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Boise State women's basketball team looks to send seniors out in style

Posted at 10:51 AM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 14:05:37-05

BOISE, Idaho — "I hope people come out," said Gordy Presnell the Boise State women's basketball coach. "Those six seniors have nine degrees and five championships."

The Boise State women's basketball team plays their final game of the season on Monday night against UNLV. If the Broncos can get the victory, they will finish second in the Mountain West regular season standings.

It will be the final home game for BSU's senior class and a chance to recognize all this group has accomplished.

Seniors Rylie Lupfer and Bradey Hodgins have both had prestigious careers. The players were Mountain West first team selections last year, and both have won the Mountain West tournament MVP. Each year they've played, the duo has helped the Broncos win the Mountain West tournament, advancing Boise State to the NCAA tournament.

Three other seniors had a different path. BSU has seen a lot of success with transfers from other schools coming to BSU and making an impact.

Point guard Jayde Christopher came from Kansas. In her senior year, Christopher destroyed the single season assist record. It was 191, but now Christopher has 232 and counting.

"I love sharing the ball a lot," said Christopher.

A'shanti Coleman transferred from Arizona, forming a dynamic duo in the front court with junior Mallory McGwire, who transferred from Oregon.

Senior Ellie Woerner transferred from Portland and Marijke Vanderschaff is a graduate student who has been at Boise State for five years. Her basketball career has been marred by injuries.

The Broncos have won four in a row, after a season where they suffered several defeats in games where they had the lead.

“We’ve blown it, so I hope we can learn from that," said Presnell. "We will see some of these teams in the tournament and I know our kids are fired up to play in it.”