Women's Basketball

Broncos Go For Four In A Row Saturday

Jan. 19, 2018

Boise State (11-7, 5-2 MW) vs. Nevada (10-7, 3-3 MW)
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Boise, Idaho - Taco Bell Arena

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (11-7, 5-2 MW), on its third three-game winning streak of the season, attempts to make it four in a row for the first time as it hosts Nevada Saturday at 2 p.m. The Broncos finish the first cycle of Mountain West games next week, visiting San Jose State Wednesday (Jan. 24) before returning home to host Air Force Saturday (Jan. 27).

Boise State increased its winning streak to three games, its third-such streak this season, with a 64-42 victory at Utah State Wednesday.

The Broncos got 19 points and five 3-pointers from Riley Lupfer, while Shalen Shaw went 7-for-11 from the field for 15 points to go with seven rebounds. The bench also made big contributions, as Ellie Woerner scored nine points, Joyce Harrell matched her career high with eight rebounds, and A'Shanti Coleman added five points and two rebounds.

Defensively, the Broncos held the Aggies to just 30.0 percent shooting, as Utah State's 15 field goals and five assists were season lows for a Bronco opponent.

Boise State will go for its first four-game winning streak of the season Saturday as the Broncos host Nevada (10-7, 3-3 MW) at 2 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.

The Wolf Pack, after a five-game winning streak in December which included a victory over Fresno State in the Mountain West opener, have dropped three of their last five since. Wednesday night, Nevada bounced back from a 79-57 loss at Utah State to defeat San Jose State, 91-63.

With first-year head coach Amanda Levens at the helm, Nevada is led by the play of Teige Zeller (13.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and Camariah King (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg).

Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer earned a pair of major honors earlier this week, being named Mountain West Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday, then on Wednesday being named to NCAA.com's "Starting Five" for the week following her standout performances in wins over Fresno State and San Diego State.

Lupfer averaged 27.0 points and 4.5 rebounds over the two wins, and was on fire from deep, shooting 61.9 percent (13-for-21) on 3-point attempts. She saved her best moments for the second half of each game, averaging 22.0 points over the two second halves and shooting a scorching 83.3 percent (15-for-18) from the field and 78.6 percent (11-for-14) from behind the arc.

Riley Lupfer's pace from distance is rapidly moving her up the Boise State record book, especially the single-season mark for 3-pointers made.

Currently at 65 treys (10th all-time in Boise State single-season history), Lupfer needs just 17 more to eclipse Abby Vaughan's record of 81 set in 2002-03.

Riley Lupfer, after averaging 27.0 points and hitting 13-of-21 3-pointers last week, and going 5-of-10 from behind the arc Wednesday night at Utah State, has moved up in the national 3-point-shooting rankings.

Through Wednesday's (Jan. 17) games, Lupfer ranked 11th in the country in 3-point field-goal percentage (45.8) and ninth in 3-pointers made (65).

A Mountain West All-Freshman Team selection a year ago, Riley Lupfer 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 (15.6 ppg, fifth) 3-pointers made (65, second) and 3-point field-goal percentage (45.8, fourth).

In conference play, Lupfer has heated up, as her 36 3-pointers over seven games has her 14 ahead of the closest competitor (Air Force's Kaelin Immel, with 22), and her 55.4-percent clip from behind the arc ranks second. Scoring-wise, Lupfer's 21.0 points per game leads the Mountain West.

Senior forward Shalen Shaw has come on for the Broncos over the last five games after a slow start to Mountain West play.

After scoring just eight points over wins against Colorado State and UNLV, including just two points against the Lady Rebels, Shaw scored 14 Jan. 3 at New Mexico, beginning a five-game stretch in which she has averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 54.2 percent from the field. She has scored in double digits in each of the past three games, and on Jan. 13 at San Diego posted her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The trio of guard Ellie Woerner and forwards Joyce Harrell and A'Shanti Coleman made key contributions off the bench to Wednesday night's victory at Utah State.

Woerner scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting, including a 30-second span in the second quarter in which she scored five-straight points to build the Bronco lead. Harrell, meanwhile, matched her career high with eight rebounds in addition to two blocks and two steals, and Coleman scored five points with two rebounds.

Saturday's game against Nevada offers the Broncos a chance to get back on track at Taco Bell Arena. While the Broncos are 2-1 in Mountain West play at home, they are 6-4 overall this season at "The Bell."

Conversely, the Broncos have done very well in true road games, going 5-1 on opponents' home courts. Wednesday's victory in Logan improved the Broncos to 3-1 on the road in conference play, following victories at Colorado State (Dec. 28) and San Diego State (Jan. 13).

Senior forward Shalen Shaw enjoyed one of her best weeks of the season, averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent (12-for-18) from the field.

After recording her fourth double-double of the season Wednesday with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Fresno State, Shaw was hot from the field Saturday in San Diego, going 7-for-9 for 16 points with a team-high six rebounds.

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