The Broncos earned the No.15 seed; they currently have a record of 22-10, 11-7 MW. The Tennessee Lady Vols earned the No. 2 seed with a record of 27-5, 15-1 SEC.
Boise State earned the Mountain West automatic bid after winning the tournament championship last week in Las Vegas. Boise State beat New Mexico 66-60 in the finals of the Mountain West Tournament.
The Broncos are 0-2 in NCAA history; this will make it the third time that the Broncos have made it to the NCAA Tournament. Their appearances included going in as the No.9 seed in 1994 on an at-large bid out of the Big Sky Conference and being a No.12 seed in 2007. In 2007 the Broncos won both the Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships.
The Boise State women’s basketball starting lineup includes Yaiza Rodriguez who was named to the All-Tournament team, and sophomore guard Brooke Pahukoa who was also named to the All-Tournament team. Pahukoa earned MVP honors after averaging 14 points in three wins.
“I think we have some really good pieces, we just hadn’t put it together,” Boise State coach Gordy Presnell said to the media after their tournament win. “Sometimes we felt the depth; it’s a great feeling to get to this point when someone believes in you.” The Broncos are returning to the NCAA tournaments after two first-game exits in the Mountain West Tournament. Injuries have played a big part in the last two seasons; the Broncos have undergone 21 knee injuries in just the last 7 years.
The Lady Vols are 117-25 in NCAA play; they also are the eight-time NCAA champions who pose the most victories and games in tourney history. This will be the Lady Vols third-straight season, the fifth time in six years that UT is hosting the NCAA Women’s Basketball first and second rounds.
The winner will play Monday either against No.7 Chattanooga or No.10 Pittsburgh Monday also at the Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be take place on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2.