Editor's note: Once again, OBNUG is going to the well to bring some new writing talent into the fold and just like we were able to snag recruit-analyzin' guy Casey after an extensive coast-to-coast talent search, so too were we able to gain the services of Damien Alambra (@iwasrun), a long-time OBNUGger and all-around good guy. Damien will be writing on some new, fresh topics for OBNUG in addition to standard football-related fare. Give him a read, and a warm welcome to the writing team.
My wife and I are always thinking about the type of people our children will become. We understand the examples we set can ultimately shape their self-image and their futures. I especially feel the need to make sure that my daughter has the the confidence to face her challenges and present to her examples of strong females to give her something to strive for. To assist in this challenge, I plan on taking her to women sporting events. And what better way of reinforcing a positive image than Boise State athletics?! (Indoctrinating her in the fandom at an early age does not hurt either!)
Taking a four-year old to a sporting event can be tricky. I took my, then five year old, son to the BYU football game this fall. The kid was bored and wanted to leave before the end of the first quarter. His favorite part of the night was the hotdog I got him during halftime. So my challenge is to get my daughter engaged in what is happening in front of her. To try and get her to "enjoy", in some capacity, the events that can seem extremely boring. Her mother and I already know she loves to dance and gymnastics (I do eventually want to take her to a gymnastics meet) but not sure about more traditional sports.
Leading up to the game, she was very excited. Excited to be hanging out with dad and doing something with just us. She was excited to be involved with something that is definitely a treat. She would keep asking why the players were throwing pumpkins. She wanted to make sure that I owned up to my promise of buying her popcorn. She was interested in cheering for the girls in white. She was leery of Buster.
The Boise State women’s basketball isn’t getting the attention they deserve. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the team. But I want to change that. Currently they are 14-6, 6-3 in the Mountain West and a 9-2 home record. Their most recent loss came in a heart-breaker to Colorado State. When I found out the opportunity to watch a game live, against Utah State (6-15, 3-6 MWC), I knew I needed to take it. With the close game between the men the night before (beating USU for the first time in Logan at ALL) I wanted to be witness to a possible two-fer.
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting attending this game but the one impression I got early was how athletic this Boise State team was compared to Utah State. Boise State played aggressive and put a lof pressure on Utah State to take bad shots. Some were laughably bad. They hustle, work, and played really hostile towards Utah State.
Camille Redmon (a Purdue transfer) is a formidable shot blocker that is a great presence in the paint. The B1G talent was extremely evident. Redmon had a game high six blocks, though she made it seem like she was blocking everything Utah State tried to put up. Seeing Redmon post up is a thing of beauty, unafraid to challenge a shooter she puts her opponent in awkward positions whatever points are made would have been earned. Redmon also had a game high two steals.
The Spain native Yaiza Rodriguez, despite small in stature, played big as the Boise State point. Game high of eight assists, she distributed the ball well to get her teammates an opportunity to score. She set the tone for the fast-paced Boise State offence with a mind that not only is an academic all-Mountain West, but does not slouch as her major is Materials Science and Engineering. A leader, she moved the ball aggressively and forced Utah State to frequently play on their heels.
A common theme between the men’s and women’s program is the deep ball. The crowd definitely witnessed the "City of Threes" as the Broncos went 15-31 from behind the arc. This tied a school record for number of three pointers in a game. The achievement earned the entire team the "MVP" at the end of the game. Of the eight Broncos that attempted a three point shot, only two players were unsuccessful. The moment for the Broncos eventually led to a forty-six point advantage with less than four minutes left in the game. Once it was clearly out of hand, the bench had their opportunity for minutes. Including the Parma, Idaho graduate Haley laird.
While blow outs are not necessarily fun, they do give time for fans to appreciate the smaller things that happen during a basketball game. Including the opportunity for my daughter to dance with the Spirit Squad during a time out in the first half. As one could guess, this was my daughter’s favorite part of the game. And she took every opportunity from that moment on to watch all the dancing she could. While all this was all going on, I would ask my daughter questions about the game. I tried to keep her engaged with the events as they happened. I cheered heartily when a Bronco three was made. Expressed displeasure when Utah State scored. I wanted to set a good example of sportsmanship -- no booing. For her part, she was enthusiastic when it was time to yell, sang during the fight song, and loved the popcorn. She wants to go to another game. I count that as a success!
If you ever have the opportunity to watch the women’s team play, I highly recommend it. The parking is free, a ticket is only six dollars for an adult, and you have your choice of center-court, front row seats. These ladies deserve your support and I hope you give it to them!