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    Fresno State in Laramie Wednesday; Cowgirls hit the road

    Cowboys host Fresno State:

    The Wyoming Cowboys host the Mountain West’s top three-point shooting team on Wednesday evening in the Fresno State Bulldogs. Start time for the first meeting of the season between the two teams is slated for a 7 p.m. start.

    Tickets are available to Wednesday’s game by: going online at GoWyo.com/tickets, emailing [email protected],  calling 307-766-7220 or stopping by the UW Athletics Ticket Office on the west side of the Arena-Auditorium. A special offer for Wednesday’s contest features lower bowl $15 tickets for adults and $7 tickets for children ages 3-12. Trucker Hats will also be available for students.

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    The game will be streamed on Facebook with Kyle Huson on the call and Liv Roberts on Color. Fans can also watch, 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 into Wednesday’s game with a 5-15 overall record and a 1-6 mark in the MW. The Pokes fell at Boise State on Saturday 77-52, as Wyoming scored a season-low and recorded a season-high 24 turnovers.

    The Cowboys have 28 steals over the last three games and are averaging six steals per game on the season. Wyoming is sixth in the MW this season holding teams to 34 percent from behind the arc. Wyoming got to the free throw line 21 times on Saturday after recording a combined 39 in the previous three contests. Wyoming is second in the MW with 317 free throw attempts.

    The Bulldogs head to Laramie with a 14-5 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the league. Fresno State dropped a road contest at Colorado State on Saturday by a score of 74-65. The Bulldogs are currently tied for second in the MW with UNLV and Utah State.

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    Fresno State leads the MW and ranks No. 20 in the nation in three-point field goal defense holding the opposition to 29 percent from behind the arc. On the opposite end, Fresno State leads the league and ranks No. 21 in the nation with 9.8 three-point makes per night.

    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 19.9 points per game. He ranks fifth in the MW averaging 8.6 rebounds per game and is seventh in assists at 4.1 per game. James now has 1,752 points in his career, as he passed Charles Bradley (1,744 from 1978-81) last Wednesday for seventh in school history.

    Redshirt freshman Hunter Thompson adds 11.4 points per game and 3.7 rebounds. He had 19 points at Boise State and is shooting 50 percent from the field and 48 percent from behind the arc for the year. Freshman Trevon “TJ” Taylor adds 7.1 points per game and added 10 points at Boise State.

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    Fresno State is led in scoring by Braxton Huggins, as he ranks fourth in the MW at 18.2 points per game. He ranks third in the league at 3.1 three-pointers per game Deshon Taylor adds 16.6 points per game and has 74 assists on the season. Nate Grimes adds 9.3 rebounds per game for third in the MW and No. 36 in the nation.

    About The Series
    The Cowboys trail the all-time series with Fresno State 16-11. Both teams won road contests last season. Wyoming has won two of the last three contests, which including a four-overtime win on Feb. 4, 2017 inside the Arena-Auditorium.

    Up Next
    Wyoming will enjoy its weekend bye before heading to Air Force next Wednesday for a 7 p.m. start.

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    Cowgirls head to Fresno:

    The Wyoming Cowgirls (11-5, 4-3 MW) will travel to California for the second time in a week in order to face the Fresno State Bulldogs. Tip-off in the Save Mart Center is set for 8 p.m. (MT). The Cowgirls were in the Golden State last week, where they picked up their first road win of the season over San José State. Fresno State (13-5, 6-1 MW) is coming off a three-point win over Colorado State on Saturday.

    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 11-5 this season coming off a 64-52 win over Boise State, snapping the Broncos’ 10-game winning streak. The Cowgirls are led offensively by senior forward Marta Gomez who averages 15.3 points per game while adding 4.6 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Bailee Cotton averages nearly a double-double with 11.2 points per contest and pulling down a team best 8.8 rebounds per game. Cotton has also taken a team-leading 12 charges this season. Junior Taylor Rusk is scoring 10.5 points per contest while adding 55 assists and only 16 turnovers, the fifth best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country. Senior guard Clara Tapia leads the team in the assist department with 56 on the year. Defensively, freshman guard Karla Erjavec has recorded 22 steals this season, while Cotton has 12 blocks.

    Offensively, the Cowgirls are shooting at a 46.2 percent (427-of-925) clip from the field while shooting 40.7 percent (135-of-332) from three and 74.6 percent (167-of-224) from the free throw line to average 72.2 points per game. The Cowgirls average 15.6 assists and just 11.1 turnovers per game. Opponents are shooting 42.5 percent (364-of-857) from the field, 35.9 percent (89-of-248) from three and 71.1 percent (140-of-197) from the free throw line to average 59.8 points per game. Cowgirl foes average 10.4 assists and 15.4 turnovers per game.

    Head coach Joe Legerski is in his 16th year at the helm of the Cowgirls, and he has compiled a 300-182 record as Wyoming’s head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history.

    SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
    The Bulldogs are 13-5 on the season and sit in a tie for second place in the Mountain West with a 6-1 record following a 57-54 win over Colorado State. Candice White leads Fresno State – and the Mountain West – with 19.1 points per game. She also adds 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. Maddi Utti adds 11.4 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game, while Aly Gamez joins that duo in double-figure scoring, pouring in 11.0 points and dishing out a team-best 3.3 assists each time she steps on the hardwood. Utti protects the paint with a team-best 15 blocks, while Gamez leads the Bulldogs with 39 steals.

    Fresno State shoots 43.5 percent (487-of-1120) from the field, 33.8 percent (147-of-435) from three and 77.9 percent (176-of-226) from the free throw line to average 72.1 points per game. The Bulldogs average 16.1 assists and 14.8 turnovers per contest. Defensively, opponents are shooting 41.5 percent (422-of-1017) from the field, 32.8 percent (115-of-351) from three and 66.9 percent (158-of-236) from the charity stripe to average 62.1 points per game. Opponents average 13.5 assists and 18.8 turnovers each game.

    Head coach Jaime White is 93-57 in five years at the helm of the Bulldogs and owns a 210-185 record in 13 years overall as a Division I head coach. White was an assistant at Utah from 2001-03 with current Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski, and she joined Legerski’s first staff at Wyoming from 2004-06.

    SERIES HISTORY AGAINST FRESNO STATE
    The Bulldogs own the all-time series, 19-12, but Wyoming took the last meeting, a 74-57 decision in Laramie. The last time the squads met in Fresno, the Bulldogs earned a 60-47 win. In fact, Fresno State has won nine of the last 11 meetings between the two teams, and 11 of the 15 games since the two teams became Mountain West foes in 2012-13. Wyoming’s last win in Fresno came in 1996 when the Cowgirls picked up a 58-52 victory. Overall, the Bulldogs have won the last eight meetings in Fresno.

    UP NEXT
    The Cowgirls will have a week between games, hosting Air Force on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.

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