Saturday, March 5, 2011

The WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Pairings

(Click on the story link for a pdf file of the WAC Tournament bracket.)

The 2010-11 WAC regular season is in the books.  Here are the pairings for the WAC Tournament:

#1 Utah State receives a first-round bye
#2 Boise State has a bye
#3 New Mexico State has a first-round bye
#4 Idaho has a first-round bye
#5 Hawai'i will play #8 San Jose State Wednesday at 1 p.m. Mountain Time
#6 Nevada will play #7 Fresno State Wednesday at 3:30

Idaho will play the winner of the Hawai'i-San Jose State game Thursday at 1
New Mexico State will play the winner of the Fresno State-Nevada game Thursday at 3:30

Utah State will play the winner of the game between Idaho-Hawai'i/San Jose State game Friday at 7 p.m.
Boise State will play the winner of the New Mexico State-Fresno State/Nevada game Friday at 10 p.m.

The winners of the two semifinal games above will play in the WAC Championship Saturday at 8 p.m.

Broncos Pull Away From San Jose State 66-51

Whatever they're paying Leon Rice, they'd better double it.

Rice has Boise State playing like world beaters.  They've won seven straight now with a 66-51 victory tonight in the last WAC game ever in Boise.  That's a pretty good way to head into the WAC Tournament.  The last time a Boise State team won seven consecutive games, Rod Jensen was the head coach.

La'Shard Anderson once again led Boise State with 18 points.  6'7 forward Paul Noonan did not score inside, getting all of his 12 points on three-point shots while Westly Perryman had one of his better games of late with 11 points.  Daequon Montreal cleared the boards for the Broncos with nine rebounds.  Adrian Oliver had 30 points for San Jose State, but the Spartans were still held to season lows in points and field goal percentage (29.1%).

We already know the Broncos have a first-round bye as well as a second-round bye.  They automatically advance into the conference semifinal game.  If they can keep the same energy level they've been playing at (and there's no reason to think anything different), they have as good a chance at winning the thing as anyone else.  That Boise State had already clinched the #2 seed and still played inspired basketball tells us a lot about the way this team is playing right now.  San Jose State (15-14, 5-11 in conference) needed a win to avoid being the #8 seed and still got beaten by 15.

The Spartans did close to seven points with six minutes remaining.  But Boise State responded down the stretch to claim the win.

Boise State is now 19-11 on the season and they finish their final WAC campaign with a 10-6 conference mark. The Broncos will play Friday at 9 p.m. in one of the conference semifinal games against the winner of the New Mexico State-Nevada/Fresno State game.

Boise State Softball Team Scores Another Big Win

Boise State unleashed a nine-run outburst in the fourth inning and coasted to a 14-1 win this afternoon over Seattle University at Mountain Cove Field.

Holly Bourke went 3-3 to lead the Bronco hitting attack that has come alive since Boise State returned home.  Kellie Caplan and Bourke sent back-to-back blasts over the field in the Bronco second to help the Broncos take control.  Bourke also plated the first run of the Bronco fourth with a triple to the gap and Megan Harvey, Christina Capobianco, Mackenzie White and Allie Crump all homered later in the inning, Crump's a three-run shot.

The nightcap between Boise State and Southern Utah is underway at Mountain Cove.

Yet Another Boise State Win Over Utah, Which is Headed for the Pac-12

The #47 Boise State tennis team left Utah in the dust after pitching a 7-0 shutout today at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center in Boise.  Andy Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin won their match at #3 doubles and Damian Hume and Scott Sears finished the Utes off to score the doubles point.  The Bronco singles players roared past their opponents, with all but one taking their match in straight sets.  

Boise State faces Utah State tonight in their Western Athletic Conference opener at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club.  Action gets underway at 6 p.m.

#47 Boise State 7, #66 Utah 0

1.  Damian Hume/Scott Sears (Boise State) def. Alejandro Medinilla/Benito Suriano (UU) 8-4
2. Andy Bettles/Filipp Pogotskin  (Boise State) def. Matt Cowley/Devin Lane (UU) 8-5
3. Gino Octa/Dmytro Mamedov (UU) def. Michael Gilliand/Erik Sheldon (Boise State) 8-7 (4)

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Hume (Boise State) def. Suriano (UU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Pogostkin (Boise State) def. Mamedov (UU) 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)
3. Sears (Boise State) def. Lane (UU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Bettles (Boise State) def. Medinilla (UU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Nathan Sereke (Boise State) def. Cowley (UU) 6-1, 7-6 (4)
6. Freddy Walsh (Boise State) def. Garrett LaBarre (UU) 6-2, 6-2

Order of finish: 3, 4, 6, 1, 5, 2

The Football Records Section

Please keep in mind this is a work in progress.  I have done quite a bit on it today, but there are areas that are incomplete.  My goal is for this page to be the most complete record of Boise State football statistics anywhere.  I have started many other fun categories to watch and will continue to update as the weeks progress.

Bronco Women Sweep New Mexico 7-0

The Boise State women's tennis team hosted future Mountain West opponent New Mexico last night and the Broncos came away with their first home win of the year 7-0 at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.

The Lady Broncos had been in a bit of a slump and needed the shutout win to boost confidence.  Elyse Edwards and Sonia Klamczynska started it off with an 8-3 win at #2 doubles.  Lauren Megale and Marlena Pietzuch downed Ashley Bonner and Anya Villaneuva of New Mexico 8-3 to get the doubles point and Stephanie Jasper and Sandy Vo won at #3 doubles 8-4.

Edwards was the first of the Bronco singles players to lock up a win, defeating Kristin Eggleston in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.  Klamczynska scored a 6-4, 6-3 win at #2 singles and Boise State was a win away from the dual win.  Pietzuch clinched it with a 7-6, 6-3 win at #5 singles.  Jasper, Vo and Megale all won their matches to record the sweep.

Boise State is in action tomorrow (Sunday) in a match against Montana.  That gets underway at 10 a.m. at BOAS.

#62 Boise State 7, New Mexico 0

1.  Lauren Megale/Marlena Pietzuch (Boise State) defeated Ashley Bonner/Anya Villanueva (UNM) 8-3
2.  Elyse Edwards/Sonia Klamczynska (Boise State) downed Michaela Bezdickova/Nikolina Grbac (UNM) 8-1
3.  Stephanie Jasper/Sandy Vo (Boise State) topped Laura Richardson/Kristin Eggleston (UNM) 8-4

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Megale (Boise State) def. Bezdickova (UNM) 6-3, 7-5
2. Klamczynska (Boise State) def. Villanueva (UNM) 6-4, 6-3
3. Jasper (Boise State) def. Grbac (UNM) 7-6, 6-3
4. Edwards (Boise State) def. Eggleston (UNM) 6-2, 6-1
5. Pietzuch (Boise State) def. Bonner (UNM) 7-6, 6-3
6. Vo (Boise StateU) def. Michaela Oldani (UNM) 6-1, 6-4