(Colorado Springs, Colorado)Â Â Three members of the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team, Liv Roberts, Marta Gomez and Taylor Rusk, were recognized on Monday as the Mountain West announced the 2017 All-Conference Team.
Roberts was named to the All-MW and All-Defensive Teams for the first time in her career while Gomez was selected the Sixth Player of the Year. Rusk earned a spot on the leagueâ€™s All-Freshman Team.
â€œThe honors reflect what we talk about at the start of every season — team success will lead to individual success,â€ Legerski said. â€œLiv had a tremendous season. She was third in scoring and fourth in rebounding in the Mountain West, impressive numbers. Marta provided the spark off the bench that we needed. Taylor had as good a first year as anyone. This team can share in the success of Liv, Marta and Taylor.â€
Roberts, a junior from Missoula, Mont., played in 25 contests along with 14 conference games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. She led the team in nine statistical categories overall including points and rebounds, plus leading the way in ten conference categories. In league games, she ranked among the Top 15 in eight statistical categories. Roberts scored in double-digits in all but one contest she played, reached double-figures in rebounding five times which included four double-doubles. She led the team in rebounding ten times, nine times in scoring and six times in assists.
Gomez played in all 18 games during conference action. She averaged 8.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per play. She led the team in three-point field goals made and attempts while being ranked among the top 15 in those two categories in league games. Gomez recorded nine double-figure scoring games which included an 18-point performance against UNLV.
A freshman from Highlands Ranch, Colo., Rusk played in all 18 league games including her first career start against Boise State. She averaged 7.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in league play. Rusk is leading the league in three-point field goal percentage for all games and is second overall in league games. She finished with four double-figure scoring games including a career-high 14 points against San Jose State.
The Cowgirls open up play at the 2017 Mountain West Tournament on Tuesday against the winner of the Fresno State/Nevada game. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. MT at the Thomas & Mack Center.