Jan. 16, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (13-3 overall, 2-1 MW) remained undefeated at home as they earned a 78-71 win over the Fresno State Bulldogs (10-6 overall, 2-1 MW) on Wednesday night in Laramie. Senior Chaundra Sewell reached 1,000 points for her career and now has 1,015 which is 18th all-time in school history.
"Hard fought 40 minute contest tonight, every possession mattered and the pressure was constant," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We needed to value the basketball, making plays and I thought what Ashley and Chaundra were able to do tonight was tremendous. We got the ball inside to them when we needed to, shot a little better than 60 percent from the field and more importantly they were 19-20 from the free throw line. To step up and make those pressure shots throughout the game, I credit the whole team. We were aggressive trying to get to the foul line and the players answered. Defensively it was closed up to one point and we made enough shots and did what we needed to do on the defensive side of the ball. It's an enjoyable win as a coach because they laid it on the line."
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Sewell. She recorded her six double-double of the year with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while shooting 5-9 from the field and 14-14 from the free throw line. Ashley Sickles recorded a season high 21 points, while adding eight rebounds in her 38 minutes of action. Kayla Woodward finished with 12 points and Kaitlyn Mileto chipped in 11. As a team, they shot 24-53 (.453) from the field and 25-27 (.926) from the free throw line. They out rebounded the Bulldogs, 37-20, and had 21 second chance points.
Fresno State was led by Ki-Ki Moore with 18 points, while Taylor Thompson followed with 15 points. Jacinta Vandenberg recorded a team high four rebounds. The Bulldogs were 29-56 (.518) from the field and 7-14 (.500) from beyond the arc.
After Fresno State got on the board first, two straight baskets by Ashley Sickles gave Wyoming a 4-2 advantage. Alex Sheedy tied it up on the next Bulldog possession but Kayla Woodward hit a three to make it 7-4. FSU answered with a 9-2 scoring run to give them a 13-9 advantage. Over the next three minute stretch, the Cowgirls scored eight unanswered to help them regain a 17-13 lead. A three-point play by Vandenberg pulled the Bulldogs to within one, 17-16, which was answered by a three-point field goal by Woodward. That basket would start a 10-2 run for the Cowgirls to increase the lead to double-figures 30-20 with 5:57 remaining in the half. The Bulldogs would close the gap with six straight points to make it a four point game, 30-26. Chaundra Sewell hit the next two baskets for Wyoming to give them an eight point lead, 34-26. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs scored five unanswered to close out of the half, but the Cowgirls still took a 34-31 lead into the locker room.
Wyoming was led by Sewell with ten points and four rebounds. Woodward and Mileto each chipped in eight points. The Cowgirls shot 14-33 (.424) from the field and out rebounded Fresno State 17-11. The Bulldogs were led by Alex Sheedy and Ki-Ki Moore with seven. Several players finished with two rebounds. FSU shot 13-23 (.565) from the field.
Gorrell and Sickles hit two baskets out of the break to increase the lead back to seven, 38-31, which was answered with four points by Fresno State to make it a three-point game, 38-35. Started by a Mileto three-point field goal, Wyoming scored seven of the next nine to put them ahead by eight, 45-37. After a basket by Sheedy, a basket by Sickles and free throws from Sewell made it a double-figure contest, 49-39. Free throws and a pair of baskets by the Bulldogs would bring them to within four, 49-45, with 12:49 on the clock. A basket from Sewell stopped the run but Fresno State scored six unanswered to close it to one, 51-50. The Cowgirls responded by scoring the next 8 of 11 to give them a six point lead 59-53. A basket by Moore started a 7-2 run by Fresno State to close the gap to one, 61-60, with 2:57 left in the game. Next time down the court, Sickles would hit one of two free throws to give the Cowgirls a two point advantage, 62-60. After a missed layup and foul by the Bulldogs, Wyoming went down and created foul shot opportunities as Sewell hit four straight free throws to make it 66-60 with 1:43 left in the game. Over the next 30-second stretch six points by the Cowgirls made it a 12-point game, 72-60, with 1:01 to go. A layup by Bree Farley stopped the run and a small run would close the gap to seven, 75-68. Wyoming kept their composure as Chelan Landry hit three of four free throws as they held onto the seven point win, 78-71.
Wyoming will return to MW play on the road this weekend. They will face the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, Jan. 19. The game is set for 3:00 p.m. MT. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.