Cowgirls Comfortable at Home; Blow Out Aztecs

LARAMIE — Just how far the Cowgirls have come since the opening of the MWC basketball season was evident at the Auditorium-Arena on Wednesday night. The Cowgirls overcame a sluggish start en route to a 70-50 victory against San Diego State, maintaining a share of first-place in the MWC and avenging a season-opening loss to the Aztecs.

The Cowgirls and UNLV, a 67-59 winner at Air Force on Wednesday, are both 11-3 in the MWC, a half-game ahead of Colorado State, Boise State and Fresno State, all 10-4.

The Cowgirls, 68-62 losers at San Diego State Dec. 28, fell behind by eight points in the opening moments Wednesday, but answered with a 20 consecutive points over the next 6:44 during which the Aztecs missed eight shots.

"There's no doubt, always playing at home helps," Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski said. "You shoot the ball better at home. The crowd, we feed off of, and we're able to transition a little better.

"I thought out at San Diego, they made all the right choices in the last 5 minutes, and we couldn't get it stopped. They were very good offensively. They were very good defensively. So tonight, I thought that having the cushion going down the stretch really helped with the confidence."

Roberts scored a game-high 18 points. Bailee Cotton scored 10 points and had 11 rebounds. Sophomore Taylor Rusk added 17 points for Wyoming on 5-of-8 3-point shooting. Tijana Raca scored a season-high nine points for Wyoming, just two fewer than her season total prior to Wednesday.

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