Jan. 30, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
Behind a strong shooting second half, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (16-4 overall, 5-2 MW) defeated the New Mexico Lobos (10-9 overall, 2-4 MW) by the final of 72-54 in Albuquerque on Wednesday night.
"It was a tremendous effort tonight by a number of players," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Chaundra, Kayla and Kaitlyn had huge games. In a game of this magnitude you need a team to find a way to win. We had big plays by several players. Our bench gave us a big lift tonight with 12 points."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by sophomore Kayla Woodward. She finished with a game high 20 points along with seven rebounds. Kaitlyn Mileto followed up her career high night with 18 points and two assists, while Chaundra Sewell recorded her seventh double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Wyoming would shoot 26-64 (.406) for the game and 15-30 in the second half. They out rebounded the Lobos, 50-35, and had 17 points off turnovers.
New Mexico was led by Deeva Vaughn with 13 points and seven rebounds. She was followed by Sara Halasz with 12 points and six rebounds. They shot 24-67 (.358) from the field and 2-8 (.250) from beyond the arc.
The two teams combined for six points in the first minute of the game and then went cold. Finally a basket from Aubry Boehme evened it up at four all through the first media timeout. Kayla Woodward hit a shot to give the Cowgirls their first lead of the game, 6-4. Antiesha Brown scored on the next possession for New Mexico to tie the score and then each team traded baskets over the next several minutes as it remained eight all with 13 minutes remaining in the half. Out of the break, the Lobos scored four of the next five to give them a 12-9 advantage. Started by two free throws by Chaundra Sewell, Wyoming would go on a 7-2 run to give them the lead back 16-14. Sara Halasz would hit a couple of free throws to end a three minute drought for the Lobos followed by a three-point field by Deeva Vaughn gave UNM a 19-16 lead. The Cowgirls would respond by scoring the next 13 straight to give them a double-figure lead, 29-19. The Lobos would score three points in the final minute, but Wyoming still took a 29-22 lead into the locker room.
Sewell led all scorers with 11 points and seven rebounds. Kayla Woodward followed seven points while Chelan Landry added four. Wyoming shot 11-34 (.324) from the field and out rebounded the Lobos 29-16. New Mexico was led by Sara Halasz with seven points while Antiesha Brown recorded six. They were 9-32 (.281) from the field.
The scoring was back and forth through the first couple minutes of the second half as the Cowgirls continued to lead 34-28. A three-point play by Mileto and basket by Sewell extended the lead back to nine, 39-30, with 15:57 left in the game. After a UNM timeout, Caroline Durbin hit a three to cut into the lead, 39-33. Wyoming responded with a 5-0 to give them a double-figure advantage, 44-33. Shumpert scored for the Lobos the next time down the court, but the Cowgirls scored 9 of the next 13 making the score 53-37 with 11 minutes left in the game. New Mexico continued to battle back as they scored six straight to cut into the lead, 53-43. An Ashley Sickles basket and free throws from Mileto would end the Wyoming scoring drought to make it 57-43. The Lobos would come back with a 9-3 run pull to within eight, 60-52, with 5:35 remaining. Fallon Lewis hit a basket and a pair of free throws to stop the run and put the Cowgirls up 64-52 with 4:06 on the clock. The two teams combined for ten points in the final minutes of the game as they defeated the Lobos 72-54.
Wyoming will begin a two-game home stretch on Saturday, Feb. 2, as they host the Colorado State Rams. The game is set to tip at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.