Cowgirls host Aztecs today in Laramie
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowgirls continue their three-game homestand to close the regular season as UW welcomes San Diego State to town for a 2 p.m. contest Saturday.
This will be the fourth annual “Bounce Cancer” game. Special Bounce Cancer shirts will be sold on the concourse Saturday for $20 with all proceeds going to benefit the Meredith and Jeannie Ray Cancer Center.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and can be heard on the Cowgirl Radio Network with Keith Kelley on the call.
ABOUT THE COWGIRLS
Wyoming (13-11, 9-6 MW) is coming off a 77-73 victory over conference-leading UNLV Thursday night in Laramie. The victory snapped the Lady Rebels’ 12-game winning streak.
Quinn Weidemann became the 27th member of the 1,000-Point Club in program history Thursday night with her fourth quarter 3-pointer. Weidemann, who moved into a tie for 25th on the all-time career scoring list with 1,010 career points, scored all 12 of her points in the fourth quarter.
McKinley Bradshaw scored a game-high 23 points in the victory, her sixth 20-plus point game of the season. Bradshaw scored 16 first quarter points against UNLV, shooting 6-for-6 from the field in the game’s opening 10 minutes. Bradshaw currently ranks fifth in the Mountain West in scoring in conference-only contests this season, averaging 16.1 points per game.
Grace Ellis and Allyson Fertig also scored in double figures in the win scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively. Fertig also grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds to notch her seventh double-double of the season.
Tommi Olson and Alba Sanchez Ramos added 7 and six points, respectively and had great all-around efforts in the win. Olson pulled down six boards and had six assists on the night while Sanchez Ramos added nine boards, a trio of assists and a steal against the Lady Rebels.
Olson moved up to fifth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio Thursday night, coming in at a 3-to-1 clip on the season.
The Cowgirls, who went 16-for-17 at the free-throw line last night, also made 9-of-10 at the line in the game’s final minute to help salt the game away. On the season, UW improved to 75.2-percent as a team at the charity stripe, which ranks third-best in the league.
Wyoming continues to rank well in multiple statistical categories in the league, ranking second in both scoring defense (59.2) and rebounding margin (+6.9) and is third in rebounds per game averaging 39.5 per. The Cowgirls lead the league and rank second nationally in fewest personal fouls per game, fouling opponents just 11.5 times per game in 2021-22.
In the last six games, the Cowgirls are averaging 16.3 assists per game, including a season-high 21 assists in the win at New Mexico Feb. 5. Over that span, UW is assisting on 67-percent of its made field goals.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE
San Diego State enters Saturday’s contest on a three-game winning streak and has won 4-of-5 overall.
The Aztecs are led by do-it-all guard Sophia Ramos, who leads the team and ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 15 points per game. Ramos averages five rebounds per game, leads the team with 56 steals and is second on the team with 90 assists this season.
Asia Avinger is second on the team in scoring (12.1 points per game) and leads the team with 107 assists, a mark that ranks fourth-best in the Mountain West.
SDSU has a balanced offensive attack in 2021-22, as two other student-athletes average in double figures in scoring as Mercedes Staples and Mallory Adams average 10.8 and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Adams leads the team averaging 6.8 rebounds a contest.
As a team, the Aztecs are averaging nearly 64 points per game and allowing opponents to score at a 63.6-point clip. SDSU is shooting 40 percent from the floor and 34.4-percent from 3-point range. Head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson is in her ninth season leading the Aztecs.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST SAN DIEGO STATE
Wyoming is 34-29 all-time against the Aztecs and is 21-3 in Laramie. The Cowgirls have won seven-straight at home against San Diego State, having last lost at home in late 2015. UW won both meetings in Laramie last season. The Cowgirls opened league play this season with a 62-54 win in San Diego. Fertig and Sanchez Ramos both tallied double-doubles in the MW-opening victory over the Aztecs.
The Cowgirls will be wearing special “Bounce Cancer” shooting shirts Saturday against SDSU. Fans going to Saturday’s game, which will be a doubleheader along with the UW men’s team, can also attend the men’s game against Nevada for $10.
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