Women's Basketball

Broncos Host Lobos Wednesday

Feb. 7, 2018

Boise State (13-9, 7-4 MW) vs. New Mexico (18-6, 6-5 MW)
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
Boise, Idaho - Taco Bell Arena

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (13-9, 7-4 MW) opens a two-game homestand Wednesday night, looking to get back in the win column as the Broncos host New Mexico (18-6, 6-5 MW) at 7 p.m. The Broncos close the week Saturday at 2 p.m. against Utah State before a pair of road contests next week at Nevada and Air Force.

Boise State had its modest two-game winning streak snapped last Saturday in Las Vegas, falling, 77-54, at UNLV.

The loss stung even more because, with Wyoming's loss to Fresno State earlier in the day, the Broncos and Lady Rebels were playing for first place in the Mountain West.

Riley Lupfer was one of the few bright spots in Saturday's game for Boise State, scoring 17 points and hitting five 3-pointers, passing Abby Vaughan's 2002-03 mark of 81 and setting the Bronco single-season benchmark with 83.

Boise State opens this two-game homestand Wednesday against New Mexico (18-6, 6-5 MW), which has struggled on the road this season at 3-5.

The Lobos, winners of two-straight heading into Wednesday's contest, went through a 1-5 stretch after beating the Broncos, 100-83, on Jan. 3. New Mexico is led by the play of Cherise Beynon (16.7 ppg, 7.33 apg) and Jaisa Nunn (15.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg).

Last time the teams met, it was a wild, back-and-forth affair until New Mexico outscored the Broncos, 17-5, over the final 4:10 to pull away for the 100-83 win. Riley Lupfer went for 24 points and hit five 3-pointers for the Broncos in the contest.

Riley Lupfer became Boise State's top single-season 3-point shooter in Saturday's loss at UNLV, making five from behind the arc to bring her season tally to 83, eclipsing Abby Vaughan's mark of 81 set in 2002-03.

Lupfer hit the record-setting 82nd 3-pointer with 1:17 to go in the third quarter.

From a career standpoint, Lupfer cracked the Boise State top 10 for 3-pointers made on Jan. 27 against Air Force. She currently stands at 139 3-pointers made for her career, good for ninth all-time.

Riley Lupfer set a second Boise State single-season record for 3-pointers Saturday at UNLV, as she is now at 54 treys made in conference play this year, passing the previous mark of 49 shared by Abby Vaughan (2002-03, WAC) and Brooke Pahukoa (2015-16, MW).

What's even more impressive about Lupfer's accomplishment is that she set the mark in just 11 games, while Vaughan and Pahukoa's tallies were over 18.

Riley Lupfer has established herself among the nation's top 3-point shooters, thanks to her performances this season.

Through Tuesday's (Feb. 6) games, Lupfer ranked sixth in the country in 3-pointers made (83), and eighth in 3-point field-goal percentage (46.1).

Boise State hasn't quite taken full advantage of the comforts of home this season, going 7-5 overall at Taco Bell Arena, and 3-2 in Mountain West play.

The five losses at home equal the most since the 2015-16 campaign, when Boise State went 10-5 at Taco Bell Arena. A sixth home loss Wednesday would be the most in a season for the Broncos since going 7-8 in 2012-13.

Redshirt sophomore A'Shanti Coleman has established herself as one of Boise State's top players off the bench this season, as she leads the Broncos with 20 blocks in addition to averaging 6.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and shooting 53.0 percent from the field over 18.5 minutes per game.

Saturday at UNLV, Coleman gave the struggling Bronco offense a spark, coming in and scoring three field goals, finishing the game with eight points and five rebounds.

Coleman, who sat out the 2016-17 campaign after transferring from Arizona, has continued her strong play against Mountain West opponents, averaging 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds with 11 blocks and a 55.6 field-goal percentage. On Jan. 24 against San Jose State, she had a career day, scoring a career-best 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

Despite coming off the bench in the last seven games, after starting the first 15 contests of the season, redshirt sophomore guard Ellie Woerner has continued to produce for the Broncos.

Over the last seven games, Woerner, who sat out 2016-17 after transferring from Portland, has averaged 6.4 points over 19.9 minutes and shot 50.0 percent (16-for-32), including a respectable 38.5 percent (5-for-13) from 3-point range. In only two of the last seven games (Jan. 10 against Fresno State, Jan. 27 against Air Force) has Woerner failed to score at least six points.

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