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The Wyoming Cowgirls finally found an offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter Wednesday to pull away for a 53-35 victory over Utah State at the Arena-Auditorium.

The Cowgirls (15-5, 8-3 Mountain West) led 19-18 at the half in a defensive battle and stretched the margin to 32-26 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, though, UW outscored the Aggies 21-9 to earn their sixth consecutive win.

"You have to find a number of ways to win," UW head coach Joe Legerski said in a release, "and I think this team is starting to figure that out."

Senior Marta Gomez was the only player to score in double figures for the Cowgirls, finishing with a game-high 17 points. Bailee Cotton added nine and Karla Erjavec, Clara Tapia and Sladjana Rakovic had seven apiece.

Rakovic also had 10 rebounds and combined with Cotton to hold Utah State's Shannon Dufficy scoreless. Dufficy was averaging 16.0 points per game, the third-best mark in the MW.

Wyoming plays at Nevada on Saturday.

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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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