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NCAA Women's Basketball: Wyoming vs Fresno State

Wyoming's Karla Erjavec brings the ball up the court in the Cowgirls' game against Fresno State on Feb. 27 at the Arena-Auditorium.

Second place in the Mountain West will be on the line when the University of Wyoming women’s basketball team faces New Mexico on Thursday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s the final regular season game of the season for both teams.

The Cowgirls (20-6, 13-4 MW) and Lobos (23-5, 13-4 MW) enter the game tied for second behind league champion Boise State (24-4, 15-2). The Broncos defeated New Mexico on Monday to clinch the regular season title.

Wyoming has won 11 of its last 12 games, capped by an 85-56 blowout of San Jose State on Monday in the Cowgirls’ Senior Night.

Seniors Marta Gomez and Bailee Cotton continue to lead the way for UW, with Gomez averaging 16.1 points per game, which is third-best in the MW. Cotton averages 11.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, which is good for the No. 4 mark in the league.

The Cowgirls have also gotten added scoring support from junior Taylor Rusk (9.6 ppg) and freshman Karla Erjavec (8.5 ppg).

On paper, the game looks to be a contrast in styles as the Lobos lead the league in scoring at 76.6 points per game while the Cowgirls are the top defensive team, allowing just 56.4 points per game. The team’s previous meeting on Jan. 19 turned into a shootout as New Mexico escaped the Arena-Auditorium with a 78-75 victory.

Wyoming enters the game leading the MW in field-goal percentage (46.2) and 3-point field-goal percentage (40.4) and is No. 2 in free-throw percentage (76.8).

Wyoming has won six of the past seven meetings, including the past two at The Pit.

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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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