Preseason Favorite UNLV and SDSU Face Cowgirls in Laramie

Jan. 19, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming women's basketball team will return home after a month on the road and host their first two Mountain West Conference games of the season. They will welcome the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Thursday, Jan. 20, and the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 2. The game against UNLV is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., while the game against SDSU is set for 2:00 p.m.

The Cowgirls enter this week's competition with an overall record of 10-5 and 1-1 in the MWC after a split last week against BYU and Utah. Wyoming is currently led by senior Ashley Elliott, who is averaging 17.0 points and 3.9 assists per game. She is followed closely by Hanna Zavecz with 15.6 points and seven rebounds and guard Erin Hicks with 11.0 points and a team leading 7.5 rebounds. As a team, they are shooting 309-818 (.378) from the field and 192-259 (.741) from the charity stripe, while averaging 61.1 points per game.

UNLV enters the week with a 9-6 overall record and a 0-1 mark in the MWC. The Lady Rebels are led by Sheena Moore who is averaging 15.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. As a team, UNLV is shooting .391-894 (.437) from the field and averaging 72.8 points per game. They return four starters and 12 letterwinners to a team that went 26-8 overall and 10-4 in the MWC a year ago.

This will be the 19th meeting between the two schools. UNLV leads the series, 13-5. The last time the two schools met was Feb. 19, 2004 when the Lady Rebels defeated the Cowgirls, 66-55, in Laramie.

San Diego State is 6-7 overall and 1-0 in the MWC and will face the CSU Rams on Thursday night before taking on the Cowgirls. The Aztecs are led by sophomore Michelle Elliott, who is averaging 13.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. As a team, they are shooting 277-771 (.359) from the field, while averaging 58.2 points per game. They return three starters and ten letterwinners to a team that went 8-20 overall and 3-11 in the MWC a year ago.

This will be the 26th meeting between the two schools. San Diego State leads the series 13-12, but the Cowgirls have won the last seven in a row.