March 5, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will play their last regular season conference game on Saturday, March 6, as they host the UNLV Lady Rebels. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. Live stats and audio can also be followed at www.wyomingathletics.com.
The Cowgirls will enter the game with a 17-10 overall record and an 8-7 mark in conference play after snapping a two-game losing streak with an 87-60 win over Air Force. Three Cowgirls are scoring in double-figures so far led by junior Hillary Carlson who is averaging a team leading 15.4 points and 2.7 blocks per game. She is followed by fellow junior Aubrey Vandiver with 13.8 points and a team leading 9.9 rebounds per game, while Emma Langford is adding 12.1 points and three assists.
Carlson is first in blocks, fourth in scoring and 12th in rebounding while being ranked third in field goal percentage and fourth in free throw percentage in the Mountain West Conference. Vandiver ranks among the Top 15 in points, rebounds, steals, three-point field goal percentage and minutes played while Langford is 12th in scoring and 13th in assists.
UNLV enters the weekend with a 13-16 record overall and a 6-9 mark in the MWC. The last time out, they defeated Air Force, 69-55, on Feb. 27 in Las Vegas. They are led by Erica Helms who is averaging a team leading 13.2 points along with 1.9 rebounds. She is followed by Kelli Thompson who is adding 11.9 points, while Jamie Smith leads the way with ten rebounds 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 31st meeting between the two teams. UNLV leads the series 19-11. The last time the two teams met was February 2, 2010 as the Lady Rebels defeated the Cowgirls, 62-56. UNLV is coached by Kathy Olivier who is in her second year with the program and 17th overall.