Broncos Open With Four-Game Homestand Beginning with Portland and Idaho State

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►  Boise State Opens 2010-11 Campaign with Portland
Boise State will open the 2010-11 regular season this Friday, Nov. 12 when the Broncos host the University of Portland at 4:00 p.m. (Mountain).  This will be the first of a four-game homestand for the Broncos in Taco Bell Arena.

RADIO: This game will be available on the Bronco Sports Network on KBSU (AM 730) in the Treasure Valley. It will also be available over the internet at BroncoSports.com. This year Jack Smith will be handling the play-by-play duties for the Boise State game broadcasts.

►  Friday Promotion
Friday’s season opener with Portland is “Kids Day” where children high school age and younger get in free when accompanied to the game by an adult.

Boise State Talking Points for Game

  1. Recently: Boise State defeated St. Martin’s University (Lacey, Wash.) 96-48 last Sunday, Nov. 7, in Boise. 
  2. Series: This is the 14th meeting in the series with UP leading 8-5. Boise State leads the series in Boise by a 4-2 margin.
  3. Last Time: The Pilots defeated the Broncos 76-65 in Portland last December. UP was led by Laiken Dollente with 23 points while Boise State was led by Jessica Van Hoogen with 23.
  4. A Bronco Win: If Boise State wins it will be the Broncos sixth-straight opening season victory, last five at Taco Bell Arena. They have not lost a opener under Coach Presnell.
  5. Bronco Leaders: The Broncos played one exhibition game this fall where Kati Isham led five players in double-figure scoring with 15 points. Heather Pilcher and Nicole Brady each added 12, Julia Marshall and Kinzi Poteet led on the glass with seven rebounds each.
  6. What’s Back: Boise State returns two starters, Janie Bos (7.and Julia Marshall, and seven letterwinners from last year’s 19-12 campaign.
  7. WAC Polls: After finishing the 2009-10 WAC race at 8-8 and tied for fourth-place, the Broncos where picked to place fifth in this year’s preseason coaches poll and fourth in the media’s.
  8. Presnell Milestones: Coach Presnell needs two wins to reach his 100th at Boise State and six to reach his 500th in his career.

Portland Talking Points for Game
  1. Recently: Portland won a pair of exhibition games at home 103-55 over Concordia (Portland) on Nov. 1, and 67-61 over Seattle Pacific on Nov. 4.
  2. About UP: The Pilots are members of the West Coast Conference. They went 18-13 overall and 7-7 in league to place fourth.
  3. Pilot Leaders: In two exhibition games, Natalie Day and Alexis Gannis averaged a team-high 14 points followed by Tara Cronin at 13.5 ppg. Day leads on the glass at seven boards per game.
  4. What’s Back: Portland returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s team.
  5. WCC Polls: The conference’s coaches picked Portland to finish fifth out of eight schools in this year’s WCC race.
  6. UP Coach: Jim Sollars is in his 25th year at Portland where he is 335-360 at the school.


►  Boise State Closes the Opening Weekend Hosting Idaho State
The weekend’s action will conclude on Sunday when Boise State hosts cross-state rival Idaho State University at 2:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.  This is the second of a four-game homestand for the Broncos.

RADIO: This game will be available live on the Bronco Sports Network on KBOI (AM 670) in the Treasure Valley. It will also be available over the internet at BroncoSports.com. This year Jack Smith will be handling the play-by-play duties for the Boise State game broadcasts.

