UW welcomes Wolf Pack Saturday
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming women’s basketball team will look to make it a perfect week at home Saturday afternoon as the Cowgirls welcome Nevada to the Arena-Auditorium for a 2 p.m., tip-off.
Saturday’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.
ABOUT THE COWGIRLS
Wyoming (7-9, 3-4 MW) snapped a two-game skid Wednesday night as it defeated Boise State 61-47 in Laramie.
The Cowgirls got a big spark from their bench in the win as Cowgirl reserves scored 34 points on the night. The UW bench was led by Paula Salazar and Emily Mellema, who both scored career-highs with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Alba Sanchez Ramos netted her second double-double of the season as she paced the Cowgirls with 15 points and 10 boards in the win.
Wyoming also got it done on the defensive end, holding the Broncos to just 28.3-percent shooting from the floor and 20 points in the second half. The Cowgirls held Boise to just 1-for-13 shooting down the stretch.
Saturday’s game will feature the nation’s No. 1 and 2 student-athletes in assist-to-turnover ratio on the season as Tommi Olson leads the country with a 3.57 mark. Wednesday’s game marked the eighth time this season that Olson hasn’t committed a turnover in the game. Nevada’s Kylie Jimenez ranks second in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 3.29 clip.
Allyson Fertig, who scored seven points in just seven minutes of action due to foul trouble Wednesday night, continues to play well in her starting role for the Cowgirls. In her nine starts this season, Fertig is averaging 11.1 points per game, which ranks second on the team and is grabbing a team-best eight rebounds per while shooting 53-percent from the field and nearly 77-percent at the free-throw line.
The Wolf Pack is having a very strong season, averaging 66.6 points per game, and allowing opponents to score at just a 58.6-point clip, a mark that ranks second in the league. Nevada is shooting nearly 40 percent overall from the field and 30.2-percent from 3-point range.
Saturday’s contest will also feature a matchup amongst two of the top scorers in the league as the Wolf Pack is led by Da’Ja Hamilton, who is scoring at nearly 14 points per game overall and 17.5 per in Mountain West-only games, which ranks second-best in the league. McKinley Bradshaw is averaging 14.1 per overall (seventh) for the Cowgirls and 15.3 in league play.
Jimenez leads the Wolf Pack with 56 assists this season. Audrey Roden also scores in double figures on the year for Nevada, averaging 11.3 points per game and has made a team-best 32 3-pointers and is shooting over 38-percent from beyond-the-arc. Nevada gets rebounding contributions from many this season with seven players averaging at least three boards per contest. The Wolf Pack is led on the glass by Lexie Givens’ 4.8 per game. Amanda Levens is in her fifth season leading the Wolf Pack.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST NEVADA
Wyoming leads the all-time series with the Wolf Pack, 20-9. Nevada won both regular season matchups last season, with both contests played in Reno. The Cowgirls are 11-1 in Laramie all-time against the Wolf Pack. Saturday will be the first game in Laramie since early 2020. In five career games against the Wolf Pack, Quinn Weidemann is averaging 12 points per game on nearly 40-percent shooting from beyond-the-arc.