Boise State Closes Nonconference with Wyoming in New Year's Eve Matinee

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► What’s Happening This Week
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team closes the nonconference portion of the schedule when it host the University of Wyoming (9-2) out of the Mountain West Conference on New Year’s Eve at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) in Taco Bell Arena. This will be the lone game of the week for the Broncos who enter the game at 10-3 overall.  Boise State will open Western Athletic Conference action on Jan. 6 when it host New Mexico State University. 

► Special Promotion For Wyoming Game
Boise State University would like to get everyone’s New Year’s Eve celebration started early by inviting the community to the Boise State-Wyoming women’s basketball game with free admission. Everyone gets into the game at Taco Bell Arena free, tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (Mountain).

► Radio Broadcasts
Boise State Radio carries every regular season and postseason game on the air beginning with a 15 minute pregame show.  Boise State Assistant Sports Information Director Doug Link is in his 12th year as the voice of Boise State Women’s Basketball providing the play-by-play for each broadcast. To tune into the action go to KBSU AM-730 in Boise, KEZJ AM-1450 in Twin Falls, and KBSK FM-89.9 in McCall.    

► Games on the Internet
Fans can log on to BroncoSports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year.  Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at BroncoSports.com to follow the game on game tracker.  In addition, all games can be heard live on Boise State Radio’s website at http://radio.boisestate.edu/listenonline.html. 


Scouting Game #13

► The Game
Thursday’s encounter is the seventh all-time between Boise State University and the University of Wyoming women’s basketball teams. It also marks the final nonconference game of the year for the Broncos as they open Western Athletic Conference competition next week. Boise State enters the contest on a two-game win streak and undefeated at home. The Cowgirls are coming off a loss to the Oregon Ducks in Laramie, Wyo., their last time out.

The game features two high-scoring offensive teams averaging over 71 points per game each. Boise State will have to get past the nation’s 19th-ranked scoring defense as Wyoming is allowing 54 points per game. The Broncos have allowed 65.5 points per game on the year, however, they are holding opponents to 60 points at home and are winning by an average of 13.3 points per game in Taco Bell Arena. 


Looking at Boise State

► The Broncos
Boise State enters the game at 10-3 overall and undefeated at home going 6-0 to date in Taco Bell Arena. This will be the Broncos first game in 10 days. Their last game was at home on Dec. 21 against Seattle U. which was followed by a short break for Christmas.  Boise State has been solid this year especially at home. The road has been a different story, after opening the season 4-0 on the road the Broncos have struggled lately  losing their last three contests away from Boise by an average of 16.3 points per game. 

► What’s Happened Recently
Boise State is coming off a pair of home wins before Christmas, an eight-point 75-67 win over Santa Clara on Dec. 19 and a 10-point 57-47 win over Seattle on Dec. 21. Prior to that, the Broncos split the previous week defeating Montana State 74-68 on Dec. 9 in Boise before dropping a frustrating 83-72 contest at Saint Mary’s on Dec. 12.

► Who to Watch
Boise State’s leaders are seniors Jessica Van Hoogen and Tasha Harris who lead the Broncos statistically. Van Hoogen averages a team-high 17.3 points (3rd in WAC), 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while Harris adds 16.2 points (4th in WAC), 5.5 rebounds (14th in WAC), and 3.2 assists. Junior center Janie Bos is third on the team in scoring at 7.5 points to go with a team-high 6.6 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game. Senior forward Rebecca Kepilino is fourth in scoring at 6.4 points while adding 4.8 boards.

► Offensively As A Team
The Broncos average 71.9 points per game (2nd in WAC) while shooting 39.9 percent (6th in WAC) from the floor, 26.6 percent (9th in WAC) from the 3-point arc and 70.8 percent (3rd in WAC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Boise State averages a WAC-best 42.9 rebounds per game and gives up 39 (8th in WAC), for a plus 3.9 in rebound margin (3rd in WAC).

► Defensively As A Team
The Broncos allow 65.5 points per game (5th in WAC) and hold opponents to 38.2 percent (4th in WAC) shooting from the floor and 26.4 percent (2nd in WAC) from the arc. Boise State is a plus 2.5 in turnover margin (2nd in WAC) committing a average of 17.5 per game while forcing 20.1 per game.  Boise State is ranked eighth nationally for steals per game at 12.5.

► What’s Back from 2008-09
Boise State returns two starters, five letterwinners and two redshirt seniors from last year’s 16-15 campaign that saw them go 9-7 in WAC play to tie for fifth place. 

► The Head Coach
The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 89-50 while at Boise State and is 485-176 in 22-plus seasons (2009-10 is his 23rd) as a collegiate head coach. He is 0-2 versus Wyoming as Boise State’s head coach. 
 

Looking at Wyoming

► The Cowgirls
Wyoming enters the game at 9-2 overall. The Cowgirls, who are members of the Mountain West Conference, have built a solid program in Laramie where they won the 2007 WNIT title and have averaged 22 wins a year over the last four seasons.

► What’s Happened Recently
Wyoming lost the last time out to the University of Oregon 78-66 on Dec. 20. That was preceded by a 78-40 win over Weber State in Laramie on Dec. 18. Common opponents with Boise State include Oregon which defeated both teams, Idaho State (W 76-40), Washington State (L 63-50) and Weber State. Wyoming went 2-2 versus those four teams while the Broncos are 3-1. The Cowgirls also have a 61-55 win over WAC member Idaho.  

► Who to Watch
Wyoming is led by four players in double-figure scoring. Hillary Carlson leads with 13.7 points per game (8th in MWC), followed by Aubrey VanDiver at 13.5 points (9th in MWC) and a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game (3rd MWC), Emma Langford adds 11.3 ppg, and Kristen Scheffler at 11.0 ppg.   

► Offensively As A Team
The Cowgirls average 71.5 points per game (3rd in MWC) while shooting 44.2 percent (2nd in MWC) from the floor, 39.5 percent (1st in MWC) from the 3-point arc and 74.3 percent (2nd in MWC) from the free-throw line. On the glass, Wyoming averages 38.6 rebounds per game (6th in MWC) and gives up 35.3 (5th in MWC), for a plus 3.4 in rebound margin (3rd in MWC).

► Defensively As A Team
The Cowgirls allow 54.0 points per game (19th nationally, 5th in MWC) and hold opponents to 35 percent (1st in MWC) shooting from the floor and 31.4 percent (6th in MWC) from the arc. Wyoming is a plus 3.9 in turnover margin (2nd in MWC) committing an average of 13.7 per game (5th nationally) while forcing 17.6 per game.

► The Head Coach
Wyoming is in its seventh year under Joe Legerski as head coach. To date, he has gone 124-71 while at Wyoming which is also his career coaching mark. He is 2-1 versus Boise State while at Wyoming. 
 

Looking at the Series

► Boise State Versus Wyoming
Thursday’s encounter between the Cowgirls and Broncos will be the seventh in the series which is currently tied at three wins apiece. However, Wyoming has won the last two contests, both were played in Laramie. Last year Wyoming defeated the Broncos in Laramie 62-55. The Broncos are 2-0 versus Wyoming in games played in Boise which includes the last Boise State victory in the series for the blue and orange, a 55-44 win on Dec. 28, 2004.

► Boise State Versus the Mountain West
Boise State is 1-0 this season against the Mountain West Conference defeating UNLV 74-66 on the road Nov. 28. The Broncos are 20-28 all-time versus the current membership of the league.