DES MOINES, Iowa (Nov. 27, 2016) — Despite a season-high 17 points from junior Liv Roberts, the Wyoming basketball team (4-2 overall) dropped its contest, 63-50, against the Drake Bulldogs (2-2 overall) on Sunday afternoon.
Roberts finished her night with a team-leading 17 points along with five rebounds. She was 7-14 (.500) from the field and added three steals and two assists. Sophomore guard Clara Tapia recorded 13 points and four rebounds while junior Natalie Baker ended her night with eight points. Wyoming shot 19-of-44 (.432) from the field and 8-of-21 (.381) from beyond the arc.
“I talked with the team about the game down the stretch and we missed some open looks, went one of four from the free throw line and turned the ball over,” head coach Joe Legerski said. “Once again, I think that’s the inexperience of our team, but we played as well as we could have defensively. We held Drake 20 points below its average so we did what we needed to. We know that we are challenged on the scoring end but to miss easy things like free throws, untimely turnovers and we are right there in a four point ball game. We had some great looks at the basket, the ball just didn’t fall.”
Drake was led by senior Lizzy Wendell who had a game-high 18 points plus seven steals and five assists. Sophomore Sammie Bachrodt added 11 points while sophomore Nicole Miller and senior Cortni Rush had five rebounds each. The Bulldogs shot 25-of-52 (.481) from the field and 10-of-24 (.417) from three.
Out of the break, Drake increased the lead to 11, 42-31, with an 11-6 run. Roberts scored the next five of six points to cut the deficit to five, 42-37. The Bulldogs scored the next five of seven to take a 47-39 lead headed in to the final ten minutes. Started by a layup by Tapia, the Cowgirls rallied back with a 10-3 run to make it a one point contest, 50-49. Unfortunately, Wyoming would score just one point in the final 5:41 to lose by 13, 63-50.
Two early three-point field goals got the Cowgirls on the board giving them a 6-2 advantage to begin the game. Drake responded with a basket to make it 6-5 through the first media timeout. The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game at 8-6, but a three from Tapia put Wyoming up 9-8. An 8-3 run to close out the quarter made it 16-12 in favor of Drake. After a basket by Tucker, the Bulldogs ran off nine straight points to extend the lead to 11, 25-14. The Cowgirls battled back with a 9-0 run to pull within two, 25-23, with 1:52 left in the second quarter. Drake scored the final six of eight to take a 31-25 lead in to the locker room.
Roberts finished the half with a team-high ten points while recorded three boards and steals. Tapia added six points while Baker recorded five. Wyoming shot 10-of-20 (.500) from the field but committed 12 turnovers. The Bulldogs were led by Wendell with ten points along with three rebounds and three assists. Drake shot 11-of-27 (.481) from the field and out rebounded UW 16-10.
The Cowgirls will return to action on Friday against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. The game is set for a 6:30 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.