Boise State Hosts Cal State Fullerton

Dec. 28, 2013

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GAME FACTS

  • Opponent: Cal State Fullerton 
  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Taco Bell Arena)
  • Date:  Dec. 29 (Sunday)
  • Time: 2 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Live Stats:  BroncoSports.com
  • Live Video:  BroncoSports.com 

WHAT’S HAPPENING 

  • The Game: Boise State (4-6) will close 2013 and its nonconference slate with a home game against the Cal State Fullerton Titans (3-8) out of the Big West Conference at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Taco Bell Arena.
  • Radio Broadcast: Listen live to each game via radio broadcast by KTIK (AM 1350) and at BroncoSports.com as Chris Lewis calls the action. 
  • Next Up: Boise State will open its Mountain West campaign next Saturday (Jan. 4) on the road at Fresno State (6-4). 


THE SERIES

  • All-Time Record: Sunday’s game will be the seventh meeting all-time in the series between Cal State Fullerton and Boise State with the Broncos winning the previous six meetings, three in Boise and three in Fullerton. 
  • Former Rivals: The Titans and Broncos were once league rivals for five years (1996-2001) in the Big West Conference before Boise State left for the Western Athletic Conference for the 2001-02 season.  
  • Last Time: The last time the Broncos and Titans met was during the 2001 Big West Conference season when Boise State swept two games from Cal State Fullerton. 
  • Series Versus Big West: Boise State is 39-32 all-time against the nine current members of the Big West Conference. Boise State was once a member of the Big West (Fall 1996- Spring 2001).


SETTING THE SCENE

  • Recently for Boise State: The Broncos have lost three straight contests falling 85-71 at Portland (Dec. 8), then fell 76-70 at home to San Francisco (Dec. 14), followed by a 81-66 loss at Eastern Washington (Dec. 20).
  • Boise State’s Record: The Broncos are 4-6 on the year. 
  • Recently for Cal State Fullerton: The Titans have won two straight, both at home, with wins over Seattle (55-53) and New Mexico State (63-52). 
  • Cal State Fullerton’s Record: The Titans enter Sunday’s game at 3-8 overall. 
  • 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 four road contests this fall.
  • Titans on the Road: Cal State Fullerton is currently 1-4 on the road this year with an active three-game losing streak. 
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is being led by sophomore center Miquelle Askew at 14.4 points per game (9th MW) and team-second-best 6.3 rebounds per game (11th MW), followed by redshirt-sophomore forward Lexie Der at 12.6 ppg (15th MW) and a team-high on the glass at 7.0 rpg (7th MW).
  • Leading the Titans: Chante Miles leads the Titans averaging 14.3 points (10th BWC) and 4.5 assists (2nd BWC), both team highs. Kathleen Iwuoha follows at 11.0 ppg (18th BWC) and team-high 6.5 rebounds per game (t-7th BWC). 
  • Boise State as a Team: Boise State is shooting 38.7 percent (8th MW) from the floor, 29.3 percent (9th MW) from the 3-point arc and 73.5 percent (3rd MW / 68th NCAA) from the free-throw line, as well as averaging 72.5 points (5th MW) and 37.8 rebounds (7th MW) per game. Defensively the Broncos have allowed 75.8 points (10th MW) and 41 boards (7th MW) per game. 
  • Cal State Fullerton as a Team: The Titans average 56.5 points (9th BWC) and 34.8 rebounds (8th BWC) per game, while allowing 65.2 points (1st BWC) and 37.5 rebounds per game (3rd BWC). They shoot 36.9 percent (8th BWC) from the floor, 28 percent (9th BWC) from the arc and 64.5 percent (8th BWC) from the free-throw line.
  • Preseason Polls: Boise State was projected eighth out of 11 teams in the MW preseason poll, while Cal State Fullerton was picked seventh by the coaches in the Big West race out of nine teams.
  • The Coaches: Daron Park is in his first season at CSUF where he is 3-8, his career mark is 36-12. Gordy Presnell is in his ninth season at Boise State where he is 140-119 and 535-246 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 freshmen.
  • Mixing it Up, Leading Scorers: Boise State has had six different players lead the team in scoring during the first 10 games to date. Miquelle Askew has led four 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 seven players averaging between 14.4 and 6.9 points per game starting with Miquelle Askew (14.4 ppg), followed by Lexie Der (12.6 ppg), while Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego chips in 10.0 ppg. 
  • Scoring Points: The Broncos are running a fast paced scoring offense this year which has them averaging 72.5 points per game to rank fifth in the Mountain West and 89th nationally. 
  • Field Goal Attempts: The Broncos have taken more shots than their opponents in eight of 10 games to date. Portland (Dec. 8) was the first team to take more shots than the Broncos, Eastern Washington (Dec. 20) was the last to do it. 
  • Field Goal Shooting: It is interesting that the Broncos rank fifth 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 eight more attempts a game than their opponents.
  • Charity Stripe: Boise State ranks third in the MW and 68th nationally in free throw percentage hitting 73.1 percent. 
  • Hitting 70 Percent from the Stripe: The Broncos have shot over 70 percent from the stripe in five of 10 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 10 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 10 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 +3.2 to rank 63rd 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, tied career-high for points with 21 at Portland (Dec. 8) powered by a career-high 11 free throws made ... had team-high 13 points at Eastern Washington (Dec. 20) ... team-high 14.4 points per game average to rank ninth in the MW for scoring ... second on team and 11th in the MW for rebounding at 6.3 rebounds per game ... ranked ninth in MW for field goal shooting at 47.3 percent ... second in the MW and 51st nationally for free-throw shooting at 86.4 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 10.0 points per game ... second in 3-point percentage (39.6 pct.) for players who have attempted 15 or more this season ... ranked sixth in the MW for 3-point percentage, seventh in MW for 3-pointers made per game a 1.9, 13th in assists per game at 3.1 and tied for 15th in steals per game at 1.5.
  • 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 ... had a second-best 12 points and team-high six rebounds in Boise State loss at Eastern Washington (Dec. 20) ... second on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game, to rank 15th in the MW ... first on team in rebounding and seventh in the MW at 7.0 rebounds per game ... 10th in the MW for steals per game at 1.7 spg.

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