Aug. 5, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Five teams that competed in post-season play last year will be featured on the 2009-10 Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball schedule, announced Wednesday by the Wyoming Athletics Department. Montana, San Diego State, TCU and Utah all competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while New Mexico was a participant in the WNIT.
The Cowgirls will open the regular season with three out of their first four games on the road. They will start it off against the Denver Pioneers on Nov. 13, before returning home for a one-game showdown with the Montana Lady Griz, on Sunday, November 15. They head back out for a two-game road stretch against North Dakota, Nov. 18, and North Dakota State, Nov. 20.
UW will return home to the friendly confines of the Double A as they host Black Hills State prior to Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and then resume play against the Idaho State Bengals, on Monday, Nov. 30. It will be back out on the road for a three-game stretch beginning with Idaho, on Thursday, Dec. 3, Washington State, Dec. 5, and Dakota State, Dec. 12, at the Wyoming Shootout in Casper. The Cowgirls will close out play before the Christmas break by hosting Weber State, Friday, Dec. 18, and the Oregon Ducks, on Saturday, Dec. 20.
Wyoming will finish out the non-conference schedule with one final game on the road before the MWC begins with a match-up against the Boise State Broncos, on Thursday, Dec. 31, in Boise.
"Once again, we have put together a tremendous schedule for our young team," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "Our non-conference schedule will be challenging with the first several games on the road, but it should help prepare us for the MWC. The conference will be as difficult as ever with our first five of eight games on the road. Overall, we are excited about our home schedule and the quality teams we are bringing into Laramie. It should be exciting for our fans."
Mountain West Conference women's games will be played primarily on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with one Sunday and three Tuesday games added in to the schedule. Wyoming will begin MWC play on the road, Tuesday, January 5 against the Colorado State Rams in a televised game on The Mtn. Sports Network. Their home opener will come on Wednesday January 13, as they welcome the TCU Horned Frogs. Other MWC televised games for the Cowgirls will be Tuesday, January 19 against the BYU Cougars, UNLV on Tuesday, Feb. 2, and the Utah Utes on Sunday, February 28. The BYU and Utah games will be featured on The Mtn. in Laramie, while the UNLV game is set to be played in Las Vegas.
Head coach Joe Legerski enters his seventh season with the Cowgirl Basketball Program. He returns three starters and 11 letterwinners from a 2008-09 team that went 16-14 overall and 8-8 in the MWC.