Broncos, Rams In Semifinal Rematch
March 7, 2018

Mountain West Tournament Semifinal
No. 1 Boise State (21-9) vs. No. 5 Colorado State (20-10)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Las Vegas, Nev. - Thomas and Mack Center

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LAS VEGAS - Boise State (21-9), the No. 1 seed at the Mountain West Tournament, takes on No. 5 Colorado State (20-10) in Wednesday’s semifinal at 7:30 p.m. MT. A Boise State win would put the Broncos in the Mountain West Tournament title game for the second-straight season, and the third time in four years.

Boise State advanced to the Mountain West Tournament semifinals with Tuesday’s 60-46 victory over No. 8 Air Force.

Guard Riley Lupfer scored a game-high 19 points, and, with five 3-pointers, set the Mountain West single-season record at 113, passing the previous mark of 110 by Utah’s Iwalani Rodrigues in 2010-11.

Braydey Hodgins scored 11 points to finish her fourth-straight game in double digits, while Marta Hermida added 15. Hermida and Hodgins were among four Broncos (along with A’Shanti Coleman and Ellie Woerner) to grab six rebounds in the contest.

Leading 29-22 at halftime, Boise State opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take control of the contest. The Bronco defense did its part, holding Air Force to Bronco opponent lows of 13 field goals, a 24.1 field-goal percentage, and five assists.

Boise State will take on fifth-seeded Colorado State in Wednesday’s semifinal at 7:30 p.m. MT. The Rams made nine 3-pointers and had four players score in double digits in a 71-55 upset of No. 4 Fresno State Tuesday afternoon.

All-Mountain West selection Hannah Tvrdy led the Rams with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Annie Brady scored eight points to go with her eight boards. The Rams used a 21-11 third quarter to break open what had been a 26-26 deadlock at halftime.

Wednesday’s semifinal will be a rematch of last year’s semifinal, in which the fourth-seeded Broncos, behind 15 fourth-quarter points from Riley Lupfer, upset the top-seeded Rams, 65-61, en route to their second crown in three years.

Boise State will go for its second-straight Mountain West Tournament title, and third in four seasons, as it begins play in Las Vegas Tuesday.

The Broncos will also attempt to become just the third Mountain West program to win consecutive tournaments, with a chance to join Fresno State (2013-14) and New Mexico (2003-05, 2007-08).

After Tuesday’s victory over Air Force, Boise State owns an all-time record of 8-4 at the Mountain West Tournament, along with two titles.

The Broncos have been feast or famine at the event since its first appearance in 2012, with six of the seven wins coming in 2015 and 2017’s title runs, and three one-and-dones (2013-14, 2016).

A look at the Mountain West history since the inaugural conference tournament in 2000 could make one think that Boise State, as the No. 1 seed, have history against them. In 18 previous Mountain West Tournaments, the top seed has gone on to capture the title just seven times.

Colorado State (2016) is the only No. 1 seed to hold serve over the last five tournaments (2013-17). Boise State captured each of its Mountain West Tournament titles (2015, 2017) at the No. 4 seed.

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