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Feb. 19, 2014

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Boise State softball heads to Cathedral City, Calif. for five games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Broncos will open the tournament with two games Thursday (Feb. 20), before closing the trip with one game each of the next three days. All five games will be played at Big League Dreams Park.

Boise State will take on a pair of top-20 opponents.

The tournament opens Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (all times Pacific) against Oregon State (3-8) and continues at 5:30 p.m. against defending national champion No. 18/13 Oklahoma (6-4). The next two days the Broncos will play under the lights, beginning Friday against Pacific (2-4) at 8:30 p.m. and again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Cal State Fullerton (9-3). Boise State will close its stay in Cathedral City with a Sunday morning tilt against No. 11/12 Nebraska (7-2) at 11 a.m.

The meeting with the Cornhuskers will be the first all-time, while the Broncos have met the other four opponents at least once. They have not had much luck against the field with a 1-5 combined mark against the four schools. The lone win came against Pacific in 2010.

Live stats will be available for select games. Check the schedule page at BroncoSports.com for more information.

Off and Running
Boise State has 29 stolen bases through the first 10 games of the season. The Broncos are 29-of-35 on steal attempts. It took until the 28th game last season for Boise State to steal its 29th bag.

Grand Larceny in Vegas
Boise State set a school record with 11 stolen bases against UTEP (Feb. 15) at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas. It is tied for 12th most in a single game in NCAA history according to the NCAA record book. Mackenzie Whyte led the charge with five steals herself, setting Boise State and Mountain West records. Whyte's five thefts are tied for sixth most in a single game in NCAA history. The Broncos' previous single-game record for a team was five steals. That mark was eclipsed again in the final game of the Desert Classic when Boise State swiped six bases against Utah Valley (Feb. 16).

Base Thief
Senior Tara Glover is 54-for-59 on stolen base attempts in her Boise State career, owning the school record for steals and stolen base percentage. She set the single-season record with 18 in 2012, before breaking it again last year when she went 27-of-28 on the base paths. Glover is 9-for-9 this season and is riding a school-record streak of 21-straight successful steal attempts...Her only caught stealing of the 2013 season came after oversliding the bag at second March 24, against Tulsa. Before that she was 15-for-15, the best start to a season in school history. It snapped a string of 17-consecutive successful steals, a then-school record.

Including her freshman year at Utah, Glover has stolen 70 bases, third in Mountain West history (she was a MW student-athlete while at Utah).

Record Chaser
Tara Glover enters her senior season seeking to become one of the most accomplished softball players in Mountain West history. Glover is the only Bronco to be playing her fourth season in the conference after spending her freshman year (2011) at Utah, the Utes' final season in the MW. All told, Glover is within reach of the all-time top-five lists for batting average, hits, runs, triples and stolen bases.

Palmer Breaks Out
Sophomore Ashley Palmer belted three home runs in five games at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas (Feb. 14-16). Palmer hit three home runs all of 2013 as a freshman. The 2012 NFCA High School All-American has nine hits through 10 games and his riding a six-game hitting streak.

Return of the 'Mak'
Sophomore Makenna Weir made her season debut at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas (Feb. 14-16). Weir started all five games (four at third base and one at catcher) after missing the first weekend of action with a back injury. Weir had two hits, drew six walks and drove in four runs on the weekend. She doubled against UTEP (Feb. 15) for her first hit of the season before finishing the weekend with her best outing. Against Utah Valley (Feb. 16) Weir was 1-for-1 with a two-run home run, a sacrifice fly and two walks. The Broncos are still awaiting the return of three-time all-conference performer Devon Bridges from injury (day-to-day).


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