Feb. 9, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Behind a double-double from Chaundra Sewell, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (18-4 overall, 7-2 MW) earned a decisive 17-point win, 77-60, over the Boise State Broncos (10-12, 3-6 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls are now on a five-game winning streak and are 11-0 in the Arena-Auditorium this season.
"With today's game, I thought what we always talk about in practice came true. You never know when you will be called upon in a game and when you have to contribute," said head coach Joe Legerski. "The second unit led by Aubry, Chelan and Brenna really came out played well and extended minutes. We put them in for various reasons and stayed with them because of their production."
Sewell completed her day with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while shooting 9-13 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. Ashley Sickles had a solid outing with 14 points followed by Kayla Woodward and Alison Gorrell with 13 and 10 points respectively. Wyoming was 29-58 (.500) from the field and 4-11 (.364) from beyond the arc. They also out rebounded the Broncos, 40-29 and had 40 points in the paint.
Boise State was led by Lauren Lenhardt with 19 points and eight rebounds in her 34 minutes of play. Brandi Henton chipped in 15 points followed by Erica Martinez with 11. The Broncos were 24-55 (.426) from the field and recorded 17 turnovers.
The Broncos scored the five points to begin the game off field goals from Erica Martinez and Brandi Henton. Ashley Sickles would get the Cowgirls on the board, but Boise State scored the next four of six to go ahead by five, 9-4. Wyoming would respond with a 10-2 run, including five points from Kayla Woodward, to take their first lead of the game, 14-11. A three-point field goal by Lauren Lenhardt would even things up on the next possession for the Broncos. Alison Gorrell hit one of two free throws which would start a small scoring run for the Cowgirls to put them ahead by three, 19-16, with 12:16 left in the first half. A field goal by Miquelle Askew would start a 4-1 run by Boise State to tie up the score at 20 all. A basket by Sickles got the Cowgirls back on track as they scored the next 17 points over the next five minutes to extend their advantage to 17, 37-20. Finally a basket by Lenhardt stopped the scoreless stretch for the Broncos. Wyoming hit a basket the next time down the court and then went cold as Boise State rallied. They would score the final nine points of the half but the Cowgirls would still take a 39-31 lead into the locker room.
Woodward led all scorers for Wyoming with 11 points, while Sickles and Sewell followed with eight. Alison Gorrell finished with five rebounds. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 14-27 (.519) from the field and 4-7 (.571) from beyond the arc. Boise State was led by Lauren Lenhardt with 11 points and two rebounds. They were 13-32 (.408) from the field.
A basket by Woodward to begin the second half would end the long scoring drought for Wyoming. Over the next four minute stretch, the two teams traded scores back and forth as the Cowgirls maintained a 51-42 lead through the first media timeout. They would increase that lead to 15, 61-46, with a 10-4 scoring run with 10:36 remaining in the game. Both teams went several minutes until a basket by Chaundra Sewell stopped the drought for UW. A three-point shot by Martinez ended a six minute scoring slump for the Broncos to make it a 14-point game, 63-49. The Cowgirls got the lead back up to 17, 68-51, by scoring five of the next seven with four minutes remaining in the game. The lead was never in jeopardy as the team combined for 18 points in the last stretch with Wyoming taking the 17-point win, 77-60.
Wyoming will be on the road for the next two games beginning on Wednesday. They will face the Nevada Wolf Pack, on Wednesday, February 13, and the Fresno State Bulldogs, on Saturday, February 16. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.