Jan. 23, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Behind 23 points from sophomore Kayla Woodward, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (14-4 overall, 3-2 MW) earned a decisive 22-point win, 76-54, over the UNLV Lady Rebels (6-13 overall, 2-3 MW) on Wednesday night in Laramie.
"I thought two aspects really helped us out tonight. We kept our turnovers down which gave us more opportunities for possessions," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Also our transition basketball allowed us to get out and run, rebounded, found the outlet and the other players ran the floor. When your post players can get up and down the floor like Chaundra and Ashley it puts pressure on the defense. I thought we got important minutes off the bench from Brenna and Aubry. Chaundra was in foul trouble they both came in and gave us a lift both offensively and on the defensive side of the ball."
Three players finished the night in double-figures led by Woodward. She recorded her 15 double-figure scoring game of the season with 23 points while adding six assists and four rebounds. Chaundra Sewell followed with 16 points and seven rebounds while Ashley Sickles chipped in ten points and six boards. Alison Gorrell led the way with a career high eight rebounds. Wyoming shot 28-66 (424) from the field and out rebounded the Lady Rebels, 42-37. They also had 38 points in the paint and 24 points off turnovers.
"Kayla is playing the same as she always does and her numbers reflect that. She continues to get it done and not much seems to phase her. She has improved defensively, a tremendous rebounder and offensively her game has allowed her to do a number of things."
UNLV was led by Kelli Thompson with her team high 18 points and five rebounds. Rejane Verin added ten points and a team high six rebounds. They were 22-60 (367) from the field and 7-12 (.583) from beyond the arc.
Kayla Woodward scored the first five points for the Cowgirls to give them the early lead which was answered by five straight by the Lady Rebels to even it up. Chaundra Sewell scored a layup to stop the scoring and that would begin a 10-4 run by the Cowgirls to give them an eight point lead, 17-9. Danielle Miller had a layup to end a couple minute scoring drought for UNLV to make the score 17-11 with 12:32 to go in the half. Wyoming responded by scoring 13 of the next 16 points, which included 11 straight points to extend the lead to double-figures, 30-14. Kelli Thompson would hit two straight baskets for the Lady Rebels to end a four minute scoring drought and cut into the Wyoming lead, 30-19. Brenna Freeze hit one of two free throws which started a 5-0 run for the Cowgirls. Thompson hit another two baskets to pull UNLV to within 11, 35-24. The two teams played even the final minute of the half as Wyoming took a 41-29 lead into the locker room.
Ashley Sickles hit a three-point field goal out of halftime which was answered by two baskets by Moderegger and Miller to make the score 44-32. Started by a Woodward basket, the Cowgirls scored the next 10 of 14 to increase the lead to 20, 56-36, with 14:14 left in the game. Verin hit a basket for the Lady Rebels on the next possession. It was answered with six straight points by Wyoming to give them a 24-point advantage, 62-38. Over the next four minute stretch, they two teams traded scores as the Cowgirls continued to lead 69-44. Both teams would then go cold from the field as Wyoming went over four minutes and the Lady Rebels went two. UNLV hit two baskets during that time while a shot from Woodward ended the scoreless streak for UW to make it 71-48 with 3:47 left in the game. The two teams combined for 11 points down the stretch as the Cowgirls would take home the win 76-54.
The Cowgirls are on the road for the next two games. They will take on the Air Force Falcons, on Saturday, Jan. 26, and the New Mexico Lobos, on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.