Women's Basketball

Broncos Wrap Non-Conference Slate Against Southern Utah

Boise State (8-2) vs. Southern Utah (3-5)
Wednesday, Dec. 19 • 5:30 p.m. MT
Boise, Idaho • Taco Bell Arena
Series: Boise State leads, 6-3
Last Meeting: Southern Utah 66, Boise State 64 - St. George, Utah
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State plays its final regular-season non-conference game this Wednesday, hosting Southern Utah for a 5:30 p.m. tip.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State rolled its winning streak to three and captured the 2018 Husky Classic title last weekend, beating Saint Francis (Pa.), 78-64, then downing host Washington, 73-69.

Junior guard Braydey Hodgins was named the Husky Classic MVP, as she averaged 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, shooting 52.4 percent (11-for-21) from the field and 50.0 percent (9-for-18) over the two wins.

Senior guard Riley Lupfer was named to the All-Tournament Team, her performance highlighted by scoring 22 points and matching her career-high with seven 3-pointers in the title game against Washington. Redshirt junior point guard Jayde Christopher averaged 9.50 assists over the wins, and senior Marta Hermida joined the 1,000-Point Club.

WHO'S NEXT: The Broncos close out their regular-season non-conference slate Wednesday, welcoming Southern Utah (3-5) to Taco Bell Arena.

The Thunderbirds have split their last four games after a three-game losing streak, with a win over BYU highlighting the recent run. Southern Utah is led by Rebecca Cardenas, who paces the Thunderbirds in scoring (11.6 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg), and assists (4.00 apg).

Breanu Reid (11.0 ppg) and Harley Hansen (10.9 ppg) are also averaging in double figures scoring.

HODGINS NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior guard Braydey Hodgins claimed her second-career Mountain West Player of the Week honor Monday, following her MVP performance at the Husky Classic.

Hodgins averaged 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, shooting 52.4 percent (11-for-21) from the field and 50.0 percent (9-for-18) over the two wins. In Sunday's title game against Washington, Hodgins scored 19 points, with 16 coming in the second half to help erase a 41-35 early third-quarter deficit.

Hodgins had earned her first conference weekly honor last March 4 after a 24-point effort in the regular-season finale at Wyoming.

HERMIDA JOINS THE CLUB: Senior guard Marta Hermida became the 20th member of Boise State's 1,000-Point Club early in Sunday's 73-69 win at Washington.

Hermida entered the game at 997 points, and hit a 3-pointer 20 seconds into the contest to hit the 1,000-point mark on the nose. She would go on to finish the game with 12 points, boosting her career tally to 1,009.

LUPFER HEATING UP?: Senior guard Riley Lupfer, who set Boise State and Mountain West records with 122 3-pointers made last season, showed signs of heating up as she hit 10 triples in 22 attempts over the Husky Classic.

Lupfer, who matched her career high with seven 3-pointers Sunday against Washington (the fifth seven-triple game of her career), was shooting just 28.8 percent (17-for-59) from deep entering last weekend's contests. Her current non-conference showing of 33.3 percent from behind the arc (27-for-81) is not dissimilar to her non-conference performance last year, when she finished the opening 10 games at 37.7 percent (29-for-77).

MANAGING THE MINUTES: Boise State's depth has been key to keeping its roster healthy and fresh in the second month of the season. Entering Wednesday's regular-season non-conference finale, no Boise State player is averaging 30.0 minutes per game, as Riley Lupfer paces the team at 28.0.

Boise State's last regular-season non-conference slate without a player averaging 30 minutes a game came in 2014-15, when Deanna Weaver topped the team at 27.8.

CHRISTOPHER PUTS ON A SHOW FOR THE HOMETOWN CROWD: Redshirt junior guard Jayde Christopher saved some of her best performances of this young season for a big hometown crowd in Seattle last weekend, averaging 9.50 assists, 4.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over the two wins.

The Federal Way native wowed a big group of family and friends Saturday against Saint Francis (Pa.), passing out a career-high 11 assists (tied for fifth-most in Boise State single-game history) to go with four points and four rebounds.

The next day, she continued to pull the strings of the Bronco offense, recording eight assists and even leading the team with a career high-matching six rebounds.

THEY BOW DOWN TO US: Sunday's 73-69 victory at Washington marked Boise State's second-straight win over the Huskies, after last year's 85-62 victory at Taco Bel Arena.

It marks the first time the Broncos have ever taken two in a row from the Huskies, and the first back-to-back wins over a Pac-12 program since beating UCLA on Dec. 19, 1993 and Dec. 3, 1994.
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