Broncos Face Fresno State in MW Quarterfinals

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No. 7 Boise State (11-18, 4-12 MW) Vs. No. 2 Fresno State (21-8, 13-3 MW)
Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 7 p.m. (Mountain)
Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center)


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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK

  • The Game: Boise State (11-18, 4-12 MW) heads to the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship at Las Vegas, Nev., to face the Fresno State Bulldogs (21-8, 13-3 MW) in the quarterfinals.
  • Time and Location: The Broncos and Bulldogs will play in the third quarterfinal contest on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. (Mountain) in UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.
  • The MW Standings:  Boise State finished the regular season in seventh place in the MW standings and will be the No. 7 seed into the tournament, while Fresno State placed second.
  • Next Up: If Boise State wins the quarterfinal game against Fresno State, the Broncos would play the winner of Thursday's No. 3 Wyoming vs. No. 6 Colorado State quarterfinal contest at 3:30 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday.

THE SERIES
  • All-Time Record: Thursday's game will be the 29th meeting all-time in the series between the two programs with Fresno State holding a 19-9 advantage.  
  • Last Year: These two teams did not play last year as Fresno State was still in the Western Athletic Conference, the Bulldogs have won eight straight contests.

2013 SEASON SERIES
  • Series: In both games the contest was close at the half only to see Fresno State take control and pull away in the second period.
  • Game 1 Result: Boise State started the second period slow while Fresno State came out firing to break open a four point, 31-27, game at the halftime. The Bulldogs led by as many as 20 points before settling for a 13 point, 70-57 victory in Fresno. Brandi Henton led Boise State with 14 points followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 12. Ki-Ki Moore scored 20 points to lead Fresno State followed by Rosie Moult with 15.
  • Game 2 Result: In Boise the Broncos trailed by five, 43-38 at halftime only to see the game slip away as the Bulldogs took control in the second half. Fresno State extended its lead to as many as 19 points and eventually won the contest 83-65. Lenhardt led four Boise State players in double-figure scoring with 20 points followed by Henton with 14. Fresno State also had four players reach double-digit points led by Ki-Ki Moore with 22 and Rosie Moult with 21.    
  • Bronco Leaders: In the two games Boise State was led by Lenhardt who averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game, followed by Henton at 14 ppg and 5.5 rpg, and Lexie Der at 9.0 ppg and team-high 6.5 rpg.
  • Broncos as a Team: Boise State shot the ball well against the Bulldogs finishing the series hitting 47.3 percent from the floor, 27.6 percent from beyond the arc and a perfect eight-for-eight from the free-throw line. They held the edge on the glass by two rebounds 29.5 rpg to 27.5 rpg.   
  • Bulldog Leaders: Ki-Ki Moore led Fresno State averaging 21 points and team-best 6.5 rebounds per game. Rosie Moult followed at 18 ppg and 3.5 rpg, while Alex Sheedy added 13 ppg and Taylor Thompson chipped in 12.5 ppg.    
  • Bulldogs as a Team: Fresno State shot 49.5 percent from the floor during the series, 40.7 percent from the arc and 75.8 percent from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs forced 16 turnovers per game by the Broncos, out scoring Boise State 53 to 24 in points off turnovers.   

QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE

  • The Record:  The Broncos enter the game at 11-18 overall and 4-12 in MW play. They are 7-8 at home, 3-9 on the opponents' floor and 1-1 on neutral courts.
  • The Broncos at Home:  The Broncos are 7-8 in home  (3-5 MW) games this year at Taco Bell Arena. They finished last year 10-7 overall at home, their all-time mark is now 261-140 (.654 pct.) since the facility opened in the fall of 1982.
  • The Broncos on the Road:  Boise State is 4-10 away (1-7 MW) from Boise this year. Its last road game was last Saturday (March 9) a 86-45 loss at San Diego State to close the regular season.
  • Recently for Boise State:  The Broncos have dropped three straight entering the conference tournament, a 72-60 loss at Colorado State, a 70-60 home loss to UNLV and followed by the defeat at SDSU.
  • Leading the Broncos: Boise State is led by senior forward Lauren Lenhardt ranked fourth in the MW averaging 15.8 points and 7.0 rebounds (4th MW) per game on the year. She currently ranks fourth in the MW for scoring during league contests at 16.9 ppg and is a three-time MW Player of the Week honoree this season. Junior guard Brandi Henton adds 12.1 ppg (14th MW) in league games.  
  • As a Team:  The Broncos average 62.3 points per game to rank fifth in the league, while allowing 67.7 ppg (6th MW), they rank fourth in rebound offense averaging 39.8 rpg.
  • The Coach:  Gordy Presnell is in his eighth season at Boise State where he is 136-112 (.548 pct.) , 532-239 (.690 pct.) in 25+ seasons all-time. Presnell is 3-12 all-time against Fresno State.

QUICK LOOK AT FRESNO STATE    
  • Fresno State's Record:  The Bulldogs enter the game 21-8 overall and 13-3 in MW play. They are 12-2 at home, 9-6 on the opponents' home courts and 0-0 on neutral floors.  In MW games Fresno State was  6-2 at home and 7-1 on the road.    
  • Recently for the Bulldogs: Fresno State has won four straight including a 80-55 win at Air Force and a 90-64 win at home over UNLV in the regular season finale.
  • Leading the Bulldogs: 2013 All-MW First Team and MW Defensive Player of the Year Ki-Ki Moore leads Fresno State averaging 16.8 points (3rd MW) and 6.2 rebounds (t-9th MW) per game, followed by Rosie Moult at 12.8 ppg (11th MW).
  • As a Team:  On the year, Fresno State features the third-best scoring offense in the MW  averaging 67.8 points per game, while allowing 59.9 ppg (5th MW). The Bulldogs are eighth in rebounding at 35.5 per game and fourth in rebound defense holding opponents to 37 boards per game.
  • The Coach:  Raegan Pebley is in her first year at Fresno State after spending the previous nine at Utah State. She is 21-8 (.724 pct.) at Fresno State and has a career mark of 131-163 (.446) in 10 seasons. Pebley is 8-9 all-time versus Boise State, which includes games while she was at Utah State.

MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON POLL

  • The Mountain West Preseason Poll is a combined coaches and media poll. Boise State was picked to place seventh, while Fresno State was projected to challenge for the MW title picked second out of nine teams in the 2013 league race.

BRONCOS Vs. MOUNTAIN WEST
  • Versus MW All-time:  Boise State is 60-55 (52.2 pct.) all-time versus the current membership of the Mountain West.
  • All-Time in MW Games:  The Broncos are 9-21 all-time in MW games after going 5-9 last year in their first season as members of the MW. However, they are now 9-19 against the current membership in MW games entering the year since the departure of TCU.
  • All-Time in Home Games:  The Broncos are 6-9 all-time in home MW games.
  • All-Time in Road Games:  The Broncos are 3-13 all-time in road MW games.
  • Previous Rivalries:  Boise State has been a conference rival of Nevada and Fresno State previously as members of the Western Athletic Conference 2001-2011.
  • A Rivalry That Spans Five Conferences:  Boise State and Nevada have now been conference rivals in five different conferences since the late 1980's. It began with the old Mountain West Athletic Conference (1987-1988), then the Big Sky Conference (1988-1992), followed by the Big West Conference (1996-2000), Western Athletic Conference (2001-2011), followed by the Mountain West in 2012-13.

BOISE STATE IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
  • Boise State will be competing in its second Mountain West tournament this week when it takes the court against Fresno State.
  • The Broncos are 15-23 all-time in conference tournaments.
  • Boise State is 1-1 in the MW championship tournament.
  • Last year the Broncos defeated Colorado State 68-63 before falling in the semifinals 51-50 to New Mexico.