Cowgirls And Cowboys Suffer MWC Tournament Defeats

Wyoming Cowboys guard Justin James played his final game in a loss to New Mexico at the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Troy Babbitt-UW Media-Athletics

Rock Springs, WY (3/14/19) – Boise State knocked off the Wyoming Cowgirls last night, 68-51, to win the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas. The game the first time a Wyoming Cowgirl team played in the championship game.

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The Cowgirls grabbed an early 5-2 lead, but trailed the remainder of the game being outscored in all four quarters. Senior Marta Gomez lead Wyoming in scoring with 22 points.  Boise State had four starters score in double figures.

The 22-8 Cowgirls will now have to wait for a post-season invitation to either the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team or the N.I.T. post-season tournament. Boise State (28-4) has an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

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The Wyoming Cowboy basketball season ended yesterday with their 78-68 loss to New Mexico.  The Pokes (8-24) lead by 11-points at the half and held that 11-point lead with 14-minutes to play before New Mexico took the lead on a 13–0 run and went on to outscore the Pokes 29-19 the remainder of the game.

Senior Justin James scored 31 points in his final Cowboy game.  Wyoming has now lost in the first round of the MWC Tournament 10 times in the event’s 20 year history.

New Mexico (14-17) advances to the second round to play Utah State.  In other men’s scores from Wednesday, Boise State 66 – Colorado State 57, Air Force 87 – San Jose State 56.

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