Cowgirls Take to the Road for Round 1 of Border War Saturday at Colorado State

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LARAMIE – The Wyoming Cowgirls (13-5, 6-3 MW) will travel to Fort Collins to face the Colorado State Rams (8-13, 2-8 MW) in the first edition of the Border War this season. The storied rivalry is tied 50-50 all time after the teams split road victories last season.

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.

The Cowgirls are 13-5 this season and 6-3 in the Mountain West coming off a 80-60 win over Air Force in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowgirls are led offensively by senior forward Marta Gomez who averages 15.3 points per game while adding 4.7 rebounds per contest.

Senior forward Bailee Cotton averages nearly a double-double with 11.3 points per contest and pulling down a team best 9.0 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 64 assists and only 18 turnovers, the third best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country. Freshman guard Karla Erjavec leads the team in the assist department with 67 on the year. Defensively, Erjavec has recorded 24 steals this season, while Cotton has 18 blocks.

Offensively, the Cowgirls are shooting at a 47.0 percent (484-of-1,029) clip from the field while shooting 41.4 percent (147-of-355) from three and 73.3 percent (184-of-251) from the free throw line to average 72.2 points per game. The Cowgirls average 16.4 assists and just 11.3 turnovers per game. Opponents are shooting 42.0 percent (414-of-985) from the field, 34.5 percent (95-of-275) from three and 70.1 percent (150-of-214) from the free throw line to average 59.6 points per game. Cowgirl foes average 9.9 assists and 14.8 turnovers per game.

Head coach Joe Legerski is in his 16th year at the helm of the Cowgirls, and he has compiled a 302-182 record as Wyoming’s head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history.

The Rams are 8-13 this season with a 2-8 ledger in Mountain West play following a 68-57 road loss to Nevada. Colorado State is led by Lore Devos who leads the Rams in both scoring (14.0) and rebounding (5.6). She also contributes 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Mollie Mounsey joins Devos in double-digit scoring, averaging 11.5 points per game to go along with 5.1 rebounds each contest. Grace Colaivalu directs the offense with 4.8 assists per game, while scoring 5.9 points each time out on the floor. Defensively, Myanne Hamm records 1.7 steals per game, while Tatum Neubert patrols the paint with 1.2 blocks per game.

The Rams are shooting 38.7 percent (431-of-1,113) from the field, 29.9 percent (115-of-385) from three and 75.0 percent (186-of-248) from the free throw line to average 55.4 points per contest. Colorado State records 11.3 assists and 13.4 turnovers per game. Defensively, opponents shoot 34.9 percent (448-of-1,284) from the field, 31.0 percent (170-of-549) from three and 71.8 percent (171-of-238) from the free throw line to average 58.9 points per game. Ram opponents record 13.4 assists and 13.5 turnovers per contest.

Head coach Ryun Williams is 144-69 in six seasons in Fort Collins, and he has a 455-259 record in 20 seasons as a Division I head coach.

The Rams and Cowgirls will meet for the 101st time on Saturday, and the series is squared away at 50-50. Wyoming picked up a win at Moby Arena last season, their first win in Fort Collins since 2013. The Cowgirls will look for their first back-to-back wins on the road against CSU since winning six straight road contests from 2006-11.

The Cowgirls will return to the Arena-Auditorium to face Utah State on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (MT).