Cowgirls welcome Tulsa Sunday for WNIT second round
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowgirls continue postseason play Sunday afternoon as Wyoming welcomes Tulsa to the Arena-Auditorium for a 2 p.m., tip-off March 20 in the second round of the Women’s NIT.
Sunday’s contest will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and can be heard across the Cowgirl Radio Network with Keith Kelley on the call.
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Wyoming (16-12) is coming off a thrilling 76-73 overtime win over Idaho State Thursday night in the WNIT’s opening round. Quinn Weidemann had a career-high 25 points in the victory as she hit 8-of-12 shots from the floor and tied a career-high by going a perfect 8-for-8 at the free-throw line. The eight made field goals also tied a career-best for Weidemann as it marked the fifth time in her career that she has eclipsed the 20-point mark in a game. With the 25 points, Weidemann moved into 21st on the all-time career scoring list in program history.
Allyson Fertig and Alba Sanchez Ramos each added 14 points in the win while Fertig grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds, marking her eighth double-double of the season. Emily Mellema and Tommi Olson added eight points apiece against the Bengals. Olson hit a career-high four free throws on the night, including a pair with 31 seconds left that sent the game into overtime.
Fertig, who recorded eight offensive rebounds against ISU, is averaging four offensive boards per game this season, a mark that ranks second in the league and 11th in the country. Fertig’s 8.3 rebounds per contest is fifth-best in the MW.
Olson recorded her 10th game this season where she didn’t commit a turnover and ranks fifth in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 3.03 clip. As a team, the Cowgirls are first in the league with a plus-7.3 rebounding margin, which is 24th in the nation. UW also ranks first in the league and tied for first in the country committing just 11.4 fouls per contest.
With the win, the Cowgirls are now 18-8 all-time in their 10 appearances in the Women’s NIT, including an 18-6 record at home. UW moved to 11-2 overall on the season at home with the win and is 19-4 (82.6-percent) inside the Arena-Auditorium in the past two seasons.
The Golden Hurricane are led by Second Team All-AAC honoree Wyvette Mayberry, who leads the team at 14 points per game and is second on the team with 76 assists this season. Mayberry is shooting 44.3-percent from the floor and 42.3-percent from 3-point range with 41 made 3-pointers.
Tulsa has three other players that average at least 11 points per game this season. Maya Mayberry is second on the team at 11.8 points per game while Temira Poindexter averages 11.7 per and Maddie Bittle is at 11 per contest. Poindexter was named the league’s Freshman of the Year this season while Delanie Crawford was also named to the AAC’s All-Freshman Team.
Poindexter leads the team with 4.7 rebounds per game and has a team-high 49 blocks on the year. Maya Mayberry leads the Golden Hurricane with 47 made 3-pointers this season while Rebecca Lescay leads the squad with 97 assists and 49 steals. As a team, Tulsa is averaging nearly 69 points per game while allowing opponents to score at a 63.6-point clip.
The Golden Hurricane shoot nearly 42-percent from the floor and is hitting 35.6-percent from 3-point range. Tulsa opponents are out-rebounding the Golden Hurricane by five boards per contest.
Head coach Angie Nelp is in her first season leading the program. The Golden Hurricane have one common opponent with the Cowgirls. Tulsa swept Wichita State in all three contests this season while the Shockers defeated UW in Laramie back in November.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST TULSA
The Cowgirls and Tulsa have played twice, previously. The two teams split the season series back in 1999 when the Golden Hurricane and Wyoming were both members of the WAC, with each team winning at home.
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