Jan. 28, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Cowgirl basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a convincing 20 point win, 84-64, over the Boise State Broncos on Saturday afternoon. Wyoming is now 7-12 overall and 3-3 overall while the Broncos are 11-10 overall and 2-4 in league play.
"The energy we had in the basketball game tonight was at a high level," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We shared the basketball, which was an important part of what we were doing. We also got off to a great start not only offensively but on the defensive side of the ball. We've grown as a team to be able to implement our offensive game plan along with it on the defense as well. Chaundra Sewell was just being Chaundra with a double-double. Kaitlyn and Kayla were knocking it down from the outside, along with the start Ashley gave us. To get her out on the perimeter and shoot three's and when she was going 6-9 it puts tremendous amount of pressure on people defensively."
Four Cowgirl starters finished the night in double-figures led by junior Chaundra Sewell. She recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 6-10 from the field and 7-7 from the free throw line. Kaitlyn Mileto had 16 points while Ashley Sickles and Kayla Woodward each chipped in 15 and 14 respectively. Wyoming was 31-58 (.534) from the field and 13-15 from the charity stripe, while out rebounding Boise State, 36-34.
The Broncos also had four players in double-digits led by Julia Marshall with 15 points off the bench. Kati Isham recorded 12 points, followed by Lauren Lenhardt with 11 and Nicole Brady with 10. Kinzi Poteet led the way in rebounding with seven. Boise State shot 24-62 (.387) from the field and 5-20 (.250) from the three-point line.
Boise State got off to a quick start with two baskets giving them a 4-0 lead in the early going. A three-point field goal by Ashley Sickles got the Cowgirls on the board, which was followed by a Chaundra Sewell layup to give them their first lead 5-4. The Broncos responded with five straight points to put them ahead by five, 9-4. Free throws by Sewell ended the run pulling UW to within two, 9-7. After Boise State regained a 12-7 led, the Cowgirls went on a 9-0 run to go ahead by four, 16-12. A basket by Lauren Lenhardt ended a three minute scoring drought by the Broncos to bring them to within two, 16-14, with 12:25 left in the half. Wyoming answered by scoring 9 of the next 11 points to increase their advantage to nine, 25-16. Over the next couple of minutes, the Cowgirls continued to hold the lead and build upon it going up by double-figures, 32-20. Out of the under eight media timeout, Wyoming scored six straight points to extend the lead to 18, 38-20. Free throws by Kati Isham ended the run, which was quickly answered with a basket from Ashley Sickles. Each team scored five points each to close out the half as the Cowgirls took a 45-27 lead into the lockerroom.
Kaitlyn Mileto scored the first five points out of the break for the Cowgirls to extend the lead to 50-27. A three-point basket by Julia Marshall got the Broncos on the board. Over the next four minute stretch, both teams played almost even as Wyoming took a 59-37 advantage into the first media timeout. Both teams went several minutes without scoring until a free throw by Ashley Sickles and a basket by Kayla Woodward ended it for Wyoming, while a free throw by Isham stopped it for the Broncos. With the score 68-43 in favor of the Cowgirls, they would go on an 11-0 run to increase the lead to 37, 80-43, with 5:31 remaining. Four straight free throws by Nicole Brady stopped a three minute scoring drought for the Broncos to make the score 80-47. Wyoming's lead was never in doubt as they went on to the 84-64 victory.
The Cowgirls will continue play at home this week as they host the TCU Horned Frogs, on Wednesday, February 1. The game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.