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Red-hot Cowgirls prepare for showdown with rival Colorado State

Malene Pedersen puts up a shot in her team's win over Kansas City. (via Wyoming Cowgirls Basketball Twitter)

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming Cowgirls will put their five-game road winning streak on the line Saturday in a highly anticipated Border War matchup with rival Colorado State.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and can be heard across the Cowgirl Radio Network with David Settle on the call.

With a win on Saturday, UW (15–7, 8–3 MW) will have won six consecutive on the road games for the first time since 2019. Dating back to last season, UW has won 8 of 10 on the road in Mountain West play.

The Cowgirls are coming off a 68–54 victory Thursday in Laramie over San Jose State. Grace Ellis and Allyson Fertig were outstanding in the victory, combining for 36 points on 16-for-23 shooting, 15 rebounds, four blocks and a pair of steals. Fertig tallied her sixth double-double of the season, scoring a game-high 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds on the night. She also shone defensively, notching four blocks and a steal. Ellis, meanwhile, had 17 points and four boards, while hitting a pair of 3-pointers and tallying three assists.

UW has had a balanced offensive attack during Mountain West play thus far on the season. Four Cowgirls are averaging in double figures though the first 11 conference games and are led by Fertig’s 12.6 points and eight rebounds per contest. Fertig is shooting better than 58% from the field in league play and averages over two blocks per contest.

A trio of other Cowgirls are averaging at least 10 points per contest in conference play: Quinn Weidemann, with 10.8; Malene Pedersen, with 10.6; and Ellis, with 10.2.

Wyoming’s 46% shooting as a team over the last 11 games ranks second best in the league. The Cowgirls are averaging 66.2 points per game and holding opponents to 62.5.

Colorado State is led by the Mountain West’s top scorer, McKenna Hofschild, who is putting up 21.5 points per game for the year and 23.4 in conference play. Hofschild also leads the league with 161 assists this season and is shooting nearly 52% from the field and from beyond the arc. Hofschild is also second on the team with 21 steals this season.

Destiny Thurman is second on the Rams in both scoring and rebounding, with 14.2 points per game 5.1 rebounds per game, and a team-best 25 steals. Cailyn Crocker also averages in double figures, coming in at 11.8 points per contest. Cali Clark leads the team with 6.7 rebounds a game and 30 blocks.


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