Cowboys and Cowgirls score road wins Saturday

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February 13, 2022 — The Wyoming Cowboys held San Jose State to 29.8 percent from the field in gaining a 74-52 road win at San Jose State Saturday night. The win keeps the Pokes in a first-place tie with Boise State with a 10-1 Mountain West record (21-3 overall). Boise State (19-5) defeated UNLV Friday night 69-63. San Jose State is now 0-12 in the MW and 7-17 overall.

Graham Ike recorded another double-double Saturday night with 25 points, and 18 rebounds as UW won for the sixth straight time. Hunter Maldonado added 23 points with five assists.

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Wyoming led just 33-29 at the half. “At halftime, I told the guys you can’t look at the scoreboard, SJSU is talented, and we knew we could wear them down, which we did,” UW head coach Jeff Linder said. “I challenged Graham at the half, and he came out and dominated in the second half.”

Wyoming dominated the second half holding the San Jose State to 24 percent from the field and outscoring the Spartans 41-23. The Cowboys shot 60 percent from the field in the second half.

Wyoming will remain on the road, traveling to New Mexico (2-8 MW/10-14 overall) on Tuesday 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.

Cowgirls win road contest

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It was a tale of two halves Saturday in Fresno as the Wyoming Cowgirls held on late for a hard-fought 61-58 win over Fresno State. UW led by 13 at the half and hit a couple of big shots in the fourth to hold on for the victory.

Wyoming improved to 7-5 in the Mountain West (11-10 overall). Fresno State dropped to 5-6 in conference play (9-13 overall).

After shooting 52-percent from the floor and going 4-of-11 from 3-point range in the first half, the Cowgirls shot just 8-of-24 overall from the field and hit 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs outscored the Cowgirls by 10 in the second half.

In the fourth quarter, Fresno State cut the Cowgirl lead down to just one, 47-46 with 4:45 to play. After missing a pair at the free-throw line out the timeout, Fresno took its first lead of the game the next time down the court. UW shot just 12-for-22 from the charity stripe in the win.

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The next time down the floor, the Cowgirls responded with a Tommi Olson corner 3-pointer with under four minutes remaining. After the two teams traded defensive stops, the Bulldogs would regain the lead 51-50 on a 3-pointer with 2:25 to play. On the next trip down, Allyson Sanchez Ramos would hit a free-throw line jumper to put UW back in front. After another stop, The Cowgirls Quinn Weidemann hit a 3-pointer to push the advantage to 55-51 with 1:24 to go.

Fresno would get a basket the next time down the floor, but McKinley Bradshaw’s baseline drive led to a three-point play, and UW was out front 58-53 with 47.2 to play.

Three Cowgirls finished the game in double figures as Weidemann led the way with 12 points and hit a trio of 3-pointers. Bradshaw and Sanchez Ramos added 11 each.

Wyoming now travels to face San Jose State (1-11 MW/4-19 overall) on Monday. Broadcast time on WyoRadio’s 1360/103.5 KRKK and 1360KRKK.com is 6:30 with tip-off at 7 p.m.