LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 23, 2017) --
The Wyoming women's basketball team returns to action following the break to participate in the Central Florida Thanksgiving Classic, on Saturday and Sunday. The Cowgirls will face the Northern Iowa Panthers followed by a match-up with the IUPUI Jaguars. Saturday's game is scheduled for a 10 a.m. MT start followed by a 9 a.m. start on Sunday in Orlando. Live audio and stats can be found on the GoWyo.com website.
Wyoming currently sits at 4-0 overall after a convincing 75-61 win over the Drake Bulldogs on Tuesday night. Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Liv Roberts
and junior Marta Gomez
. Roberts finished her night with 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds as did Gomez with 16 points while shooting 4-of-6 (.667) from three. Sophomore Taylor Rusk
recorded a career-high 15 points and three steals, while junior Sladjana Rakovic
chipped in ten points. Wyoming shot 27-of-60 (.450) from the field and a season-high 14-of-32 (.438) from beyond the arc. UW out rebounded Drake 32-28 and had 18 assists on 27 baskets.
Roberts is averaging a team-high 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. She is followed by Gomez who is adding 9.0 points and 2.5 boards and Rusk with 8.8 points and 3.8 assists per contest. The Cowgirls are shooting 90-of-202 (.446) from the field and 64-of-75 (.853) from the free throw line through four games.
Northern Iowa enters the weekend with a 1-2 record overall. Kennedy Kirkpatrick leas the way with 14.3 points while Megan Maahs is bringing down a team-high 14.3 rebounds while adding 11.0 points per contest. The Panthers return two starters and nine letterwinners to a squad that went 24-9 overall and 15-3 in the Missouri Valley a year ago. This will be the sixth meeting between the two schools. Wyoming leads the series 3-2. The last time the two teams met was Nov. 25, 2011 with Northern Iowa defeating the Cowgirls 60-46. UNI is coached by Tanya Warren who is in her 11th year with the program.
IUPUI is currently 3-0 overall and will play Central Florida on Saturday. Sydney Hall leads the way with 11.3 points followed by Danielle Lawrence and Holly Hoopingarner with 10.7 and 10.3 points respectively. The Jaguars return three starters and six letterwinners to a team that went 24-9 overall and 12-4 in the Horizon League a season ago. This will be the first meeting between the two schools. IUPUI is coach by Austin Parkinson who is in his eighth season with the program.