Feb. 1, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team won their second straight conference game with a ten point victory, 64-54, over the TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday night. Wyoming is now 8-12 overall and 4-3 in Mountain West play while the Frogs are 11-11 overall and also 4-3 in league action.
"Tonight's basketball game was about rebounding, defending and stepping up to the free throw line when we had that chance," said head coach Joe Legerski. "It was good to see the rebounding battle and that we came out on top, plus when they fouled us in the last several minutes we were 10 of 12 from the line. More importantly our defense played very well. Kayla Woodward's game tonight to have 21 points, seven rebounds but she also guarded the leading scorer for TCU. I don't like the same player to be counted on to not only score and defend but the match-ups were difficult for us tonight. Chaundra Sewell also really stepped it up. They backed off from her, let her take the shots and she responded. I'm just very pleased overall with this victory."
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by freshman Kayla Woodward. She recorded a team high 21 points plus seven rebounds in her 35 minutes of play. Chaundra Sewell recorded her second straight double-double with 20 points and a team high 11 rebounds. Chelan Landry also added nine points and two assists. Wyoming shot 19-50 (.380) from the field and 22-28 (.786) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding the Frogs, 50-35.
TCU also had two players in double-digits led by freshman guard Natalie Ventress. She had a team high 18 points followed by Whitney Williams with 11 points. Chelsea Prince finished with a team high six rebounds along with adding nine points. The Frogs shot 19-67 (.284) from the field and 7-26 (.269) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming got on the board first with an Ashley Sickles basket which was answered with a three-point field goal by the Frogs giving them a 3-2 lead. Chaundra Sewell scored the next points for the Cowgirls but TCU scored the seven straight to give them a 10-4 advantage. A jumper from Chelan Landry would end a three minute scoring drought by the Cowgirls to make it 10-6 going into the first media timeout. Out of the break, Wyoming went on an 8-2 run to regain the lead, 16-12. A basket from Natalie Ventress stopped a scoring drought for the Frogs. Over the next couple of minutes, the two teams combined for six points as the Cowgirls continued to lead, 19-17. A basket from Kayla Woodward increased the lead to 21-17, but five straight points by the Frogs gave them a one point advantage, 22-21. The scoring went back and forth with neither taking more than a one point lead for the remainder of the half as TCU took a 30-29 lead into the lockerroom.
The Cowgirls started out the second half strong as they scored the first eight points to take a seven point lead, 37-30. TCU got a basket from Ashley Colbert at the 15:29 mark to make it 37-32. Wyoming ran off the next six points to extend their lead to double-figures, 43-32. Two straight three-point baskets by Henson and Prince pulled TCU to within five, 43-38, which was answered with a Kayla Woodward basket to get the score to eight, 46-38. The Cowgirls scored the next five of seven to increase the lead to 1, 51-40, with eight minutes to go in the half. The Frogs would try and chip into that lead with a small run to get the score to 53-45. Two free throws by Chaundra Sewell gave UW a double-digit lead, 55-45, but a three-point field goal by Whitney Williams closed the gap to seven, 55-48, with 3:18 on the clock. The Cowgirls would seal the win by hitting nine of ten free throws the remainder of the way to earn the 64-54 victory.
The Cowgirls begins the second round of conference play on the road this weekend. They will face the UNLV Lady Rebels, on Saturday, Feb. 4. The game is set for 5:00 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on The Mtn. Sports Network.