Cougars get ready to lasso Cowgirls in conference rodeo

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    By Rebekah Romney

    The Cougars will take on the Wyoming Cowgirls tonight as women”s basketball starts the second round of conference play.

    Regardless of the fact that BYU beat Wyoming (10-9) by 16 points in their first meeting this season, the Cougars know they cannot overlook a team like Wyoming at this point in the season.

    “Wyoming has a very good team with several of their key players back this season,” said head coach Jeff Judkins. “They”ll be very tough.”

    BYU beat the Cowgirls 81-65 Jan. 12 after losing to Colorado State a couple of days before the Wyoming game.

    Junior guard Erin Thorn led the Cougars that night with 23 points, sinking six three-pointers.

    Heading into tonight”s game, Thorn is confident that the team is playing at the top of its game.

    “We”re finally putting things together,” Thorn said after the team”s win against UNLV on Sat., Feb. 2.

    Thorn leads the Cougars with 19.3 points per game in the last four games. BYU holds a four-game winning streak heading into the upcoming game.

    Thursday”s game, Feb. 7, is important to the Cougars as they try and hang on to the third place seat in the conference.

    BYU will be a tough opponent for Wyoming again, as the Y is ranked number one in scoring offense, field goal percentage and three-point percentage in the conference.

    The Cougars are making 44 percent of their field goals and scoring an average of 74.6 points per game.

    “We feel we can score with the best teams in the nation,” junior forward Chanell Rose said.

    Wyoming junior forward Carrie Bacon continues to lead her team, scoring 14 points per game and collecting 6.3 boards each game.

    Wyoming junior forward Darsi Arsene is right behind Bacon with 11.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

    The Cowgirls allowed BYU to score 81 points last game, but have improved drastically since last time.

    Wyoming is now allowing teams to score an average of 66 points per game.

    “We”ve taken an about face, doing a good job defensively, but struggling with shooting the ball,” head coach Cindy Fisher said.

    Wyoming scores about 69.3 points per game, shooting 40 percent from the field and 28 percent from behind the arc.

    Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Laramie, Wyo.

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