A 20-win season in college basketball is a pretty standard benchmark when determining successful programs. And for the fourth time in the past five seasons, the Boise State Broncos women’s team has reached that mark.
The Broncos (20-3, 11-1) did so with a 83-76 victory over Fresno State earlier this week. The victory marked the sixth time under head coach Gordy Presnell — whose first season as head coach in Boise was in 2005-06 — that Boise State has reached the 20-win mark.
A record 25 wins was achieved back in 2016-17. The one season in the last five that the Broncos failed to reach 20 wins was one in which they achieved 19 in 2015-16.
Boise State will also be gunning for their third straight Mountain West tournament title in March. Current projections have the Broncos with a 12-seed in the NCAA women’s tournament. It’s fair to say this should be a few spots higher, but if the cards play out as the Broncos hope, a 12-seed would mean a game at a neutral site.
Heading into the final third of the season, Boise State is enjoying one of the best seasons in program history. And they can pick up victories in a variety of ways. The Broncos can rely on a harassing defense in games their offense struggles. Or on nights when defense struggles, they can use a high-octane offense to turn the game into a track meet.
The Broncos can be successful with an inside game, relying on the likes of A’Shanti Coleman, Joyce Harrell, and Rachel Bowers. Or they can defeat a zone with the plethora of outside shooters, including Riley Lupfer, Braydey Hodgins, and Marta Hermida.
Boise State has one of the deepest rosters in the nation. So deep, in fact, they can easily use their entire bench and not suffer too much of a drop off in production. Nine different players have led (or tied with the lead) in scoring this season for Boise State. Depth and experience serves the team well, hopefully eventually leading to another Mountain West tournament title and one step further, a victory in the NCAA tournament.
Braydey Hodgins locked in
Hodgins, a junior guard, has been delivering in style the last four games. She is averaging 20.5 points per game over this span, connecting on 53.7 percent from the field. Hodgins is 8-12 (66.7 percent) from three-point land and has also been a hound on defense, collecting eight steals.
A banner week against UNLV, a career-high 28 points, and San Jose State. 21 points, earned Hodgins the Mountain West Player of the Week.
Overall, Hodgins is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 ppg. She’s knocked down 51 three-pointers, tied for the team lead with Riley Lupfer. (Lupfer has missed the last two games after suffering an injury early in the second-half of the UNLV game.)
Hodgins is knocking down 44 percent of her three-point attempts.
Boise State is back on the court on Saturday, hosting the San Diego State Aztecs in Boise’s annual Pink Game. The Broncos defeated the Aztecs 69-66 on January 5. Coleman scored 22 points in that game.
Tip-off is set for 2 pm (MT) at Taco Bell Arena.