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Wyoming Cowgirls win 5th straight to stay atop Mountain West

Posted at 11:42 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 09:31:33-04

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Wyoming Cowgirls women’s basketball team held off a late New Mexico rally to win its fifth consecutive Mountain West Conference game on Wednesday, defeating the Lobos 63-62.

Former Missoula Sentinel High School star Olivia Roberts, who won three consecutive State AA championship games with the Spartans from 2012-14, scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in the Cowgirls’ win. Roberts is averaging 13.9 points and six rebounds per game this season.

Wyoming led UNLV by as many as nine points in the third quarter, but the Lobos battled back in the fourth to make the final moments interesting. New Mexico hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer that trimmed the Cowgirls’ four-point lead to the final one-point margin.

Wyoming made 10 of 20 3-point attempts during the game, including a 4-for-4 mark from Sell Kepenc, who finished with a career-high 15 points. Roberts made two of her four 3-point attempts in the game. Natalie Baker added 11 points for the Cowgirls, while Marta Gomez scored 10 points, all in the fourth quarter.

New Mexico was led by Jaisa Nunn’s game-high 19 points.

With the win, Wyoming (19-7 overall, 12-3 conference) remained in a tie with UNLV for first place in the Mountain West standings with three games remaining in the regular season. The Cowgirls return home for a Saturday matchup with Fresno State. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.