Cowgirls Roberts Earns MWC Women's Hoops POY
Cowgirls senior Liv Roberts was named Mouintain West Basketball Player of the Year, joining Aubrey Vandiver in 2011 as the only Cowgirls toearn the award. Amy Burnett was a two-time WAC Player of the Year (1994-95).
Cowgirls coach Joe Legerski was selected the MW Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, and third time in his career. Marta Gomez won the Sixth Player Award for the second time, and Bailee Cotton was an All-Defensive Team selection.
The awards were selected in voting by MW coaches.
Roberts, a senior from Missoula, Mont., led the team in eight statistical categories overall and in Mountain West games including points. In league games, she ranked among the Top 15 in eight statistical categories. Roberts scored in double-digits in 21 contests, reached double-figures in rebounding two times. She led the team in scoring 15 times, blocked shots 11 times, rebounding eight times, and assists seven times.
“Liv has competed at a high level over the last two years,” head coach Joe Legerski said. “I could not be happier for her being selected the MW Player of the Year. The last two years have demonstrated what Liv can accomplish. She has had tremendous success on the court and an amazing will to rehab from an ACL injury. Liv provides the confidence for this team and is a difficult match-up inside and out for our opponents.”
Gomez, a junior from Valles, Spain, played in all 18 conference games, averaging 8.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per play. She was second on the team in three-point field goals made and attempts while being ranked among the top 10 in those two categories in league games. Gomez recorded 12 double-figure scoring games which included a season-high 19 point performance against Boise State. She ranks seventh all-time in school history in three-point field goals made and 11th in attempts.
“Marta has established herself as an impact player in the Wyoming program,” Legerski said. “She has accepted her role and flourished. Marta is a vital part of another 20-win season and the future looks bright for Marta. Repeating as the Sixth Player of the Year is quite an accomplishment.”
Cotton, a junior from Denver, Colo., played in all 18 games. She averaged 8.1 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds. She also led the way in steals with 1.1 per contest and recorded ten blocked shots. She recorded six double-figure scoring games including a career-high 19 points and 12 rebounds against Fresno State.
“Bailee brings the energy to our program each and every day,” Legerski said. “As an undersized post player, Bailee is given a difficult matchup each and every night. Bailee’s selection to the All MW Defensive Team is a tribute to her competitiveness and understanding of the game.”
Legerski earned Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career. The 15th-year head coach also received the award following the 2003-04 and 2016-17 seasons. He helped lead the Cowgirls to a 20-plus win season for the ninth time in his career and a program best 13 conference victories. The all-time winningest head coach in school history he has amassed 287 overall wins and an MW best 146 conference victories.