LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 12, 2016) – The Wyoming women’s basketball team will head out on the road for the first time this season to visit the Michigan State Spartans. MSU is currently receiving votes in the AP Poll while being ranked 22nd in the Coaches' Poll. The game is set to begin on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Live stats and audio can be found on the GoWyo.com website.
Behind 18 points from sophomore Clara Tapia, the Cowgirl basketball team (1-0 overall) earned a 24-point victory, 74-50, to open the regular season against the Chadron State Eagles (0-1 overall) on Friday night.
Tapia recorded a career-high in points along with seven assists in 25 minutes of play. She was 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Rachelle Tucker came off the bench and had 11 points. Junior Liv Roberts and senior Hailey Ligocki each added ten points, while sophomore Marta Gomez recorded a game-high eight rebounds. Wyoming shot 27-of-63 (.429) for the game and 13-of-33 (.875) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls also out rebounded the Eagles, 38-33, and had 19 assists on 27 baskets.
The Spartans are currently 1-0 overall after a 70-34 victory over Davidson on Friday night. The team was led by Tori Jankoska who scored 26 points and eight rebounds in the game. Taryn McCutcheon added 11 points and nine assists. As a squad, Michigan State returns two starters and seven letterwinners to a team that went 25-9 overall and 13-5 in the Big Ten a season ago. This is the first regular season meeting between the two schools. The Spartans are coached by Suzy Merchant who is in her 11th season with the program.