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The University of Wyoming women’s basketball team seems to have recovered from its two-game losing streak.

Since losing to Colorado State and Fresno State two weeks ago, the Cowgirls (17-7, 10-3 Mountain West) have won three in a row and once again sit on top of the conference standings.

Wyoming is actually tied with UNLV for first place, but the Cowgirls own the tiebreaker thanks to their 69-56 victory over the Rebels last week. They’ll try to maintain that advantage Saturday when they play at San Jose State.

“I think we’ve just got to keep it rolling mentally and physically, taking care of our bodies,” sophomore point guard Taylor Rusk said. “It’s the end of the conference. We’ve got to take care of ourselves physically and just make sure we execute our game plan.”

The Cowgirls have executed to near-perfection, especially in the first half, in their past three games. Wyoming has made 37 of 66 of its 3-point attempts over the last three games.

In Wednesday’s 70-50 home blowout of San Diego State, the Cowgirls were 13-of-27 from behind the arc, with Rusk, senior Liv Roberts and junior Marta Gomez combining to make 11 of 17.

The 5-foot-11 Roberts leads the team in scoring at 14.0 points per game, followed by Rusk at 9.0 and junior Bailee Cotton at 8.5.

Wednesday, the Cowgirls built an early lead, allowing a number of bench players to play significant minutes while also getting the starters some rest.

“And probably more importantly, we only had one player play over 30 minutes (against San Diego State),” head coach Joe Legerski said. “And so that’s a big plus for us to be able to stretch our bench out and be able to get everybody on the court.”

Wyoming will be seeking a season sweep of San Jose State (6-18, 3-10 MW) after defeating the Spartans 58-46 on Jan. 27 at the Arena-Auditorium.

The Cowgirls play three of their final four regular season games on the road, with trips to New Mexico and Air Force sandwiched around a home game against Fresno State.


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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