Cowboys and Cowgirls register Saturday home wins

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February 27, 2022 — It was a busy and very good day Saturday at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie. Two basketball games in one day, both being UW victories. The Wyoming Cowgirls started the day off with a 70-46 win over San Diego State. Then a few hours later, the Cowboys handled Nevada 74-61.

Cowboys remain in second place in the Mountain West.

The Cowboys trailed for just 10 seconds in their contest with Nevada, winning 74-61. Wyoming is now 13-0 at home this season. The win upped the Pokes Mountain West mark to 12-3 (23-5 overall), trailing only Bosie State (14-2 in conference). Nevada fell to 6-10 in the MW and 12-15 on the season.
 
Sophomore Graham Ike led the Pokes with 23 points and 15 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the season. Hunter Maldonado added 22 points with nine rebounds. He added six assists and is now second all-time at Wyoming with 472 assists. Jeremiah Oden added 10 points.

“Our guys are really connected, and we’ve been stressing to them that everyone needs to strive to do everything a little bit better,” Linder said. “There are certain things our guys know they have to do to finish things off right this year. To hold a team (Nevada) that is one of the best offensive teams in the country to only 37 percent shooting was big for us tonight.”

Wyoming will host San Diego State (10-4, 18-7 overall) Monday night. The game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 99.7 JACK-FM and 99KSIT.com beginning at 6:30 p.m. with tip-off at 7 p.m.

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McKinley nets 30 points in Cowgirl’s win.

An explosive fourth quarter and a solid all-around defensive effort from the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team Saturday afternoon propelled them to a 70-46 victory over San Diego State in the AA. The Cowgirls outscored the Aztecs 26-9 in the fourth to pull away late.

“The defense was big for us today,” Wyoming Head Coach Geral Mattinson said. “That’s been who we are for a number of years now. It’s always given us chances in games because we play so hard, and I think we played pretty solid defense today.”

McKinley Bradshaw had her second career 30 point game, hitting on 11-of-22 field goals, including 5 of-11 from 3-point range. Quinn Weidemann added 17 points.

The Cowgirls are now tied for third place in the Mountain West with a 10-6 record (14-11 overall). San Diego State is 8-9 in conference and 14-14 on the season.

UW led just 14-12 at the end of the first quarter before increasing the lead to 30-21 at the half.

The Cowgirls will play their regular-season finale Wednesday when they host Colorado State (9-8 in conference/18-9 overall).