Cowgirls Return to AA, Host Colorado-Colorado Springs Tuesday
From the desk of Sean O’Sullivan
Laramie, Wyo. — The Cowgirls return home to face Colorado-Colorado Springs on Tuesday in the Arena-Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The sharp-shooting Cowgirls made 15 three pointers in their road game against Saint Mary's on Friday.
The game with USSC will be broadcast live on the West Coast Conference Network, and can be heard across the 25 stations of the Cowgirl Radio Network with Reece Monaco on play-by-play and Wyoming Hall of Famer Margie McDonald with color commentary.
A LOOK AT THE COWGIRLS
Senior forward Marta Gomez is leading the way offensively for the Cowgirls, averaging 17 points and 3 rebounds per game. Gomez is 8-of-16 shooting from three-point range. Freshman Quinn Weidemann made six threes against Saint Mary's for her first 20-point game of her career, and freshman Karla Erjavec is averaging 3.5 steals per game. Senior guard Clara Tapia is directing the offense with 4.5 assists per game, and is three assists shy of 300 career assists.
Wyoming returns three starters from last year's team that was 22-11, including 13-5 in Mountain West play. The 13 conference wins tied a school record. The Cowgirls put up back-to-back 20+ win seasons for the fifth time under head coach Joe Legerski.
Junior Taylor Rusk is the top returning scorer, averaging 10.1 points per game last season. Gomez scored 8.5 points per game off the bench, and was named the Mountain West's Sixth Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Cotton led the way defensively for the Cowgirls, bringing down 6.2 rebounds per game and collecting 1.2 steals per game, and was named to the Mountain West's All-Defensive team. Tapia led the Mountain West with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio and directed the Cowgirl offense by averaging 4.3 assists per game.
The Cowgirls are shooting 44.4 percent (60-of-135) from the field, 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from three point range and 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the free throw line to average 82.0 points per game. The Cowgirls are holding opponents to 47.5 percent (48-of-101) shooting from the field, 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from three and just 61.5 points per game. The Cowgirls average 18.5 assists and only 10.5 turnovers per game while forcing 23.0 turnovers from their opponents.
Head coach Joe Legerski is 289-178 overall at Wyoming and is entering his 16th year at the helm of the Cowgirls.
The Mountain Lions are 0-2 this season with losses to West Texas A&M (51-84) and Texas Permian Basin (60-61). UCCS is led offensively by Jae Ferrin, who averages 17.5 points per game and collects 5.5 rebounds per game. Abby Feickert records 9.0 points per contest while chipping in 4.5 rebounds per game. Tatum Tellin directs the offense and has four assists on the season. Kelly O'Flannigan is shooting an efficient .667 (2-of-3) from the field.
Offensively, the Mountain Lions are shooting 38.2 percent (42-of-110) from the field, 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from three and 65.7 percent (23-of-35) from the free throw line to average 55.5 points per game. Opponents are averaging 72.5 points per game on 44.6 percent (54-of-121) shooting from the field and 37.9 percent (22-of-58) shooting from three-point range. UCCS averages 9.0 assists to 22.5 turnovers per game, while forcing 14.5 turnovers from their opponets.
Head coach Lynn Plett is in his third year at UCCS, and owns a 34-28 record at the helm of the Mountain Lions.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST UCCS
The Cowgirls and Mountain Lions have only met once in the regular season. It was a 61-43 home win for the Cowgirls on Nov. 21, 2004.
The Cowgirls will travel to Stockton, Calif., for the Pacific Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 23-24.