* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team returns home Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. contest against New Mexico. UW is looking to snap a current three-game skid as of late.

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Saturday’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.


The Cowgirls (14-11, 9-5 MW) are coming off an overtime loss to UNLV Wednesday night at home. Wyoming led for over 37 minutes of regulation in the loss before the Lady Rebels were able to respond late in the contest and control the overtime frame.

McKinley Dickerson and Emily Mellema led the Cowgirls in the slugfest with UNLV with 14 points each. Allyson Fertig, meanwhile, recorded her seventh double-double of the season as she finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Fertig leads the Cowgirls in both overall scoring and in conference scoring. Fertig is averaging 12.2 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game in league play this season and is shooting 59-percent from the floor. Emily Mellema is averaging 11.1 points per game in Mountain West games and is averaging 2.7 assists per contest.

Malene Pedersen also scores 10-plus a game as she is averaging 10.4 per contest in the league. Tess Barnes sits just outside double digits at 9.9 per game and is making over two 3-pointers per game in MW play.

UW has a plus-five scoring margin through 14 conference games this season, which is second-best in the league. Wyoming is tops in the league in scoring defense allowing just 56.6 per game. The Cowgirls are tied for first in the Mountain West in shooting at 45.2-percent and is fourth in opponent field goal percentage (39.5-percent) and second in 3-point percentage defense (28.4-percent).


New Mexico is extremely balanced this season from its top four scorers. Nyah Wilson leads the team averaging 14.8 points per game. Aniyah Augmon is at 13 a contest while Viane Cumber and Paula Reus average 12.3 and 11.1 points per game, respectively.

Augmon leads the team averaging 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game this season. Charlotte Kohl leads the Lobos averaging 6.9 rebounds per contest and has a team-leading 42 blocks. Cumber leads UNM by making over 2.5 3-pointers a game.

As a team, New Mexico is averaging 64.3 points per game and is allowing just under 60 points a contest. The Lobos are shooting 39-percent overall from the floor and is hitting an even 30-percent from 3-point range. UNM opponents shoot it at a 37.5-percent clip and is also shooting 30-percent from beyond-the-arc. The Lobos have a near-plus-three rebound margin and pull down over 40 rebounds a game.


Wyoming trails in the all-time series against the Lobos, 40-45. UNM won the previous meeting earlier this season, 68-61 in Albuquerque. The Cowgirls won last season’s meeting in Laramie, 78-69, snapping a three-game losing streak in the series at home. UW is 27-14 all-time in Laramie against New Mexico.

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