Feb. 19, 2018
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State guard Riley Lupfer was named Mountain West Player of the Week for the third time this season, the conference announced Monday.
Lupfer's three selections this year paces the Mountain West, and the honor is a conference-best fourth for Boise State in 2017-18. The sophomore from Spokane, Wash., previously claimed the honor on Jan. 2 and Jan. 15, while junior Marta Hermida was last week's (Feb. 12) honoree.
Lupfer earned her latest accolade by averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.50 assists while shooting 59.1 percent (13-for-22) from the field and 55.6 percent (10-for-18) from 3-point range over Boise State's (17-9, 11-4 MW) road sweep of Nevada and Air Force.
In Wednesday's 63-55 victory in Reno, Lupfer posted her eighth 20-point game of the Mountain West campaign, finishing with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting which included a 7-for-10 mark from deep. The seven 3-pointers tied her career high, and marked the fourth time this season, and in conference play, that she has hit that many in a game.
Three days later, Lupfer helped the Broncos take control after a slow start at Air Force. With Boise State trailing the Falcons, 18-12, after the opening quarter, Lupfer hit three treys and scored 11 points in the second, helping the Broncos outscore Air Force, 21-6, and take a nine-point halftime lead. She would go on to finish the 58-47 Bronco win with 15 points and matched her career high with seven rebounds.
Last week's performance continued Lupfer's record-setting 2017-18 campaign. Already Boise State's single-season record holder for 3-pointers made, Lupfer increased her mark to 100 after the games at Nevada and Air Force. She also holds the Mountain West record for most 3-pointers made in a conference season, with her current tally of 71. With 100 treys overall, she is just 11 away from eclipsing the Mountain West's overall single-season record of 110, set by Utah's Iwalani Rodrigues in 2010-11.
Heading into this Wednesday's (Feb. 21) home contest against Colorado State, Lupfer leads the Mountain West in 3-pointers made while ranking third in scoring (16.8 ppg) and 3-point field-goal percentage (46.1), and seventh in field-goal percentage (47.9). In conference games only, Lupfer paces the loop in scoring (20.1 ppg), 3-pointers made (71), and 3-point field-goal percentage (50.7), while ranking seventh in field-goal percentage (52.0).
Boise State, just a half-game out of first place in the Mountain West, hosts Colorado State (18-8, 10-5 MW) at Taco Bell Arena this Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT. A win would not only keep the Broncos on pace with the conference leaders, but would also clinch a first-round bye at the Mountain West Tournament.