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UW Cowgirls prep for first road game of season

Wyoming Cowgirl Allyson Fertig drives to the hoop in her team's dramatic win over Wichita State. The game was UW's final tune-up before conference play starts. (via Wyoming Cowgirls Basketball Twitter)

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will take to the road for the first time this season as they travel to face Denver on Tuesday.

Wyoming is coming off a 71–52 loss to Nebraska on Saturday. The Cowgirls and Cornhuskers battled for nearly 30 minutes Saturday, but Nebraska was able to close the game with a 23–8 run over the last 11 and a half minutes.

Malene Pedersen led the Cowgirls with a season-best 13 points in the loss, while Allyson Fertig added 11. Maren McKenna had the strongest game of her young career, scoring nine points and tallying an assist and a steal in nearly 13 minutes off the bench.

The loss also saw Fertig recorded her 100th career block, becoming the sixth Cowgirl in program history to reach the milestone.

Through two games in 2023–24, Wyoming is averaging 64.5 points per game and is shooting 90.6% from the free-throw line. Fertig leads UW, averaging 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on nearly 53% shooting. Kati Ollilainen and Pedersen are second on the squad with 9.5 points per game. Tess Barnes leads the team with four assists per contest.

Tuesday’s game will be the home opener for Denver. The Pioneers are also 1–1 on the young season and have very similar numbers to the Cowgirls. Denver is averaging roughly 65 points per game and allowing just 58 a contest. The team also shoots nearly 44% from the floor.

Emma Smith leads the Pioneers, averaging 17.5 points and four assists per game. Jojo Jones had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds in the team’s loss to Air Force, while Makayla Minett is averaging nine points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season.