job taking away the 3-pointer from opponents this season, as teams are shooting just 26.2 percent from behind the arc. That mark has the Broncos ranked 30th in the country and third in the Mountain West.

    Over the past four games, opponents have made just 14 3-pointers (3.5 per game), and are shooting just 16.9 percent (14-for-83). The Broncos held Portland and Washington State to just two treys apiece, with CSU Bakersfield hitting just three, and despite St. Francis (Pa.) hitting seven on Dec. 21, it took the Red Flash 32 attempts to reach that mark, a 21.9-percent figure.

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