By all accounts, it's been a very good season for the Fresno State women's basketball team. Under first year coach Raegan Pebley, the team completed the regular season with a record of 21-8 and earned the No. 2 seed at this week's Mountain West Tournament.
The Bulldogs went 13-3 in the conference (with a win over the tournament's top seed, San Diego State), they defended their home court with a record of 12-2 at the Save Mart Center and they are currently riding a four-game winning streak.
But Fresno State needs to win the Mountain West Tournament.
Let's face it; the bar has been raised. Fresno State has qualified for five straight NCAA Tournaments. The next step for the Bulldogs is winning a game in the NCAA Tournament, not falling short of qualifying for the field.
And according to ESPN women's bracketologist Charlie Creme, the Mountain West will only receive one bid this year: to the conference champion (projected San Diego State).
Assuming he is correct, that means the only way into the NCAA Tournament for Fresno State is to get that automatic bid. Last year's Bulldog team set a program record with 28 wins. This year's team only needs to get to 24 wins to keep alive the streak of conference championships (six) and NCAA Tournament appearances (also six).
And who knows, maybe there could even be a 25th win in there too.