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► What’s Happening This Weekend...
Boise State University women's basketball opens the 2009-10 campaign this weekend with a pair of home games against Western Oregon University (1-2) at 7:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday night and Weber State University at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, both contests will be played in Taco Bell Arena. These are the first games of a three-game homestand to open the new campaign.     

► Bronco Radio Broadcasts...
Boise State women’s basketball will once again be on Boise State Radio (KBSU AM 730 in Boise, KEZJ Am 1450 in Twin Falls and KBSK FM 89.9 in McCall) this winter for the 17th season in a row.  Doug Link, Boise State Assistant Sports Information Director, returns for his 12th season as the voice of the Broncos providing the play-by-play for each contest. The broadcasts will begin 15 minutes before tip with a short pregame talk with head coach Gordy Presnell.


► About The Broncos
●    Season Openers...
Boise State opens the season at home for the third year in a row. They enter Friday night’s contest with Western Oregon winners of their three previous openers and looking for the fourth this weekend. Last year Boise State defeated Seattle University 66-56 in Taco Bell Arena.

●    Boise State Picked Third in Preseason Polls...
The Boise State women’s basketball team was 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 showed 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). 

●    What’s Back From 2008-09...
Boise State returns two starters and five letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 16-15 overall and 9-7 in Western Athletic Conference play tying for fifth place. Junior forward/center Janie Bos started all 31 games for the Broncos followed by junior forward Melissa Rima who started the last 10 games of the year at the wing. Joining those two are sophomore guard Heather Pilcher, who started seven contests and scored a team-high 280 points, senior forward Rebecca Kepilino, and sophomore forward Stacie Gross

●    Broncos Welcome Back a Pair of Redshirt Seniors...
Boise State returns one of the top back courts in the league from 2007-08 in redshirt-seniors Tasha Harris and Jessica (Thompson) Van Hoogen. Both sat out last year with injuries and return this year for their final campaign in the blue and orange. Both are former All-WAC honorees and preseason WAC Players of the Year, as well as, 1,200-point scorers to rank sixth and seventh respectively on the Bronco scoring charts. In addition, they both made this year’s preseason All-WAC teams.

●    Harris Given Sixth Year...
Tasha Harris has been a major factor in Boise State’s resurgence over the past four years as a three-year starter at point guard. Last year the fifth-year senior opened the 2008-09 campaign averaging a WAC best 22 points per game. Unfortunately, she suffered a season ending injury one minute into the second half of the third game against Washington State. In May of 2009, the NCAA granted Harris a medical hardship clearing the way for her to return this year, her sixth at Boise State. 

●    Six New Faces Join the Broncos in 2009-10...
One junior college transfer (Nicole Brady) and five true freshmen (Lauren Lenhardt, Julia Marshall, Taylor McGilbra, Kinzi Poteet, and Stephanie Storms) joined the Broncos this fall. They combined for 29 points and 16 rebounds during the Broncos lone exhibition game this year against LCSC last week.

●    Four Years at .500 or Better...
Since head coach Gordy Presnell took over the Boise State program in the summer of 2005 the Broncos have recorded four-consecutive years at .500 or better. They were 15-15 in his first year, 24-9 in 2006-07, 24-8 in 2007-08, and 16-15 in 2008-09. Prior to Presnell’s arrival Boise State had not experienced a winning season in seven years, since the 1998 team went 19-11 and advanced to the WNIT.  

●    Recent Success...
The Broncos won the WAC regular season title in 2007 (12-4) and 2008 (14-2). They also won the 2007 WAC Tournament crown and have advanced to postseason national tournaments in 2007 (NCAA) and 2008 (WNIT).   

●    The Man in Charge...
Gordy Presnell - The Broncos are in their fifth year under the leadership of head coach Gordy Presnell. To date, he has gone 79-47 while at Boise State and 475-174 in 22 seasons as a collegiate head coach.


► Scouting Western Oregon 
The Wolves are a NCAA Division II program and a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. They enter the week at 1-2 overall after opening the year at the Disney Classic Oct. 30-Nov. 1 where they lost to Southern Indiana (71-64) and Fort Lewis (85-52) before rallying to defeat San Francisco State (75-67). WOU is led by Katie Torland who is averaging 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. As a team the Wolves average 63.7 points per game while allowing 74.3. 

●    The Series - Boise State and Western Oregon have met once before at WOU on Jan. 14, 1978 when the Broncos won 66-52.


► Scouting Weber State 
The Wildcats are former league rivals of the Broncos when Boise State was a member of the Big Sky Conference in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Weber State opens the new season on Friday night when they host Dixie State College in Ogden, Utah. The Wildcats return all five starters and 11 of 14 letterwinners overall from last year’s squad that went 10-19. The returning group accounted for 96.3 percent of the team’s scoring in 2008-09 as the top-10 scorers from last year are back. The group also accounted for 89.4 percent of the team’s rebounding.

●    The Series - Boise State and Weber State were once longtime rivals from 1982 to 1996 when they were both in the old Mountain West Athletic Conference which later became the Big Sky Conference. The series is currently tied at 20-20. Boise State has won three of the last four encounters including the last one in 2005 when the Broncos defeated the Wildcats 62-55 in Boise.