LARAMIE – The Wyoming Cowgirls look to conitnue their three-game run of holding the oppositon under 60 points on Wednesday night when theyt host an Air Force team coming off a loss to Colorado State in which it was limited to 48 points.
The game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and on Stadium, 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
The Cowgirls are 12-5 this season and 5-3 in the Mountain West coming off a 63-56 win over Fresno State, earning their first win in Fresno since 1996. The Cowgirls are led offensively by senior forward Marta Gomezwho averages 15.3 points per game while adding 4.6 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Bailee Cotton averages nearly a double-double with 10.9 points per contest and pulling down a team best 8.9 rebounds per game. Cotton has also taken a team-leading 13 charges this season. Junior Taylor Rusk is scoring 10.6 points per contest while adding 58 assists and only 17 turnovers, the fourth best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country. Senior guard Clara Tapia leads the team in the assist department with 61 on the year. Defensively, freshman guard Karla Erjavec has recorded 23 steals this season, while Cotton has 16 blocks.
Offensively, the Cowgirls are shooting at a 46.1 percent (449-of-973) clip from the field while shooting 41.4 percent (144-of-348) from three and 73.8 percent (177-of-240) from the free throw line to average 71.7 points per game. The Cowgirls average 15.8 assists and just 11.1 turnovers per game. Opponents are shooting 42.0 percent (388-of-924) from the field, 34.4 percent (94-of-273) from three and 70.4 percent (143-of-203) from the free throw line to average 59.6 points per game. Cowgirl foes average 10.2 assists and 15.1 turnovers per game.
Head coach Joe Legerski is in his 16th year at the helm of the Cowgirls, and he has compiled a 301-182 record as Wyoming’s head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
The Falcons are 8-13 overall this season with a 4-6 record in Mountain West play coming off a 55-48 loss against Colorado State. Air Force is led by Kaelin Immel, who pours in 13.0 points per game and collects 4.2 rebounds per contest. Riley Snyder is the other Falcon to average double-digit scoring, collecting 10.5 points per contest to go along with 4.4 rebounds. Kassady Huffman leads the team on the glass, averaging 6.6 rebounds per game and has a team-best 25 blocks. Briana Autrey leads the team in assists and steals, averaging 2.0 and 1.7 per game, respectively.
Air Force shoots 35.7 percent (449-of-1256) from the field, 28.2 percent (96-of-341) from three and 64.0 percent (293-of 458) from the free throw line to average 61.3 points per game. The Falcons average 10.0 assists and 19.2 turnovers per contest. Opponents shoot 41.3 percent (497-of1202) from the field, 28.9 percent (79-of-273) from three and 65.9 percent (302-of-458) from the free throw line to average 65.5 points per contest. Falcon foes average 0.9 assists and 19.0 turnovers per game.
The Falcons are coached by Chris Gobrecht who is 19-92 in four seasons at the Academy. Overall, she is 561-565 in 38 seasons as a Division I head coach.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST AIR FORCE
The Falcons snapped a 25-game losing streak to the Cowgirls last season, when they picked up a 57-47 victory in Colorado Springs. Overall, the Cowgirls lead the Falcons 49-3 in a series that dates back to 1979. Wyoming is a perfect 26-0 against Air Force in Laramie. The average margin of victory in Wyoming’s home games against the Falcons since 2010 is 38.5 points, with the largest being a 98-36 win in 2012.
The Cowgirls will play in the first Border War game of the season, as they travel to Fort Collins to face off against the Colorado State Rams on Saturday, February 9. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.