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Bronco ladies win classic in Laramie to secure regular season crown

NCAA Basketball: Boise State at Wyoming Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Gordy Presnell’s hoops squad was picked first in the MWC in the preseason polls, but didn’t look like a championship caliber team in the early going. A funny thing happened though as 2017 turned into 2018 and the Bronco gals found their footing—they started to win, and moments ago, they won their most important game of the year to take the regular season MWC crown. There was a ton of parity in the conference this year and the Broncos found themselves in 3rd place a bit more than a week ago, but losses at the top gave the resurgent Broncos a chance to clinch the title with a win tonight in Laramie. Spoiler alert: they won.

The Cowgirls locked down the Broncos three-point specialist Riley Lupfer, but that strategy left Braydey Hodgins unperturbed, allowing her to drop a career-best 24 points, including three vital 3-pointers that tied up the game after Wyoming looked like they were set to run away with things. Clutch free-throws down the stretch sealed the victory (67-63) in Wyoming, in a game the Broncos led for just 11 minutes. Like their male counterparts, they won by hitting the boards...+24(!) on the night. It’s the first regular season MWC title for the Bronco ladies (they won the conference tourney last season) and comes just two weeks after the swimming and diving team brought the MWC title home to Boise. Girls rule, am I right?