March 9, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the fifth time in Mountain West Conference history, the Wyoming Cowgirls will open up the first round of the 2009 Conoco MWC Tournament against the Colorado State Rams. The game is slated for Tuesday, March 10, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific/5:30 p.m. Mountain Time in Las Vegas.
The Cowgirls will enter this game with a 16-13 overall record, while finishing 8-8 in conference play.
Four Cowgirls are scoring in double-figures this season led by sophomore Hillary Carlson who is averaging 11.6 points. Megan McGuffey is adding 10.6 points, while freshmen Kristen Scheffler and forward Emma Langford follow closely with 10.4 and 10.3 points respectively. McGuffey also leads the team with seven rebounds per contest.
Carlson ranks fourth in the league in field goal percentage and 11th in scoring, while Scheffler is second in the league in three-point field goals made (2.38 tpfgm) and 18th in scoring. McGuffey ranks eight in rebounding and 17th in scoring.
In conference games, Carlson finished fourth in scoring (14.6 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage (78-159, .491) and ninth in rebounding. Scheffler ranked fourth in three-point field goals made, fifth in minutes played, while being 14th in scoring (10.6 ppg).
The Rams finished the regular season 9-20 overall, 4-12 in conference play and come in as the eighth seed in the tournament. They are currently led by Britney Minor who is averaging a team leading 7.8 points along with 4.2 rebounds. Senior Kandy Beemer is adding 7.6 points, while Amaka Uzomah is leading the way with 6.6 rebounds per game. They return three starters and seven letterwinners to a team that went 4-28 overall and 0-16 in the MWC a year ago.
This is the 80th meeting between the two teams. Colorado State leads the series 40-39. Wyoming has won both meetings this season with a 64-61 victory coming on January 24, 2009 in Ft. Collins, and a 71-62 win on February 25, 2009 in Laramie. Colorado State is coached by Kristen Holt who is in her first season at the helm.