Boise State Closes Nonconference Slate with St. Mary's and College of Idaho...

►  What’s Happening This Week
Boise State (8-4) returns to action following a short five-day Christmas break. The Broncos will close their nonconference schedule this week with a pair of home games in Taco Bell Arena against Saint Mary’s College (Calif.) and the College of Idaho.

►  The Saint Mary’s Game
The action starts Wednesday night, Dec. 29, at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) when the Broncos host the Saint Mary’s Gaels (7-7) out of the West Coast Conference in the first game of a doubleheader with the Boise State men. This is the fourth-consecutive year that the Broncos and Gaels have met with the home team winning each time. Boise State is 1-2 in those three recent contests including a 83-72 loss last year at St. Mary’s in Moraga, Calif.

The Gaels are coming off a pair of home victories over Seattle University 80-64 on Dec. 21 and WAC member University of Idaho 85-71 on Dec. 23. Jasmine Smith, a redshirt-junior guard, leads SMC averaging 16.6 points per game. followed by the reigning WCC Player of the Week Louella Tomlinson at 13 points per game, a 6-4 senior forward. As a team Saint Mary’s averages 68.2 points per game and allows 68.9.

►  The College of Idaho Game
Boise State will close the nonconference slate Sunday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) encounter against the College of Idaho Coyotes (8-6, 3-2 CCC) an NAIA team from Caldwell, 35 miles west of Boise. This game will count for Boise State but will be an exhibition contest for the Coyotes. These two programs have not met in a regular-season contest since 1975. Boise State leads the all-time series 10-0.

The C of I will host a pair of games Thursday and Friday before playing at Boise State on Sunday. They have won two straight and four of their last five contests. Nicole Gall leads the Yotes averaging 19.5 points per game, followed by Katelin Shannon at 10.8 ppg. As a team C of I averages 69.2  points per game and allows 57.2.

►  Promotion: Broncos Help Fight Hunger After the Holiday Season
The Boise State women’s basketball team and the Idaho Foodbank are partnering to fight hunger after the holiday season.

The Foodbank provides emergency food more than 119,000 times a month.
In the first 11 months of 2010, the Idaho Foodbank Network distributed 2.2 million more pounds than they did last year within the same time frame.
The Idaho Foodbank’s goal is to provide free, nutritious emergency food to every Idahoan who may need it all year round and YOU CAN HELP!

Please bring a non-perishable food donation to the women’s basketball game vs. College of Idaho on Sunday January 2nd at 2pm for FREE admission.  Support your local Idaho teams and fight hunger!

►  Radio Schedule
Wednesday’s St. Mary’s game will be carried on KBSU (AM 730) beginning at 5:45 p.m.  Sunday’s match-up with the C of I will be on KBOI (AM 670) and will start at 1:45 p.m. Jack Smith will call the action for both games.

►  A Quick Look At Boise State
When Boise State takes the court Wednesday it will have been nine days since its last game, a nine-point 80-71 victory at Utah Valley University on Dec. 20. That was preceded by a disappointing 79-70 loss at Weber State University on Dec. 18.  The Broncos enter this week at 8-4 overall and 4-2 at home in Taco Bell Arena. 

►  Bronco Leaders
Kati Isham leads the Broncos on the year with a WAC third-best scoring average of 16.8 points per game, she is shooting 49.6 percent from the floor and a WAC-best 47.9 percent from the 3-point arc.  Janie Bos adds 10.4 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game (8th in WAC). Lauren Lenhardt follows at 10.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg.

►  As A Team
Offensively: Boise State is averaging 72 points per game (3rd in WAC) and 40.2 rebounds (5th in WAC). The Broncos have been shooting a WAC second-best 44.4 percent from the floor, a WAC-best 35.5 percent from the 3-point arc and 69.9 percent (3rd in WAC) from the free-throw line.

Defensively: the Broncos allow 68.5 points per game (5th in WAC) and 38.3 rebounds (4th in WAC). Boise State is a minus-four in turnover margin.

►  Boise State vs. Saint Mary’s Series Recap
Series History: These two schools have met seven times previously with Saint Mary’s holding a slim 4-3 advantage in the all-time series. Boise State is 2-1 versus the Gaels in Boise. 

Last Time: Boise State lost 83-72 at Saint Mary’s last year on Dec. 12, 2009. The Gaels out scored the Broncos 52 to 34 in the paint and shot 53 percent from the floor compared to the Broncos 32 percent. Then-seniors Tasha Harris and Jessica Van Hoogen led the Broncos with 19 and 17 points respectively. Top returning Broncos are Lauren Lenhardt who scored nine points with a team-high eight boards, Janie Bos added eight. Saint Mary’s was led by Jontelle Smith with 20 points and Jasmine Smith with 18. Jasmine  returns this season. 

Boise State vs. West Coast Conference: Saint Mary’s is the third school from the WCC that the Broncos will play this year, they are 0-2 so far. Boise State lost 83-76 to Portland and 82-65 at Pepperdine. The Broncos are 33-28 all-time versus the current membership of the WCC.

►  Boise State vs. College of Idaho Series Recap
Series History: These two programs have met 10 times previously during the regular season. However it has been 35 years since the last encounter, Feb. 13, 1975. The Broncos have never lost a game to the C of I owning a 10-0 series advantage. Note: they have met a few times in exhibition contests since then.      

Last Time: Boise State won 56-32 over the C of I the last time these two met for a game that counted on Feb. 13, 1975 in Boise.

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