Looking for the Elusive Road Win

Despite showing signs of brilliance this season, the Boise State women's basketball team still is looking to add the phrase "good road team" to its resume. The Broncos have lost their last four on the road, with the last win being December 18th at San Diego.

After an important win over Hawai'i in Taco Bell Arena on Monday night, the Boise State women's basketball team travels to Nevada for a return match with the Wolf Pack. The Broncos prevailed in Boise 58-50. Nevada has two different teams, one that is 0-6 on the road this year and the other that is 5-4 at home.

5-10 freshman guard Brandi Fitzgerald leads a balanced attack for the Lady Wolves, averaging 10.9 points a game. She is 10-23 from 3-point range and averages 4.7 rebounds a game. She gets strong support from Meghan McGuire (6-0, sophomore forward), averaging 9.5.

Point guard Traci Graham (5-7, junior) is hitting 8.2 points a game. Graham has 32 assists and 35 steals to lead the team. Forward Jessica Preslar (6-0, junior) is the leading rebounder for Nevada; she's averaging 5.7 rebounds to go along with 7.6 points a contest. Sophomore forward Cherlanda Franklin (5-11) is the other starter for the Lady Pack, averaging 3.5 points per outing.

Freshman guard Dellena Criner (5-7) contributes 6.2 points per game for Nevada and is 46-60 from the free-throw line, the leading shooter on team. Criner also has dished out 32 assists on the season. Sabrina Keys (6-2, junior forward, 6.4 points per game) and Kate Saltmarsh (5-10, senior guard, 4.2 ppg) should also see significant playing time.

Boise State can move into sole possession of 4th place in the Western Athletic Conference with a road win tonight. The Broncos have shown signs of elevating their status to the top half of the league and tonight's game presents an excellent opportunity to eventually secure that position.








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