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Boise State women’s hoops schedule features three NCAA tourney teams, with more possible

Presnell says preseason WNIT invite a ‘real highlight’ for Boise State

Boise State women's basketball coach Gordy Presnell told local media members on Monday that the Broncos have been invited to the 2019 Preseason WNIT. It would be the first appearance in program history.
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Boise State women's basketball coach Gordy Presnell told local media members on Monday that the Broncos have been invited to the 2019 Preseason WNIT. It would be the first appearance in program history.

Coaches will say each season that their schedule is perhaps the toughest of their tenure, but Gordy Presnell has a case for his Boise State women’s basketball team.

Coming off a 28-5 campaign that included a third straight Mountain West Conference Tournament championship, the Broncos have the chance to play quite a few other teams that were in the NCAA Tournament in March.

Boise State released its 2019-20 nonconference schedule Tuesday, and it includes three tourney teams — at Louisville and at home against Portland State and BYU. As part of the WNIT field, if the Broncos beat Portland State, they could face more NCAA tourney teams.

“It’s a terrific schedule, it’s the hardest one we’ve ever had here,” said Presnell, entering his 15th season at the helm. “... It’s a great nonconference schedule, hopefully will prepare us for our conference season and help us with RPI.”

The Broncos entered the postseason No. 39 in the RPI but still earned only a 13 in the NCAA Tournament, and had to play Oregon State on its home floor, losing in overtime. There should be plenty of chances to post big wins next season. BYU is coming to Boise for the first time since 2001.

“We’ll see, but we’re loaded for bear on the schedule, hopefully it’ll work out,” Presnell said.

Boise State will open the season Nov. 2 at ExtraMile Arena in an exhibition against Concordia (Ore.), with its first regular season game Nov. 5 against Lewis-Clark State. A rematch with Washington State on Nov. 20 is also on the home slate — the Cougars upset the Broncos last season in Pullman, Wash.

The TCU game in Fort Worth, Texas, will be Nov. 30 or Dec. 1, as it could be picked up for national television, so the date is not set. The Broncos play a pair of Mountain West games in December, at home against New Mexico on Dec. 4 and at Colorado State on Dec. 7.

BOISE STATE MEN TO HOST BYU: Though the Boise State men’s basketball schedule is not complete, the school did announce Tuesday that it will host BYU on Nov. 20, the first time the two schools have met since December 2008. That means a doubleheader with the women, who play Washington State that day. Boise State will play at BYU during the 2020-21 season. A date has not been set.

BOISE STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 2019-20 SCHEDULE

Nov. 2: CONCORDIA (ORE.) — exhibition

Nov. 5: LEWIS-CLARK STATE

Nov. 8: PORTLAND STATE — WNIT

Nov. 20: WASHINGTON STATE

Nov. 24: at Louisville

Nov. 26: UTAH VALLEY

Nov. 30 or Dec. 1: at TCU

Dec. 4: NEW MEXICO

Dec. 7: at Colorado State

Dec. 11: BYU

Dec. 15: at Eastern Washington

Dec. 22: WESTERN OREGON

Jan. 1: at Wyoming

Jan. 4: NEVADA

Jan. 8: at UNLV

Jan. 11: SAN DIEGO STATE

Jan. 15: AIR FORCE

Jan. 18: at Utah State

Jan. 25: FRESNO STATE

Jan. 29: at San Jose State

Feb. 1: at Nevada

Feb. 5: WYOMING

Feb. 8: UTAH STATE

Feb. 12: at Air Force

Feb. 15: at San Diego State

Feb. 19: SAN JOSE STATE

Feb. 22: at New Mexico

Feb. 24: UNLV

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Dave Southorn is a 2004 graduate from the University of Colorado. He has covered Boise State athletics since 2005, and worked at the Idaho Statesman since 2013. He’s won multiple Idaho Press Club awards and once won a contest designing a play for the Seattle Seahawks.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.
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