Wyoming basketball ready for border war matchup with CSU

    Cowgirls travel to Colorado State Saturday:

    The Wyoming Cowgirls (13-5, 6-3 MW) will travel to Fort Collins to face the Colorado State Rams (8-13, 2-8 MW) in the first edition of the Border War this season. The storied rivalry is tied 50-50 all time after the teams split road victories last season.

    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 13-5 this season and 6-3 in the Mountain West coming off a 80-60 win over Air Force in the Arena-Auditorium. 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 11.3 points per contest and pulling down a team best 9.0 rebounds per game. Cotton has also taken a team-leading 13 charges this season. Junior Taylor Rusk is scoring 10.6 points per contest while adding 64 assists and only 18 turnovers, the third best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country. Freshman guard Karla Erjavec leads the team in the assist department with 67 on the year. Defensively, Erjavec has recorded 24 steals this season, while Cotton has 18 blocks.

    Offensively, the Cowgirls are shooting at a 47.0 percent (484-of-1,029) clip from the field while shooting 41.4 percent (147-of-355) from three and 73.3 percent (184-of-251) from the free throw line to average 72.2 points per game. The Cowgirls average 16.4 assists and just 11.3 turnovers per game. Opponents are shooting 42.0 percent (414-of-985) from the field, 34.5 percent (95-of-275) from three and 70.1 percent (150-of-214) from the free throw line to average 59.6 points per game. Cowgirl foes average 9.9 assists and 14.8 turnovers per game.

    Head coach Joe Legerski is in his 16th year at the helm of the Cowgirls, and he has compiled a 302-182 record as Wyoming’s head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history.

    The Rams are 8-13 this season with a 2-8 ledger in Mountain West play following a 68-57 road loss to Nevada. Colorado State is led by Lore Devos who leads the Rams in both scoring (14.0) and rebounding (5.6). She also contributes 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Mollie Mounsey joins Devos in double-digit scoring, averaging 11.5 points per game to go along with 5.1 rebounds each contest. Grace Colaivalu directs the offense with 4.8 assists per game, while scoring 5.9 points each time out on the floor. Defensively, Myanne Hamm records 1.7 steals per game, while Tatum Neubert patrols the paint with 1.2 blocks per game.


    The Rams are shooting 38.7 percent (431-of-1,113) from the field, 29.9 percent (115-of-385) from three and 75.0 percent (186-of-248) from the free throw line to average 55.4 points per contest. Colorado State records 11.3 assists and 13.4 turnovers per game. Defensively, opponents shoot 34.9 percent (448-of-1,284) from the field, 31.0 percent (170-of-549) from three and 71.8 percent (171-of-238) from the free throw line to average 58.9 points per game. Ram opponents record 13.4 assists and 13.5 turnovers per contest.

    Head coach Ryun Williams is 144-69 in six seasons in Fort Collins, and he has a 455-259 record in 20 seasons as a Division I head coach.

    The Rams and Cowgirls will meet for the 101st time on Saturday, and the series is squared away at 50-50. Wyoming picked up a win at Moby Arena last season, their first win in Fort Collins since 2013. The Cowgirls will look for their first back-to-back wins on the road against CSU since winning six straight road contests from 2006-11.


    The Cowgirls will return to the Arena-Auditorium to face Utah State on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (MT).


    Cowboys host the Rams Saturday:


    The Wyoming Cowboys will battle the Colorado State Rams in the first “Border War” contest of the season at High Noon on Saturday afternoon. The contest will be the 230th meeting between the two schools dating back to 1911.

    Tickets are available to Saturday’s game by: going online at, 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 Saturday’s contest features lower bowl $15 tickets for adults and $7 tickets for children ages 3-12. Special “Border War” shirts will also be available for students, who are encourage to arrive when gates open.

    The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet. Fans can listen to the contest and follow stats on 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 Saturday’s contest with a  5-17 overall record and a 1-8 overall mark in the conference. Wyoming hit a season-high 15 three pointers on Wednesday at Air Force. It was the most since hitting 16 against San Jose State on Feb. 17, 2018.

    The Cowboys have shot 47 percent from the field over the last four games, as that is six points higher than the season average. Wyoming also tied a season-high with 14 assists on Wednesday, as it mark back-to-back games with double-digit assists.

    The Rams head to Laramie with a 9-14 overall record and a 4-6 mark in the MW. Colorado State is second in the Mountain West averaging only 11.5 turnovers per game. The Rams are also very disciplined committing only 16.7 fouls per game on the season to lead the MW.

    Colorado State is second in the MW in field goal percentage this season at 47 percent. The Rams are shooting 35 percent from behind the arc to rank fourth in the league.

    Each Team’s Leaders
    Wyoming is led in scoring, rebounding and assists by senior guard Justin James. He leads the MW in scoring at 20 points per game, which ranks No. 45 in the nation. He grabs 8.7 rebounds per game for fifth in the MW and adds 4.4 assists per game for fifth in the league. He nearly recorded a triple-double at Air Force with 22 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

    Junior Jake Hendricks adds 12.2 points per game on the season and leads the Pokes with 41 three pointers for 3.2 per game. He returned to the lineup for the Brown and Gold at Air Force tying a career-high seven three pointers. Freshman Trace Young added 15 points at Air Force and adds 7.9 points per game.

    The Rams are led by Nico Carvacho, as the forward leads the nation in rebounds at 12.9 per game. He also adds 15.8 points per game and has 15 double-doubles to rank third in the nation. He is shooting 59 percent from the field to lead the conference. J.D. Paige adds 14.8 points per game on the season and ranks second on the team adding 60 assists.

    About The Series
    The Cowboys lead the all-time series 134-95 and hold a 77-37 record in Laramie. Wyoming won the last meeting in Fort Collins on Jan. 31, 2018 earning a 91-86 double overtime win. The 91 points were the most by the Cowboys in the series.

    Up Next
    Wyoming hits the road on Wednesday heading to Utah State for a 7 p.m. start in Logan, Utah.


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