March 23, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team resumes action in the 2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.
The Third Round WNIT game, presented by Laramie GM Auto Center, will match the Cowgirls against the Colorado Buffaloes who are 17-15 overall after an 81-65 win over California on Monday night.
Wyoming is currently 24-8 overall after a 75-71 Second Round victory over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. Aubrey Vandiver is averaging a team leading 19.1 points and 9.2 rebounds, while Hillary Carlson is adding 17.0 points and 7.1 boards per contest. The Cowgirls are shooting a league leading .432 (747-1730) from the field, plus 232-657 (.353) from beyond the arc and 411-584 (.704) from the charity stripe.
Vandiver is among the Top 15 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, minutes played and field goal percentage. Carlson ranks second in blocked shots, fourth in scoring and field goal percentage and ninth in rebounding in overall games.
Colorado is currently 17-15 overall and finished the Big 12 Conference 6-10. CU is led by Brittany Spears who is leading the way with 18.5 points and 8.2 rebounds. She is followed by Chucky Jeffery who is adding 13.5 points and 8.2 boards per contest. They welcome back three starters and eight letterwinners to a team that went 13-17 overall and 3-13 in the Big 12 Conference a year ago.
This is the 45th meeting between the two teams. Colorado leads the series 33-11. The last time the two teams met was Dec. 5, 2007. Colorado defeated Wyoming 69-55 in Boulder. The Buffs are coached by Linda Lappe who is in her first season with the program.
Tickets to Thursday's game are on sale on-line now at WyomingAthletics.com and through the University of Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office. Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $7 for children and $5 for UW students. Ticket Office hours are 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. today, then will open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. A special offer to students, the first 500 students get into the game free if they show the official text from The Stampede or forwarded from their friends. If you have not received the official text message, you can email The Stampede at firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number to receive the official text.
Cowgirl Basketball season-ticket holders who wish to reserve their regular-season seats must either call the UW Athletics Ticket Office or drop by the ticket office prior to noon on the day of the game. Season-ticket holders will not be able to reserve their regular-season seats on-line through WyomingAthletics.com. The UW Athletics Ticket Office phone numbers are: (877) 996-3261 or (307) 766-4850.
The Cowboy Joe Club & UW Athletic Department invites fans to the official WNIT Pregame Hospitality prior to the Cowgirls' Third Round WNIT game on Thursday from (5:30-7:00 p.m.), in the Paul & Marge Roach Hall at War Memorial Lobby on the south end of War Memorial Fieldhouse. The pregame hospitality is open to the public. Cost for the pregame function will be: FREE for Gold Card Cowboy Joe Club members, $5 for Brown Card Cowboy Joe Club members and $10 for the general public. A light meal will be served and complimentary pop or bottled water will be offered. A cash bar will also be available with costs of $3 for beer.