Dec. 2, 2017
Boise State (2-3) at Eastern Washington (2-4)
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
Cheney, Wash. - Reese Court
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (2-3) plays it's first true road contest of the 2017 campaign, traveling to Cheney to face Eastern Washington Sunday at 2 p.m. MT.
LAST TIME OUT
Boise State dropped it's first home contest of the season Thursday night, falling 74-72 to Saint Mary's. The Broncos were in control for much of the contest, leading 64-54 entering the fourth quarter, but went cold over the final 10 minutes, going 2-for-15 from the field.
Riley Lupfer continued her improved shooting from the last two contests, going 4-for-9 from 3-point range and scoring 15 points against the Gaels, while Ellie Woerner put up her best stat line of the season, going for 13 points, five rebounds and six assists.
Eastern Washington (2-4) enters Sunday's contest coming off of a 69-45 loss at Gonzaga Thursday night.
Delaney Hodgins, older sister of Boise State guard Braydey Hodgins, leads the Eagles with 17.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, along with Violet Kapri Morrow's 11.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Sophomore guard Braydey Hodgins made her season debut Thursday against Saint Mary's, scoring eight points with two assists in 21 minutes off the bench. Hodgins had missed the first four games of the season after suffering a hand injury during preseason practice in October.
Hodgins returns to action just in time to face Eastern Washington, and older sister Delaney Hodgins, the Eagles' leading scorer at 17.7 points per game. The sisters faced off last year at Taco Bell Arena, with Braydey and the Broncos coming out on top, 67-64.
HERMIDA LEADING THE WAY
Junior guard Marta Hermida has emerged as Boise State's leader early this season, and it has shown on the court. Through the first five games this season, Hermida leads the Broncos in scoring (12.6 ppg), rebounding (6.2 rpg) and assists (5.20 apg).
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.
With Braydey Hodgins' preseason injury, Hermida stepped up into the Broncos' point-guard role, and is averaging 5.20 assists with a 1.30 assist-to-turnover ratio.
LUPFER HEATING UP
Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer continued to heat up from the field Thursday after a slow start over the season's opening three games. Through those first three contests, Lupfer was a combined 10-for-32 (.313) from the field and 6-for-21 (.286) from behind the arc, but over the past two games (against Corban and Saint Mary's), has shot 55.6 percent (10-for-18) from the field and 53.8 percent (7-for-13) from 3-point range.
BRINGING ENERGY OFF THE BENCH
Boise State got healthy contributions from some of its top reserves Thursday, as forwards A'Shanti Coleman and Joyce Harrell, and guard Braydey Hodgins all played key roles.
Hodgins, making her season debut, hit both of her 3-point attempts and finished with eight points and two assists. Coleman played 19 minutes off the bench, going 3-for-6 from the field, and 3-for-3 from the line, for nine points with four rebounds, while Harrell, in 13 minutes, scored four points with three rebounds.