Lady Broncos Face Reeling Hawai'i Monday

It's do or die time for the Boise State women's basketball team. The season is at a crossroads. Monday night's game against Hawai'i will define if the team is going to be contenders this season or also-rans. A win moves the Bronco women into a tie for 4th with Idaho; a loss drops them all the way down to 7th place. Inside, a look at Hawai'i.

Since they did not get it done against San Jose State (8-6), Boise State must now defeat Hawai'i (10-5) to avoid slipping to 7th place in the Western Athletic Conference. The Bronco women entertain the Rainbow Wahine in a key WAC game Monday night in Taco Bell Arena--tipoff is 7 p.m. The game will feature the #3 and #4 scoring teams in the league; Hawai'i is at 68.3 points a game while Boise State averages 66.1. The #1 and #4 defenses in the league will make for an exciting game as well; Boise State is holding opponents to under 35.1% shooting while the Wahine defense allows 37.1%.

Hawai'i put together a solid non-conference season, losing only to USC and Wisconsin. Defeated Washington State, Texas A & M and Santa Clara. Opened WAC play with a win at Nevada, their 8th straight win, before losing consecutive overtime home games to Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State and a 77-52 pasting on the road at the hands of Fresno State.

Hawai'i's height has enabled them to hold a 46-40 average advantage on the boards to lead the conference. Like their counterparts on the men's side, they excel at blocked shots, averaging 5.6 per game, good for 13th in the nation.

The Wahine also feature a well-balanced attack with 6 players averaging over 7 points each. Amy Sanders leads three players in double figures at 12.6 points per game. She is the leading 3-point shooter (18-58) and is 2nd on the team in assists with 38 but 1st in turnovers with 55--she committed 6 in the 79-52 loss to Fresno State last night. Sanders also has 17 steals on the season. The aggressive Brittany Grice contributes 11.9 points a game and 8.9 rebounds per game (including 58 offensive rebounds) to lead the team. Her aggressive play has a down side; Grice has 55 fouls and has fouled out of three games this season to lead the team. Grice is a complete player with 20 assists, 38 blocks and 12 steals this season. Janevia Taylor hits at a 10.4 points per game clip, including 13-51 from 3-point range. Taylor is the team leader with 23 steals and 49 assists but 47 turnovers.

Pam Tambini helps out with a solid game for Hawai'i. She's averaging 9.1 points a contest, is a three-point threat (6-22), is the 2nd leading rebounder at 6.2 per game and also has 19 assists and 15 steals. Alofa Tojaivao averages 8.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and is 2nd on the team in blocked shots with 24.

Tanya Smith is averaging 7.8 points a game for the Wahine but she finds herself in foul trouble often, committing 36 personals on the season. Smith is also a defensive force inside with 11 blocked shots. Dalia Solia is averaging 5.0 a game, primarily from three-point range, with 30 assists and 17 steals but 31 turnovers.



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