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Cowgirls prepare for showdown against ranked Creighton

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

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Cowgirls will return to action on Sunday after a week-long hiatus. The team will host No. 21 Creighton at 1 p.m., with the Cowgirls coming off a 78–62 loss last Sunday at Oklahoma State.

UW is looking to bounce back from last week’s road loss as they continue their non-conference slate. Wyoming has a pair of familiar faces at the top of the team in scoring: Allyson Fertig and Malene Pedersen, who are averaging 12.1 and 11 points per game, respectively. Fertig also leads the team in rebounding with 6.1 per game and is shooting 57% from the field. She also has a team-best 11 blocks.

Pedersen, meanwhile, leads the Cowgirls with 17 free throws and is second on the team with seven steals and third with 15 assists.

Emily Mellema leads the Cowgirls with 20 assists and 10 steals.

Off the bench, Marta Savic leads the Cowgirl reserves, averaging 7.4 points and five rebounds per game. Savic is shooting a team-high 61.5% from the field, and in her last three games is averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds a contest while shooting 76.2% from the floor.

In the game against OSU, Marena McKenna came off the bench and scored a game- and career-high 15 points while going 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

Through seven games in 2023–24, Wyoming is averaging 68.1 points per game and is shooting 45.3%.

The 21st-ranked Bluejays are potent offensively, averaging 77.6 points per game on the young season. Creighton is shooting just under 45% from the floor overall and 36.5% from 3-point range. Despite having no player over 6-foot-1 in height, Creighton is averaging over 39 rebounds a game and is out-rebounding its opponents by over six boards per contest.

The Bluejays have had hot starts to the beginning of halves this season, outscoring opponents by nearly eight points in the first quarter of games and over seven points in the third quarter. Sunday will be just the second true road game this season for Creighton.

CU has a trio of high-octane scorers this season. Lauren Jensen leads the team averaging 18.1 points per game, while Emma Ronsiek and Morgan Maly are averaging 16.4 and 16.3 points per game, respectively. Ronsiek leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per contest and is shooting nearly 48% from 3-point range and 46% from the floor.

Morgan, meanwhile, has a team-best 18 made 3-pointers. Molly Mogensen is averaging a team-high 4.3 assists per game. Mallory Brake leads the team with 12 blocks and 12 steals this season.