Dec. 9, 2017
Boise State (4-3) at Portland (4-4)
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
Portland, Ore. - Chiles Center
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (4-3) makes a quick trip to Portland, taking on the Pilots Sunday at 3 p.m. MT. The contest will be the last for the Broncos before they take an eight-day break for final exams, returning to action Monday, Dec. 18, at Taco Bell Arena against Washington State. That contest begins a three-game homestand for the Broncos that includes CSU Bakersfield (Dec. 20) and St. Francis (Pa.) (Dec. 21).
LAST TIME OUT
Boise State shot a blistering 58.2 percent from the field and went 9-for-22 (.409) from 3-point range in Thursday's 85-62 victory over Washington.
Shalen Shaw recorded her first double-double of the season, going 8-for-13 from the field while scoring 17 points with 14 rebounds, both season highs, while Marta Hermida scored 16 points to go with seven rebounds and nine assists.
Freshman Tess Amundsen scored a season-high 13 points while going 4-for-8 from 3-point range.
Portland (4-4) snapped a four-game losing streak with Friday night's 95-59 victory over Warner Pacific.
The Pilots, with Cheryl Sorenson in her fourth season at the helm, are led by the play of Julie Spencer (11.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Darian Slaga (11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg).
Sunday's contest marks a return for redshirt sophomore guard Ellie Woerner, who transferred to Boise State from Portland following the 2015-16 season.
In her lone year at Portland, Woerner led the Pilots with 11.8 points per game while shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 38.9 from 3-point range. She started 28 of 29 games for the Pilots.
SHOOTING HOT FIRE
Boise State blazed past Washington Thursday night thanks in part to it's hottest-shooting game of the season. The Broncos shot 58.2 percent (32-for-55) in the contest, and went 9-for-22 (.409) from 3-point range, led by Tess Amundsen (4-for-8 on 3s) and Riley Lupfer (3-for-5).
Shalen Shaw went 8-for-13 from the field en route to a team-high 17 points, while Marta Hermida was 6-for-9 for 16 points. Joyce Harrell came off the bench to score eight points on 4-for-5 shooting, while Brooke Wheeler was 3-for-3 with seven points.
SHAW DOUBLES UP
Senior forward Shalen Shaw enjoyed her best game of the season Thursday, going 8-for-13 from the field and posting her first double-double of the season with season highs of 17 points and 14 assists. For the senior it was a welcome night, as she had only previously hit double digits in rebounds once this year, and hadn't scored more than 10 points in a game since going for 16 in the season opener against Northwest Christian on Nov. 10.
"BIG" TRIO STEPS UP
Starting center Marijke Vanderschaaf went down with a leg injury on the game's second possession, and in her absence, the trio of Joyce Harrell, Brooke Wheeler, and A'Shanti Coleman stepped up "big" time.
The trio combined to go 8-for-9 from the field and score 20 points in the contest, led by Harrell's eight points on 4-for-5 shooting, and Wheeler's seven points on 3-for-3 shooting. Coleman made her only field-goal attempt and went 3-for-4 from the line to finish with five points. On the boards, Wheeler came down with four rebounds while Harrell added a pair.
STEADY GOES IT
Junior guard Marta Hermida continued her stellar start to the 2017-18 campaign Thursday night, going 6-for-9 from the field and finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds and nine assists
For Hermida, who posted just the second triple-double in Boise State women's basketball history back on Nov. 26 (with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Corban), it was her third game this season in which she has scored at least five points with five rebounds and five assists.
On the year, Hermida, who has stepped up to take the leadership role this season, leads the Broncos with 12.9 points and 5.4 assists per game, while ranking second with 6.1 rebounds per game.
SHAKING OFF A COLD START
Boise State appears to be shaking off what was a cold start to the campaign, going 3-1 over its past three games and shooting 47.2 percent as a team.
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 four, they've each seen marked improvement, as Marijke Vanderschaaf (35.5 percent to 53.6 percent), Marta Hermida (32.3 percent to 52.3 percent), Riley Lupfer (31.3 percent to 48.6 percent) and Ellie Woerner (37.9 percent to 40.0 percent) have each been key to this turnaround.