Lupfer Honored By NCAA.com
Jan. 17, 2018

  • NCAA.com Starting Five (Jan. 8-14)

    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State sophomore guard Riley Lupfer was named to NCAA.com's Starting Five, which honored the nation's top women's basketball performances over the week of Jan. 8-14, after her standout performances in Bronco wins over Fresno State and San Diego State. She was joined on this week's team by California's Kristine Anigwe, Louisville's Asia Durr, Georgia's Caliya Robinson, and Central Arkansas' Kamry Orr.

    Lupfer, who also was named Mountain West Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks on Monday, became the first player to take home that honor twice this season, and is the first Bronco to do so since Miquelle Askew was thrice honored and Brooke Pahukoa took it home twice in 2015-16.

    Lupfer earned this national recognition with two game-changing performances as Boise State overcame a pair of seven-point halftime deficits to pick up wins over Fresno State (75-66) and at San Diego State (86-70), improving to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in Mountain West play. She averaged 27.0 points over the two wins, scoring 26 Wednesday against the Bulldogs and matching her career high of 28 Saturday at San Diego State, and was deadly from deep, going a combined 13-for-21 (61.9 percent) from 3-point range, including a career high-tying seven against the Aztecs. She shot 61.3 percent (19-for-31) overall from the field for the week.

    Lupfer helped make the difference in each of Boise State's second half comebacks, averaging 22.0 points over the two second halves while shooting 83.3 percent from the field (15-for-18) and 78.6 percent (11-for-14) from behind the arc. Boise State went on to outscore its two opponents by a combined 37 points (85-48).

    Saturday in San Diego, Lupfer opened the second half with a three, and minutes later hit another to cap an 11-0 Boise State run that flipped its 43-36 deficit into a 47-43 lead. She went on to score 25 points in the half as Boise State outscored San Diego State, 50-27, over the final 20 minutes.

    For the season, Lupfer ranks 15th in the country in 3-pointers made (60), and 12th in 3-point field-goal percentage (45.5). Over the first six conference games she has now posted four 20-point games, and her 31 3-pointers in Mountain West play are 11 more than the second-place player (Air Force's Kaelin Immel, 20).

    Boise State (10-7, 4-2 MW), just one game off the pace in the Mountain West, takes on Utah State (4-13, 2-4 MW) tonight at 7 p.m. in Logan before hosting Nevada (9-7, 2-3 MW) at Taco Bell Arena Saturday at 2 p.m.


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