Cowgirls Overcome Tough Shooting To Defeat Lobos 52-50

Jan. 14, 2012

Albuquerque, N.M. -

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The Wyoming basketball team overcame a poor shooting first half to pull out the 52-50 victory over the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque. The win gives the Cowgirls their first conference win of the season and making them 5-10 overall. New Mexico drops to 6-10 overall and 0-2 in MW play.

"Chaundra answered the call in this game," said head coach Joe Legerski. "When we couldn't get a basket early in the game we made a decision needed to go through her. She made big plays on both ends of the court, nothing bigger than a three-point play and a block on the last play of the game. Brenna (Freeze) had by far her best game in front of family and friends. She was active on the glass and made a big steal in the last two minutes. This team continues to grow and with this win allows them to believe a little more."

Sewell finished with a team high 26 points and a game high 13 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Ashley Sickles added ten points and five rebounds while Kayla Woodward added six points and seven rebounds. Brenna Freeze also added a career high seven boards. Wyoming was 21-62 (.339) from the field while out rebounding the Lobos, 48-34.

The Lobos were led by Caroline Durbin who recorded a game high 29 points in her 39 minutes of play. Porche Torrance added six points and ten rebounds while Emily Stark added four points. New Mexico shot 20-55 (.364) from the field and 8-15 (.533) from the free throw line.

Both teams scored a basket in the first minute of the game and then neither one scored through the first media timeout at 14:47. A free throw from Jayme Jackson would end the scoring drought and start a 9-0 run from the Lobos to extend the lead to nine, 11-2 with 11:42 on the clock. After four opportunities at the free throw line, a basket from Kaylee Hoffman stopped an 11 minute scoreless drought for the Wyoming. Caroline Durbin hit the next basket for New Mexico and then six points of the next eight points scored by Chaundra Sewell pulled the Cowgirls to within six, 16-10. The Lobos answered with an 8-4 scoring run to increase their lead back to double-figures, 24-14. Baskets from Kaylee Hoffman and Ashley Sickles made it a six-point contest with two minutes remaining in the half. New Mexico scored three of the final five points to take a 28-20 lead into the lockerroom.

Caroline Durbin led all scorers for the half with 17, while Chaundra Sewell recorded a Wyoming high 12 points, plus seven rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 8-34 (.235) from the field and 4-10 (.400) from beyond the arc. New Mexico was 12-25 (.480) from the field and 3-7 (.429) from the free throw line.

The two teams combined for ten points through the first four minutes of the second half to make the score 33-25 in favor of the Lobos. Out of the break, the Cowgirls scored six of the next eight to chip into the lead 35-31. A three-point field goal by Caroline Durbin gave her 24 points in the game, but baskets from Ashley Sickles and two from Chaundra Sewell evened up the score at 38 all with 10:18 to go in the game. Lauren Taylor hit one of two free throws plus a basket from Durbine helped UNM regain a 41-38 lead. Kayla Woodward brought the Cowgirls to within one, 41-40, and then both teams went cold. Free throws by the Lobos put them up three with four minutes on the clock. The two teams traded a couple of baskets making it 47-46 with two minutes left in the game. A steal by Brenna Freeze stopped a New Mexico possession and a three-point play by Chaundra Sewell gave Wyoming their first lead of the game 49-47. A basket by Durbine tied it up 49-49 with 1:15 left, but on the next possession by the Cowgirls, Sewell went down and completed another three-point play after being fouled by Jayme Jackson making it 52-49. A foul by Kaylee Hoffman on Caroline Durbine hit one of two to bring UNM to within two, 52-50, with 38 seconds left in the game. After a shot clock violation by Wyoming, the Lobos had one final chance with the clock winding down. Chaundra Sewell blocked a shot by Jayme Jackson to seal the 52-50 win for the Cowgirls.

Wyoming returns back to action on Wednesday, Jan. 18, against the Air Force Falcons. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.