Wyoming men’s and women’s basketball teams look get back on the right track versus Air Force

(Laramie, WY) – The Wyoming Cowboys head south to Colorado Springs to take on the Air Force Falcons on Saturday in the series opener, as the contest slated for a 2 p.m. start can be seen on the Mountain West Network. It will mark the Pokes’ third game in six days.

Fans can watch and listen to the contest, as well as follow stats on GoWyo.com. The contest will be broadcast live on radio over the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Reece Monaco will have the call with Kevin McKinney on color.

About The Teams
Wyoming is 7-4 overall and 3-4 in conference play after dropping a pair of home contest to MW front runner Boise State. Wyoming leads the conference in three-pointers made this season with 106, as that number also ranks No. 46 in the nation. Wyoming averages 9.4 threes per game to rank third in the conference. The Pokes also lead the conference at 10.2 turnovers per game, which ranks No. 13 in the nation. Wyoming ranks second in the conference scoring 78.9 points per game.

Air Force heads into the game with a 3-7 overall record and a 1-5 mark in conference play. The Falcons average 57.7 points per game for the season and allows 70.2 points per night. Air Force is shooting 45 percent from the field and are shooting 34 percent from behind the arc. Opponents are shooting 47 percent from the field. The Falcons average 16 turnovers per game for the season.

About The Players
Wyoming is led in scoring by freshman guard Marcus Williams at 17 points per game. He has scored in double-figures in every contest this season and ranks fifth in the MW in scoring. Junior Hunter Maldonado adds 14.4 points per game to rank No. 12 in the MW. He leads the teams and ranks eighth in the conference at 6.5 rebounds per game. He is also third in the MW in assists at 5.4 per game. Sophomore guard Kenny Foster adds 10 points per game for the Pokes.

Air Force is led by AJ Walker at 13.9 points per game to go along with 3.7 rebounds and has a team-high 2.7 assists per game. Chris Joyce adds 12.7 points per game for the season and adds 2.7 rebounds per game. Keaton Van Soelen adds 8.2 points per night and 3.6 rebounds. Nikc Jackson adds a team high 4.4 rebounds per game for the season.

About The Series
Wyoming leads the all-time series against the Falcons 79-40 in a series that dates back to 1958. Wyoming is 33-22 on the road against the Falcons including a 78-72 win last season on Feb. 22.

Up Next
Wyoming and Air Force will close out their season series on Monday in a 7 p.m. start on the Mountain West Network.

COWGIRLS:

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The Wyoming Cowgirls look to snap their three-game losing streak as the Cowgirls return home to host Air Force January 16 and 18, their third and fourth games in eight days. Saturday’s contest is set for 2 p.m., while Monday is a 6:30 p.m. tip-off.

Both games will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and can be heard across the 25 stations of the Cowgirl Radio Network with Keith Kelley on the call.

A LOOK AT THE COWGIRLS
After dropping a pair of contests at Boise State earlier in the week, UW sits at 4-5 overall and 2-4 in Mountain West play. BSU won game one in the series 68-61 and game two 68-62. In the game one loss,McKinley Bradshawscored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor, including going 4-of-5 from 3-point range. It marked the second consecutive game a Cowgirl scored 27 points asAlba Sanchez Ramosalso tallied 27 against Fresno State Jan. 4. Bradshaw, who came off the bench in the contest, became the first UW player to score 20-plus off the bench since February of 2020.

Bradshaw leads the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game and is shooting nearly 48 percent from the floor and leads the conference and is ninth nationally with a 53.8 percent 3-point percentage on the year. Sanchez Ramos is second on the team in scoring at 12.8 per whileDagny Davidsdottiris still leading the team with 6.3 rebounds per game.Tommi Olson’s41 assists rank third in the Mountain West and Olson also leads the team with 14 steals.

SCOUTING AIR FORCE
Air force enters the series with the Cowgirls at 3-6 overall and a 1-3 mark in conference play. The Falcons are 1-3 on the road this season and gave Boise State its only loss of the season thus far, a 76-52 victory at Air Force.

The Falcons are led by Riley Snyder’s 17.6 points per game, a mark that ranks fourth-best in the league. Briana Autrey is the other Falcon scoring in double figures this season, averaging 13.9 per contest. Autrey leads the team with 32 steals and 37 assists this season. Emily Controe leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 23 steals and three blocks. Kassady Huffman has a team-best 12 rejections in 2020-21. Air Force is averaging 66 points per game this season and allowing opponents to score 70.6. The Falcons are shooting 37.7 percent from the floor and just 28.5 percent from 3-point range.

AFA is led by sixth-year head coach Chris Gobrecht.

SERIES AGAINST AIR FORCE
The Cowgirls have dominated the series with Air Force, leading all time 53-3 and is undefeated in Laramie against the Falcons. AFA last won in the series back in 2018, winning 57-47 in Colorado Springs.

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