Two-Time WAC Champions Prepare For Title Defense.
BOISE, Idaho (8/27/08) Boise State University has finalized the 2008-09 schedule for the two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion women’s basketball team. This year’s slate includes a program record 16 regular season home contests, not including a home exhibition game. Among the 17 total home games are five double-headers with the men’s program.
The season kicks off with an exhibition double-header on Saturday, Nov. 1 with the women tipping off at 1:00 p.m. (Mountain) followed by the men. The non-conference home schedule includes eight games with visits by the Pacific-10 Conference’s Washington State University Cougars on Nov. 20th and University of Arizona Wildcats on Dec. 29th. Top road contests for the Broncos feature trips to the University of Washington on Nov. 23rd, at the University of Wyoming on Nov. 25th, as well as, a Montana State University and University of Montana road swing in early December.
In all, Boise State will play an all NCAA Division I 14-game non-conference schedule that includes three Pac-10 schools, one Mountain West Conference member, four from the West Coast Conference, three Big Sky members, one from the Summit League, and two independents. Three of the schools, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho State University all advanced to the postseason last year.
The Broncos will begin defense of their 2008 WAC championship when they place a school record and league best 14-game conference win streak on the line in the league opener at archrival University of Idaho on Jan. 3rd. They will close that weekend at Fresno State on Monday, Jan. 5th.
Boise State will open the home WAC schedule with the University of Hawaii on Jan. 12th and close the regular season with a double-header finale in Boise on March 7th when they host the Idaho Vandals at 2:00 p.m. followed by the men versus the University of Nevada.
The 2009 Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament has moved back to Reno, Nev. for a two-year engagement. This year’s tournament will run March 10-14 at the University of Nevada’s Lawlor Events Center.