Cowgirls Host San Jose State Tonight in Laramie
* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE --The Wyoming Cowgirls open their week with a Thursday night tilt against San Jose State in the Arena-Auditorium. Tip-off is slated for 6:30.
Thursday's game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and can be heard across the Cowgirl Radio Network with David Settle on the call.
ABOUT THE COWGIRLS
Wyoming (14-7, 7-3 MW) is coming off another successful road trip last week with wins at Utah State and Boise State. With those victories, the Cowgirls are on a current five-game road winning streak, the longest for UW since winning six straight from January 23 to March 2 of 2019. Dating back to last season, the Cowgirls have won 8-of-10 on the road in Mountain West play.
The Cowgirls ended last week with a 69-62 win at Boise State, outscoring the Broncos 19-9 in the fourth quarter. Malene Pedersen led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 3-for-3 from 3-point range in the win while Allyson Fertig was a rebound shy of her second consecutive double-double as she scored 13 points and grabbed nine boards. For their efforts, Fertig and Pedersen were named the Mountain West's Player and Freshman of the Week, respectively, announced Monday by the league office.
Two other Cowgirls scored in double figures in the victory as Grace Ellis and Emily Mellema went for 11 and 10 points, respectively. Mellema has scored in double figures in five of the last six contests for the Cowgirls. Over that span, she is second on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game, while shooting 49-percent and 25-of-28 at the free-throw line. Tess Barnes was also solid in the win at Boise, making her first-career start. Barnes finished the game with nine points on three made 3-pointers, six rebounds and four assists.
UW has been fairly balanced all season long, offensively, but even more so during conference play. A total of five Cowgirls are averaging 8.5 points or more during MW play this season and are led by Fertig's 12 points per contest on nearly 56-percent shooting. Pedersen is at 11.1 a contest, is shooting 52-percent from the field and 94.4-percent at the line through 10 league games. Quinn Weidemann is the third Cowgirl averaging in double digits in conference, at 10.8 a contest. As a team, Wyoming is shooting over 45-percent from the field in conference action, a mark that ranks second-best.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State has two players averaging in double figures in 2022-23. Marisa Davis-Jones leads the Spartans averaging 11.3 points per game and also has a team-best 6.5 rebounds per contest. Jada Holland averages 10 points per contest and has a team-best 62 assists and 52 steals. Sabrina Ma leads the Spartans with 36 3-pointers and is shooting 37-percent from beyond-the-arc. Amhyia Moreland has a team-leading 17 blocks on the year.
As a team, SJSU is averaging 55.4-points per game and is allowing to opponents at just over 67 points per. The Spartans shoot 36.4-percent from the floor and 28.6-percent from 3-point range. Opponents shoot 44.4-percent and 33.3-percent from deep. The Spartans average nearly 10 steals per game as a team. San Jose State has one win on the road this season.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
Wyoming is 15-3 all-time against San Jose State and is 8-1 at home in the series. The Cowgirls have won five-straight in Laramie and won last season's contest, 84-64 inside the AA. UW's last loss in the series came in March of 2016.
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