- Boise State University (7-6) closes the year with a home game against Utah Valley University (6-6) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena.
- This is the first of two final nonconference games for Boise State before opening its first Mountain West campaign. The Broncos will play at New Mexico State on Jan. 7.
- Boise State looks to snap a two game losing streak following losses at the University of Portland 83-56 on Dec. 19 and a 64-52 home loss to Utah State University on Dec. 22.
- The Broncos are 6-3 at home this season.
- Radio: As usual, the game will be carried live on The Ticket/ESPN Radio (KTIK AM 1350) with Chris King calling all the action.
- Internet: Live stats and audio (free) will be available on BroncoSports.com. While audio with video is available by subscription (fee).
Time Change for Utah Valley Game
- The start time for the Utah Valley at Boise State game on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Taco Bell Arena in Boise has been changed from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Mountain).
- Boise State will close the nonconference portion of its schedule on the road at New Mexico State on Saturday, Jan. 7, in Las Cruces, tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (Mountain).
- This is the second game of a home-and-home this season with the Aggies. The Broncos won 72-57 in Boise on Dec. 11.
- Boise State begins its first Mountain West Conference season at home on Wednesday, Jan. 11, versus the University of New Mexico.
Boise State Versus Utah Valley and the Great West Conference
- Saturday's encounter will be the eighth in the all-time series which the Broncos lead 5-2.
- Boise State leads the series in games played at Boise by a 2-1 margin. However, UVU won 73-70 the last time the Wolverines were in town on Nov. 29, 2008.
- Boise State has won two straight in the series, both in Orem, Utah, including a 80-71 win last year (Dec. 20, 2010).
- Of the six members of the Great West Conference Boise State has only played Utah Valley going 5-2 to date.
- Other members of the league include: North Dakota, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Texas-Pan American, Chicago State and Houston Baptist.
Last Time Between Boise State and Utah Valley
- Kati Isham scored a career-high 28 points to lead Boise State to the 80-71 road victory.
- Boise State led nearly the entire game and by as many as 17 points, 43-26, early in the second half.
- The Broncos shot a then-season-high 52 percent from the floor to go with 40 percent (6-15) from the arc and 90.9 percent (10-11) from the free-throw line.
- The Broncos dominated the paint out scoring the Wolverines 34 to 18 down low.
- Second chance points went to UVU by a 16 to six margin.
- In addition to Isham, Janie Bos and Lauren Lenhardt each hit double figure points with 10 apiece.
- Sammie Jensen led UVU with 19 points and 14 rebounds followed by Jenna Johnson with 16 points and Whitney Jenkins with 10.
- UVU shot 39.3 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent (7-21) from the arc and 80 percent (16-20) from the charity stripe.
High Scoring Broncos
- Boise State continues to be the hottest shooting team in the Mountain West hitting conference-highs for field goal shooting at 43.6 percent from the floor and 34.5 percent from beyond the arc which has resulted in a league best 73.2 points per game. The Broncos are also hitting a third-best (tied) 72.7 percent from the free-throw line.
- The Broncos are ranked in the top-30 nationally for scoring offense (25th), field goal percentage (18th) and 3-point field goal percentage (21st) as of 12/18/11. They are 33rd in 3-pointers per game (6.7) and 58th in free throw percentage.
- Lauren Lenhardt leads from the free-throw line with a team-best 84.2 percent (16-19) followed by Nicole Brady at 82.1 (23-28) and Kati Isham at 81.4 percent (35-43). Isham is ranked sixth in the MW, Brady and Lenhardt have not had enough attempts to be ranked.
- Four of five starters for Boise State are shooting above 40 percent from the floor with a high of 54.9 pct by Lauren Lenhardt and a low of 37.6 pct. by Diana Lee. Lenhardt leads the MW and is 28th nationally in field goal percentage.
- Eight of 11 active Broncos have hit at least one 3-pointer this year and four that have 10 or more. Kati Isham leads with 32 followed by Diana Lee with 16. Isham leads the MW in 3-pointers made per game at 2.5 and is third in 3-point percentage at 38 percent (32-83), Lee ranks fifth hitting 37.2 percent (16-43).
- Balanced attack, Boise State has a relatively balanced attack with six players averaging over seven points per game with a high of 14.7 ppg by Kati Isham and a low of 7.0 ppg by Kinzi Poteet.
- Boise State has done a good job of passing the ball around leading the MW in assists at 14.8 per game, 55th nationally. Four Broncos are ranked in the MW top nine for assists with Lee and Pilcher tied for fifth (3.0 apg), Lister eighth (2.7 apg) and Isham ninth (2.5 apg).
