March 7, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For only the second time in Mountain West Conference history, the Wyoming Cowgirls will open up the first round of the 2010 Conoco MWC Tournament against the UNLV Lady Rebels. The game is slated for Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Pacific / 8 p.m. Mountain Time in Las Vegas.
The Cowgirls will enter this game with an 18-10 overall record, while finishing 9-7 in conference play and tied for fifth in the league. UNLV is 13-17 overall and 6-10 in the MWC after falling to Wyoming 78-73 over the weekend. The last time the two teams met in the conference tournament was March 9, 2005 as the Lady Rebels defeated the Cowgirls 64-59.
Three Cowgirls are scoring in double-figures so far led by junior Hillary Carlson who is averaging a team leading 15.1 points and 2.8 blocks per game. She is followed by fellow junior Aubrey Vandiver with 14.1 points and a team leading 9.9 rebounds per game, while Emma Langford is adding 11.9 points and 3.3 assists.
Carlson is first in blocks, fourth in scoring and 11th in rebounding while being ranked third in free throw percentage and fourth in field goal 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 assists and 14th in scoring.
UNLV is led by Erica Helms who is averaging a team leading 13.5 points along with 3.4 assists. She is followed by Kelli Thompson who is averaging 12.2 points, while Jamie Smith leads the way with 10.2 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 32nd meeting between the two teams. UNLV leads the series 19-12. They split their meetings this season. UNLV defeated the Cowgirls 62-56 in Las Vegas, while the Cowgirls won their match-up at home 78-73. UNLV is coached by Kathy Olivier who is in her second year with the program and 17th overall.