The University of Wyoming women's basketball team built an early lead and held on for a 61-51 victory at Denver on Thursday.

The Cowgirls (3-0) led 10-3 after one quarter of play and 27-17 at the half despite shooting just 34.6 percent from the field.

Senior Liv Roberts had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Wyoming, while Natalie Baker added 12 points and nine boards and Bailee Cotton and Taylor Rusk scored nine points apiece.

Rusk also grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists for UW. The Cowgirls dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Pioneers (1-2) 44-31. They also held Denver to 32.3-percent shooting for the game.

Wyoming returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Drake at the Arena-Auditorium.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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