MWC Rival BYU to Visit Wyoming in Third Round of WNIT

March 24, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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    The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will continue their run in the 2010 Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.

    The Third Round WNIT game, presented by Laramie GM Auto Center, will match the Cowgirls against their MWC foe BYU Cougars who are currently 22-9 overall, while finishing 11-5 in the MWC.

    Wyoming enters this game with a record of 21-11 overall and 9-7 in the MWC after earning a first round win over the Nevada Wolf Pack, 74-53, and a 68-57 overtime defeat of the Texas Tech Lady Raiders on Tuesday night. They are led by Hillary Carlson who is averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and three blocks per game. Aubrey Vandiver follows with 14.4 points, a team leading 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals while Emma Langford is chipping in 11.9 points. Wyoming is shooting 763-1833 (.416) from the field, which is third in the MWC and a league leading 269-700 (.384) from beyond the arc.

    BYU is led by Mindy Bonham who is averaging 11.2 points and four rebounds. She is followed by Coriann Wood with ten points and 5.5 rebounds. They welcome back three starters and 12 letterwinners to a team that went 18-11 and 8-8 in the MWC a year ago. This is the 68th meeting between the two teams. BYU leads the series 47-21. The last time the two teams met was February 20, 2010 as the Cougars defeated the Cowgirls 51-48 in Provo. Wyoming won the opener with a 69-54 victory on Jan. 19, 2010 in Laramie. BYU is coached by Jeff Judkins who is in his ninth season with the program.

    Tickets to Thursday's game are on sale through the University of Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office, Brown and Gold Outlets, the Union Information desk and on-line at www.wyomingathletics.com. Ticket Office hours are 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Wednesday and 8:00 a.m.-through halftime on Thursday. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $8 for children and $6 for UW students. 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: (800) 922-9461 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 (5:00-6:30 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: $7 for the general public, $5 for Brown Card Cowboy Joe Club members and FREE for Gold Card Cowboy Joe Club members. A cash bar will also be available with costs of $3 for beer and $1 for pop or bottled water. Please come early as food is limited to first 150 fans.