* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- After a two-game hiatus away from the friendly confines of the Arena-Auditorium, the Wyoming Cowgirls return home for a Tuesday matinee against Chadron State. The Cowgirls host the Eagles in an 11 a.m., tip for Education Day in Laramie.

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Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and can be heard across the Cowgirl Radio Network with David Settle on the call.


Wyoming (2-2) is coming off a two-game split on the road last week, having won at Denver and losing at Gonzaga. In the loss against the Bulldogs Saturday, the Cowgirls made a season-best 53.1-percent of their field goals and made a season-high eight 3-pointers. However, Gonzaga out-rebounded UW by 12 and recorded 19 offensive rebounds in the contest, leading to 17 more shot attempts than the Cowgirls. GU enjoyed a 24-5 advantage in second-chance points. Wyoming also committed a season-high 16 turnovers in the loss, leading to 27 Gonzaga points.

Allyson Fertig led four Cowgirls in double-figures in scoring with 12 points. Fertig went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field in the loss. Tess Barnes and Emily Mellema added 11 points each and combined to go 9-of-17 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Mellema tied a career-high with five assists in the loss. Off the bench, Kati Ollilainen added 10 points and went 4-for-7 from the floor and hit a pair of 3-pointers. Marta Savic led the way with nine rebounds in 17 minutes of action off the bench.

Through four games in 2023-24, Fertig leads the Cowgirls averaging 11.3 points and seven rebounds per contest. Malene Pedersen also averages in double figures with 10 per game. Pedersen also leads Wyoming with three assists per game this season. Mellema and Barnes, meanwhile, are averaging 9.5 and nine points per game, respectively. Mellema and Pedersen each lead the team with six steals on the young season.

As a team, the Cowgirls are averaging nearly 63 points per game and are shooting 41.6-percent from the floor. Wyoming averages 33.5 rebounds per contest and 12.3 assists per game. Cowgirl reserves are averaging 21.8 points per game this season. Last year, Wyoming averaged nearly 17.5 points per game from its bench.


Chadron State is 1-1 on the season and actually plays a game Monday night against York (Neb.) before traveling to face the Cowgirls. The Eagles lost their lone road game of the season so far. Ashayla Powers is the only Eagle averaging in double figures this season, scoring a team-best 14 points per game on nearly 69-percent shooting. Powers also leads the team averaging seven rebounds a contest. Kyra Tanabe is second on the Eagles averaging 9.5 points per game and leads the way with 10 assists on the year. Kylie Krise is at eight points a contest and has a team-best four made 3-pointers.

As a team, Chadron State is averaging 76 points per game and is shooting an even 50-percent from the field. Chadron has made nearly 32-percent of its 3-pointers and is 20-for-29 at the free-throw line. Eagle opponents are averaging 77.5 points per game and are shooting 43.6-percent from the floor but are hitting over 40-percent from beyond-the-arc. The Eagles are out-rebounding their opponents by 8.5 boards per contest and have 14 more assists through two games, but has 14 more turnovers as well.


The Cowgirls are 13-0 all-time against the Eagles and won the last matchup with Chadron State, 71-48 in November of 2021. All 13 of the previous meetings with the Eagles have come in Laramie. Wyoming’s average margin of victory in the series is nearly 30 points per meeting. McKinley Dickerson led the Cowgirls with 16 points in the 2021 victory over CSC. Allyson Fertig had a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds, off the bench in the win.

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