Jan. 9, 2013
BOISE, Idaho -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (11-3 overall, 0-1 MW) suffered a conference opening loss 70-68 against the Boise State Broncos (8-6 overall, 1-0 MW) on Wednesday night in Boise.
"This is conference play," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We had to have someone step up and Kayla Woodward did that tonight with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Boise State hit a three-point field goal at the end of the game and we couldn't hit a final shot at the end. It's difficult to play on the road and you just have to win those final four minutes. We competed all night long coming back from 13 down and had a chance up four. Four of our five starters finished the night in double-figures and I'm proud of them."
Kayla Woodward finished her night with a career high 25 points and 11 rebounds, while shooting 11-23 from the field. Kaitlyn Mileto had 15 points plus a career high eight rebounds. Both Ashley Sickles and Chaundra Sewell finished the night with 13 points each. Wyoming shot 28-63 (.444) from the field and 4-15 (.267) from beyond the arc.
Boise State was led by Brandi Henton with 21 points followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Broncos shot 27-68 (.397) from the field.
Wyoming took the early lead 4-0 behind baskets from Kayla Woodward and Chaundra Sewell. Julia Marshall got the Broncos on the scoreboard with a three-point field goal. After a layup from Kaitlyn Mileto, Boise State scored the next seven straight to give them a four-point advantage, 10-6. Woodward hit a shot to end a three-minute scoring drought unfortunately BSU scored the next 10 of 12 to give them a double-figure advantage, 20-10. With the score 25-12 in favor of Boise State, Wyoming would chip away at the lead by scoring the next six straight to close the gap to seven, 25-18, with 7:34 left on the clock. Out of the media timeout, the Cowgirls went on another 7-0 run, including five points from Ashley Sickles, tied up the game at 25 all. A free throw from Brandi Henton would end a six minute scoring drought followed by a basket from Miquelle Askew put the Broncos up three 28-25. Another three-point field goal by Sickles evened up the score at 28 all. Boise State would close out the half on a 7-3 run to take a 35-31 lead into the locker room.
Sickles led all scorers for the Cowgirls with ten followed by Sewell with seven points and a team high seven rebounds. Two other players finished with six. They were 13-30 (.433) from the field and 2-9 (.222) from beyond the arc. Boise State was led by Julia Marshall with 11 points while Lauren Lenhardt had eight points and six rebounds. The Broncos were 14-31 (.452) from the field and 5-9 (.556) from beyond the arc.
Woodward made it a two-point game, 35-33, on the Cowgirls first possession to begin the second half. Boise State responded with a 7-1 run to extend the lead to eight, 42-34. The two teams struggled a bit over the next several minutes but Wyoming closed the margin to three, 42-39, with five straight points. The Broncos ran off the next 7 of 11 to give them a six point advantage, 49-43. The Cowgirls continued to battle back and started by a three-point play by Ashley Sickles would eventually tie it up at 51 all with 7:44 left in the game. Each team scored a basket next time down the court and then a three-point field goal by Henton put Boise up by three 56-53. Wyoming wouldn't give up that easily as Kaitlyn Mileto scored two baskets to give them their first lead since the first half, 57-56. After a Bronco basket, a Woodward basket and free throws by Mileto put UW ahead three, 61-58. Three straight points by Boise State evened it up with 3:30 left on the clock. The Cowgirls scored the next five of six, including another big three-point shot by Woodward. It was short lived as Derr and Hinton hit the next two shots making it 66 all with a minute to go in the game. With 30 seconds to go, Woodward scored a layup giving Wyoming a 68-66 lead. Lauren Lenhardt hit a huge three-point field goal with 20 to go putting them up 69-68. The Cowgirls had several opportunities at the end of the game and their last second shot would fall short as Boise State won the game 70-68.
Wyoming will return home to face the Nevada Wolf Pack, on Saturday, Jan. 12. The game is set for 2:00 p.m. in Laramie. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.