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Boise State-Idaho Rivalry Renewed At Beach Classic

Boise State (3-1) vs. Idaho (2-1)
Friday, Nov. 23 • 6 p.m. MT
Long Beach, Calif. • Walter Pyramid
Series: Boise State leads, 37-31
Last Meeting: Idaho 70, Boise State 59 (March 9, 2011) • Las Vegas, Nev.
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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State-Idaho rivalry resumes Friday after a dormancy of over seven seasons, as the Broncos and Vandals face off at 6 p.m. MT in the opening game of the Beach Classic in Long Beach, Calif.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State battled valiantly but suffered its first loss of the campaign Monday, falling to No. 5/4 Louisville, 74-55.

The Broncos led the Cardinals, 12-11, after the opening quarter, and trailed by just three points, 31-28, at halftime. Louisville, however, opened the second half on a 7-1 run to build its lead to nine, and held off numerous Bronco attempts to crack the advantage.

Braydey Hodgins led the Broncos with 12 points while Riley Lupfer joined her in double figures at 11. Joyce Harrell continued her run of strong outings, finishing with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Ellie Woerner came off the bench to score six points with four rebounds and four assists.

WHO'S NEXT: The Broncos will play twice at the Beach Classic this weekend, opening action Friday evening against Idaho (2-1) before closing the trip Saturday at 3 p.m. MT against Northern Iowa.

The Vandals are coming off of an 88-77 road win at Texas Tech, and, like the Broncos, have a victory over CSUN on their ledger. Idaho, which is averaging 30.3 3-point attempts per game, is led by Taylor Pierce (16.7 ppg, 11 3-pointers) and Mikayla Ferenz (14.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 10 3-pointers).

Northern Iowa (2-2) defeated Creighton, 65-55, in its most recent action ahead of this weekend's Beach Classic.

A RIVALRY RESUMES: The Boise State-Idaho rivalry resumes for the first time since the 2011 WAC Tournament with Friday's matchup between the Broncos and Vandals.

The Broncos and Vandals played every season from 1974-75 to 2010-11, with the last contest being a 70-59 Vandal win at the 2011 WAC Tournament in Las Vegas.
Boise State leads the overall series, 3, although the Vandals won the last three meetings and five of the last six before the Broncos joined the Mountain West in 2011-12.

FACING MORE 2018 POSTSEASON TEAMS: Despite falling to No. 5/4 Louisville Monday, the Broncos have the chance this weekend to show that its strong effort against the Cardinals was no fluke as they will face two 2018 Postseason WNIT teams this weekend in Idaho and Northern Iowa.

Each team reached its respective conference tournament title game last season, and ended its season in the WNIT first round.

HODGINS A THREAT FROM DEEP: Dating back to the final month of last season, junior guard Braydey Hodgins has firmly established herself as one of Boise State's most dependable performers.

Over the final seven games of 2017-18, Hodgins averaged 14.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.43 assists, and has continued to perform well through the first four games of 2018-19, averaging 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range (6-for-14).

Monday night against No. 5/4 Louisville, Hodgins led the Broncos with 12 points and went 3-of-4 from deep, playing a key role in the Broncos' strong first half as she hit a pair of triples that gave Boise State a 28-24 lead with 1:37 to go before halftime.

FEARLESS EFFORTS AGAINST A TOP-5 TEAM: Boise State battled well against No. 5/4 Louisville Monday night, holding the Cardinals to just 34.5 percent shooting in the first half and matching them on the boards at 20-20.

The Broncos' effort was boosted by some standout performances, led by Braydey Hodgins' 12-point, 3-for-4 from deep showing. Redshirt junior point guard Jayde Christopher continually took on Louisville's backcourt and finished the night with seven points and two steals, and redshirt junior guard Ellie Woerner came off the bench to score six points with four rebounds and four assists.

BIG-GAME CROWD: Boise State drew 4,125 fans to Nov. 19's matchup with No. 5/4 Louisville, the biggest crowd for a women's basketball-only date at Taco Bell Arena since the 2006-7 season.

The Broncos drew 4,518 for a 79-63 loss to Louisiana Tech on Feb. 3, 2007, the last time the program cracked the 4,000 mark for a home contest.

It should be noted that these numbers are in reference to a women's basketball-only crowd, meaning that the Bronco women's game was not part of a doubleheader with the men's team.

WOERNER VALUABLE OFF THE BENCH: Redshirt junior guard Ellie Woerner has been one of Boise State's top performers off the bench early this season as she followed up a career day on Nov. 16 with a gutsy effort Monday against No. 5/4 Louisville.

Nov. 16 against Northwest Christian, Woerner posted career highs of 14 points and eight rebounds in the Broncos' 93-26 win, and followed up Monday with six points, four rebounds and a team-high four assists against the fifth-ranked Cardinals.

Through four games, Woerner is averaging 18.8 minutes a game, scoring 8.0 points with 4.8 rebounds and shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 62.5 percent (5-for-8) from 3-point range.


LUPFER PROVIDING THE PRESENCE: Junior guard Riley Lupfer followed up her 12-point effort against Northwest Christian on Nov. 16 with 11 points and three 3-pointers Nov. 19 against No. 5/4 Louisville.

Lupfer was one of just two Broncos to score in double figures against the Cardinals, and also went 2-for-2 from the line to stay perfect on the year at 8-for-8.

HERMIDA CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Marta Hermida's 48 points over Boise State's first four games this season have brought her closer to joining Boise State's 1,000-Point Club.

 
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