Border War Basketball Is On Tap For Wyoming
The first edition of this season's basketball Border War will pit the Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls against rival Colorado State tonight.
The men's game is in Fort Collins at Moby Arena, while the women's game is in Laramie at the Arena Auditorium. Both games will start at 7 p.m.
The Cowboys are 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2007. Now the Pokes will go after their second road win in the Mountain West.
Wyoming (13-2, 2-0) has not won in Fort Collins since February 25, 2009. In fact, the Rams have won eight of the last ten games.
Senior Riley Grabau said,
"We're expecting a team (CSU) to play hard and give us everything they've got."
Colorado State (14-1, 1-1) suffered their first loss of the season in their last game at New Mexico last Saturday.
Cowboys head coach Larry Shyatt said what strikes you about the Rams is, "They play together... and then the next thing that jumps out at you is a team that shoots the ball really well."
It's the 222nd meeting in the series, in which UW holds a 129-92 edge all-time.
The Cowboys and Rams will be broadcast on KCGY (FM 95.1) at 6:30 p.m. Cowboy Talk with David Settle will follow.
Two teams that were picked to finish in the top three of the Mountain West will square off at the Arena Auditorium.
Wyoming (6-6, 1-1) is entering off last Saturday's blowout of San Jose State.
Colorado State (9-4, 1-1) got past New Mexico by six points in their last outing.
It's a match-up of the Rams size versus the Cowgirls quickness.
Senior Kaitlyn Mileto says,
"They're going to have to keep up with our pace. Marquelle Dent is fast, and Kayla (Woodward) and I can get out and run the wings... it's exciting to see how they'll match-up their big kids with our quickness."
Cowgirls head coach Joe Legerski says with eight players averaging between eight and 11 points a game, they've got great balance.
"That tells me they're getting consistency from every place on the floor. They have great size; great knowledge of how to play; we're going to have our work cut out for us."
The last meeting between these two was the triple overtime thriller Colorado State won in the MW tournament semifinals last March. The Cowgirls did beat the Rams in Laramie last season, 75-49.
Tonight is the 93rd meeting. UW leads the series 48-44, all-time.
The Cowgirls and Rams will be available live on KOWB (AM 1290) beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can also watch it through the Mountain West Network.