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Cowgirls face Boise State in opening round

Mar 11, 2014 - From staff reports

LAS VEGAS -- For a team built on speed, the University of Wyoming Cowgirls appear to be limping to finish line.

The Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship gets underway in Las Vegas today, and UW is coming in on a three-game losing streak.

The Cowgirls (19-10) ended up finishing fifth in the MW race. They were able to hang onto a first-round bye and played No. 4 seed Boise State (17-12) in a quarterfinal game. The story was reported by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

It's the second time in three years that UW has entered the postseason on a three-game slide. Two years ago, it dropped its final three games before upsetting TCU in a quarterfinal contest.

"We all kind of have a clean slate," UW junior forward Kayla Woodward said. "We're really determined to prove that those last three games aren't who we are.

"We've proved we can beat anybody in the conference. We really want to get those three wins this year."

UW did beat everybody in the MW at least once -- except for Utah State. The Cowgirls topped Boise State 55-47 in Laramie on Jan. 11 before losing 72-59 10 days ago in Boise.

Woodward had 18 points in that game latter game. But the Sheridan product has mirrored UW's late-season slump.

Wyoming's lead scorer has tallied just eight points total in the last two games and is 2 of 21 from the field.

The Cowgirls will need a productive tourney from her to keep playing this week in Las Vegas.

"There have been so many ups and downs this year, but I think it's all in our heads," Woodward said.

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