With home wins last weekend, the Boise State women's basketball team moved into the Western Athletic Conference race. To stay there, they'll have to get it done on the road. This week, Coach Gordy Presnell's crew faces an athletic San Jose State squad fresh off four consecutive victories.
San Jose State, which downed North Dakota State and South Dakota State this past week, also defeated both Utah State and Nevada on the road in the WAC as part of their recent streak. San Jose is 7-6 on the season with the two league victories. They own a win over Colorado State and earned a split with Gonzaga. The Spartans also defeated Cal State-Northridge in non-conference play. San Jose State suffered losses to Rutgers, Vermont, California, Portland State and Santa Clara.
Two aggressive, talented forwards lead the Spartans. Amber Jackson (16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game) and Lamisha Augustine (16.5 and 8.6, respectively) are commanding forces inside and are tigers on the offensive glass. Jackson, a 6-2 sophomore, is hitting 62.3 % of her shots. She is good at finishing and positioning herself without the basketball. As a team, San Jose's biggest advantage is in steals and blocked shots--Augustine (6-1, Sr.) has an amazing 30 blocks already this season, a 2.3 per-game clip. She had 24 points and career highs in both rebounds (14) and blocked shots (6) in the victory over South Dakota State. Augustine is a complete player, athletic, quick, a good perimeter shooter and a good passer. "We're always going to go to Lamisha and Amber," Spartans' coach Janice Richard said.
Brittany Imaku (5-2, Jr.) and Anatero Uiagalelei (5-10, Sr.) are the guards while Amber Hall (6-4, Jr.) is the center. San Jose State has used this same lineup for 7 games in a row, but the Spartans will often go with a 3-guard, 2-forward set, bringing in either Myosha Barnes (5-5, Fr.) or Breana Fields (5-8, Fr.) as the other guard. Imaku is hitting 7.1 points per game while Uiagalelei (6.1 ppg) presents matchup problems with her height.
The Spartans present a tough challenge to Presnell and the Broncos, but a game they must win if they are to join the conference's top teams.