March 13, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State women's basketball team found out Monday night its destination for the big dance and who the Broncos will play when the NCAA unveiled the bracket for the 2017 NCAA Championship on ESPN.
Boise State will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., where it will face the No. 15/14 ranked UCLA Bruins, a No. 4 seed in the tournament, at Pauley Pavilion in the opening round on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (MT) on ESPN2. The victor will get the winner of the No. 5 seeded Texas A&M Aggies and No. 12 Penn Quakers (22-7) on Monday, March 20, in Los Angeles.
The Broncos enter the tournament as a No. 13 seed at 25-7 overall and winners of 10 straight. This will be Boise State's fourth appearance in the NCAA Championship and second in the last three years. Previous appearances include 1994, 2007 and 2015. This is the third trip to the dance under head coach Gordy Presnell.
Boise State is coming off its second Mountain West Tournament Championship this past week at Las Vegas. The Broncos tied for third-place in the MW standings at 12-6, but were seeded fourth. Their championship run included victories over No. 5 New Mexico (64-62), top-seeded Colorado State (65-61) and No. 7 Fresno State (66-53) in the title game.
The blue and orange has won a school record 25 contests with an active 10-game win streak dating back to Feb. 11 when they defeated Air Force 69-59 on the road. This is the seventh 20-win season in program history and the fourth accomplished during the coach Presnell era.
This marks Boise State's eighth postseason appearance all-time and third in the last four years. This is the fifth in Presnell's 12 seasons in charge of the Broncos. He has led the blue and orange to three NCAA Tournaments (2007, 2015 and 2017), one WNIT (2008) and one WBI (2014) berth.
UCLA is a No. 4 seed and enters the game at 23-8 overall and went 13-5 (4th) in Pac-12 play. The Bruins are currently ranked 15th nationally by the Associated Press and 14th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This will be their 14th trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA features a 64-team field with the first four rounds hosted on campus sites in brackets of four before the semifinals and championship are played at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, March 31 through April 2.
Boise State is 2-8 all-time in postseason play and 0-3 in the NCAA Tournament. Previous NCAA results include losses at Washington (89-61) on March 16, 1994, to George Washington (76-67) on a neutral floor on March 17, 2007 and at Tennessee (72-61) on March 21, 2015.