The group of seniors for the Boise State Broncos women’s basketball team will be gunning for their fourth consecutive Mountain West Conference tournament title.
First, though, is one last home game on Monday evening for six Boise State seniors.
Boise State (20-9, 12-5) is fresh off a 95-76 victory at New Mexico. The Broncos are playing some of their best basketball of the season and currently hold the second seed in the Mountain West.
Riley Lupfer and A’Shanti Coleman each had 20 points in the victory, while Jayde Christopher nearly had a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds.
Lupfer in particular has been on fire. She’s connected on 28 three-pointers over the past six games, including six against the Lobos. During the same span, Lupfer is averaging 18.3 points per game.
Knocking down the three-ball has been Lupfer’s specialty throughout her career. She set the BSU career record back in the fourth game of the season and now has 339. Lupfer has nailed 94 threes this season, ranking her third nationally.
Lupfer leads the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game and currently has 1,492 career points, ranking her fifth all-time. She is seven points from tying Karla Meier for fourth.
Lupfer’s running mate for the past four seasons, Braydey Hodgins has pieced together a terrific career as well. Hodgins, who was voted the Mountain West preseason Player of the Year, averages 10.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season. Though she’s struggled at times in her senior year, Hodgins is often the spark plug who gets the Broncos’ motor running.
Hodgins career has been a memorable one. She’s currently 16th on the all-time scoring list with 1,094 points. And who can forget her Mountain West tournament MVP run of last season in which she averaged 23.3 points per game, including scoring 37 in the quarterfinals against Nevada.
Coleman, who transferred from Arizona after her freshman season and sat out 2016-17, has delivered in her three seasons at Boise State. She’s a force inside, with a sweet jumper to boot, and has had an outstanding senior season.
Coleman is averaging 11.2 points while shooting 53 percent from the field. Over her last four games, Coleman has risen to the occasion, averaging 16.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She’s a career 51.7 percent shooter with averages of 9.2 points and 4.7 rebounds.
As a redshirt sophomore, it was Coleman’s game-winner that handed the Broncos their second of three straight Mountain West titles.
A deft dribbler and spectacular passer, Christopher has shined in her tenure with the Boise State Broncos. In only two seasons, the transfer from Kansas ranks third all-time in Boise State history with 414 assists. Christopher owns the single season mark (and counting) with 232 (8 per game) and ranks second nationally. She trails only Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu.
Christopher has also been dialed in as of late. She’s averaging 11 assists in her last four games and has also put up back-to-back games with 14 points in each game.
Ellie Woerner was also a transfer to Boise State and, after sitting out a season, has been a valuable contributor. Woerner is usually the first player off the bench for head coach Gordy Presnell. She is one of the better defenders on the Broncos and is versatile on both ends of the court. Woerner is a strong defender, both on the perimeter and inside and can both drive and shoot on the offensive end.
For her career, Woerner is averaging 4.6 points and 3 rebounds per game.
The sixth senior is Marijke Vanderschaaf. Vanderschaaf had been granted a sixth year of eligibility for the 2019-20 season but a series of knee injuries forced her to medically retire.
Vanderschaaf had her best season back in 2016-17 when she averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The next two seasons, Vanderschaaf was able to only play in 22 games. She played in 15 games last season. Though the minutes were limited, she provided solid play and helped the Broncos reach the NCAA tournament.
Tip-off for Monday’s game against UNLV is at 7 pm (MT). The Mountain West tournament begins Sunday March 1. The Boise State Broncos have clinched a first-round bye and will play on Monday March 2.