Cowgirls Fresh Start in Bid for NCAA Berth
The Cowgirls fared well in the MWC post-season honors. Liv Roberts was selected the Player of the Year by the conference coaches. Joe Legerski was voted coach of the Year. Marta Gomez received the 6th Player Award for the second year in a row. And Bailee Cotton was voted to the All-Defense team.
Now comes the ultimate goal, however. Now comes the MWC tournament. After drawing a first-round bye the Cowgirls most likely will face the quarterfinal challenge of New Mexico, which advanced with an 84-54 first-round victory against San Jose State on Monday. The Tuesday game will tip off at 9:30 p.m, MST at the Thomas and Mack Center. The Cowboy Network will carry the broadcast.
The Cowgirls have won five in a row against the Lobos, which finished the regular season 22-9, and was 10-8 in the conference. They are led by junior Jaisa Nunn, who averaged 16.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
The Cowgirls enter the contest with a 20-9 mark overall and finished with a 13-5 conference mark after a 67-63 loss against Boise State on Friday night. Junior Marta Gomez led the way with 19 points off the bench while shooting 5-of-7 (.714) from beyond the arc in the game. Seniors Natalie Baker and Liv Roberts each had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Bailee Cotton had a game-high ten rebounds and eight points. Wyoming shot 22-of-58 (.379) from the field and 8-of-20 (.400) from beyond the arc.
Senior Liv Roberts is averaging a team-high 13.9 points plus 5.9 rebounds per contest, which ranks 11th and 15th in overall games, respectively in the MW. She is followed by sophomore Taylor Rusk who is adding 9.5 points and 2.9 assists, while Cotton is chipping in 8.5 points and a team-high 6.4 boards per game. UW is shooting 621-of-1491 (.417) from the field and 214-562 (.381) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls are also outscoring opponents 60.9-55.9 and out rebounding teams 33.6-31.9.