Aug. 18, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Seven teams that competed in post-season play will be featured on the 2008-09 Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball schedule, announced Monday by the Wyoming Athletics Department. Montana, New Mexico and Utah all competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, while Boise State, Idaho State, Gonzaga and TCU were participants in the WNIT.
The Cowgirls will open the regular season on the road against the Denver Pioneers on Nov. 14, and then have a tough match-up against the Montana Lady Griz, on Nov. 16, in Missoula. Their first home stand will be on Thursday, November 20 against North Dakota followed by Gonzaga, on Sunday, Nov. 23, and Boise State, on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
They will head back out on the road for a three game stretch beginning with a tough match-up against the University of Oregon, on Saturday, Nov. 29, in Eugene. Next is Weber State on Dec. 4, and Idaho State, Dec. 6, which will be played in Ogden, Utah and Pocatello, Idaho respectively. They will close out play before the Christmas break at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Wyoming Shootout, Dec. 13, in Casper versus North Dakota State, then against the Saint Louis Billikens, on Dec. 20, in Laramie and another rematch with Gonzaga, on Dec. 22, in Spokane.
Wyoming will finish out the non-conference schedule with two final games at home with Adams State College, on Tuesday, December 30, followed by the San Francisco Dons, on Saturday, January 3.
"The 2008-09 basketball schedule will be a tremendous challenge for this team," said UW head coach Joe Legerski. "The pre-season schedule will be difficult with early road trips against Montana, Oregon and Gonzaga, three teams that compete for championships in their respective conferences. The Mountain West Conference continues to be one of the top leagues in the country. With the loss of four senior starters, it is now time for other players to step up and keep us competitive within the league. I am excited about having 17 home games. It will give our fans a great opportunity to embrace a new look Cowgirl team."
Mountain West Conference women's games will be played primarily on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with two Sunday games added in to the schedule. Wyoming will begin MWC play at home, Wednesday, Jan. 7 against the Utah Utes in a televised game on The Mtn. Sports Network. Their first road conference game will be played Jan. 14 against San Diego State. Other MWC televised games for the Cowgirls will be Saturday, January 17 against the UNLV Lady Rebels, Utah on Sunday, February 8, and the San Diego State Aztecs, on Sunday, February 15. The UNLV and San Diego State games will be featured on The Mtn. in Laramie, while the Utah game is set to be played in Salt Lake City on CBS College Sports.
Head coach Joe Legerski enters his sixth season with the Cowgirl Basketball Program. He returns just one starter and nine letterwinners from a team that went 24-7 overall and earned their first ever NCAA Tournament bid a year ago.