Bronco 2018-19 MW Schedule Released
June 11, 2018
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's basketball's road to back-to-back conference regular-season titles is set as the Mountain West released the 2018-19 conference and tournament slate Monday. The Broncos' 18-game slate, featuring nine games at home and nine away, tips off Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, and concludes Thursday, March 7.
The 2019 Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship, at which the Broncos are two-time defending champions and winners of three of the last four, will be held Sunday-Wednesday, March 10-13, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
In 2018-19, the Broncos will play eight of it's 10 Mountain West foes in home-and-home affairs, while meeting Utah State (Feb. 23 in Logan) and New Mexico (March 4 at Taco Bell Arena) just once apiece.
Fans can gain access to all Boise State women's basketball home games with the purchase of a 2018-19 Bronco Sports Pass. The Bronco Sports Pass, at just $75, grants its holder access to all regular season home games for not only women's basketball, but also volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, outdoor track and field, and softball. The 2018-19 Bronco Sports Pass can be purchased HERE.
In 2018-19, the Broncos return four starters from a team that went 23-10 overall, 14-4 in Mountain West play, and made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years last season. Among the Bronco returners are rising junior guard Riley Lupfer, an All-Mountain West Team selection and the Mountain West Tournament MVP, who set the Boise State and Mountain West single-season records with 122 3-pointers made last season. Lupfer also led the Broncos with 16.2 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 45.2 percent from 3-point range, and 92.7 percent from the line. She's joined by fellow All-Mountain West selection Marta Hermida, a rising senior guard who averaged 10.8 points per game and led the Broncos in assists (155) and was second in steals (35) in 2017-18.
Other starters returning include rising junior guard Braydey Hodgins (8.2 ppg, 95 assists last season) and rising redshirt junior forward A'Shanti Coleman (7.0 ppg, team-high 50.3 field-goal percentage and 35 blocks in 2017-18), along with rotation contributors rising redshirt junior guard Ellie Woerner (5.5 ppg, 18 3-pointers), rising sophomore forward Tess Amundsen (4.6 ppg, 23 3-pointers), and rising senior forward Joyce Harrell (3.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 25 blocks). Additionally, the Broncos will be bolstered by the returns of rising redshirt senior center Marijke Vanderschaaf, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last December, and rising redshirt junior guard Jayde Christopher, who sat out the 2017-18 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules.
Boise State, the only team in the conference to defeat every other program at least once in 2017-18 en route to winning the Mountain West double last season (sweeping both the regular-season and tournament titles), begins its championship defense Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Taco Bell Arena against Wyoming. The opener marks a rematch of 2017-18's regular-season finale in Laramie, which, with the Mountain West title and tournament No. 1 seed at stake, saw the Broncos come back from an eight-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Cowgirls, 67-63.
The Broncos' first road trip of the season will be to San Diego State for a Jan. 5 meeting with the Aztecs, whom Boise State swept last season. After an early bye on Jan. 9's slate of games, Boise State returns to action Jan. 12 against San Jose State at Taco Bell Arena. In last season's only meeting with the Spartans, on Jan. 24 in San Jose, the Broncos scored 112 points in the 112-80 victory and set the Mountain West record for most points scored in a conference game.
A rematch of last season's Mountain West Tournament final is on the books for Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Reno, as Boise State takes on Nevada. The Broncos claimed their third Mountain West Tournament crown last March on A'Shanti Coleman's buzzer-beating putback which game Boise State a heart-stopping 62-60 victory.
Boise State will play a second-straight road game, this time going to Fresno State for a meeting with the Bulldogs at the SaveMart Center, the Broncos' first trip to the building since 2016-17. The Broncos will play three of its next four at home, with dates at Taco Bell Arena with Air Force (Jan. 23), Colorado State (Jan. 30), and Nevada (Feb. 2) wrapped around a trip back to the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie against Wyoming (Jan. 26).
From there, the second half of Mountain West play commences with back-to-back road games at UNLV (Feb. 6) and San Jose State (Feb. 9). That week on the road is followed with a week at home, as the Broncos host Fresno State (Feb. 13) and San Diego State (Feb. 16).
After the team's second and final bye of the season on Feb. 20, the Broncos head to Logan for its only meeting of the season against Utah State on Saturday, Feb. 23. That trip is followed by another, this one to Fort Collins, where on Feb. 27 Boise State will attempt to claim victory over Colorado State at Moby Arena for a third-straight year.
Two of Boise State's final three games are at Taco Bell Arena, beginning with a meeting with UNLV on Saturday, March 2, and closing with Senior Day against New Mexico two days later (March 4). The Broncos will close the regular season Thursday, March 7, at Air Force.
2018-19 Boise State Mountain West Schedule
2018-19 Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship Schedule (all games at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, all times Pacific)
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Tuesday (March 12)
Wednesday (March 13)
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