Boise State Announces 2009-10 Women's Basketball Schedule

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Boise, Idaho (8/13/09) – Boise State University’s women’s basketball schedule was released this morning by head coach Gordy Presnell.  This year’s schedule features a solid blend of Pac-10, Mountain West, Big Sky, West Coast, and other regional opponents. With the exception of a potential match-up with Bradley University out of the Missouri Valley Conference the non-league portion of the schedule is all western.

Highlighted on this year’s 30 game schedule are contests versus the University of Oregon, UNLV, and the University of Wyoming. Other notable encounters include meetings with Bronco alum Tricia (Bader) Binford’s Montana State University Bobcats and two 2009 WNIT opponents in the University of Portland and Portland State University. There are also five doubleheaders, three in Western Athletic Conference play, with the men on this year’s schedule.

In all, Boise State could play two Pac-10 games. They will be at Oregon on Dec. 4th and possibly meet June Daugherty’s (former Bronco coach) Washington State University Cougars in the second round of the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up Thanksgiving weekend. There are also two games versus the Mountain West Conference beginning the Lady Rebels at the UNLV tournament followed by a home game with Wyoming.

The schedule also features four Big Sky schools in Idaho State, Portland State, Montana State, and Weber State; three from the West Coast Conference in Portland, Santa Clara, and Saint Mary’s; and one independent in Seattle University, Utah Valley from the Great West Conference, possibly Bradley of the MVC at the UNLV tournament, and finally Western Oregon of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The season begins with an exhibition game in Boise with NAIA power Lewis-Clark State College from Lewiston, Idaho.  The regular season opens with three home games against Western Oregon, Weber State, and Portland State followed by six games on the road against Idaho State, Utah Valley, two games at the UNLV tournament, followed by two games at Oregon and Portland. The non-conference portion of the schedule ends with four of the final five at home, host Montana State, play at St. Mary’s, then host Santa Clara, Seattle, and Wyoming. 

This year’s league schedule has been moved to a predominantly Wednesday and Saturday format from the unfavorable Friday-Sunday format they used in 2009. Also changed this year is that the Broncos will play all eight schools in the first half of the season with a balanced four home and four away games.

After winning the 2007 and 2008 WAC titles, the Broncos will try to reclaim the crown in 2010. For the first time in five years Boise State will open conference at home when they host New Mexico State University on Wednesday, January 6th.  That will be followed by road games at the University of Nevada and University of Idaho. The first half of the season concludes with home games versus San Jose State University and the University of Hawaii, a road game at Fresno State, home against Utah State University (doubleheader), and on the road at Louisiana Tech University.

The second half of the season features the identical format as the first half but switches the location. It also includes two doubleheaders with the men, against Idaho on Feb. 17th and the season finale versus Louisiana Tech on March 6th.