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The University of Wyoming women’s basketball team is on a roll. Winners of seven games in a row, the Cowgirls will look to extend the streak to eight when they play at UNLV on Wednesday.

After falling to 2-3 in the Mountain West following a 78-75 home loss to New Mexico on Jan. 19, Wyoming (16-5, 9-3 MW) has moved within one-half game of the Lobos for second place in the league standings. Boise State is 12-1 in the MW with its only loss a 64-52 defeat at Wyoming on Jan. 26.

Senior Marta Gomez averages a team-best 15.5 points per game, which is No. 4 in the MW. Gomez leads the league in 3-point shooting (49.5 percent) and free-throw shooting (94.2 percent). Classmate Bailee Cotton averages 11.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while junior Taylor Rusk pitches in 10.1 ppg and freshman Karla Erjavec 9.0.

The Cowgirls currently lead the MW in defense, allowing just 57.5 points per game; field-goal percentage at 46.3; and 3-point shooting at 40.9 percent. They are No. 2 in scoring margin at +12.3 per game.

During its current winning streak UW has won four games on the road. However, the Cowgirls haven’t defeated the Rebels in UNLV since 2013. Tip-off for Wednesday’s game is 7 p.m. at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.

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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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