LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming women's basketball team (6-7 overall, 1-2 MW) dropped a heart breaker 58-55 against the Colorado State Rams (10-4 overall, 2-1 MW) on Wednesday night in Laramie.
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits led by junior guard Marquelle Dent. She finished with a game-high 19 points along with four rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Kaitlyn Mileto recorded 13 points followed by senior forward Kayla Woodward with 10 points and 10 rebounds. For Woodward, she reached 1,500 points for her career and now has 1,508. Junior guard Jordan Kelley had a game-high 11 rebounds. Wyoming shot 14-of-51 (.275) from the field and 6-of-19 (.316) from beyond the arc.
"With tonight's game, I thought Colorado State came out with great energy early. We made several mistakes and they make you pay for that," head coach Joe Legerski said. "To be down 19 points, we had to reach down, battle back and we talked about coming out and winning four-minute segments. I thought Kaitlyn hit two big three's that got us rolling. We pulled to within one possession, two players had good looks at three and it seems right now we can't get a basket down the stretch when we need it. The team fought to the end but we still have a great deal of work to do. Down three with 26 seconds to go, we had the play we talked about but not everyone was on the same page and didn't get a shot off. That is about as disappointing as anything."
Forward Elin Gustavsson led the way for the Rams with a team-high 11 points followed by Hanne Mestdagh with nine. Four other players finished the night with eight points. Senior guard Gritt Ryder recorded a team-high seven rebounds. Colorado State shot 23-of-60 (.383) from the field and 7-of-19 (.368) from beyond the arc, while outrebounding Wyoming 40-39.
Wyoming opened up the second half scoring six of the first eight to close the gap to six, 51-35. The Rams responded with two straight baskets to take the lead back to ten, 45-35, through the first media timeout. A basket and free throws made it a six-point contest, 45-39 unfortunately Colorado State scored four of six to make it 49-41. The Cowgirls responded with four straight to make it, 49-45, while both teams struggled from the field. A basket by Gustavsson ended a four-minute drought by the Rams, which two field goals by Dent and Woodward pulled the Cowgirls to within one, 51-50. Two field goals and a pair of free throws put CSU ahead by seven, 57-50, with 1:05 on the clock. Wyoming continued to battle with free shots to make it a two-point contest, 57-55. Patrick hit one of two and the lead was still one possession with 28 seconds to go. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls had trouble getting a shot off and would fall 58-55.
A steal and basket by Dent got the Cowgirls on the board first. Colorado State responded with ten unanswered to pull ahead 10-2. A three-point field goal by Woodward ended a three-minute scoring drought for Wyoming. Out of the first media timeout, the Cowgirls pulled to within four, 12-8, but a 12-0 run from the Rams extended the lead to double-figures, 24-8. Free throws by Dent stopped the scoreless stretch and got the Cowgirls to ten points. Over the next five minutes, Wyoming hit four free throws as Colorado State increased the lead to 31-14. Finally, a three-point play by Rader ended a ten minute field goal drought by the Cowgirls which would start an 11-0 run to pull them to within seven, 31-24. Two straight field goals by Arias put the Rams lead back to double-digits, 35-24. The teams played even the remainder of the half as Colorado State took a 39-29 lead into the locker room.
Dent led the all Wyoming scorers with nine points followed by Mileto with eight and Rader with five. Kelley finished the half with a team-high six rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 8-of-25 (.320) from the field and 4-of-10 (.400) from beyond the arc. The Rams were led by Mestdagh with nine points while Ryder added eight. CSU was 15-of-31 (.484) from the field and 7-of-13 (.538) from three.
The Cowgirls head back out on the road for the next two MW contests. They will face the Boise State Broncos on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT at Taco Bell Arena followed by a match-up with the San Diego State Aztecs on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT in San Diego.