Quest For 20

Boise State's women's basketball team must continue to do what they've done all season--win. With Louisiana Tech looking to capitalize on any slipup by the Lady Broncos, Boise State takes its show on the road against Fresno State. Tipoff is 2 p.m. this afternoon.

The Boise State women's basketball team is heading down the home stretch, but before they can return home, they have three tough road games.  Tonight, the Lady Broncos have a score to settle with Fresno State.   Fresno has won the last five meetings and holds a 9-6 series record over Boise State, so there's added incentive for payback.

Boise State can win their 20th game of the season for the first time in 13 years with a victory.  The Broncos (19-5 and 10-1 in the Western Athletic Conference) have only reached the 20-win plateau four times in program history, with the last coming in 1993-1994 when Boise State was 23-6.  Coach Gordy Presnell's team sits alone in first place with a two-game cushion, but traditional power Louisiana Tech is lurking to crash through any door that would be opened with a Bronco loss.

The exciting Lady Broncos lead the WAC in both scoring offense and scoring defense.  Boise State has recorded 70 or more points 13 times this season going 12-1 in those games. They have been held below 60 points only three times all year. Coach Presnell's team is averaging 70.2 points a game while shooting 40.9 percent (1st in WAC) from the floor.  The Broncos are allowing just 59.6 points a game and possess the top ranked rebounding defense in the league holding opponents to 36.3 rebounds per game.

Fresno State is tied with Nevada for third place in the WAC with a 6-4 record.  The Bulldogs are 13-10 overall.  Fresno features two of the WAC's leading scorers, Chantella Perera at 15.3 points (3rd in WAC) per game and Tierra Wilson with 14.2 points a game (6th in the WAC).  Perera also averages 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while Wilson pulls down 6.1 rebounds a game.   Following this week's game in Fresno, the Broncos will conclude the three-game road trip by traveling to San Jose State next Thursday (Feb. 22) and then Nevada on Saturday (Feb. 24).



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