ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The Wyoming women's basketball team (7-10 overall, 2-5 MW) saw a 12-point first half lead disappear and suffered a 60-54 defeat at the hands of the New Mexico Lobos (9-10, 5-3 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.
Senior forward Kayla Woodward finished with a game-high 19 points and ten rebounds. Junior guard Marquelle Dent also added 17 points eight assists and six rebounds. Junior guard Jordan added six points and five rebounds in her effort. The Cowgirls were 21-of-57 (.368) from the field and 6-of-16 (.375) from beyond the arc. Wyoming had 22 points in the paint and 14 second chance points.
"A tough environment to play in and our team responded," head coach Joe Legerski. "We got a big lift from freshmen Liv Roberts and Natalie Baker. Both young player represented themselves very well. Kayla stepped up again tonight with a double-double. We need to regroup because we have another difficult contest on Wednesday night with Utah State."
Junior guard Bryce Owens recorded a team high 14 points for the Lobos along with six rebounds. Senior guard Antiesha Brown followed with 12 points and four assists. Forward Khadijah Shumpert added seven rebounds and nine points. New Mexico shot 23-of-60 (.383) from the field and 12-of-16 (.750) from the free throw line
In the second half, New Mexico scored six of the first eight points to make it a five-point contest, 30-25. Woodward scored the next five points for the Cowgirls to give them an eight-point advantage, 35-27. The Lobos rattled off nine straight points to take their first lead since the beginning of the game, 36-35. A basket by Woodward would end a five-minute scoreless stretch for Wyoming and started a small run to pull the score even at 39. Started by a Bryan three, New Mexico went on an 11-4 run to make it 50-43 6:17 left in the game. The Cowgirls would close the gap to four, 52-48, but Beynon hit a shot to get the score back to six, 54-48. Wyoming continued to battle and scored six of the next eight making it a two-point contest, 56-54, with one minute remaining in the game. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls comeback would fall short by the final of 60-54.
The Lobos scored quickly on their first possession to make it 2-0 early. Wyoming responded with a three by Woodward which started a 9-0 run to give the Cowgirls a 9-2 lead through the first media timeout. Out of the break, a basket by Pye ended a five-minute scoring drought for New Mexico and the Lobos closed the gap to within three, 9-6. The Cowgirls answered with nine of the next 11 points to extend the lead back to double-figures, 18-8. Over the next four minutes, the teams traded scores as Wyoming continued to maintain a double-digit lead, 24-13. Cowgirl turnovers and three straight baskets by New Mexico made it a five-point contest, 24-19. Four straight points from Wyoming to close out the half gave it a 28-19 lead headed into the locker room.
Woodward and Dent each recorded eight points followed by freshman Natalie Baker with four. Woodward also led the way with five rebounds. The Cowgirls were 10-of-27 (.370) from the field and 5-of-9 (.556) from beyond the arc. The Lobos were led by Brown with six points and two assists. Beynon added three points while Shumpert finished with a team-high six rebounds. New Mexico shot 9-of-32 (.281) from the field but outrebounded the Cowgirls 23-17.
The Cowgirls are back in action on Wednesday night against the Utah State Aggies. The game is set for 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.