Cowgirls Travel To Bay Area To Face San José State On Wednesday


LARAMIE, Wyo. (January 21, 2019) – The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball is on the road for a mid-week Mountain West showdown with San José State. Tipoff from The Event Center is set for 8:00 p.m. (MT) on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The Cowgirls are looking to pick up their first true road win of the season, while the Spartans hope to snap a 12-game losing streak.


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The game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and on Stadium and can be heard across the 25 stations of the Cowgirl Radio Network with Reece Monaco on play-by-play and Wyoming Hall of Famer Margie McDonald with color commentary.

The Cowgirls are 9-5 this season coming off a heartbreaking 78-75 loss to New Mexico. The Cowgirls are led offensively by senior forward Marta Gomez who averages 15.0 points per game while adding 4.6 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Bailee Cotton averages nearly a double-double with 11.0 points per contest and pulling down a team-best 8.4 rebounds per game. Cotton has also taken a team-leading nine charges this season. Junior Taylor Rusk is scoring 10.6 points per contest while adding 46 assists and only 12 turnovers, the second best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country. Senior guard Clara Tapia leads the team in the assist department with 50 on the year. Defensively, freshman guard Karla Erjavec has recorded 19 steals this season, while Cotton has 10 blocks.


Offensively, the Cowgirls are shooting at a 46.5 percent (380-of-818) clip from the field while shooting 42.1 percent (127-of-302) from three and 75.8 percent (135-of-178) from the free throw line to average 73.0 points per game. The Cowgirls average 15.6 assists and just 11.1 turnovers per game. Opponents are shooting 43.3 percent (324-of-748) from the field, 37.6 percent (85-of-226) from three and 69.5 percent (116-of-167) from the free throw line to average 60.6 points per game. Cowgirl foes average 10.7 assists and 15.6 turnovers per game.


Head coach Joe Legerski is in his 16th year at the helm of the Cowgirls, and he has compiled a 298-182 record as Wyoming’s head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history.

The Spartans are 1-15 on the season and have lost 12 straight contests following a 43-53 defeat against UNLV. Cydni Lewis scores 9.4 points per game and grabs 4.8 rebounds per contest to lead SJSU. Fieme’a Hafoka pours in 8.9 points and records 2.6 assists per game, while Danae Marques averages 6.0 points and 4.1 assists per game. Defensively, Lewis leads the team with 16 blocks, while Hafoka and Marquez each have 24 steals on the season.


Offensively, SJSU shoots 34.8 percent (347-of-996) from the field, 29.6 percent (130-of-439) from three-point range and 68.4 percent (130-of-190 from the free throw line to average 59.6 points per game. The Spartans average 12.5 assists and 18.2 turnovers per contest. Defensively SJSU opponents shoot 42.8 percent (470-of-1,098) from the field, 29.4 percent (102-of-347) from three and 68.0 percent (189-of-278) from the free throw line to average 76.9 points per game. Opponents record 18.6 assists and 17.6 turnovers each game.


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Head coach Jamie Craighead is in her sixth season at the helm of SJSU and owns a 58-112 record as the Spartan head coach. Overall, she is 109-184 in 10 years as a Division I head coach.

The Cowgirls own a 9-3 lead in the series against the Spartans and have won the last four games played between the two teams. On the road, Wyoming is 4-2 against SJSU and has won the last two games played in the Bay Area. The Cowgirls have only allowed an average of 57.3 Spartan points in the last four contests while scoring an average of 70.3 points over that same span.

The Cowgirls will return home to face league-leading Boise State for the second time this season. The game is set for Saturday, January 26 at 1 p.m. (MT).

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