Aug. 16, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Eight teams that competed in post-season play will be featured on the 2010-11 Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball schedule, announced Monday by the Wyoming Athletics Department. San Diego State, UT-Chattanooga, TCU and Wisconsin all competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while BYU, Creighton, New Mexico and Utah were participants in the WNIT.
The Cowgirls will open the regular season with two straight home games before playing a four game stretch on the road. They will tip things off against the Denver Pioneers on Friday, Nov. 12, and Monday, Nov. 15 against Dickinson State. Their four game road trip will begin on Saturday, Nov. 20 against the Creighton Bluejays in Omaha. They will continue over the Thanksgiving break at the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic, Nov. 26-27, in Northridge with their opening match-up against UT-Chattanooga. They will wrap up the trip against UC Irvine on Monday, Nov. 29.
UW will return home to the friendly confines of the Double A as they host four straight games beginning with the Idaho Vandals, on Saturday, Dec. 4. That will be followed by Westminster College, on Sat., Dec. 11, a televised game on The Mtn. Sports Network against the Wisconsin Badgers, on Wednesday, Dec. 15, and Washington State, on Saturday, Dec. 18. The Cowgirls will close out play before the Christmas break on the road against the Montana Lady Griz, on Tuesday, Dec. 21, and the Utah State Aggies, on Thursday, Dec. 23.
Wyoming will play their final non-conference opponent on Wednesday, Jan. 19, against Seattle University in Laramie.
"It's definitely an ambitious schedule we have put together this season," said head coach Joe Legerski. "This team will be challenged early and often with the likes of Wisconsin, Creighton, Washington State, Montana and Denver. The Northridge tournament also has tremendous competition as we open up with NCAA participant UT-Chattanooga. The Mountain West Conference will be as good as ever with a number of the league's top returning players coming back."
Mountain West Conference women's games will be played primarily on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with one Tuesday game added in to the schedule. Wyoming will begin MWC play at home on Wednesday, January 5 against the Colorado State Rams, followed by their first road contest against the New Mexico Lobos, on Saturday, Jan. 8 in Albuquerque. Other MWC televised games for the Cowgirls will be Saturday, Jan. 29 against the San Diego State Aztecs, New Mexico on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and TCU, Saturday, Feb. 12. The New Mexico and San Diego State games will be featured on The Mtn. in Laramie, while the TCU game is set to be played in Ft. Worth.
Head coach Joe Legerski enters his eighth season with the Cowgirl Basketball Program. He returns four starters and ten letterwinners from a team that went 21-12 overall and 9-7 in the Mountain West Conference, while earning their way into the quarterfinals of the WNIT a year ago.