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The University of Wyoming women's basketball team will compete in the WNIT for the second year in a row after accepting its invitation Monday evening. The Cowgirls host New Mexico State at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

"To be able to go back to back, it's very exciting," head coach Joe Legerski said. "An opportunity to win 20-plus games. Right down to the end, battling for a conference championship, and I think that this group ended up not just resting on their success last season but wanted to come back and do it again."

Wyoming is one of four teams from the Mountain West competing in the WNIT. MW champion Boise State, the conference's lone NCAA Tournament team, received a No. 16 seed.

The Cowgirls finished the regular season 21-10 and 13-5 in the conference, tying the most single-season conference victories for the program.

"I felt that we'd done everything that we possibly could," Legerski said of receiving the invitation. "You take a look at all the numbers, and we had the best RPI out of the Mountain West, and so we knew that we would be considered. But until your name's called, you always have a little hesitation there. So it was nice to know that we were included and to see the number of teams from the Mountain West also that are still continuing to play.

"And I think that's something that's really important, because it's a situation where you have to have a good year. We've had a number of teams that have had 20 years this season, and now they all get the opportunity to continue playing. And that's a plus for this league."

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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