Cowgirls Remain Atop MWC Hoops But It's a Tight Race

The Cowgirls remain tied with UNLV for first place in the MWC basketball standings at 11-3, but with four games remaining there are no certainties. Boise State and Fresno State are both 11-4, a game back of the Cowgirls, Colorado State is in fifth place at 10-5, and New Mexico is three games back of the Cowgirls in sixth place at 8-6.

Nobody has to tell coach Joe Legerski about the challenge ahead.

But as a refresher for others:

The Cowgirls travel to New Mexico Wednesday night, where the Lobos will be looking to avenge a 66-55 loss to the Cowgirls at the Auditorium-Arena on Jan. 6. A win by the Cowgirls at the Pit would mean the Cowgirls would need to win only one of their three remaining games – home against Fresno State on Saturday, at Air Force on Feb. 27 and home with Boise State on March 2 – to clinch a top five spot in the standings, and avoid having to play in the first round of the MWC tournament.

That’s why a win against the Lobos would be big. The Cowgirls would seem to be in position to win at Air Force. The Falcons re 2-12 in the conference, and 2-23 overall.

Boise, however, has a score to settle, having lost at home to the Cowgirls, 66-51, on Jan. 6, and Fresno State beat the Cowgirls 60-47 at Fresno in the Cowgirls second lowest-scoring game of the season. They lost 63-40 at Duke on Dec. 21.

The Cowgirls have won four in a row since that lost to Fresno, including at 64-46 win at Utah State, home wins against UNLV (69-56) and San Diego State (70-50), and Saturday’s 66-46 win at San Jose State when they rallied from a 14-point deficit with 2:17 to play in the third quarter.