Dec. 4, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State Athletics wants to get Bronco Nation involved in celebrating the performances of our student-athletes, so we are giving Bronco fans the chance to vote on the top Boise State performer each week!
Follow @BroncoSports on Twitter, and vote in our Twitter poll for your Boise State Athlete of the Week every Monday morning, and the occasional Tuesday morning, should a holiday fall on a Monday.
Braydey Hodgins | Guard | Sophomore | Pasco, Wash.
Hodgins led Boise State with a career-high 14 points to pace the Broncos in a 61-57 victory at Eastern Washington on Sunday afternoon. Hodgins came up big for the Broncos against a squad that features her older sister, Delaney, as she drew a key foul and sank both free throws to get the Bronco lead back up to five with 1:06 to go, and the Broncos were able to hold on. A sophomore out of Pasco, Wash., Hodgins made her season debut on Thursday vs. Saint Mary's after suffering a preseason injury. Against the Gaels, Hodgins tallied eight points and two assists in 21 minutes of work.
Chandler Hutchison | Guard | Senior | Mission Viejo, Calif.
Hutchison and the Broncos picked up three wins this past week with home wins against Loyola Chicago (87-53) and Portland (77-54) along with a 73-70 road win at Oregon that snapped the Ducks' nation-best 46-game home winning streak. Hutchison was the story against the Pilots, as the senior recorded the first known triple-double in program history with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The triple-double is just the fifth in Mountain West history and the sixth in NCAA Division I this season. Then on Friday night against Oregon Hutchison recorded a double-double, collected 20 points and 10 rebounds in the road upset victory.
Leighton Vander Esch | Linebacker | RS Junior | Riggins, Idaho
Vander Esch, who was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year early in the week proved why in the conference championship game, earning Defensive MVP as he tied his career high with 16 tackles and iced the 17-14 victory over Fresno State with a big interception late in the fourth quarter. The redshirt junior linebacker led an inspired Bronco defense that did not allow the Bulldogs to score in the second half, setting up the offense for the comeback to win the Mountain West title.