Broncos, Huskies Face Off Thursday
Dec. 6, 2017
Boise State (3-3) vs. Washington (4-3)
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (3-3) begins a two-game week Thursday, hosting Washington for a 7 p.m. tip.
Following Thursday's contest, the Broncos will travel to Portland to take on the Pilots Sunday afternoon (3 p.m. MT). The contest will be Boise State’s last before an eight-day break for final exams.
Thursday’s contest will be carried over-the-air by Stadium, with Dominic Shelden on play-by-play and former Bronco great Brooke Pahukoa on color. Check your local listings or go to https://watchstadium.com/where-to-watch/ to find out where to watch the game on TV.
LAST TIME OUT
Five Broncos scored in double figures in the contest, the second time the team has achieved that feat this season. Sophomore guard Braydey Hodgins, in just her second game back from a preseason hand injury, led the Broncos with 14 points, while Marta Hermida and Marijke Vanderschaaf each scored 11, and the pair of Riley Lupfer and Shalen Shaw added 10 apiece.
The Huskies are paced on offense by the scoring of Amber Melgoza (12.3 ppg) and Mai-Loni Henson (10.6 ppg), while Fapou Semebene (5.6 rpg) leads the team on the boards. As a team, the Huskies are shooting 40.3 percent from the field.
Boise State and Washington met last year in Seattle, with the Huskies coming away with a 92-66 victory. In that contest, Huskies guard Kelsey Plum scored 44 points.
SHAKING OFF A COLD START
It’s been a stark difference from the opening three games of the seaosn, in which the Broncos shot just 33.8 percent from the field, 24.0 percent from behind the arc, and went 1-2.
While four of five Bronco starters were shooting below 40 percent over the season’s first three games, over the next three, they’ve each seen marked improvement, as Marijke Vanderschaaf (35.5 percent to 53.6 percent), Marta Hermida (32.3 percent to 48.6 percent), Riley Lupfer (31.3 percent to 48.3 percent) and Ellie Woerner (37.9 percent to 45.5 percent) have each been key to this turnaround.
FAMILY BRAGGING RIGHTS
Braydey improved to 2-0 head-to-head in the family rivalry as the Broncos beat the Eagles, 61-57. Most impressive in the contest was the fact that each Hodgins sister led her respective team in scoring, with Braydey pacing the Broncos with 14, and Delaney leading all players with a game-high 26.
HODGINS HEATS UP IN RETURN
Sunday at Eastern Washington, Hodgins scored a career-high 14 points, and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the line to help the Broncos ice their 61-57 win over the Eagles.
HERMIDA HAVIN’ A YEAR
She is one of just two Broncos to post a double-double this season (Marijke Vanderschaaf is the other), and posted just the second triple-double in program history on Nov. 26, recording 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Corban.
While point guard Braydey Hodgins was out for the first four games of the season with a hand injury, Hermida stepped up into the Broncos’ point-guard role, and is averaging 4.83 assists with a 1.21 assist-to-turnover ratio over the first six games.
LUPFER HEATS UP
Her latest run helps offset a cold start to the season in which Lupfer shot just 28.6 percent from 3-point range, and 32.3 percent overall.
VANDERSCHAAF ON THE BOARDS
Vanderschaaf, who got her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds Nov. 19 against Northern Arizona, scored in double digits for the third time in her last four games, continuing her run over the last three games. During that span, Vanderschaaf has averaged 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds a game while shooting 53.6 percent from the field.
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