Cowgirls to tangle with Aggies in first round of MW Tourney
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team begins its postseason journey Sunday in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament as the seventh-seeded Cowgirls face No. 10 seed Utah State in a 5:30 p.m., Mountain Time contest.
All games at the Mountain West Tournament will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and across the 25 stations of the Cowgirl Radio Network with Keith Kelley on the call.
A LOOK AT THE COWGIRLS
The tournament opener will be Wyoming’s (10-9, 8-8 MW) first game since February 13, which also came against Utah State, a 79-42 Wyoming victory.
In the win, the Cowgirls hit 17 3-pointers, the third-most in a single game in program history.
McKinley Bradshaw and Quinn Weidemann both had huge games for UW in the victory, combining to go 16-for-21 overall from the floor and 10-of-13 from 3-point range. Bradshaw was 8-of-10 and 5-for-7 from beyond-the-arc on her way to a game-high 23 points, her second 20-plus point performance of the season while coming off the bench. Weidemann meanwhile, went 8-for-11 from the field and hit 5-of-6 from 3-point range and scored a season-best 21 points.
UW’s 22-day layoff is a result of each of its final two regular season series, with New Mexico and San Jose State, being cancelled.
The Cowgirls’ non-conference contest for Feb. 24 was also canceled.
Wyoming is led by Bradshaw’s 11.6 points per game this season. Bradshaw, who is the second-leading bench scorer in the league this season, is shooting 46 percent from the floor and a team-best 41.5 percent from 3-point range. Alba Sanchez Ramos, who now leads the Cowgirls in rebounding at 6.1 per contest, has been on tear on the glass over Wyoming’s last seven games, averaging 9.1 rebounds per game.
During that stretch, Sanchez Ramos has four double-figure rebounding games, including recording a career-best 13 in the Feb. 11 win over the Aggies.
Tommi Olson enters the tournament ranking in the top five in the league in four statistical categories. Olson ranks second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) and third in assists per game (4.4). Olson’s 38 steals and two steals per contest are fourth-best in the conference.
SCOUTING UTAH STATE
Utah State (4-19, 2-16 MW) is led by Jessica Chatman, who is averaging 11.7 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. Chatman is the only Aggie that has started all 23 games this season and is one of two, to have played in every contest in 2020-21. Shyla Latone is the other Aggie that has played in every game and is averaging 9.9 points per game. Emmie Harris leads USU with 59 assists while Faith Brantley leads the team with 21 steals.
In Wyoming’s two-game sweep of the Aggies earlier this season, Chatman averaged 13 points and 8.5 rebounds against the Cowgirls, including a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards in game one.
Utah State is averaging nearly 64 points per game in 2020-21 and is allowing opponents to score at 79 points per game. The Aggies are shooting 36.6 percent from the floor and 28 percent from 3-point range.
USU is being out-rebounded by its opponents by nearly 5.5 rebounds per contest. Kayla Ard is in her first season as the head coach of the Aggies.
Sunday will mark the third season in a row that the Cowgirls and Aggies have met in the Mountain West Tournament, both UW wins. The Cowgirls won in 2019, 64-41 and 64-59 at 2020’s tournament. The Cowgirls are 11-21 all-time at the Mountain West Tournament.
* University of Wyoming press release