Cowgirls Fall Short against Boise State, 64-54

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BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 28, 2017) — The Wyoming women’s basketball (15-5 overall, 7-2 MW) suffered its second straight conference loss, 64-54, on Saturday against the Boise State Broncos (14-5, 5-4 MW).

Junior Liv Roberts led the way with a team-high 13 points and six rebounds in her 39 minutes of action. Sophomore Marta Gomez chipped in ten points followed by freshman Taylor Rusk with nine points. Redshirt sophomore Bailee Cotton brought down six boards and added six points. Wyoming shot 19-54 (.352) from the field and 10-10 (1.00) from the free throw line but committed 15 turnovers.  
“Boise State was the aggressor today. They came out and got after things, and we looked a little reserved,” head coach Joe Legerski said. “In the third quarter, we became more aggressive, started attacking the basket, moving better, made good decisions and got back into the basketball. That’s what I’m happiest about that we were down six points with a minute to go. We kept hanging around but couldn’t make enough stops. You look at the stat that Boise State had 40 points in the paint and we had to go to a zone in order to slow them down. They got ball inside and were able to score which makes it difficult because they also have two good shooters that can knock it down from three. You are put in a position where you have to do a good job on the inside and still get to the perimeter shooters. We have to get better at that, but nothing being at home next week can’t help.”

Boise State was led by sophomore Marijke Vanderschaff with 20 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Marta Hermida added 16 followed by senior Brooke Pahukoa with ten. Sophomore Joyce Harrell recorded a game-high seven rebounds. The Broncos shot 26-58 (.448) from the field, had 40 points in the paint and had 15 points off turnovers.  

The lead lingered around nine to eleven for Boise State in the third quarter as the teams combined for 16 points through the first media timeout. The Broncos would build the lead to 15, 44-29, with 3:02 on the clock. The Cowgirls closed out the quarter on a 9-0 run to cut it to six, 44-38. A quick basket by Vanderschaaf ended the scoreless stretch Boise State which was answered with a Gomez field goal to make it a six-point game, 46-40. The Broncos responded with six straight to increase the lead back to 12, 52-40. Back-to-back field goals made it a seven-point contest, 52-45, but Boise State always seemed to have an answer extending it back to a 12-point advantage, 57-45. One final push would pull Wyoming to within six, 60-54, with 45 seconds left in the game. Unfortunately, free throws would seal the ten-point win, 64-54, for the Broncos.  

The Cowgirls got off to another tough shooting night against the Broncos, going 1-7 (.143) from the field though the first media timeout. With the score 6-4, Boise State rattled off six straight points to extend the lead to eight, 12-4. A basket by Roberts ended a five minute scoreless stretch for Wyoming and finished out the quarter on a 5-2 run to make it a 14-9 contest. Free throws from Baker closed the gap to three, 14-11, which was answered with seven straight by Boise State to extend the lead back to eight, 21-13. Two straight field goals cut the deficit to three, 21-18, but the Broncos closed out the half with an 8-0 run to take a 29-18 advantage headed in to the locker room.

Rusk led the way with six points followed by junior Natalie Baker with four. Roberts finished with four rebounds. Wyoming was 6-25 (.240) from the field and 2-11 (.182) from three while committing ten turnovers. Boise State was led by Hermida with nine points followed by Vanderschaaf with eight. The Broncos shot 13-28 (.464) from the field.
The Cowgirls return home on Wednesday to host the San Diego State Aztecs. The game is set for 6:30 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.