The Broncos Defensively
- Defensively, the Broncos are last in the MW for scoring defense giving up 69.7 points per game.
- They are sixth in field goal defense allowing teams to shoot 40.5 percent from the floor.
- Boise State is second in the MW and is ranked 86th nationally for 3-point defense holding opponents to 28.6 percent from beyond the arc.
The Broncos on the Glass
- The Broncos are second in the MW for rebound defense holding teams to 34.5 boards per game.
- Boise State is ranked fifth in the MW for rebound offense averaging 39 per game.
- Boise State has out rebounded all but three teams (four games) this season and is third in the conference in rebound margin at +4.5, which ranks 61st nationally.
- The Broncos average 13.9 offensive boards a game, good for an average of 12.2 points per game on second chance points.
Broncos to Watch
- Kati Isham, Senior Guard - led Boise State last year in scoring at 12.7 points per game and shot a team-high 37 percent (70-189) from 3-point range. This year she is ranked fifth in the MW averaging 14.7 points per game. She is shooting 42.2 percent from the floor (13th MW), 38.6 percent from long range (3rd MW) and 81.4 percent (6th MW) from the free-throw line. Isham has started every game of her Boise State career (44).
- Lauren Lenhardt, Junior Forward/Center - Lenhardt was second in scoring last year as a starter averaging 12.2 points per game and second-best 5.6 rebounds. She recently moved back into starting lineup after recovering from an injury suffered during October's training period. This year she is averaging at 12.3 points per game (9th MW) and 6.0 rebounds (t-14th MW). She leads the MW and is ranked 28th nationally in field goal percentage hitting 54.9 percent from the floor. Lenhardt was named MW Player of the Week on Nov. 28.
- Diana Lee, Sophomore Guard - Lee has started 41-of-44 games in her career. She was a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Freshmen Team honoree last year. This year she is averaging 8.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists (t-5th MW). Lee is ranked fifth in the MW for 3-point percentage hitting 37.2 percent (16-43).
- Nicole Brady, Redshirt-senior forward - Brady has started 10 games this year averaging 9.9 points (15th MW) and team-high 7.3 rebounds (4th MW) per game. She has five games with 10-plus boards including a career-high 13 against Weber State. Brady has two doubles-doubles recording 10 points and 11 boards versus Southern Oregon, in addition to a career-high 30 points to go with 11 rebounds at Utah State on Nov. 23.
- Kinzi Poteet, Junior Forward - Poteet has started 13 games for the Broncos in the post averaging 7.0 points and second-best 7.1 rebounds per game (7th MW).
- Heather Pilcher, Senior Guard/Wing - Pilcher is having a strong senior season so far averaging 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists (t-5th MW) per game.
A Quick Look at Utah Valley
- The Wolverines enter the game at 6-6 overall and are coming off a 82-51 loss Wednesday night at the University of Utah. Prior to that they defeated Weber State on the road 72-65 on Dec. 21.
- The UVU is a member of the Great West Conference where they were picked by the league's coaches to finish second out of six schools in this year's race.
- Sammie Jensen a preseason All-GWC First Team honoree leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 14.4 ppg and 9.8 rpg. Second-team preseason All-GWC honoree Jenna Johnson follows Jensen in scoring averaging 9.3 ppg.
- As a team the Wolverines average 60.9 points per game and allow 64.9.
- The UVU returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's 8-21 team that placed fourth in the GWC at 5-7.
- Cathy Nixon is in her 17th year at Utah Valley where she is 288-208 all-time and 2-5 versus Boise State.
Last Week For the Broncos
- For the week of Dec. 17-22, Boise State went 1-2 with a win at Eastern Washington (W 72-63), a loss at Portland (L 83-56) and a loss at home to Utah State (L 64-52).
- Lauren Lenhardt led in scoring at 11.3 ppg and was second in rebounding at 7.0 rpg. Kati Isham was the only other Bronco to average double figure points at 10.7 ppg. Kinzi Poteet added 8.7 ppg and 6.7 rpg, while Nicole Brady averaged 8.3 ppg and team-high 7.3 rpg.
- As a team, Boise State shot a season-low 37.7 percent for the week from the floor, 29.8 percent from the arc and 71.9 percent from the free-throw line.
- Boise State averaged 60 points per game and gave up 70 ppg.
- Defensively, Boise State allowed the teams to shot 40.8 percent from the floor and 36.5 percent from the 3-point arc.
- The Broncos out rebounded the opponents 37 to 35 boards per game.