Utah State women's basketball (4-13, 2-4 MW) continues its short homestand this week as it hosts Boise State (10-7, 4-2 MW) on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.
Boise State makes the trip to Logan with a 10-7 overall record. The Broncos have won their last two contests, coming into the week with a 4-2 ledger against Mountain West opponents.
Boise State returned three starters and eight total letterwinners to the floor this season after going 25-8 overall and 12-6 in league play last season. The Broncos claimed the Mountain West Tournament title, representing the league in the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore guard Riley Lupfer, the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week, leads the Bronco offense as she is averaging 15.4 points per game. Senior forward Shalen Shaw is the leading rebounder, averaging 7.5 boards per game. As a team, Boise State is averaging 70.9 points per game, while holding its opponents to an average of 63.5 points. Overall, the Broncos are shooting 42.0 percent (448-of-1066) from the floor, 33.2 percent (125-of-376) from the 3-point line and 70.2 percent (184-of-262) from the free-throw line. Gordy Presnell is in his 13th season as the head coach at Boise State where he has an overall record of 229-164.
The all-time series between Utah State and Boise State dates back to the 1974-75 season. The Broncos lead the series, 23-9, including a 9-4 lead in games played in Logan. The two teams played together in the WAC for six seasons before joining the Mountain West. Last season, the teams split the pair of conference games, with each team winning on its home court. That marked USU’s first win over the Broncos since joining the conference.
Sophomore guard Olivia West is the leading scorer for the Aggies, averaging 14.4 points per game, while sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy is the top rebounder, averaging 8.4 boards per game. As a team, Utah State is shooting 40.2 percent (395-of-982) from the field, 27.8 percent (84-of-302) from the 3-point line and 67.2 percent (166-of-247) from the free-throw line.
Megan McCuistion is an Assistant Media Relations Coordinator at Utah State.