FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
Despite a career high effort from sophomore Liv Roberts, the Wyoming women’s basketball team (10-10 overall, 3-7 MW) suffered a 63-42 loss against the Colorado State Rams (18-1 overall, 8-0 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Ft. Collins.
“It was a very large deficit that we were forced to overcome and I addressed that at halftime,” UW head coach Joe Legerski said. “I told the team that we’re down 19 and CSU wasn’t going to let up. We needed to step up, do a better job rebounding to create opportunities to score. In the third quarter, we shot better which allowed us to get back into the game and we were hanging in there until the five minute mark of the fourth. CSU showed its talent and strengths to push it back to a 20 point lead. We played better in the second half, we just have to find ways to get more points on the board which is our biggest challenge.”
Roberts finished with a career-high 18 points, shooting 6-of-12 (.500) from the field and 4-of-4 (1.00) from the free throw line. Senior Marquelle Dent recorded 14 points while Natalie Baker brought down a team-high 10 rebounds. The Cowgirls were 14-of-47 (.298) from the field and 9-of-10 (.900) from the charity stripe. UW committed 17 turnovers and CSU scored 12 points off those.
“We had a great night from Liv (Roberts). She shot 50 percent from the field, perfect from the line and finished with 18 points. We need a greater effort from everyone and find more consistency with our scoring.”
The Rams were led by Keyora Wharry and Ellen Nystrom with 17 points each. Alana Arias came off the bench and added 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Colorado State shot 27-of-57 (.474) from the field, outrebounded UW 33-30 and recorded 40 points in the paint.
Out of the halftime break, Wyoming went on a 12-4 run capped off by a Baker three to close the deficit to 11, 39-28 with 5:40 in the third quarter. The teams combined for nine points the remainder of the way with the Rams taking a 44-32 advantage with ten minutes to go. Dent scored the next five points for the Cowgirls to pull within nine, 46-37. CSU built the lead back to 17, 56-39, with a 10-2 run and went on to the 63-42 victory.
The Cowgirls went three and a half minutes without scoring to start the game before a field goal by Baker. Wyoming kept it close at 8-7, but the Rams scored seven of nine points to close out the frame and take a 15-9 advantage. Colorado State continued its strong play in the second quarter with a 20-7 run to take a 19-point lead, 35-16, headed into the locker room.
Roberts led way with seven points followed by Dent with four and Snodgrass with three. Baker brought down a team-high five boards. The Cowgirls were 6-of-25 (.240) from the field and 1-of-8 (.125) from beyond the arc. Colorado State was led by Nystrom with 11 points while Arias and Wharry each recorded ten. The Rams shot 16-of-31 (.516) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 18-16.
Wyoming returns home on Wednesday against the Air Force Falcons. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.