Boise State women look to defend their Mountain West championship

Posted at 2:22 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 16:22:39-05

BOISE — The Boise State Bronco women's basketball team kicked off the conference schedule in style with a win over Wyoming 72-64 at Taco Bell Arena on Wednesday.

BSU defeated Wyoming last year to win the Mountain West Championship to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament, the win against Wyoming marks the first time the Broncos junior class has ever defeated the Cowgirls at home.

Boise State is led by junior guard Riley Lupfer who averages nearly 13 points per game, however, the Broncos feature a balanced attack that makes Boise State difficult to guard.

“We have so much talent, they can’t face guard me or help off of me," said Lupfer.

Boise State also got Sophomore forward Tess Amundsen back after she missed six games with a foot injury, head coach Gordy Presnell said she adds another dimension to the Broncos offense because she is a post player who can shoot the three, Amundsen scored ten points against Wyoming.

“When teams try to take away Riley we try to put Riley in a pick and roll," said Presnell. "Tess is the best three point shooter we have at that trail post spot so we put those two together in pick and rolls and run pick and pops."

The Broncos (10-2) faced a grueling non-conference schedule that included a win at Washington, the Broncos two losses came against Louisville and Washington State.

“I thought our non conference schedule was really good," said Presnell. "We got to play at a really high level against some really high level teams.”

Boise State will take their (1-0) conference record on the road this Saturday when they play at San Diego State.

The Bronco men also won their first conference game defeating Wyoming in Laramie, they will return home to face San Diego State on Saturday.