► What’s Happening
Boise State University’s women’s basketball team is hosting Saint Martin’s University this afternoon in Bronco Gym. This is the lone exhibition game for the Broncos who open the regular season this coming week against the University of Portland on Friday. Boise State and Saint Martin’s have never met in women’s basketball until this afternoon’s encounter in Boise.
► About Saint Martin’s
Saint Martin’s University is a NCAA Division II school located in Lacey, Wash. The Saints are a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference along with such schools as Northwest Nazarene University and Boise State coach Gordy Presnell’s former school Seattle Pacific University. Last year St. Martin’s went 12-15 overall and 6-10 in GNAC play tied for fifth-place out of nine teams.
► What’s Gone From Boise State
The Broncos are looking for a new identity this season with the loss of the winningest class in program history. Gone are Tasha Harris, Rebecca Kepilino and Jessica Van Hoogen who won more games as a class than any other group in 40 years. Harris and Van Hoogen finished their careers ranked two and three respectively in career points at Boise State.
► What’s Back Boise State
The Broncos have seven letterwinners returning from last year’s 19-12 campaign. Initially the strength of the team will be the post positions where the most experience returns. Leading the group are seniors Janie Bos and Melissa Rima.
Bos has started every game (62) of her Boise State career entering this season. She is the leading scorer and rebounder returning from last year averaging 9.2 points and 7.0 rebounds.
Melissa Rima has started 22 of 88 career games for Boise State at either the power forward or wing position for the Broncos. She averaged 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 2009-10.
Boise State also returns juniors Heather Pilcher and Stacie Gross. Pilcher added 4.0 ppg and 2.6 rpg last year, while Gross added one point and one rebound per outing.
WAC All-Freshmen team honorees Lauren Lenhardt and Julia Marshall return along with classmate Kinzi Poteet. Combined they are one of the more talented classes Boise State has had in recent years. The trio recorded 399 points and 276 rebounds between them last year.
► What’s New This Year
Boise State welcomes five newcomers and one redshirt this year. Redshirt junior Nicole Brady from Salt Lake Community College sat out last year but will be available this year at the power forward and wing positions. She was an honorable mention All-American in junior college.
Sophomore Mandy Munns transferred to Boise State during the winter break last season and will redhsirt this yeaqr do to NCAA transfer rules.
The five newcomers include one junior college transfer in Kati Isham from Walla Walla Community College in Washington, she was the leading scorer in the NWAACC last year and second ranked as a freshman. She is a 5-8 guard out of Howe, Idaho.
She is joined by four true-freshmen in Diana Lee, Cinnamon Lister, Janelle Kearney and Carly Perkins. Lee and Lister will be looked toward to fill the void at point guard where the graduated Tasha Harris had played the last couple years. Lee is a member of the Canadian Junior National Team and started at point guard this summer during the World qualifying tournament. Lister was a standout for her prep team in California.
Janelle Kearney is a post player out of Pomona, Calif., where she started for Diamond Ranch High. She helped the team to four straight league titles and averaged 10.3 and 9.7 rebounds as a senior. Carly Perkins will redshirt this year while recovering from an injury.
► Presnell Approaching Career Milestones
Boise State head coach is one of the winningest coaches active today. He enters the season needing two wins to reach 100 career wins with the Broncos and six wins to reach his 500th career victory.
► Broncos Picked in Middle of the Pack in WAC Preseason Polls
The Western Athletic Conference released its women’s basketball preseason polls in mid-October and Boise State University was picked to place in the middle of the league by both the coaches and media. The coaches predicted the Broncos to place fifth in 2011 while the media selected them fourth. Both polls picked Fresno State to repeat as regular-season champions followed by Louisiana Tech and Nevada, respectively.
► Bos Named Preseason All-WAC by Media
Boise State’s Janie Bos was the only Bronco named to a preseason team making the media’s second team. This is the first such honor for the senior from Ontario, Calif. The fifth-year senior is one of two returning starters and the top scorer and rebounder back for Boise State from last year’s 19-12 squad. She averaged 9.2 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game.