The University of Wyoming women’s basketball team will try to finish off an undefeated month when it hosts Fresno State on Wednesday in the Arena-Auditorium.

The Cowgirls (18-5, 11-3 Mountain West) have won nine consecutive games and are tied with New Mexico in the league standings, just one game back of Boise State.

Wyoming, which is coming off a 56-32 dismantling of Border War rival Colorado State on Saturday, hasn’t lost since a 78-75 defeat to New Mexico on Jan. 19.

The Cowgirls’ recent winning streak has come in large part thanks to their shooting and their defense. UW leads the MW in both field goal percentage (46.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (41.1) and is second in free throw percentage (76.2).

In addition, the Cowgirls are allowing just 56.0 points per game on defense to lead the league.

In its past 10 games they allowed more than 56 points on just one occasion — an 80-60 victory over Air Force on Feb. 6.

Senior Marta Gomez is averaging a team-best 15.7 points per game and leads the MW in 3-point shooting (49.6 percent) and free throw shooting (92.7 percent).

Senior Bailee Cotton is averaging 11.3 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds per game, while junior Taylor Rusk is averaging 9.8 points per game and freshman Karla Erjavec 9.0 points.

Fresno State (17-9, 10-5 MW), which Wyoming defeated 63-56 on Jan. 30, is paced by senior Candice White, who leads the league in scoring at 18.5 points per game.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Cowgirls have three regular-season game remaining: at Air Force on Saturday, vs. San Jose State on Monday and at New Mexico on March 7.

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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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