Women's Basketball

Looking at What's New for the Broncos in 2012-13

Boise State welcomed six newcomers this fall.

Boise State enters its fourth week of preseason training with 12 days left before the Lewis-Clark State exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2. The exhibition game is the first contest of a doubleheader with the men's team, the women will tip at 5:30 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

Last week we looked at what Boise State returned from the 2011-12 season. The Broncos return two starters, six letterwinners and one redshirt freshman from a year ago. However, they lost alot of point and rebound production with only 49 percent of the scoring and 51 percent of its rebounding back, leaving plenty of room for the newcomers to come in and contribute immediately.

This week we will review what is new to the program.

What's New This Year - The Transfers

Boise State recruited six new players for the upcoming season including four junior college transfers and two true freshmen. Among the transfers are three guards and one center, one NJCAA second-team All-American, three 2012 NJCAA All-Region honorees and one former Big West Freshman of the Year. All four of the transfers arrived to Boise State via the junior college ranks and all are expected to make an impact this year.

Brandi Henton (Guard; Modesto, Calif.) came to Boise State from Yakima Valley College in Yakima, Wash., where she played nine games before the injury bug struck and sent her to the sideline. Prior to the injury Henton was averaging 24.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game. She spent her freshman year at Long Beach State where she was named the 2011 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and honorable mention All-Big West. The freshman averaged 12.5 points (2nd team / 10th BWC), 4.6 rebounds (2nd team), 1.6 assists (3rd team) and 1.4 steals in 24 minutes per game.

Rosalie Cutri (Guard; Waterloo Corners, South Australia, Australia) was a 2012 NJCAA All-American and two-time All-Region honoree at Casper College in Wyoming. As a sophomore last year Cutri averaged a team-high 13.3 points (16th region), 6.1 rebounds (1st team / 12th region), 4.0 assists (1st team / 7th region) and 4.0 steals (1st team / t-1st region) in 24.3 minutes per game. She left Casper as the school record holder for career assists and steals.

Laura Pelse (Forward; Liepaja, Latvia) is the third junior college transfer and the lone post player among the four. Pelse is a native of Liepaja, Latvia, but comes to Boise State via Sheridan College in Wyoming. She spent two years playing for the Generals earning back-to-back NJCAA All-Region IX honors in 2011 and 2012. As a sophomore last year Pelse recorded 16.7 points (2nd team / 5th region), 7.9 rebounds (t-2nd team / t-11th region), 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.5 minutes per game. She also led the region in field goal shooting hitting 53.8 percent (1st team / t-7th region) from the floor.

The final transfer to review is Erica Martinez (Guard; Salt Lake City, Utah) a high scoring wing player from Snow College in southern Utah. Martinez is also a two-time NJCAA All-Region honoree. She started all 33 games for the Badgers as a sophomore averaging 16.5 points (1st team / 2nd SWAC), 2.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists (1st team / 3rd SWAC) and 2.6 steals (1st team / 4th SWAC) per game. She made a league-high 77 of 228 3-point attempts and led the SWAC in 3-point field goals made per game at 2.3 last season.  Martinez helped lead the Badgers to the 2012 NJCAA Region 18 Tournament title, where she was named MVP, and a berth into the national championship tournament. The native of Salt Lake City, Utah, is expected to be a major outside threat for the Broncos as she made 142 3-pointers in her junior college career.

All four transfers have competed at a high level and were highly regarded at their respective junior colleges. Each has the potential to come in an challenge the returners for quality time and be the impact players the Broncos need.

What's New This Year - The Freshmen

Joining those four transfers are two talented freshmen in Miquelle Askew (South Jordan, Utah) and Kayla Reinhart (Southlake, Texas).

Miquelle Askew was a two-time all-state and all-conference honoree at Skyline High School, as well as the region's most valuable player as a senior.  The four-year starter of the Eagles' varsity team averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, four blocks and two steals per game as a senior. She was ranked fourth in the state for scoring and second at the 4A level last year. Askew led her team to the 2012 Utah 4A State Semifinals with a 31-2 mark.

Kayla Reinhart comes from the Dallas, Texas, metro area where she was a highly decorated prep player at Carroll High School. Reinhart's honors include 2012 TABC and TGCA 5A All-State and academic all-state honoree as a senior, two-time District 7 5A Offensive Player of the Year, two-time TABC All-Region and two-time all-conference. The two-year starter for the Lady Dragons' varsity team averaged 12.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game as a senior. Reinhart led Carroll High to three consecutive University Interscholastic League titles, back-to-back bi-district and area championships during her prep career.

What's New This Year - What The Class Brings

Overall the six newcomers bring quality resumes with them to Boise State. They were all highly decorated at their previous schools and more importantly, they are all proven scorers averaging more than 10 points per game each. With the Broncos returning only 50 percent of their scoring from last season, these recruits have a chance to step in right away and contribute in that area. The class is well balanced and adds depth to some areas where Boise State was a little thin entering the year. This group is talented and very capable of helping the program out early if they can learn the system and mesh with the other members of the team.  
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