LARAMIE, Wyo. (Jan. 19, 2017) – The Wyoming women’s basketball team closes out its week on Saturday by welcoming the New Mexico Lobos. The game is set for 2 p.m. MT at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie. Live stats, video and audio can be found on the GoWyo.com website.
The Cowgirls enter the contest with a 14-3 overall record and 6-0 in league play after an 89-60 victory over the San Jose State Spartans. Wyoming is on an eight-game winning streak which is the longest since 12 in 2007-08. It’s the best conference start since the 2007-08 team that also opened up conference play 6-0 and ties a season-best start through 17 games with the 1978-79 and 1989-90 teams.
Junior Liv Roberts finished with her fifth double-double with a team-high 19 points and a career-high 13 boards against the Spartans. Redshirt sophomore Bailee Cotton had a career-high 19 points as well. Junior Natalie Baker and freshman Taylor Rusk each recorded 14 points, which was a career-high for Rusk, while senior Hailey Ligocki chipped in ten points and four assists. Wyoming shot 32-68 (.471) from the field, 17-22 (.773) from the charity stripe and out rebounded the Spartans, 48-38. The Cowgirls had 22 assists off 32 baskets, 23 bench points and a season-high 48 points in the paint. The 89 points is the most scored since the 2014-15 season against UNLV on Feb. 28, 2015.
Roberts leads the team averaging 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds plus 2.2 assists. She ranks third in the MW in field goal percentage and scoring, fifth in three-point field goal percentage and ninth in rebounding. In league games, she is second in scoring and field goal percentage and fifth in rebounding. Sophomore Marta Gomez follows with 9.9 points and 3.4 rebounds while Baker is adding 5.5 rebounds plus 9.1 points.
UW is shooting 413-933 (.443) from the field and 136-346 (.393) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls are also outscoring opponents 69.3-54.0 and out rebounding teams 36.5-32.8. Wyoming ranks first in field goal percentage, three point field goal percentage, free throw percentage and assists.
New Mexico enters the contest with a 9-8 overall record and 5-2 in MW play. Last time out, UNM defeated Boise State, 75-68, in Albuquerque. Five Lobos are averaging double-figures led by junior Cherise Beynon with a team-high 15.5 points while adding 7.8 boards. Richelle van der Keijl is averaging a team-high 10.1 boards plus 13.9 points. Jaisa Nunn, Alex Lapeyrolerie and Mykiel Burleson are adding 11.1, 10.5 and 10.2 points, respectively. As a squad, New Mexico is shooting 427-1113 (.384) from the field, averaging 69.3 points and 48.1 rebounds per contest.
This will be the 72nd meeting between the two schools with UNM holding a 39-32 lead in the series. The last time the two teams met was January 16, 2016 with the Cowgirls earning a 66-48 victory in Laramie. The Lobos are coached by Mike Bradbury who is in his first season with the program.