Cowgirls fall in defensive first place battle

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February 1, 2024 — Wyo4News Staff

In a battle of the top two women’s teams in the Mountain West, UNLV defeated Wyoming 58-51 last night in Las Vegas. Both Teams were held to their second-lowest point outputs of the season. The win put UNLV alone at the top of the conference standings at 8-1 (18-2 overall). Wyoming is now 7-2 in the conference (12-8 overall) and falls into a tie with New Mexico for second place. The Lobos (7-2, 16-6) won 65-54 at San Jose State last night.

 

The defensive battle was close for most of the contest, with UW trailing 27-26 at the end of the first half. The Rebels upped their lead to 37-30 in the third quarter before Wyoming closed the gap to 40-36 going into the fourth quarter.

UNLV increased their lead to 46-36 before UW staged another comeback, trailing just 5-47 with just over two minutes remaining. But, the Cowgirls would get no closer as UNLV proved solid from the free-throw line.

Emily Mellema and Malene Pedersen led the Cowgirls with 12 points each. McKinley Dickerson came off the bench to score 10 points and grab seven rebounds.

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