Boise State Talking Points for Game with Idaho State
  1. Recently: Boise State will open its season on Friday when it hosts the University of Portland.  It defeated St. Martin’s 96-48 in an exhibition game last Sunday, Nov. 7.
  2. Series: This is the oldest and second most played rivalry for Boise State. This Sunday’s encounter will be the 64th meeting in the series with the Broncos holding a commanding 45-18 advantage. Boise State leads the series in Boise by a 24-7 margin.
  3. Last Time: The Broncos defeated the Bengals 76-60 in Pocatello last November. Boise State was led by Tasha Harris with 23 points and Jessica Van Hoogen with 21. ISU was led by Chelsea Pickering with 19 points followed by Oana Iacovita with 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
  4. Bronco Leaders: The Broncos played one exhibition game this fall where Kati Isham led five players in double-figure scoring with 15 points. Heather Pilcher and Nicole Brady each added 12, Julia Marshall and Kinzi Poteet led on the glass with seven rebounds each.
  5. What’s Back: Boise State returns two starters, Janie Bos (7.and Julia Marshall, and seven letterwinners from last year’s 19-12 campaign.
  6. WAC Polls: After finishing the 2009-10 WAC race at 8-8 and tied for fourth-place, the Broncos where picked to place fifth in this year’s preseason coaches poll and fourth in the media’s.
  7. Presnell Milestones: Coach Presnell needs two wins to reach his 100th at Boise State and six to reach his 500th in his career.

Idaho State Talking Points for Game
  1. Recently: Idaho State won its lone exhibition game of the fall at home 65-54 over New Mexico Highlands on Nov. 5.
  2. About ISU: The Bengals are members of the Big Sky Conference. Last year they went 15-15 overall and 10-6 in league, tied for second.
  3. Bengal Leaders: Kaela Oakes led the Bengals against NMHU with 18 points followed by Chelsea Pickering and Andrea Blodgett with nine each. Lindsey Reed added seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
  4. What’s Back: ISU returns two starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s team.
  5. BSC Poll: The conference’s coaches picked Idaho State to finish sixth out of nine schools in this year’s Big Sky race.
  6. ISU Coach: Seton Sobolewski is in his third year at Idaho State where he is 26-35 overall at the school.


►  Bronco Notebook

►  Ticket Prices Remain the Same for 2010-11
(11/10/2010) - Ticket prices for Boise State women’s basketball have stayed the same as last year’s. All tickets are general admission first come first served. All tickets can be purchased the day of the game at the Taco Bell Arena Ticket Office.

Ticket Prices

  • Adults     $5
  • Boise State Students (w/ID)    Free
  • Senior Citizens (62 and older)    $3
  • Youth (high school and younger)    $3
  • Season Sports Pass*    $50

* = Pass is good for all sports other than football and men’s basketball, not valid for basketball doubleheaders, conference or NCAA tournaments.


►  Boise State in Season Openers
Boise State opens the season at home for the fourth year in a row. They enter Friday night’s contest with Portland winners of their five previous openers and looking for the sixth against the Pilots. Last year Boise State defeated Western Oregon University 76-40 in Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos are 24-16 all-time in season openers and 15-5 when opening in Boise (Bronco Gym and Taco Bell Arena).

► Home Sweet Home
Boise State is hard to beat at home in Taco Bell Arena. Since the facility opened in the fall of 1982 the Broncos have gone 237-116 (.671).  Following are some miscellaneous marks for the Broncos at Taco Bell Arena.

  • All-Time Record     237-116 (.671)
  • Under Presnell     58-14 (.806)
  • WAC Mark Under Presnell     31-9 (.775)
  • 2007-08 (1st undefeated season)    14-0 / 8-0
  • 2008-09 (All / WAC)    10-6 / 5-3
  • 2009-10 (All / WAC)    13-2 / 6-2


► Presnell Approaching Career Milestones
(11/10/2010) - Head Coach Gordy Presnell has turned the Bronco program around since arriving during the summer of 2005. He came as one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division II history. Well his performance has not dropped of since coming to Boise State. He is now approaching to career milestones:

  • Needs 2 wins to reach 100th at Boise State
  • Needs 6 wins to reach 500th in his career


► Twenty-Three Seasons at .500 or Better
(11/10/2010) - Last year the Broncos gave head coach Gordy Presnell his 23rd straight season at .500 or better. He has never experienced a losing season in his 23-year head coaching career. In fact, he has only had one season at .500, his first at Boise State (15-15).