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    Cowboys travel to Boise State this weekend; Cowgirls host the Broncos

    Cowboys at Boise State:

    The Wyoming Cowboys hit the road on Saturday for matinee matchup with Boise State inside Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. It is the second meeting between the two teams this season with Boise State winning the Mountain West opener in Laramie 69-55.

    The game will be streamed by Stadium on Facebook. 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.

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    A Look at the Matchup
    Wyoming heads into the contest with 5-14 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the MW. The Pokes earned a 59-46 win over San Jose State on Wednesday evening. It was the lowest points allowed under head coach Allen Edwards and the fewest since San Diego State’s 43 points in the MW Championship in 2015.

    The Pokes have recorded 10 steals in back-to-back games and have forced 35 turnovers over the last two games. Wyoming has also added double-digit assists in back-to-back games after recording 14 (tying season high) against San Jose State and 10 against New Mexico. Wyoming is shooting 35 percent from behind the arc for fourth in the conference.

    The Broncos head into Saturday’s game with an 8-11 overall record and a 3-3 mark in MW play. Boise State has dropped three-straight games including falling at Air Force on Tuesday by a score of 74-60. Boise State opened MW play 3-0 including a win over the Pokes in the MW opener on Jan. 2.

    Boise State is one of the top shooting teams in the MW at 46 percent, which ranks fourth in the league. The Broncos are also shooting 33 percent from behind the arc and average 7.2 triples per game. Boise State is holding opponents to 67.2 points per game for fourth in the conference.

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    Each Team’s Leaders
    Wyoming is lead in scoring, rebounding and assists by senior guard Justin James. The second-highest active career scorer in the MW leads the league at 20.5 points per game. He ranks fourth in the MW averaging 8.7 rebounds per game and is seventh in assists at 4.1 per game. James now has 1,745 points in his career, as he passed Charles Bradley (1,744 from 1978-81) for seventh in school history.

    Redshirt freshman Hunter Thompson adds 11.4 points per game on the season along with 3.6 rebounds. He is shooting 48 percent from behind the arc this season going 29-of-60. Freshman Trevon “TJ” Taylor adds seven points per game and averages 25.2 minutes per game.

    The Broncos are led in scoring by Justinian Jessup at 12.8 points per game. He has 50 three pointers on the season for fourth in the MW. He also adds 4.3 rebounds per game and has a team-high 46 assists. Alex Hobbs adds 11.1 points per game and is shooting 93 percent from the free throw line. Derrick Alston adds 10.9 points per game. He is scoring 15.5 points per game in six conference games.

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    About The Series
    The Cowboys and Broncos will battle for the advantage in the all-time series on Saturday, as it is currently tied at 14-14. Boise State won in Laramie on Jan. 2 by a score of 69-55. Wyoming is 4-8 in Boise since the series started in 1979.

    Up Next
    Wyoming returns home on Wednesday hosting Fresno State in the Arena-Auditorium for a 7 p.m. start.

     

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    Cowgirls host Boise State:

    The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball returns to the friendly confines of the Arena-Auditorium to face Boise State, the team atop the Mountain West Standings, in a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Broncos claimed the first matchup of the season in Boise, and are on a 10-game winning streak. The Cowgirls picked up their first road win of the season, downing San José State on Wednesday, 70-56.

    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 10-5 this season coming off a 70-56 road win over San José State. The Cowgirls are led offensively by senior forward Marta Gomez who averages 15.3 points per game while adding 4.7 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Bailee Cotton averages nearly a double-double with 11.0 points per contest and pulling down a team best 8.9 rebounds per game. Cotton has also taken a team-leading 10 charges this season. Junior Taylor Rusk is scoring 10.8 points per contest while adding 52 assists and only 13 turnovers, the second best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country. Senior guard Clara Tapia leads the team in the assist department with 54 on the year. Defensively, freshman guard Karla Erjavec has recorded 20 steals this season, while Cotton has 11 blocks.

    Offensively, the Cowgirls are shooting at a 46.4 percent (407-of-877) clip from the field while shooting 41.1 percent (132-of-321) from three and 74.1 percent (146-of-197) from the free throw line to average 72.8 points per game. The Cowgirls average 16.0 assists and just 11.1 turnovers per game. Opponents are shooting 42.9 percent (342-of-797) from the field, 37.3 percent (87-of-233) from three and 70.5 percent (134-of-190) from the free throw line to average 60.3 points per game. Cowgirl foes average 10.5 assists and 15.5 turnovers per game.

    Head coach Joe Legerski is in his 16th year at the helm of the Cowgirls, and he has compiled a 299-182 record as Wyoming’s head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history.

    SCOUTING BOISE STATE
    The Broncos are 15-2 on the season, and in the midst of a 10-game winning streak after toppling Air Force, 79-48. BSU is led offensively by Riley Lupfer, the MW Preseason Player of the Year, who scores 12.1 points per game with 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. Braydey Hodgins scores 10.4 points, while pulling down 3.4 boards an averging 2.1 assists per game. A’Shanti Coleman joins them in double-figure scoring with 10.3 points per game and adds a team-best 20 blocks and 27 steals. Joyce Harrell leads the broncos on the glass with 6.1 rebounds a night to go along with 7.6 points.

    Offensively, BSU shoots 45.7 percent (500-of-1,093) from the field, 38.0 percent (148-of-389) from three and 68.4 percent (160-of-234) from the free throw line to average 76.9 points per game. The Broncos average 17.1 assists and 14.9 turnovers per game. Defensively, opponents shoot 38.6 percent (385-of-994) from the field, 31.3 percent (94-of-304) from three and 70.4 percent (207-of-294) from the free throw line to average 62.9 points per game. Opponents average 19.1 turnovers and 10.8 assists.

    Head coach Gordy Presnell is 258-169 in 14 seasons at Boise State. Overall, he is 654-296 in 32 years as a Division I head coach.

    SERIES HISTORY AGAINST BOISE STATE
    The Cowgirls and Broncos enter their eighth season as conference rivals, and the teams are an even 7-7 during their tenure in the Mountain West. Overall, Boise State holds an 11-10 lead in the series that dates back to 1989. Last season, Wyoming picked up its first ever win in Boise with a 66-51 victory over the Broncos. However, Boise State took the game in Laramie, 67-63. The Broncos took the first of two games this season, a 72-64 decision.

    UP NEXT
    The Cowgirls will travel to Fresno, Calif., to face the Fresno State Bulldogs on Wednesday, Jan. 30, with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m. (MT).

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