Women's Basketball

Broncos Head To San Diego

Jan. 12, 2018

Boise State (9-7, 3-2 MW) at San Diego State (8-7, 2-2 MW)
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
San Diego, Calif. (Viejas Arena)

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (9-7, 3-2 MW) makes the first of its two trips to California this season, visiting San Diego State Saturday for a 2 p.m. MT tip Saturday. The contest begins a two-game road swing for the Broncos, as they head to Logan to face Utah State Wednesday (Jan. 17).

Boise State snapped its two-game slide with Wednesday's 75-66 victory over Fresno State. The win was also the Broncos' fourth in a row against the Bulldogs.

For the second time this season, Boise State came back from a double-digit deficit to win. The Broncos trailed the Bulldogs by as many as 10 late in the second quarter before making their final seven shots of the half, and going on to outscore Fresno State, 35-21, in the second half.

Riley Lupfer posted her third 20-point game over Boise State's last four, going for 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting and a 6-of-9 effort from 3-point range. Lupfer and A'Shanti Coleman (nine points in the contest) combined to score 15 of Boise State's 18 fourth-quarter points.

Boise State makes the first of its two trips to California this weekend, visiting San Diego State (8-7, 2-2 MW) for a 2 p.m. MT tip Saturday.

The Aztecs, with Stacie Terry in her fifth season at the helm, are led by the play of McKynzie Fort, who paces the Aztecs in scoring (17.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg). San Diego State snapped a two-game losing streak Wednesday with a 75-65 victory over San Jose State.

Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer was at it again Wednesday night, sinking six of her nine 3-point attempts and finishing Boise State's win with 26 points, her third 20-point game in the last four contests.

Lupfer made a career-high 10 field goals in just 14 attempts, but more impressive was the fact that, after missing her first three attempts of the game (including two 3-point attempts), she went 10-for-11 overall and 6-for-7 from deep over the final 30:43 of the contest. Lupfer scored 19 of her 26 points in the second half, and six over Boise State's 14-0 run from the end of the third quarter to the start of the fourth that broke the game open.

Riley Lupfer, a Mountain West All-Freshman Team selection a year ago, has put herself in position for inclusion to the full all-conference team this season as she ranks in the conference top 10 in scoring (14.6 ppg, eighth) 3-pointers made (53, second) and 3-point field-goal percentage (44.2, sixth).

In conference play, Lupfer has heated up, as her 24 3-pointers over the first five games has her eight ahead of the closest competitor (Fresno State's Candice White, with 16), and her 55.8-percent clip from behind the arc ranks fourth. Scoring-wise, Lupfer's 20.0 points per game ranks tied for fourth.

Wednesday's victory over Fresno State also marked Boise State's second this season after they'd trailed by double digits. The Broncos trailed the Bulldogs by 10 twice in the second quarter, with the final occasion being a 38-28 score with 4:24 left, then outscored the Bulldogs, 47-28, the rest of the way.

Boise State's first double-digit comeback this season came Dec. 28 at Colorado State, when the Broncos overcame a 12-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Rams, 62-58.

A key part of Boise State's breakthrough Wednesday night was the second-half performance of forward A'Shanti Coleman, who went 3-for-4 from the field and scored all nine of her points over the final 20 minutes.

Coleman helped spark Boise State's 14-0 run over the end of the third quarter to the opening minutes of the fourth, scoring seven points of the 14 points which helped the Broncos turn a 56-52 deficit into a 66-56 lead with7:35 remaining in the contest. This season, her first on the court for the Broncos after sitting out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Coleman has been clutch off the bench, averaging 6.4 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the field over 20.1 minutes per game. The San Francisco native also leads the Broncos with 16 blocks.

Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell made two changes to the starting five ahead of Wednesday's game against Fresno State, inserting sophomore guard Braydey Hodgins and freshman forward Tess Amundsen in place of Ellie Woerner and Joyce Harrell.

The moves paid off as Hodgins and Amundsen made strong contributions to the Bronco win. Hodgins scored 12 points, hit three 3-pointers, and passed out a career-high six assists while taking point-guard duties off the hands of Marta Hermida for stretches of the game, and Amundsen finished with six points, scoring four of those points and making a steal in the opening 2:27 to help the Broncos get off to a solid start.

For both Hodgins and Amundsen, Wednesday's start was the first of their respective careers.

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