LARAMIE, Wyo. (Feb. 10, 2017) – The Cowgirl basketball team returns home on Saturday to host the Utah State Aggies. The game is set for a 2 p.m. MT tip time at the Arena-Auditorium. Live stats, video and audio can be found on the GoWyo.com website.
The Cowgirls enter the contest with a 17-6 overall record and are 9-3 in league play after a 52-47 loss against Fresno State last night. Sophomore Clara Tapia finished with a team-high 12 points and seven assists followed by fellow sophomore Marta Gomez with 11 points. Junior Marleah Campbell chipped in seven points off the bench while junior Liv Roberts added seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Wyoming shot 18-49 (.367) from the field and 7-19 (.368) from three. The Cowgirls out rebounded Fresno State, 36-28, and had 23 points off the bench.
Roberts leads the team averaging 15.4 points and 7.9 rebounds plus 2.4 assists. She ranks fourth in the MW in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage and is sixth in rebounding. In league games, she is third in scoring, fourth in rebounding and sixth in field goal percentage. Gomez is adding 9.3 points and 3.2 rebounds, while junior Natalie Baker is chipping in 8.9 points.
UW is shooting 550-1242 (.443) from the field and 177-460 (.385) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls are also outscoring opponents 67.2-54.1 and out rebounding teams 36.3-31.9. Wyoming ranks first in field goal percentage as well as three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage and assists.
Utah State enters the game 13-10 overall and 6-6 in league play having won four in a row. Last time out, the Aggies defeated the league leading Colorado State Rams, 55-48. Sophomore Rachel Brewster leads the way with 13.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. Freshman Shannon Dufficy is averaging a team-high 9.1 points plus 8.9 points. As a squad, the Aggies are shooting 535-1369 (.391) from the field, averaging 59.8 points and 38.7 rebounds per contest.
This will be the 26th meeting between the two schools with Wyoming holding a 17-8 lead in the series. The last time the two teams met was January 11, 2017 with the Cowgirls earning a 71-48 win in Logan. Utah State is coached by Jerry Finkbeiner who is in his fifth season with the program.