Cowgirls ready for tournament semis against Boise State


LAS VEGAS, Nev. — For the fourth consecutive season, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will be playing in the Mountain West Tournament semifinals as No. 7 seed Cowgirls will face sixth-seeded Boise State at 8:30 p.m., Mountain Time Tuesday.

All games at the Mountain West Tournament will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and across the 25 stations of the Cowgirl Radio Network with Keith Kelley on the call.

A LOOK AT THE COWGIRLS

Wyoming (12-9) earned its spot in the semis thanks to a historic night from deep in Monday’s quarterfinal win over UNLV, 72-56. In the victory, the Cowgirls hit a tournament record 15 3-pointers in the upset over the second-seeded Lady Rebels. Tommi Olson and Quinn Weidemann each hit four 3-pointers on the night while Olson’s 16 points set a new career-high for her. Weidemann’s 18 points led UW on the night while off the bench, McKinley Bradshaw scored 15 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double as she grabbed a career-high nine boards.

The Cowgirls currently ride a four-game winning streak into its contest with the Broncos and are 6-2 in their last eight games. During those eight games, Wyoming is scoring 66.3 points per game and holding opponents to just 51 points per. In UW’s previous 13 games this season, it was scoring at a 59.9 point-per-game clip and was allowing 62.8 points from opponents. The Cowgirls are also shooting 44.3 percent from the floor over the last eight contests and is shooting 36 percent from beyond-the-arc. Prior to this eight-game run, the Cowgirls were shooting just under 40 percent from the field and was shooting 30 percent from 3-point range.

SCOUTING BOISE STATE

Boise State is led by All-Mountain West honoree Jade Loville, who is averaging 17 points per game this season. Mallory McGwire, who is the other Bronco to average in double figures this season, is scoring 12.7 points per game and leads the team with 8.6 rebounds per. Alexis Mark, who was named to the All-Freshman and All-Defensive Team, is averaging 9.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while leading the Broncos with 31 steals this season.

Boise State, who is the No. 6 seed in the tournament, is averaging just over 70 points per game and allowing opponents to average just 65 per. The Broncos are shooting 42.2 percent from the floor on the year and holding opponents to 37.5 percent shooting. BSU leads the league averaging nearly 43 rebounds per game as a team.

Head Coach Gordy Presnell is in his 16th season leading Boise State.

SERIES HISTORY

The Cowgirls trail the all-time series with the Broncos, 17-12. Tuesday will be the third consecutive season that UW and Boise State will meet at the Mountain West Tournament. The Broncos ended the Cowgirls’ run in the Championship Game in 2019 and in the semifinals at last season’s tournament. Wyoming is 1-2 against Boise State at the conference tournament.

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