BOISE, Idaho -
Boise State concludes the opening weekend of its 2018-19 campaign Saturday, hosting Southern Oregon (1-0) for a 4:30 p.m. tip at Taco Bell Arena.
LAST TIME OUT:
Boise State opened the 2018-19 campaign Thursday with a 74-63 victory over defending Big West champion and 2018 NCAA Tournament participant CSUN.
Senior guard Marta Hermida
hit four 3-pointers and led the Broncos with 16 points, while fellow senior Joyce Harrell
grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to go with six points and two blocks.
For the game, the Broncos out-rebounded the Matadors, 43-39, and passed out 20 assists. Defensively, Harrell and A'Shanti Coleman
(11 points, six rebounds, two blocks) combined for four blocks and 17 boards, as CSUN shot just 33.9 percent.
Southern Oregon (1-0) comes into Taco Bell Arena off of a season-opening 59-58 victory over Simpson (Calif.) Monday night.
Ariel Augustine and Destinee Jones each scored 14 points to pace the Raiders, as the team overcame shooting just 26.8 percent to get the win.
The Raider defense, however, enjoyed a big night, forcing 31 Simpson turnovers and recording 21 steals.
HERMIDA LIGHTS IT UP:
Senior guard Marta Hermida
opened some eyes with her performance in Thursday's win over CSUN, going 4-for-7 from 3-point range and 5-for-8 overall en route to 16 points.
It augured an optimistic feeling among Bronco fans, as Hermida came into this season with career field-goal and 3-point percentages of 36.3 percent and 28.5 percent, respectively. The Preseason All-Mountain West Team selection acknowledged in postgame interviews that her field-goal and 3-point percentages were specific points in her game that she worked on over the summer, and the work definitely showed in Thursday's win.
HARRELL MAKING AN IMPACT:
Senior foward Joyce Harrell
gave the Broncos a glimpse of her improved game in Nov. 2's exhibition win over Concordia (Ore.), scoring 14 points with eight rebounds.
She kept that energy up for Thursday's season-opening win over CSUN, grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds to go with six points and two blocks. Harrell's work on both ends of the floor played a key role in the Broncos out-rebounding CSUN, 43-39, and limiting the Matadors to a 33.9 shooting percentage.
Four Broncos made their Boise State debuts in Thursday's opener: redshirt junior guard Jayde Christopher
, redshirt freshman forward Sofía Galerón, freshman forward Rachel Bowers
, and freshman guard Jade Loville
Christopher, a transfer from Kansas who sat out last season due to NCAA rules, passed out a team-high five assists with five points, and paced the Bronco defensive effort with a team-best +11.
Galerón scored all six of her points in the pivotal third quarter in which the Broncos outscored the Matadors, 24-18, to stretch the lead to 15 points after three frames.
Loville (six points, three rebounds) and Bowers (three rebounds, three assists) also contributed well in the win.
Boise State displayed its depth Thursday night against CSUN, as all 12 players who suited up saw action, with 10 scoring a point. In fact, 10 Broncos played at least 11 minutes in the win.
Seven Broncos scored at least six points in the win, led by 16 from Marta Hermida
and 11 from A'Shanti Coleman
, while Riley Lupfer
added nine. Three Broncos (Sofía Galerón, Joyce Harrell
, Jade Loville
) scored six points apiece.