January 30, 2024 |
Photo – Wyoming Cowgirls on the court – Courtesy gowyo.com
The Wyoming Cowgirls face a big showdown this week against UNLV. When it’s over, only one team will remain number one in the Mountain West.
The Cowgirls and the Rebels share the top spot in the league.
The Cowgirls came through last week with a heavyweight slugfest in Laramie against Air Force. On the road Saturday, Wyoming came out the winner 66-63. On Saturday, the Cowgirls knocked off Fresno State 69-47.
The two-time reigning Mountain West champion, UNLV is once again leading the Mountain West in multiple statistical categories. The Rebels lead the league averaging 81.6 points per game and is shooting 45.4-percent overall from the floor and 36-percent from 3-point range. The Rebels, who have a near-plus-nine rebounding margin this season, lead the league in rebounds and assists (16.2) per game.
UNLV opponents are scoring just 61.5 points per game and are shooting under 39-percent from the field and 30-percent from beyond-the-arc. The Cowgirls can’t take the Rebels lightly. UNLV is 9-1 at home this season.
The Rebels are 17-2 this year. One of those two losses was monumental. Despite their high-flying ways. UNLV fell to earth recently. Their 29-game winning streak in the Mountain West play was snapped 10 days ago with a 69-66 loss to visiting New Mexico.
Wyoming head coach talked last night about the challenge of playing the Rebels at home.
The Cowgirls dropped all three of their games against UNLV last year and trail the series by one game—29-28. Tomorrow night’s game tips at 7:30 here on Bigfoot 99. Pregame at 7.