LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming women's basketball team will play the first of its two final non-conference games hosting the Montana State Bobcats on Saturday. The game is set to tip-off at 5 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium following the men's game against Omaha which is slated for 12 p.m. MT. Live stats, video and audio can be found on the women's basketball Gameday Central page located on the GoWyo.com website.
Wyoming is currently 5-3 after a 68-61 victory against Montana this past Saturday. UW was led by Marquelle Dent who closed out the game with 20 points, four assists, two steals in 40 minutes of action. She moved into 19th place all-time in scoring with 1,037 and tied for third in assists with 396. Senior Jordan Kelley added 16 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Liv Roberts added 13 points. Sophomore Bailee Cotton tied a season high with eight rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 18-of-54 (.333) from the field and 28-of-37 (.757) from the charity stripe.
Dent currently leads the team in scoring, assists and steals. She ranks first in assists and minutes played plus is second in assist/turnover ratio and third in scoring in the MW. Kelley is averaging 11.5 points and 9.4 rebounds which is third in the league.
UW is shooting 177-of-456 (.388) from the field and 52-of-163 (.319) from beyond the arc this season. The Cowgirls are also outscoring opponents 67.4-61.6 and out rebounding teams 36.9-34.5.
The Bobcats are currently 6-3 overall this season after a 74-36 victory over Montana Western on Tuesday night. Three players are averaging in double-figures led by Peyton Ferris with 14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds off the bench. Jasmine Hommes follows with 12 points while Riley Nordgaard chips in 11.1 points and a team leading 6.8 rebounds. As a team, MSU is averaging 70.4 points per contest and 40.9 rebounds per contest.The Bobcats return three starters and nine letterwinners to a team that went 15-15 overall and 9-9 in the Big Sky Conference.
This is the 19th meeting between the two schools. Montana State holds the series record 11-7. The last time the two teams met was Dec. 6, 2014 with the Bobcats coming out on top with a 79-52 win. Montana State is coached by Tricia Binford who is in her 11th season with the program.