Cowgirls Look to Stay Atop Crowded MWC Standings
ALBUQUERQUE – It is crowded at the top of the MWC women’s basketball standings.
Yes, the Cowgirls are in first place – tied with UNLV – with an 11-3 conference record, but fifth place Colorado State is only 1 ½ games back at 10-5.
Get the picture? There’s no margin for error when the Cowgirls walk into the Pit on Wednesday night to face a New Mexico team that is in sixth place in the conference at 8-6, but is 20-7 overall, the best season record in the MWC. The Cowgirls are No. 2 in that category at 18-7.
The Cowgirls are coming off a dramatic 66-64 win at San Jose State on Saturday in which they trailed by 14 points with 2:17 left in the third quarter, and won the game on Marta Gomez’s three-point shot with seven-tenths of a second to play.
Liv Roberts is averaging a team-high 14.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest, which ranks 10th and 14th in overall games, respectively in the MW. She is followed by sophomore Taylor Rusk who is adding 9.1 points and 3.0 assists, while junior Bailee Cotton is chipping in 8.3 points and 6.0 boards per game. UW is shooting 533-of-1283 (.415) from the field and 267-of-350 (.763) from the free throw line. The Cowgirls are also outscoring their opponents 60.8-55.2 and out rebounding teams 33.6-31.8.
New Mexico junior Jaisa Nunn leads the Lobogs, averaging 16.5 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Cherise Beynon is adding 16.3 points plus 5.2 boards. As a squad, the Lobos are outscoring opponents 82.4-70.9.
This will be the 75th meeting between the two schools. New Mexico leads the series 39-35.