Cowboys battle San Diego State tonight; Cowgirls back on the court Wednesday

Wyoming Athletics

The Cowboys wrap up their brief road swing on Tuesday evening clashing with the Aztecs of San Diego State inside Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif. It marks the 83rd meeting between the two schools with the series tied at 41-41.

The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan will be on the call with Steve Wolf on color.

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Fans can listen to the contest and follow stats on GoWyo.com. The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Dave Walsh and Kevin McKinney will call the action.

A Look at the Matchup
Wyoming heads to San Diego State with a 4-11 overall record and a 0-2 mark in Mountain West play. Wyoming fell to UNLV on Saturday, as the Runnin’ Rebels rallied in the second half for the 68-56 win.

The Cowboys have been defensive lately holding teams to under 70 points’ three-straight games for the first time since the first four games of last season. Wyoming has also slowed the pace of the game down, as Wyoming averaged 58 shots per game under Edwards, but have had led than 50 shots in the last three contests.

San Diego State enters the game leading the MW in three-point percentage at 38 percent. The Aztecs have hit118 threes on the season for 8.4 per game for third in the conference. SDSU is shooting 45 percent from the field for the season, while the opposition are shooting 42 percent. The Aztecs also distribute the basketball at a high rate averaging 15.5 assists per game on the season.

Each Team’s Leaders
Wyoming is led in scoring, rebounding and assists by senior Justin James. He adds 20.9 points per game to lead the MW and rank No. 29 in the nation. He also ranks third in the MW grabbing 9.5 rebounds per game. He adds 4.3 assists per night. He leads the nation in free throw attempts at 139 and ranks second in makes with 106. He also ranks third in the nation in minutes played.

Redshirt Freshman Hunter Thompson adds 12.3 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds. True freshman Trace Young adds 14 points per game through three contests. He also adds 6.8 rebounds per game. He grabbed a career-high eight rebounds at UNLV. He has hit nine three-pointers in his three games.

The Aztecs are led by Devin Watson at 15.9 points per game. He also leads the team adding 73 assists on the year, which ranks second in the MW. He leads the team with 37 three-pointers. Jalen McDaniels adds 14.7 points per game and leads SDSU grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game. Matt Mitchell adds 12.2 points per game and 3.6 rebounds. He is shooting 47 percent from the field on the season.

About The Series
Wyoming and San Diego State are tied at 41-41 in the all-time series. Both teams won games on their home floors last season.

Up Next
Wyoming returns to action on Saturday hosting Utah State in the Arena-Auditorium for a 4 p.m. start.

Cowgirls:

The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team continues its Mountain West schedule when it hosts San Diego State on Wednesday, Jan. 9, for a game scheduled to tipoff at 6:30 p.m. (MT). The Aztecs come to Laramie in search of their first conference win, but will face the nation’s top-ranked three-point shooting team, as the Cowgirls convert 43.7 percent of their shots from long distance.

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.

A LOOK AT THE COWGIRLS
The Cowgirls are 8-3 this season coming off a 90-62 win at home over UNLV. The Cowgirls are led offensively by senior forward Marta Gomez who averages 15.4 points per game while shooting among the nation’s best from three-point range, 46.3 percent (31-of-67). Senior forward Bailee Cotton averages nearly a double-double with 11.7 points per contest and pulling down a team best 8.2 rebounds per game. Cotton has also taken a team-leading seven charges this season. Junior Taylor Rusk is scoring 10.8 points per contest while adding 39 assists and only 10 turnovers, the fourth best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country. Freshman Quinn Weidemann is the nation’s top three-point shooter, making 2.2 treys per game at a 53.3 percent (24-of-45) clip. Senior guard Clara Tapia is in control of the Cowgirl offense, averaging a team-best 3.8 assists per game. Defensively, freshman guard Karla Erjavec has recorded 16 steals this season, while Cottonhas eight blocks and Gomez has six blocks.

Offensively, the Cowgirls are shooting at a 46.8 percent (305-of-652) clip from the field while shooting 43.7 percent (101-of-231) from three to lead the nation and 74.8 percent (107-of-143) from the free throw line to average 74.4 points per game. The Cowgirls average 15.6 assists and just 10.8 turnovers per game. Opponents are shooting 43.4 percent (259-of-597) from the field, 37.8 percent (68-of-180) from three and 68.2 percent (90-of-132) from the free throw line to average 61.5 points per game. Cowgirl foes average 11.1 assists and 15.9 turnovers per game.

Head coach Joe Legerski is in his 16th year at the helm of the Cowgirls, and he has compiled a 297-180 record as Wyoming’s head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE
The Aztecs are 5-7 this season and 0-1 in Mountain West play coming off a close loss to Boise State, 66-69. SDSU has four players averaging double-digit scoring: Sophia Ramos scores 15.5 points per game, Najé Murray puts in 13.4 points, Mallory Adams adds 11.7 points and Téa Adams scores 11.0 points per contest. Adams also leads the team by pulling down 8.0 rebounds per game, 2.9 of which come on the offensive glass. Ramos guides the offense and dishes out 4.7 assists per game, while Murray records 2.4 steals per contest to lead the Aztecs. Zayne Donrstauder is a presence in the paint, averaging 1.3 blocks per game.

Offensively, the Aztecs shoot 41.5 percent (289-of-696) from the field, 33.5 percent (64-of-191) from three and 69.1 percent (177-of-256) from the free throw line to average 68.3 points per game. SDSU averages 13.1 assists to 15.8 turnovers per contest. Defensively, opponents are shooting 40.4 percent (287-of-710) from the field, 32.4 percent (79-of-244) from three and 68.3 percent (142-of-208) from the free throw line to average 66.3 points per game. Opponents average 16.2 assists and 15.0 turnovers per contest against the Aztecs.

Head coach Stacie Terry is in her sixth season at San Diego State and owns a 59-93 record at the helm of the Aztecs.

SERIES HISTORY AGAINST SAN DIEGO STATE
The Cowgirls and Aztecs have met on the hardwood 56 times, and the series is split evenly, 28-28. San Diego State has won four of the last six and 10 of the last 14 games. The Cowgirls have won three of the last four in Laramie, however. Overall, Wyoming holds an 18-7 advantage here at 7,220 feet over the Aztecs. The first game in the series was played in 1991 when both teams were members of the Western Athletic Conference.

UP NEXT
The Cowgirls will travel to Logan, Utah, to face Utah State on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (MT).

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