Broncos Host Lobos Wednesday
Feb. 7, 2018
Boise State (13-9, 7-4 MW) vs. New Mexico (18-6, 6-5 MW)
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (13-9, 7-4 MW) opens a two-game homestand Wednesday night, looking to get back in the win column as the Broncos host New Mexico (18-6, 6-5 MW) at 7 p.m. The Broncos close the week Saturday at 2 p.m. against Utah State before a pair of road contests next week at Nevada and Air Force.
LAST TIME OUT
The loss stung even more because, with Wyoming’s loss to Fresno State earlier in the day, the Broncos and Lady Rebels were playing for first place in the Mountain West.
Riley Lupfer was one of the few bright spots in Saturday’s game for Boise State, scoring 17 points and hitting five 3-pointers, passing Abby Vaughan’s 2002-03 mark of 81 and setting the Bronco single-season benchmark with 83.
The Lobos, winners of two-straight heading into Wednesday’s contest, went through a 1-5 stretch after beating the Broncos, 100-83, on Jan. 3. New Mexico is led by the play of Cherise Beynon (16.7 ppg, 7.33 apg) and Jaisa Nunn (15.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg).
Last time the teams met, it was a wild, back-and-forth affair until New Mexico outscored the Broncos, 17-5, over the final 4:10 to pull away for the 100-83 win. Riley Lupfer went for 24 points and hit five 3-pointers for the Broncos in the contest.
LUPFER GETS THE RECORD
Lupfer hit the record-setting 82nd 3-pointer with 1:17 to go in the third quarter.
From a career standpoint, Lupfer cracked the Boise State top 10 for 3-pointers made on Jan. 27 against Air Force. She currently stands at 139 3-pointers made for her career, good for ninth all-time.
LUPFER SHREDS PROGRAM CONFERENCE RECORD
What’s even more impressive about Lupfer’s accomplishment is that she set the mark in just 11 games, while Vaughan and Pahukoa’s tallies were over 18.
LUPFER MOVES UP THE NCAA RANKINGS
Through Tuesday’s (Feb. 6) games, Lupfer ranked sixth in the country in 3-pointers made (83), and eighth in 3-point field-goal percentage (46.1).
NEED TO FIND A WIN AT HOME
The five losses at home equal the most since the 2015-16 campaign, when Boise State went 10-5 at Taco Bell Arena. A sixth home loss Wednesday would be the most in a season for the Broncos since going 7-8 in 2012-13.
COLEMAN REMAINS A SPARK
Saturday at UNLV, Coleman gave the struggling Bronco offense a spark, coming in and scoring three field goals, finishing the game with eight points and five rebounds.
Coleman, who sat out the 2016-17 campaign after transferring from Arizona, has continued her strong play against Mountain West opponents, averaging 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds with 11 blocks and a 55.6 field-goal percentage. On Jan. 24 against San Jose State, she had a career day, scoring a career-best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
WOERNER REMAINS SOLID
Over the last seven games, Woerner, who sat out 2016-17 after transferring from Portland, has averaged 6.4 points over 19.9 minutes and shot 50.0 percent (16-for-32), including a respectable 38.5 percent (5-for-13) from 3-point range. In only two of the last seven games (Jan. 10 against Fresno State, Jan. 27 against Air Force) has Woerner failed to score at least six points.
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