Broncos Host Carroll In Sunday Tuneup
Nov. 3, 2017

Boise State Broncos vs. Carroll College Fighting Saints
Sunday, Nov. 5 • 2 p.m.
Taco Bell Arena • Boise, Idaho
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's basketball, the 2017-18 Mountain West favorite and defending Mountain West Tournament champion, will tune up for the upcoming campaign Sunday afternoon, hosting Carroll College in an exhibition contest at Taco Bell Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

Carroll, an NAIA program, will wrap up its four-game week with Sunday's contest. The Fighting Saints opened their trip with a 55-48 loss to Montana Tuesday, before falling, 70-46, at Utah Thursday night. Carroll will play its true regular-season opener Saturday night at the College of Idaho before taking on the Broncos Sunday.

The contest will be Boise State's only exhibition ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, which begins next Friday (Nov. 10) as the Broncos host Northwest Christian at 5:30 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.

2017-18 At A Glance
Boise State is coming off of a 2016-17 season in which it won a program-record 25 games en route to both capturing the Mountain West Tournament title and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons (2015, 2017). Head coach Gordy Presnell enters his 13th season at the helm, guiding a program that on Wednesday was voted the favorite to capture the 2017-18 Mountain West regular-season title.

The Broncos received seven of 25 first-place votes and 221 points, coming out just ahead of Wyoming (six first-place votes, 216 points) and Colorado State (six first-place votes, 211 points).

Shaw Voted Preseason All-Mountain West
Boise State is led by senior forward Shalen Shaw, who was voted to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team Wednesday, marking the fourth-straight season in which a Bronco has been voted onto the five-woman team. Last season, Shaw led the Broncos in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and field-goal percentage (44.3), and entering the 2017-18 campaign is the Broncos' top returner in scoring (10.1 ppg) and assists (67). She also ranks second among Bronco returners in 3-pointers made (47) and steals (38).

Shaw has the opportunity to finish her career as one of the most decorated Broncos in program history. If Boise State makes the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season, Shaw would become the first Bronco in program history to play in three NCAA Tournaments. Statistically speaking, Shaw is just 108 point away from 1,000 for her career, and is also on pace to close her career as the only Bronco in the program's career top 10 in scoring (needing 369 points to crack the top 10), rebounding (ranks seventh entering 2017-18), and assists (needs 58 to crack the top 10).

Attention In The Polls
Boise State received one point in the 2017-18 USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, meaning the Broncos were voted No. 25 on one of the 32 ballots.

Who's Back For the Broncos
As a team, the Broncos return four of their top-five scorers from a season ago: Shaw (10.1 ppg), redshirt junior center Marijke Vanderschaaf (10.1 ppg), junior guard and Spanish international Marta Hermida (8.5 ppg), and sophomore guard Riley Lupfer (8.1 ppg). Vanderschaaf was also the team's second-leading rebounder, behind Shaw, with 6.5 rebounds per game, while Hermida had a team-leading 48 steals and was third with 60 assists, and Lupfer paced the team with 56 3-pointers and a 3-point field-goal percentage of 35.9.

This past July, Hermida earned her first FIBA gold medal as part of Spain's U20 National Team, which won the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship in Matosinhos, Portugal. At the tournament, Hermida appeared in three games, going 1-for-5 from the floor with two rebounds and three steals as Spain captured its third-straight U20 European title, and sixth out of the last seven events.

Transfers Will Return To Action After Sitting Out 2016-17
Boise State will also benefit from the addition of a pair of transfers coming off of their NCAA-mandated "sit-out" season in redshirt sophomore guard Ellie Woerner (Portland) and redshirt sophomore forward A'Shanti Coleman (Arizona). Woerner, in her lone season at Portland in 2015-16, started 28 of the 29 games in which she appeared while leading the Pilots and ranking 13th in the WCC with 11.8 points per game. The Sammamish, Wash., native also ranked in the WCC top 10 in 3-pointers made (44, ninth) and 3-point field-goal percentage (38.9, seventh). Coleman started 11 of the 32 games in which she appeared for Arizona in 2015-16, averaging 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

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