The Boise State women’s basketball team picked up their fourth consecutive conference win on Saturday at San Jose State to improve their record to 10-8 (5-2 MW).
Currently, eight of the 13 players on the roster are underclassmen. With the Broncos possessing an inexperienced squad, getting contribution from young players such as freshman guard Yaiza Rodriguez and transfer junior guard Deanna Weaver is crucial for the team to stay competitive the remainder of the season.
“I think it’s good we are a young team, next year we’ll have the same team and everybody will be here,” Weaver said. “We just have to make sure everybody’s on the same page. Our leaders on the team are able to help keep the team together.”
Weaver is a transfer from the University of Oregon, where she played her first two years before coming to Boise State midseason last year. Weaver has already made her presence felt in the short time she has been in the line-up, averaging 14.1 ppg and 6.1 rebounds. She has only appeared in eight games thus far for the Broncos because NCAA rules state that a player must sit a whole year after transferring institutions.
“I’m just trying to get back into things. I was out for a year and nine months since I played in my last game,” Weaver said. “It’s been good now since I have been back and playing.”
As for the freshman point guard Rodriguez, her contributions have been harder to come by since moving from Spain to the United States. Anytime a player comes from a foreign country not only is the style of game play take some getting used to, but also the lifestyle in general.
“It’s different, but I’m learning new things,” Rodriguez said. “The college is different. To live in a campus for me is a new experience.”
Rodriguez has started every game for the Broncos this season and is fourth in scoring for the Broncos with 10.1 points per game.
Sitting third in the conference after their win over the Spartans, the Broncos have lofty goals to finish off the season and feel confident they will be able to surge to the finish.
“We want to win the conference because we believe we can,” Rodriguez said. “I think step-by-step we will get it, we just have to take it one game at a time.”