Boise State Opens with Exhibition Against Western Oregon

What's Happening This Week
The 2011-12 basketball season is upon us with Boise State hosting an exhibition contest against Western Oregon University this Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena. This will be the only exhibition for the Broncos prior to next Friday's regular season opener versus Southern Oregon University. The WOU Wolves are members of the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, a team the Broncos defeated 76-40 to open the 2009-10 campaign.

A New Era Begins
The Broncos are excited about the new campaign which ushers in a new chapter in the program's history as they move into the Mountain West. The new home for Boise State will provide new challenges and experiences for the team as the Broncos join Colorado State University, San Diego State University, Texas Christian University (TCU), University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming and the U.S. Air Force Academy as members of the Mountain West. Boise State left the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) following the 2010-11 campaign after ten years of membership.

What's Back for the Campaign

Boise State returns four starters in Kati Isham (senior - guard) 31 career starts, Heather Pilcher (senior - wing) 37 career starts, Diana Lee (sophomore - point guard) 28 starts and Lauren Lenhardt (junior - center) 30 career starts. In addition, they return four other players that have started at least once in their careers: Julia Marshall (redshirt sophomore - guard) 24 starts, Nicole Brady (redshirt senior - forward) one start, Kinzi Poteet (junior - forward) six starts and Cinnamon Lister (sophomore - guard) one start. Diana Lee was the only Bronco to earn WAC postseason honors last year having been named to the WAC All-Freshman Team.

The Broncos also return three of the top-four scorers including the top-two. Kati Isham (12.7 ppg) ranked first last year and 10th in the WAC, Lauren Lenhardt was second (12.2 ppg) and 13th in the WAC, followed by Diana Lee who was fourth at 6.6 ppg.

Three of the top four rebounders are back led by Lauren Lenhardt who was second on the team last year at 5.6 rpg, Kinzi Poteet was third at 4.7 rpg, followed by Heather Pilcher at 3.2 rpg.

Boise State returns 74.2 percent of its points (1,544-of-2,081), 66.8 percent of its rebounds (796-of-1,192), 77.2 percent of assists (355-of-434), 67 percent of blocks (73-of-109) and 82.3 percent (150-of-181) steals.

Who's New This Year
Four new recruits, all true freshmen, in Lexie Der (will redshirt); Keiahnna Engel two-time Alaska State Player of the Year and 2011 Parade All-American;  Riley Holsinger a two-time all-conference player and all-state honoree as a senior out of Spokane, Wash.; and Amber Vandiver a two-time all-state honoree (once in Wyoming 2010 and once in Idaho in 2011).

Boise State on National Television
Boise State's entrance into the Mountain West means that Bronco athletic teams will be featured on several television networks on a regular basis, most notably on the Mountain West Sports Network, The Mtn.  This year the Broncos will be featured in five live broadcasts.

Nov. 29 vs. Syracuse (Boise)
Jan. 17 vs. Colorado State (Boise)
Feb. 11 vs. Air Force (Boise)
Feb. 14 at Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Feb. 18 at TCU (Fort Worth, Texas)

2011-12 Admission Prices

The cost of attending Boise State women's basketball games this season is as follows:
Boise State Students with ID    =   Free
Adults   =   $6
Senior Citizens   =  $4
Youth*  =  $4
* = Youth are high school age down to two years of age. Children under two are free of charge.

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