The waiting is over, Boise State will host instate rival Idaho State Thursday night in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The winner will advance to the second round and a Monday, March 24, night encounter at TCU (Texas Christian) in Forth Worth, Texas. Tip between the Broncos and Bengals Thursday night is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (Mountain) at Taco Bell Arena. Tickets go on sale Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at all Select-a-Seat outlets and at the Varsity Athletic Ticket Office.
This will be the second meeting of the year between the two rivals with Boise State winning a hard fought 78-74 battle over Idaho State December 29th in Pocatello. The Broncos have won four straight over the Bengals, all four have been decided by eight points or less. Boise State leads the overall series 42-18 with a 22-7 record in Boise.
The Broncos earned the Western Athletic Conference’s automatic bid to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament following Fresno State’s victory over New Mexico State in the WAC Tournament championship game last weekend. That gave the Bulldogs the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament opening the WNIT bid to the Broncos. This is the second trip for Boise State to the WNIT all-time. The last appearance for the blue and orange was on March 13, 1998 when they traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to take on the LSU Lady Tigers. Boise State lost that encounter to the Southeastern Conference school by the score of 58-38.
Ticket Prices (includes select-a-seat fee)
Youth (high school and younger) $6.00
Boise State Students $6.00
Senior Citizens $6.00
Previous Postseason Tournaments for the Broncos...
This bid also marks the fifth time that the Broncos have advanced to a postseason tournament and the second consecutive year in a row. Boise State has played in four previous national postseason tournaments prior to this year’s WNIT invite. Unfortunately, they have yet to win a postseason game going 0-5 to date.
In 1975 the Broncos (21-3) advanced to the AIAW national tournament in 1975 as the Northwest Region (District 8) Tournament champion. They lost two games in Harrisonburg, Virginia beginning with an opening round defeat to then national power Wayland Baptist 93-37 followed by a consolation round loss to Kansas State 65-37.
In 1994 Boise State (23-6) was an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The co-champions of the Big Sky Conference traveled to Seattle, Washington to battle the Washington Huskies of the Pacific-10 Conference. The Broncos fell 89-61 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in the first round.
1998 saw the last appearance by Boise State (19-11) in the WNIT. They traveled to play Louisiana State in the first round at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That game went to the Southeastern Conference school by 20, 58-38.
Last year saw Boise State (24-9) win the WAC regular season and tournament championships to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 seasons. The were sent to Los Angeles, California where they played the George Washington Colonials in the first round. The Broncos battled hard but lost to the Atlantic-10 Conference champions by nine points, 76-67, at USC’s Galen Center.