Feb. 11, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team had their three game winning streak snapped by the New Mexico Lobos, 60-57, on Saturday afternoon. They are now 9-13 overall and 5-4 in the Mountain West.
"I knew going into this one that it was going to be a difficult game," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We won by two down there and you know it's a possession by possession effort. New Mexico had a strong defensive game and made it difficult for us to get in our offense. This is one of those games we had chances and we kept the score where we needed to but didn't make a play when we needed to. I liked our fight when we are down 12 points with five minutes to go and we had a chance to tie the game. There is never any giving up with this team and I appreciate that. We shot the ball well but I thought the turnovers were high today."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits including junior Chaundra Sewell. She recorded 15 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 7-10 from the field. Kaitlyn Mileto also added 15 points followed by Kayla Woodward with 13 points and six rebounds. Wyoming shot 19-41 (.463) from the field and out rebouded UNM, 29-24, but committed 17 turnovers.
The Lobos were led by Caroline Durbin with 23 points in 39 minutes of play. Nikki Nelson followed with 11 points and five rebounds and Lauren Taylor with ten points. Porche Torrance had a team high six rebounds. New Mexico shot 24-53 (.453) from the field and 7-13 (.538) from beyond the arc.
The Lobos got on the board first with a three-point basket by Nikki Nelson, but Ashley Sickles answered with her own to even it up at three. Over the next stretch of play, both teams traded points to make the score 10-10. Two straight baskets by the Cowgirls gave them their first lead of the game, 14-10, but a basket by Caroline Durbin brought UNM to within two, 14-12, through the first media timeout. Out of the break, Wyoming scored four straight points to extend their lead to six, 18-12. The Lobos cut into that lead with a small run of their own to get the score to 18-16. A basket and free throw by the Cowgirls gave them a five point lead, 21-16, with 9:14 remaining in the half. Porche Torrance scored a basket to end a four minute drought for the Lobos and then both teams went cold. New Mexico went another three minutes until a basket by Jayme Jackson, while Wyoming went almost six with free throws from Kaitlyn Mileto. The Lobos responded with a 5-0 run to regain a two-point lead, 25-23, with under two minutes in the half. The Cowgirls scored the last four of five points to take a one point lead, 27-26, going into the lockerroom.
Wyoming scored first out of the break to put them up by three, 29-26, but five straight points by Caroline Durbin gave them a two point lead, 31-29, through the first media timeout. The Cowgirls tried to cut into the lead but missed three of four free throws to make the score, 33-30. New Mexico extended the lead to seven, 37-30, with 14:14 remaining in the game. A basket by Chaundra Sewell ended the run to make it a 37-32. After a three point field goal by Caroline Durbin, Wyoming scored the next four points to close to within four, 40-36. New Mexico responded with a 7-1 run to increase the lead back to double-figures, 47-37. Free throws from Kaitlyn Mileto stopped the run and then a three point field goal by Kayla Woodward closed the gap to eight, 50-42. The Lobos continued to be solid on the offensive side of the ball as the lead would grow to 12, 56-44. The Cowgirls wouldn't go away as they scored ten unanswered to pull within two, 56-54, with 1:26 remaining. Alison Gorrell made one of two free throws with under a minute to go making it a one point game, 56-55. A couple of missed opportunities and made free throws by the Lobos sealed the 60-57 victory for New Mexico.
The Cowgirls are out on the road next time out as they travel to Colorado Springs. They will face the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, beginning at 7:00 p.m.