Cowgirls travel west to take on Fresno State
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowgirls will once again be hitting the road for the next two contests as they continue their stretch of 5-of-6 games away from Laramie. The Cowgirls will travel to face Fresno State Saturday, Feb. 12 for a 3 p.m., Mountain Time contest.
Saturday’s contest 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 (10-10, 6-5 MW) has won 4-of-5 of late and is coming off a 75-54 win Wednesday night over San Jose State in Laramie. The Cowgirls made a season-high 12 3-pointers in the victory and held the Spartans to just 29 points in the final three quarters.
Quinn Weidemann, who now is just 23 points shy of becoming the 27th member of the 1,000-Point Club in program history, paced the Cowgirls with 18 points in the win over the Spartans. Weidemann went 6-of-9 from the floor and hit 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Weidemann sits in ninth on the career made 3-pointers list at UW with 174 while her 40.1-percent 3-point shooting is fourth-best all-time.
The Cowgirls had a balanced offensive attack in Wednesday night’s win as two other Cowgirls, McKinley Bradshaw and Alba Sanchez Ramos, scored in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Wyoming also had three others, Tess Barnes, Allyson Fertig and Tommi Olson score eight in the victory. Olson, who is third in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, had a solid all-around game as she added seven rebounds, a season-high seven assists and had a pair of steals.
Since allowing 76 points in the loss at Utah State Jan. 22, the Cowgirls are holding opponents to just 52 points per game over the last five contests, including holding a pair, Air Force and Boise State, to just 47 points.
For the season, UW ranks second in the league in scoring defense, surrendering just 58.6 points per game.
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
The Bulldogs are led by reigning Mountain West Player of the Year Haley Cavinder, who leads the league in scoring (19.5 PPG) and rebounding (10. rpg) and is second in the league averaging 5.8 assists per game. Cavinder is shooting 46-percent from the floor and a team-best 39-percent from 3-point range while making a team-high 44 3-pointers.
Haley’s twin sister Hanna is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 per and leads the team with 39 steals. Wytalla Motta also scores in double figures this season at 10.6 per game and is second on the team averaging 6.1 rebounds.
Fresno State is averaging nearly 69 points per game this season and is allowing opponents to score at a 67.3 point per game clip. The Bulldogs are shooting nearly 41 percent overall from the field and nearly 36 percent from beyond-the-arc.
FSU is being out-rebounded by nearly three boards per contest. Fresno is averaging 13 assists per game and seven steals per.
Head Coach and former UW assistant Jaime White is in her eighth season leading the program.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST FRESNO STATE
Fresno State leads the all-time series with the Cowgirls, 22-16 and is 11-3 in Fresno. Last season, the two teams split a pair of games in Laramie with the Cowgirls taking the first game 65-63 before Fresno responded with an 83- 80 overtime win two days later. UW defeated Fresno State in the Championship Game of last season’s Mountain West Tournament, 59-56.
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