Where Are They Now? Tricia Bader

In BroncoCountry's continuing "Where are they now?" series, we follow the development of Tricia Bader, one of the top guards in Boise State women's basketball history. It is no surprise that after leaving Boise State, she has made quite a name for herself.

Tricia Bader (1991-1996) is one of the top players in Bronco women's basketball history.  She came to Boise as the Colorado Player of the Year and a Street and Smith's High School All-American.  You will find her name scattered throughout the Boise State records section.

Bader holds the career assists record (451), the single-season record for assists (139 in 1993-94. She also ranks second in season assists with 127 in 1992-1993 and is eighth with 106 assists her senior year. Bader ranks third in career assists average with 3.9 per game

In addition to her ability to spot an open teammate with uncanny skill, she could score from anywhere on the court. Bader is sixth in career points with 1,171, sixth in free throws with 277, fifth with 408 free throw attempts, eighth in field goals with 411, 11th with 72 three-pointers and eighth with 269 3-point attempts. She is also tied for second all-time with 86 steals in 1993-94, second in career steals with 271, third in career steals per game with 2.4 and fifth in games played with 115.

Tricia was a three-time All-Big Sky Conference member and a four-time Big Sky All-Academic selection. Bader helped Boise State to a 76-36 record with two Big Sky regular season championships (1992 and 1994) and Boise State's first national ranking, first women's sellout in the Pavilion of over 11,000 fans and first appearance in the NCAA Women's National Basketball Tournament in 1994 as an at-large selection. She was a member of the 1993 West Team at the U.S. Olympic Festival.

Where is Tricia Bader now?

Following her great Bronco career, Bader played professional basketball in Australia for two years with the Latrobe Demons in the North West Basketball Union.  12 years later, she still holds the league scoring record with 67 points in a 1997 game for Latrobe in which she had a quadruple double (67 points, 14 assists, 10 steals and 10 rebounds).  The Women's National Basketball Association was getting underway and Bader was drafted in the fourth round (31st pick overall) in the 1998 WNBA Draft by the Utah Starzz.  She played one full season with Utah but when she was waived in July of 1999 she signed with the Cleveland Rockers.  Bader played four years with Cleveland including the 2001 Eastern Conference Championship team, but her best WNBA success came in her rookie season with Utah (1998) when she averaged 2.1 points with 20 assists, 13 steals and 10 rebounds.  For her career, Bader averaged 1.3 points with 79 assists, 53 rebounds and 47 steals.  Bader was elected to the Boise State Hall of Fame in 2001.

Bader was hired as an assistant women's coach at Boise State from 1999-2001 and it was there that she met her husband Todd Binford.  The couple was married in 2002 and Tricia Binford was hired as an assistant at Utah under Raegan Scott-Pebley.  Now known as Tricia Binford having married her husband Todd, she became the 11th head women's basketball coach at Montana State in 2005.

Binford just completed her fourth season at Montana State . Binford has led the Bobcats from the depths of college basketball (3-22 in 2005-6) back to prominence in the Big Sky Conference with her up-tempo offense.  Montana State finished 2007-8 with an 18-13 overall and 11-5 Big Sky record Binford's Bobcats upset Idaho State in the Big Sky Tournament semifinals to reach the conference championship game for the first time since 2003. Last season, MSU was ranked 13th in the nation in scoring, averaging a league best 74.1 points per game.  

Binford has produced a basketball video called "Sweet Sixteen Shooting".  She and Todd have a son, Justin, born April 3, 2004 and a daughter, Brooklyn , born August 4, 2008  

What impression has she made?

 

"Tricia Binford has clearly articulated her vision to help student-

athletes be successful college graduates. She has been a

valuable addition to the Montana State University team."

— Dr. Geoffrey Gamble,

President, Montana State University

 

"In all my years of coaching, I've never had a player work harder

and raise the value of a team more than Tricia Binford did from

her position. She embodies all the right things about collegiate

athletics. She knows how to message players about working effectively,

being good student-athletes and how to go about reaching their full

potential."

— Dan Hughes, Head Coach,

WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars

 

" Montana State has a great one. It's exciting to see a former Big

Sky Conference great back to the league and coaching. Tricia

Binford is a dynamic person and a real pistol. She is a competitor,

and her being at Montana State is a great situation for everyone.

I've known her since she was 17 years-old. Tricia comes

from a great background and family. She is bright, intelligent,

passionate and never backs down from anything."

— June Daugherty, Head Coach,

Washington State University  

 

Sounds like the Tricia we all know and love.  Congratulations on your great accomplishments in life Tricia and best wishes for continued success!

 


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