Dec. 19, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After three weeks of playing away from the friendly confines of the Arena Auditorium, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will return on Saturday, Dec. 20, as they host the Saint Louis Billikens. The game which is set to begin at 6 p.m. will follow the UW men at 2 p.m., as they host the Sacramento State Hornets.
The Cowgirls will enter this Saturday's game with a 6-3 overall record, while recording a 3-1 record since being away on the road. They earned a road victory over North Dakota State, 68-51, at the BlueCross BlueShield of Wyoming Shoot-Out last Saturday. Three Cowgirls are scoring in double-figures so far, led by freshman Emma Langford with 15.3 points per game. She is followed by guard Kristen Scheffler with 10.8 points and Megan McGuffey with 10.7 points. McGuffey also leads the way with 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Langford, who currently leads the team in points, assists, steals and minutes played, ranks in the Top 10 in each of those categories in the Mountain West Conference. Scheffler leads the league in three-point field goals made (2.89 tpfgm), while being ranked tenth in percentage (26-63, .413) and 18th in scoring. McGuffey is sixth in rebounding, tenth in assists and 19th in scoring as well.
Saint Louis is currently 3-7 overall after a 68-60 loss to Oakland on Tuesday night. They have gone 2-3 overall in their last five games.
Senior Theresa Lisch is leading the way with 17.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest, while Katie Paganelli is adding 10.4 points and four rebounds. . They return four starters and six letterwinners to a team that went 10-20 overall and 5-9 in the Atlantic 10 Conference a year ago. This is only the second meeting between the two schools. Wyoming has won the only time the two teams met. The last time that happened was November 18, 2007 as they Cowgirls defeated the Billikens, 61-57, in St. Louis. They are coached by Shimmy Gray-Miller who is in her fourth season with the program.