Cowgirls Come Up Short in First MW Tournament Title Shot; WNIT Bid Anticipated

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LAS VEGAS -- Wyoming advanced to the women’s title game at the MW Basketball Championships this year, but the Cowgirls could not stop the Boise State domination of the championship game.

Boise won it’s third consecutive MW Title with a 68-51 victory in the title game, joining New Mexico (2003-05) as the only teams to win three consecutive MW championships.

The Cowgirls were making their first appearance ever in the title game.

“Getting here and getting beat is never fun,” said Cowgirls senior Marta Gomez. “But I think we need to stay with the fact that we actually made it here. We are the first one in Wyoming to make it. So I think

that's pretty big. And it didn't end up well for us, but I'm pretty sure that there's more of this to come.”

The Cowgirls are expected to get a bid to the WNIT.

Gomez led the Cowgirls with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting,

including 3-of-5 from deep. Gomez earned all-tournament honors after averaging 21 points per game on 62.5 percent shooting.

“I thought Boise State played as well as I've witnessed,” said Wyoming coach Joe Legerski. “I thought they were really the aggressor tonight, both offensively and defensively. Made us rush in some things that we normally take our time with. We didn't get the shots to go.”

Boise State’s junior guard Braydey Hodgins was named the 2019 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship MVP. In the tournament, Hodgins set the single-game tournament record with 37 points in the semi-final game, and averaged 23.3 points and 3 assists per game, while shooting 61.1 percent (22-of-38) from the field and 94.7 percent (18-of-19) from the free throw line.

In the championship game, Hodgins was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field for 16 points and four assists. Hodgins scored a total of 70 points in the three-game tournament run, falling just short of the all-time championship record of 78 points by Nevada’s T Moe, set in four games in the 2018 MW Women’s Basketball Championship.

The 17-point margin of victory is the largest in the tournament’s final since Utah beat BYU by 24 points (84-60) in the 2008 title game.

The Broncos knocked down 8-of-14 from 3-point range (57.1 percent), tying for the fourth-highest 3-point field-goal percentage in tournament history, most recently done by New Mexico vs. UNLV on March 7, 2012.

Hodgins and Gomez were joined on the all-tournament team by Boise State’s Marta Hermida, Fresno State’s Candice White and San Diego State’s Sophia Ramos.

Hermida scored 30 points in the semifinal win for Boise State, and averaged 14.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

In two games, White averaged 22.5 points per game and shot 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from the field.

Ramos averaged 16.7 points per game for the Aztecs in three games, including scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter of a double-digit comeback win over the No. 2 seed New Mexico Lobos.

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