Wyoming Cowgirls Play Utah State At MW Tournament
The Wyoming Cowgirls will face the Utah State Aggies in quarterfinal action at the Air Force Reserve Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships in Las Vegas.
The game is on Monday at 9:30 p.m., Mountain Time.
Wyoming (20-7) enters the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. They are coming off a hard-fought, 57-50, loss at No. 2 seed New Mexico last Thursday.
Senior Bailee Cotton says their objective is pretty simple, win the tournament.
“It puts a little bit of pressure on, but I think being able to make sure everyone’s calm and not coming in too tight and too scared to do anything because we’re afraid to make a mistake, that’s going to be key. The games that we’ve lost has been because we haven’t been aggressive enough. I think it’s going to be huge for us knowing that this is it. Like, this is NCAA or bust, and it’s going to be big for everyone coming in with energy.”
The Cowgirls draw a Utah State team that beat Colorado State 62-59 in the first round Sunday in Las Vegas. The two teams split their regular season meetings, with each team winning on their home floor. Wyoming has won seven of the last nine games in the series, but this will mark the first meeting in the Mountain West Tournament.
Utah State (16-14) is led by all-conference performer Shannon Dufficy, who averages 16 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Head coach Joe Legerski said regardless of their opponent, their plan has to be about themselves.
“We have to make sure that our offense works a little better. At times, we’ve been stagnant throughout the year. We’ll work on our motion, and probably put in a couple of different wrinkles, as far as, to be able to play anyone throughout the tournament.”
KOWB (AM 1290) will air the game live with coverage starting at 9 p.m. Monday.
The winner of the Cowgirls-Aggies game will play the winner of the quarterfinal game between No. 2 seed New Mexico and No. 7 seed San Diego State. That game is at 7 p.m., MT, today. The semifinal would be at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.