Jan. 21, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
Despite 23 points from Kayla Woodward, the Wyoming basketball team lost a heartbreaker 62-58 against the Colorado State Rams, on Saturday afternoon in Ft. Collins. Wyoming is now 6-11 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West.
"We talked about the number of opportunities we had today," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Free throws are one thing and it could be a game changer, but that's not the only thing. We have the ball at the end of the first half CSU creates a turnover and gets two free throws plus the lead. There is more than one play or phase of the game to give us chances in this close of a game."
Woodward led all scorers for the day with 23 points plus six rebounds. She was followed by Chaundra Sewell with ten points and a team high seven rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 21-45 (.467) from the field and 7-9 (.778) from beyond the arc while out rebouding the Rams 33-27.
"I'm pleased with the play of Kayla and how she has put together back to back games. She had 28 against Air Force and 23 tonight, and was our offense tonight. She played all 40 minutes and I'm happy with her on the offensive side of the ball."
The Rams were led by Kim Mestdagh with 21 points and five rebounds. Sam Martin chipped in 12 points and six rebounds and Hayley Thompson added nine points. CSU shot 25-56 (.446) from the field.
Colorado State got it going early as they scored the first couple of baskets to give them a 4-0 lead. The Cowgirls finally got on the board with a Chaundra Sewell layup with 16:30 on the clock. Kim Mestdagh hit a three-point field goal to give the Rams a 7-2 lead heading into the first media timeout. The two combined for eight points over the next couple of minutes as CSU continued to lead 11-6. The Rams would then score four unanswered to increase their lead to nine, 15-6. Wyoming would end the run with a three-point field goal by Kaylee Hoffman and a layup from Kayla Woodward made it a four point game, 15-11. Kim Mestdagh scored the next four points to pull the Rams ahead by eight, 19-11, with 8:15 on the clock. The Cowgirls answered with seven straight points by freshman Kayla Woodward to even it up at 19 all. A basket from Kelly Hartig stopped a six minute drought for Colorado State giving them a 21-19 lead. Despite scoring the final four of six points, Wyoming went into the lockerrom down, 25-23.
Kayla Woodward led all scorers at halftime with 14 points and four rebounds. The Cowgirls were 9-24 (.375) from the field and 3-5 (.600) from beyond the arc. Colorado State was led by Kim Mestdagh with 13 points and four rebounds. CSU shot 10-24 (.417) from the field and 4-6 (.667) from the free throw line. Wyoming out rebounded the Rams 18-12.
Wyoming tied it at 27 through the first couple of minutes of the second half, but CSU scored five straight points to give them a 32-27 advantage. The Cowgirls scored four of the next seven points to pull them to within of two, 35-33. The Rams answered with a 6-1 run to extend the lead back to seven, 41-34. A three-point field goal by Kaitlyn Mileto ended the run and made it a four point game, 41-37. CSU responded by scoring eight of ten to extend the lead to double-figures, 49-39. Five straight points by Brenna Freeze pulled Wyoming to within seven, 51-44, with 8:31 remaining in the game. A basket by Hayley Thompson made the score 53-44, which was answered with a 6-2 run to get it to four points, 55-51, for UW. Five points from Kim Mestdagh stopped the momentum giving the Rams a seven point lead 58-51 with 4:35 remaining. Wyoming would inch closer by going on another 6-2 run to bring them to within three, 60-57. The Cowgirls would have several opportunities at the free throw but struggled going 1-6 to close out the game. They had one final opportunity and turned the ball over as they lost by the final of 62-58.
The Cowgirls return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 24 as they face the San Diego State Aztecs. The game is set for 8:30 p.m. MT in San Diego and will be broadcast on The Mtn. Sports Network.