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Cowgirls celebrate win over CSU

The Wyoming Cowgirls celebrate their victory over the Colorado State Rams on Saturday at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

The University of Wyoming women’s basketball team can’t be stopped.

The Cowgirls shut down rival Colorado State in the second half and rolled to a 56-32 victory Saturday at the Arena-Auditorium. Wyoming (18-5, 11-3 Mountain West) has now won nine games in a row.

The Cowgirls led 25-20 at the half, but shut down the Rams in the second half. The 32 points scored by Colorado State were the fewest allowed by Wyoming in a game this season and the third-fewest in the history of the Border War.

“At halftime, what we talked about was having the energy to play,” UW head coach Joe Legerski said. “And I give all credit to my senior Bailee Cotton. She may be as good as we have in keeping people positive, and I though Bailee had a big game today.”

She did, finishing with a game-high 17 points to go along with nine rebounds. Fellow senior Marta Gomez had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

Defensively, Wyoming held Colorado State to 13-of-46 shooting (28.3 percent), including a 1-of-8 performance (12.5 percent) from behind the arc.

With Utah State’s 81-68 win over league-leader Boise State on Saturday, the Cowgirls are tied with new Mexico just one game back of the Broncos in the standings.

Wyoming is back in action Wednesday when it welcomes Fresno State to the Arena-Auditorium.

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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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