LARAMIE, Wyo. (Feb. 1, 2017) — Five Cowgirls led by junior Liv Roberts finished the night in double-digits to help the Wyoming women’s basketball (16-5 overall, 8-2 MW) snap a two-game losing streak on Wednesday night with an 80-67 victory over San Diego State Aztecs (8-12, 3-6 MW).
Roberts led the way with a game-high 24 points while shooting 11-15 from the field in 34 minutes of action. Junior Natalie Baker recorded 14 points and a game-high nine boards followed by senior Hailey Ligocki with 12 points. Sophomore Clara Tapia recorded her first double-double of her career with ten points and a career-high ten assists while sophomore Marta Gomez also finished with ten points. The Cowgirls shot a season-high 33-50 (.660) from the field and 7-17 (.412) from beyond the arc plus out rebounded the Aztecs, 32-18. Wyoming finished with a season-high 50 points in the paint, 22 assists and 15 bench points.
“It was nice to be back home, but more importantly we saw a little confidence come back to this team,” head coachJoe Legerski said. “No matter how well we’ve been playing when you lose a couple of games it rocks your confidence. To see the amount of people that scored in double-digits I was happy with that because that’s who we are. Everyone shooting the basketball and stepping up to the plate. I was happy for Clara (Tapia). She had a tough start to this game, made some corrections and to get a double-double with points and assists you don’t see very often. Defensively, San Diego State creates issues for you and a tough match up at times. They switched a lot of things and we needed to have the patience before we got the ball inside. I thought one of the keys was getting 50 points in the paint. It was difficult, hard fought game but I was pleased with the way we responded.”
San Diego State was led by junior McKynzie Fort with 18 points in 33 minutes of action. Junior Khalia Lark recorded 16 points and a team-high five boards while senior Kymberly Ellison chipped in 12 points. The Aztecs shot 26-56 (.464) from the field and 1-114 (.786) from the free throw line.
The Cowgirls pushed the lead to 16, 49-33, with a 6-2 run out of the break. A couple of baskets brought the Aztecs to within 12, 49-37, with seven minutes on the clock. Wyoming outscored San Diego State 16-11 in the quarter to take a 65-48 advantage after three. It was slow going in the first several minutes of the fourth as UW continued to maintain a significant lead. With the scored 69-52 in favor of the Cowgirls, SDSU scored two straight baskets to cut it to 13. Five straight points extended the Wyoming lead back to 18, 74-56, with 3:39 remaining. Two straight baskets closed the deficit to 74-61 and then the Cowgirls pulled ahead by 17, 80-63. The Aztecs held UW scoreless the final 1:23, but Wyoming would come away with the 80-67 win.
San Diego State scored the first two baskets of the game, but the Cowgirls answered with a 10-2 run to pull ahead by four, 10-6. The Aztecs responded with five of the next seven points to make it 12-11 through the first media timeout. The teams combined or 12 points the remainder of the quarter with Wyoming taking a 19-16 lead. San Diego State regained the lead 25-24 with 7:20 left in the second period. The Cowgirls responded with a 19-6 run including the last nine unanswered to take a 43-31 lead headed in to the locker room.
Roberts led the way for the Cowgirls with ten points followed by Ligocki with nine. Baker finished with five rebounds along with seven points. Wyoming shot 17-27 (.630) from the field and 6-12 (.500) from beyond the arc plus out rebounded San Diego State, 18-7. The Aztecs were led by Lark and Ellison with eight each. SDSU shot 12-26 (.462) from the field and 5-6 (.833) from the free throw line.
Wyoming will continue its homestand on Saturday against the Air Force Falcons. The game time is set for 2 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.