Boise State, Idaho women's basketball in postseason play this weekend

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comMarch 22, 2014 

Sophomore Ali Forde is Idaho's No. 4 scorer with 9.7 points per game. The 6-foot-2 post leads the team in rebounds (7.9 per game) and blocked shots (52), and averages more than a steal per game.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

On Thursday, the Boise State women's basketball team earned its second postseason tournament win since the sport became NCAA sanctioned in 1981-82. The Broncos (18-13) will go for another at 6 p.m. Saturday at Stephen F. Austin in the second round of the Women's Basketball Invitational. The game will be broadcast on KBOI 670 AM.

Boise State is coming off a 52-51 win at Grand Canyon, just the Antelopes' second loss on their home floor this season. Sophomore Miquelle Askew and freshman Yaiza Rodriguez combined for 25 points. Askew will have her hands full taking on Ladyjacks (21-12) center Porsha Roberts, who is averaging 16.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

A Bronco win would put them in the WBI's Final Four, and they would travel to the College of Charleston or Northern Kentucky on Wednesday or Thursday.

VANDAL WOMEN GET ANOTHER TOUGH NCAA DRAW

Last year, in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985, Idaho had to face Connecticut on its home floor. The good news this year is the Vandals are at a neutral site. The bad news is they have to play Louisville.

Fourteen-seed Idaho (25-8) takes on 3-seed Louisville (30-4) at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa. The game will be televised on ESPN.

The Cardinals have lost only once this season to teams not named Connecticut and have twice been in the NCAA championship game in coach Jeff Walz's seven seasons - most recently last year, when they lost to, yes, Connecticut. Guard Schoni Schimmel, a Mission, Ore., native, leads Louisville with 17.0 points per game.

Countering the Cardinals, who are No. 7 in the nation with a plus-19.0 ppg scoring margin, is a balanced Vandals offense that includes WAC player of the year Stacey Barr (18.7 ppg), forward Alyssa Charlston (14.4 ppg) and guard Christina Salvatore (10.7 ppg). The Vandals have won 18 of their last 19 games.

Dave Southorn: 377-6420, Twitter: @IDS_Southorn

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