Feb. 1, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will wrap up the first part of Mountain West Conference play against the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The game is set to tip off at 9 p.m. Mountain Time in Las Vegas and will be broadcast on The Mountain Sports Network (Channel 412 on Bresnan Cable in Laramie).
The Cowgirls will enter the game with a 13-6 overall record and a 4-3 mark in conference play after a dominating 98-37 win over Air Force on Saturday. Three Cowgirls are scoring in double-figures so far led by junior Hillary Carlson who is averaging a team leading 14.7 points and 2.4 blocks per game. She is followed by fellow junior Aubrey Vandiver with 13.6 points and a team leading 9.2 rebounds per game, while Emma Langford is adding 11.8 points and 3.4 assists.
Carlson ranks first in blocks and fifth in scoring while being ranked first in field goal percentage and seventh in free throw percentage in the MWC. Vandiver ranks among the Top 15 in points, rebounds, steals, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage while Langford is 12th in assists and 14th in scoring.
UNLV enters the week with a 9-12 record overall and a 2-5 mark in the MWC. They are led by Erica Helms who is averaging a team leading 13.2 points along with 2.1 rebounds. She is followed by Kelli Thompson who is adding 12.7 points and 4.3 boards per game.
They welcome back two starters and seven letterwinners to a team that went 14-18 overall and 5-11 in the MWC a year ago. This is the 30th meeting between the two teams. UNLV leads the series 18-11. The last time the two teams met was February 18, 2009 as the Cowgirls defeated the Lady Rebels, 50-44, in Las Vegas. UNLV is coached by Kathy Olivier who is in her second year with the program and 17th overall.