DENVER, Colo. – The Boise State women’s basketball team has been picked to place third in the 2009-10 Western Athletic Conference race this winter as voted on by both the league’s coaches and media.
The coaches voting shows the expectation of a tight race for the regular-season title as the Broncos received 53 points in the coaches’ poll to finish a close third behind defending champion Fresno State (60) and Louisiana Tech (58). Boise State did receive one first place vote following five for Fresno State and three for La Tech. The Broncos, who battled through a rash of injuries and the loss of four starters in 2008-09 but still managed to record a winning record with a 9-7 league mark and a 16-15 overall record, finished ahead of Idaho and New Mexico State in the voting who each tallied 39 points, Nevada (28), Utah State (24), then Hawai’i and San Jose State with 12 apiece.
Boise State tallied 136 points in the media poll to finish a distant third behind Louisiana Tech (180) and Fresno State (167). The Lady Techsters received 14 first place votes compared six for Fresno State and one for Boise State. The Broncos were followed in the media voting by Idaho (114), Nevada (104), New Mexico State (100), Utah State (72), Hawai’i (46) and San Jose State (26).
The Broncos opened the 2009-10 campaign with one exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2:00 p.m. against NAIA power Lewis-Clark State College from Lewiston, Idaho. The regular season begins with three-consecutive home contests beginning with Western Oregon on Nov. 13, followed by Weber State Nov. 15, and Portland State Nov. 19.