The Broncos open the season with a three-game homestand at Taco Bell Arena beginning with Seattle University and the University of Portland this weekend, followed by Washington State University next Thursday. The action begins with Seattle Redhawks in the first game of a doubleheader with the Bronco men at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday. The weekend will conclude with a 2:00 p.m. encounter on Sunday with Portland. Both contests will be at Taco Bell Arena.
Nation’s Sixth-Longest Home Win Streak on the Line
Boise State will place the nation’s sixth-longest home win streak on the line when they host Seattle on Friday in the first of 16 regular season home games. The Broncos have won 17 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 3, 2007 when they last lost in Boise to Louisiana Tech 79-63. The victory streak began with a 82-59 romp over San Jose State on Feb. 10, 2007 in Bronco Gym, the last 16 wins have all been at Taco Bell Arena.
Recently for Boise State
The Broncos played one exhibition game this season defeating NAIA power Lewis-Clark State (ranked No. 5 at the time) 67-55 in Boise on Nov. 1. Boise State used a 24-2 run early in the second half to erase a two-point halftime (28-26) deficit and run away with the victory. Ja'Lara Walker and Tasha Harris combined for 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Broncos over the Warriors.
Bronco Radio Information
Boise State returns to the radio for its 16th year with the first regular season basketball game. All of the Broncos regular and postseason games can be heard live over the Boise State Radio network. Doug Link, assistant sports information director enters his 11th season as voice of the Broncos. Each broadcast begins with a 15 minute pregame show and ends with a 10 minute postgame wrap-up with head coach Gordy Presnell.
The Boise State Radio Network
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Looking at Boise State, Two-Time Defending WAC Champions
► Boise State features an up tempo team who is at it’s best pushing the ball up the floor in a wide open attack.
► This year’s Boise State team was picked to three-peat as WAC champions by both the league’s coaches and media. Senior guard Tasha Harris was named to both preseason All-WAC teams and was selected by the media as the WAC’s preseason player of the year.
► Boise State won its second consecutive regular season Western Athletic Conference title last year going 14-2 in conference action to tie Fresno State for first. The Broncos finished the season 24-8 overall and advanced to the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
► Boise State returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s championship team. However, one of the starters Jessica Thompson a two-time All-WAC honoree will sit out the 2008-09 campaign to recover from off-season surgery.
► Broncos welcome their five redshirts from a year ago and two true freshmen to this year’s active roster giving Boise State one of its most athletic teams with solid depth capable of going 14 deep players deep.
► Boise State won the 2006-07 Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s first round where they lost 76-67 to George Washington. They went 12-4 in league and 24-9 on the year to set a school record for overall wins.
Game 1: Seattle at Boise State
Boise State opens the 2008-09 campaign with Seattle University this Friday night at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain) as the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s team in Taco Bell Arena. This will be the first meeting between these two schools since December 17, 1982, when the Broncos defeated the Redhawks 67-55 in Seattle, Wash.
About Seattle: The Redhawks open the 2008-09 campaign in Boise on Friday. They are currently in their first transition year in the move from the NCAA Division II level to Division I, they are competing as an independent. SU played two exhibition games prior to Friday’s opener in Boise defeating Western washington 67-59 and Pacific (Ore.) 79-68. Seattle returns six letterwinners and two starters from last year’s team that went 16-11 overall and 7-11 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to place sixth. Dan Kriley is in his fifth year as head coach of the Redhawks where he is 57-50 overall.
The Series: Boise State leads the overall series 3-2. They last met on Dec. 17, 1982 in Seattle where the Broncos won 67-55. The two schools were once conference rivals as members of the Northwest Women’s Basketball League 1979-80.
Who To Watch: Chelsie Morrison, a senior forward, is the top returning scorer averaging 11.6 points per game last year, followed by Cassidy Murillo, a junior guard, 9.7 points per game.
Game 2: Portland at Boise State
The Broncos will conclude the opening weekend of play by hosting the University of Portland Pilots at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain) Sunday afternoon in Taco Bell Arena. The Pilots will play at WAC member Utah State on Friday before traveling to Boise for Sunday’s game. Portland won a shootout with Boise State last year in Portland by the score of 84-80.
About Portland: The Pilots are members of the West Coast Conference where they were picked by the conference’s head coaches to place seventh in this year’s league race. Portland played two exhibition games defeating Concordia (Ore.) 84-58 and Eastern Oregon 82-50. Portland returns nine letterwinners and three starters from last year’s team that went 15-15 overall and 5-9 in the WCC to place tied for sixth. Jim Sollars is in his 23rd year as head coach of the Pilots where he is 300-333 overall.
The Series: Portland leads the overall series 7-4 and have won five of the last six meetings. They last met in Portland on Nov. 30, 2007 where the Pilots won 84-80. Boise State’s last victory over UP was two years ago in Boise by the score of 72-62.
Who To Watch: Laiken Dollente is a preseason All-WCC selection who averaged 14.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last year as a sophomore. Allyson Sievers averaged 8.9 points and 5.2 boards as a junior in 2007-08, while Karlie Burris added 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.