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UW vs. San Diego State Women's Basketball

Wyoming's Liv Roberts grabs a defensive rebound against San Diego State during their game last season at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

The University of Wyoming’s Liv Roberts was named the Mountain West women’s basketball Player of the Year on Monday.

In addition, Marta Gomez was chosen as the Sixth Player of the Year, Bailee Cotton was selected to the All-Defensive team and Joe Legerski was the Coach of the Year.

Roberts, a senior from Missoula, Montana, led the Cowgirls in eight statistical categories this season. She averaged a team-high 15.9 points to go along with 5.8 rebounds per game in conference play and has more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for her career.

“Liv has competed at a high level over the last two years,” Legerski said in a release. “The last two years have demonstrated what Liv can accomplish. She has had tremendous success on the court and an amazing will to rehab from an ACL injury.

“Live provides the confidence for this team and is a difficult match-up inside and out for our opponents.”

Roberts is UW’s first MW Player of the Year since Aubrey Vandiver in 2011.

This marks the second year in a row that Gomez has earned Sixth Player of the Year honors. The junior from Valles, Spain, averaged 8.8 points per game off the bench.

“Marta has established herself as an impact player in the Wyoming program,” Legerski said. “She has accepted her role and flourished.”

Cotton, a junior from Denver, averaged 8.1 points and led the team with 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per contest.

“Bailee brings the energy to our program each and every day,” Legerski said. “Bailee’s selection to the all-defensive team is a tribute to her competitiveness and understanding of the game.”

For Legerski, this marks the third time in his 15-year career at Wyoming in which he has been honored as the conference coach of the year. He previously won the award following the 2003-04 season and again last season.

Joining Roberts on the All-MW team were Boise State’s Marta Hermida and Riley Lupfer; UNLV’s Katie Powell and Brooke Johnson, the Defensive Player of the Year; New Mexico’s Cherise Beynon and Jaisa Nunn; Colorado State’s Hannah Tvurdy; Fresno State’s Candice White; and Nevada’s Teige Zeller.

Cotton, Johnson, Powell, Tvrdy, Beynon and San Diego State’s McKynzie Fort comprised the All-Defensive team.

New Mexico’s Teisha Buck was named Newcomer of the Year and Air Force’s Kaelin Immel was the Freshman of the Year.


Sports Editor

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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