Feb. 2, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (17-4 overall, 6-2 MW) would overcome an early first half deficit to come away with a double-figure victory, 82-67, against the Colorado State Rams (6-14, 2-5 MW0 on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls are now on a four-game winning streak and are 10-0 in the Arena-Auditorium this season.
"This was conference basketball at its best," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought both teams raised their level of play. Colorado State came out and shot the ball extremely well and we talked to the team about fighting for each four minute segment. We closed out the half that way and went into halftime up one. In the locker room, I told the players we are winning because they played so hard and yet I don't think they realized they were up. Kayla, Kaitlyn, Chaundra all shot over 50 percent and we needed that when we got into transition. I also felt a big key in tonights game was Fallon Lewis. When she came in the game, she gave us energy off the bench and took advantage of her opportunities to score. That's what I like about this group is that they're not worried about points and rebounds."
Four Cowgirls finished the game in double-figures once again led by sophomore Kayla Woodward. She recorded 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists in her 40 minutes of play. Chaundra Sewell had 19 points and four rebounds, while Kailtyn Mileto and Fallon Lewis added 16 and 10 respectively. Wyoming shot 28-55 (.509) from the field and 9-20 (.450) from beyond the arc. They had 23 assists on 28 baskets and out rebounded the Rams 39-28.
CSU was led by Sam Martin who had a game high 30 points and seven rebounds. Hayley Thompson and Caitlin Duffy each added ten points. The Rams shot 24-56 (.429) from the field.
Colorado State stormed out early by hitting two three-pointers and a basket to gain an 8-0 advantage. A basket by Kaitlyn Mileto at the 17:30 mark finally got the Cowgirls on the board. The Rams responded by scoring five of the next eight to give them a 13-5 lead through the first media timeout. Out of the break, Wyoming tried to cut into the lead with an 8-3 run to bring them to within three, 16-13. The two teams would trade a couple of baskets until three-point field goals by Kayla Woodward and Fallon Lewis gave the Cowgirls their first lead, 22-20, with 10:23 on the clock. Colorado State answered back with six straight points to go ahead by four, 26-22. Baskets from Mileto and Woodward evened up the score at 26 all, but another four points by Colorado State made it 30-26 in favor of the Rams. The Cowgirls tied it back up with a basket and a pair of free throws from Woodward. After a basket by Alicia Nichols, Wyoming scored six straight to take their largest lead of the half, 36-32. Each team hit a basket in the final minute but with the clock winding down Mandy Makeever hit a three-point field goal to close to within one, 38-37 heading into the locker room.
Mileto led all scorers at the half for the Cowgirls with 13 followed by Woodward with nine. Fallon Lewis brought down a team high five rebounds. Wyoming shot 14-29 (.483) from the field and 6-13 (.462) from beyond the arc. Sam Martin was the high scorer for the Rams with 14, while two players each finished with four rebounds. They were 15-30 (.500) from the field and 6-10 (.600) from the three-point line.
The Cowgirls came out and scored the first five points to increase the lead to six, 43-37, to begin the second half. Hayley Thompson hit a basket for CSU to get them in the scoring column. Wyoming would come back with seven of the next nine points to put them ahead by nine, 50-41. Free throws by Mandy Makeever would stop the run, but Alison Gorrell and Woodward hit a couple of baskets extending the lead to double-figures, 54-43. Caitlin Duffy hit one of two free throws on the next possession for CSU, which was answered by a 9-5 run by the Cowgirls to give them a 14-point advantage, 63-49. A layup by Martin made it a 12 point game, 63-51. This time started by a jumper by Sewell, UW ran off six of eight points to give them their largest lead of the game, 69-53. Over the next several minutes, each team traded baskets as Wyoming continued to hold onto a double-figure advantage. The Rams would try and cut into the deficit with a run to bring them to within 11, 78-67, with 1:49 remaining in the game. The Cowgirls held them scoreless the rest of the way and scored the final four points to take the 82-67 victory.
Wyoming will have a break over the next week and won't return to action until Saturday, Feb. 9, as they host the Boise State Broncos. The game is set for 2:00 p.m. It will also be the Play 4 Kay pink game. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.