Women's Basketball

Broncos Visit Air Force Saturday

Feb. 16, 2018

Boise State (16-9, 10-4 MW) at Air Force (2-22, 2-11 MW)
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
USAFA, Colo.

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (16-9, 10-4 MW) has a chance to extend its winning streak to a season-best four games Saturday as it visits Air Force (2-22, 2-11 MW) for a 1 p.m. tip. The Broncos will have two of its final three regular-season games at home, beginning Wednesday (Feb. 21) against Colorado State.

Boise State won its third-straight game Wednesday night, defeating Nevada, 63-55, in Reno.

Shalen Shaw, playing in her hometown for the final time, overcame early foul trouble to finish the game with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, with 12 of those points coming in the second half.

Riley Lupfer hit seven 3-pointers and went 8-for-11 overall, scoring 23 points, while freshman Tess Amundsen went 3-for-3 from deep and scored 12 points. Amundsen opened Boise State's game-ending 10-0 run with her 3-pointer with 5:58 to go, putting the Broncos up, 56-55.

Boise State will go for a season-best four-game winning streak Saturday as it visits Air Force (2-22, 2-11 MW) for a 1 p.m. tip.

The Falcons, afte an 0-6 start to conference play, have won two of their last seven, but are on a three-game slide heading into Saturday. Kaelin Immel leads the Falcons with 14.7 points per game.

Boise State defeated Air Force, 49-46, in Boise in the first meeting of the teams this season, holding the Falcons to just 29.1-percent shooting. The Broncos are currently on an eight-game winning streak against the Falcons.

Boise State's winning ways have kept it right in the thick of the Mountain West regular-season title race. The Broncos, at 10-4, are in a three-way tie with Colorado State and Fresno State, with the trio just a half-game back of leaders Wyoming and UNLV, each at 10-3.

After Saturday's game at Air Force, the Broncos play two of their final three at home, beginning with Colorado State (Feb. 21) and closing with San Diego State (Feb. 27), before ending the regular season at Wyoming (March 2).

The Broncos are also two games ahead of sixth-place New Mexico (8-6) for a bye into the Mountain West Tournament quarterfinals.

Junior guard Marta Hermida was named Mountain West Player of the Week for the first time in her career Monday, following a career-best week in which she averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.00 assists in wins over New Mexico and Utah State.

Hermida scored a career-high 26 points in Wednesday's victory over New Mexico, and followed up with 21 Saturday against the Aggies. But it was in the fourth quarter where Hermida took over. Wednesday, the Madrid, Spain native scored 13 points in the final frame, including the final nine Boise State points and went 7-for-8 from the line in the final minute. Saturday, she scored 11 points in the quarter, going 4-for-4 from the line in the final minute and scoring the final seven points of the game.

Wednesday's game at Nevada marked the final homecoming in the career of Reno native Shalen Shaw. The Reno High standout helped lead her alma mater to back-to-back Nevada 4A titles, and was named second-team all-state as a senior.

Things didn't begin well for Shaw in the contest, as she picked up two fouls in the first quarter and was forced to the bench for the final 11:50 of the half. But, as things can do in a place like Reno, luck came around for Shaw, as she scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the second half, pacing the Broncos inside while finishing with 14 points and three rebounds.

In seven career games against the Wolf Pack, Shaw has averaged 9.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 48.2 percent from the field. The Broncos are 5-2 against Nevada during Shaw's career, including a 3-1 mark in Reno, where Shaw has averaged 9.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and shot 43.2 percent (16-for-37).

Freshman forward Tess Amundsen bolstered a sluggish Bronco offense in the first half, scoring nine points and hitting a pair of treys en route to finishing with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 mark behind the arc.

It was Amundsen's third double-digit scoring game in conference play, and first since going for 11 points at San Jose State on Jan. 24. The Fresno, Calif., native has been a key reserve for the Broncos in Mountain West play, averaging 6.1 points with shooting percentages of .482/.481/.900 over the 14 games.

When you play against the shooter in craps, the last thing you want to see come up on the dice on a come-out roll is a seven. Unfortunately for Nevada Wednesday night in Reno, Bronco guard Riley Lupfer rolled a big seven by hitting that amount of 3-pointers and scoring 23 points in the 63-55 win.

For Lupfer it was her eighth 20-point game of Mountain West play, and the fourth game (all in conference) in which she's hit seven treys. Already this season, Lupfer has set the records for Boise State single-season 3-pointers made (currently at 97), and the Mountain West record for 3-pointers made in a conference season (currently at 68).

Riley Lupfer's 23-point, seven-3-pointer performance Wednesday continued what has been a lights-out campaign in 2017-18. In addition to posting eight 20-point games in conference play so far, Lupfer leads all MW players with 20.5 points per game and 68 3-pointers made.

Lupfer is putting up some video games numbers in Mountain West play this year, with her shooting percentages (FG/3FG/FT) currently at a mind-boggling .524/.515/.962. She has made 34 more 3-pointers than the next-best long-distance shooter, and attempted 46 more than the second-place player (New Mexico's Alex Lapeyrolerie, in both cases).

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