Boise State women in WBI postseason tournament; Idaho women a 14-seed in NCAA Tournament

March 17, 2014 

The Boise State women's basketball team will continue its season in the 16-team Women's Basketball Invitational, it was announced Monday night. The Broncos (17-13) will play at Grand Canyon at 8 p.m. Thursday in the first round. Out of the WAC, the Antelopes went 21-8 this season.

It will be the first postseason tournament for the Broncos since reaching the second round of the WNIT in 2008.

“We are excited to keep playing this spring and to be apart of this tournament,” Boise State coach Gordy Presnell said in a statement. “Grand Canyon will present us with a great challenge as a senior laden team. This will be a great experience against a very good team. I truly believe this will help our program down the road as we prepare for next year.”

Another Gem State team, Idaho, is making its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Vandals had to face top-seeded Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. On Monday, the Vandals earned a 14-seed — the will face 3-seed Louisville (30-4) at 3:30 p.m. MT Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa. The game will be televised on ESPN. The Cardinals were ranked No. 3 in the nation after the regular season, and three of their four losses this season came to undefeated Connecticut.

"“It is exciting to be back in the NCAA Tournament,” Idaho coach Jon Newlee said in a statement. “Playing the Louisville Cardinals, who are a top five team in the country, will be a huge challenge for us. But we are ready.”

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