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Broncos Aim To Bounce Back Friday Against Eastern Washington

Boise State (5-2) vs. Eastern Washington (1-5)
Friday, Dec. 7 • 7 p.m. MT
Boise, Idaho • Taco Bell Arena
Series: Boise State leads, 32-20
Last Meeting: Boise State 61, Eastern Washington 57 - Cheney, Wash.
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State returns home to Taco Bell Arena for the first time in over two weeks, hosting Eastern Washington (1-5) Friday at 7 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State was stunned this past Saturday in Pullman, dropping a 95-71 decision at Washington State.

The Broncos opened the game 0-for-9 from the field and fell into a 9-0 hole as the Cougs were hot from the start. Washington State would make nine of its first 11 3-point attempts, and go 13-for-23 overall from deep in the contest en route to shooting 55.4 percent (36-for-65) from the field.

Boise State got as close as nine at 33-24 early in the second quarter, but Washington State answered with a 20-0 run to take a 56-29 lead at the break.

WHO'S NEXT: The Broncos return to Taco Bell Arena for the first time since Nov. 19, hosting Eastern Washington Friday at 7 p.m.

The Eagles (1-5) come into Friday's game on a four-game slide, with their lone win of the season a 66-45 victory over Eastern Oregon.

Eastern Washington is led by the play of Violet Kapri Morrow, who leads the team in scoring 17.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg).

TIME TO BOUNCE BACK: Boise State has thus far avoided back-to-back losses this season, something that occurred twice in last season's non-conference slate, and thrice overall.

After their first loss of this season (Nov. 19 against No. 5/4 Louisville), the Broncos responded by scoring 91 points and shooting 53.8 percent in a 91-85 win over Idaho on Nov. 23.

LOVILLE HEATING UP?: Freshman guard Jade Loville, the Mountain West Preseason Freshman of the Year, had what many will hope was her breakout game this past Saturday at Washington State, as she went for 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including a 3-for-4 showing from deep.

Loville entered the game having scored just 24 points and shooting 27.6 from the field (8-for-29), but after her performance in Pullman, is up to 6.0 points per game and 39.5 percent shooting from the field.

CHRISTOPHER UPS THE SCORING: Redshirt junior point guard Jayde Christopher, in her first season on the court for Boise State after sitting out 2017-18 due to NCAA transfer rules, has improved her scoring game since her two seasons at Kansas (2014-16).

In two seasons with the Jayhawks, Christopher averaged just 2.6 points per game and shot 31.1 percent (28.6 percent from 3-point range), but, through seven games with Boise State, is averaging 7.2 points per game and shooting an impressive 56.8 percent (21-for-37) from the field and 44.4 percent (4-for-9) from deep.

One thing that's carried over from Kansas to Boise State has been her playmaking ability, however, as Christopher is averaging a team-best 4.71 assists per game this year.

NO LONGER A FAMILY AFFAIR: Boise State and Eastern Washington will meet for the ninth-straight season Friday, and, for the fifth-straight time, it will feature a member of the Hodgins family on the court.

However, this Friday's matchup will feature only Bronco junior guard Braydey Hodgins, the youngest of the three Hodgins women. The 2014-15 matchups featured older sisters and Eastern Washington standouts Hayley and Delaney Hodgins, while the last two matchups (2016 and 2017) featured Braydey and Delaney facing off.

Braydey went 2-0 against Delaney and the Eagles, and this Friday's game will be the first between the Broncos and Eagles to feature just one Hodgins sister.
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