Broncos Host Utah State For Play4Kay
Feb. 9, 2018
Boise State (14-9, 8-4 MW) vs. Utah State (5-18, 3-9 MW)
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (14-9, 8-4 MW) looks to finish a sweep of its two-game homestand Saturday at 2 p.m. as it hosts Utah State (5-18, 3-9 MW). The Broncos play twice on the road next week, opening Wednesday (Feb. 14) at Nevada before traveling to Air Force for a 2 p.m. tip Saturday (Feb. 17).
The first 200 Bronco fans in Taco Bell Arena will receive a free pink Bronco t-shirt.
LAST TIME OUT
Facing a team that had put 100 up against it a month earlier, and with a spot in the Mountain West top 5 on the line, Boise State fought back from a nine-point, second-quarter deficit, led by career nights from Marta Hermida (26 points, four assists, 7-for-8 FT) and A'Shanti Coleman (15 points, eight rebounds), for the win.
In a game that featured nine ties and 18 lead changes, the Broncos went 11-for-12 from the line in the fourth quarter to beat back every New Mexico comeback attempt.
The Aggies have dropped five of six entering Saturday's contest, most recently falling at home against Wyoming, 64-46, Wednesday. Utah State is led by the play of Olivia West (12.1 ppg) and Rachel Brewster (9.6 ppg).
Boise State will go for the season sweep over the Aggies Saturday, as the Broncos beat Utah State, 64-42, in Logan back on Jan. 17.
HERMIDA LEADS DOWN THE STRETCH
With the Broncos leading the Lobos, 82-77, with 1:38 to play, Hermida took over, hitting a jumper with 1:09 to go to start a game-ending stretch in which she scored Boise State's final nine points. As New Mexico continued to inch closer, Hermida was nails from the line, going 7-for-8 to keep the Bronco lead safe.
COLEMAN'S CAREER NIGHT
Coleman, a transfer from Arizona who had to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA rules, had averaged over six points a game coming off the bench for the Broncos over the previous 22 games of the season. Wednesday night, in her first start, Coleman continued to spark the Bronco offense, going 5-for-9 from the field, and 5-of-6 from the line over 33 minutes.
For the year, Coleman is averaging 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds a game while shooting 53.2 percent.
LUPFER GOES INSIDE THE ARC
Lupfer's adjustment also paid dividends late, as, with the Broncos up just four with 2:59 to play, she drove and drew contact on two-straight possessions, resulting in four made free throws which upped the Bronco lead to six at 82-76 and kept New Mexico at arm's length.
This year, while Lupfer is shooting 45.2 percent from 3-point range (85-for-188), she has been just as deadly inside the arc and at the line, shooting 51.7 percent (45-for-87) on 2-point shots, and 93.5 percent (29-for-31) from the line.
MAKE FREE THROWS, WIN GAMES
Despite not going to the line for the entire first half, the Broncos aggressively attacked in the second half, converting the freebies. It all came to a head in the final minute, when Marta Hermida went 7-for-8 from the line to put away the Lobos.
MAKING HOME FEEL LIKE, WELL, 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 would be the most in a season for the Broncos since going 7-8 in 2012-13.
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