Feb. 13, 2013
RENO, Nev. -
It would go down to the wire as the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (19-4 overall, 8-2 MW) pulled out a 66-65 victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack (6-17, 1-9 MW) on Wednesday night in Reno.
"What a basketball game. I always talk about how difficult it is to win on the road," said head coach Legerski. "Nevada had a ton of energy and came out very aggressive to begin the game. We talk about winning four minute segments and with the score tied we found a way to make plays down the stretch. Chaundra once again led us with a double-double and made a play in the last minute that turned the game in our favor."
Four Cowgirls finished with double-figures led by senior Chaundra Sewell. She recorded her ninth double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds on the evening. Ashley Sickles finished her night with 15 points and 8 rebounds followed by Kayla Woodward with 12 points and Kaitlyn Mileto with 11. Wyoming shot 28-55 (.509) from the field and scored 46 points in the paint.
Nevada was led by Emily Burns with 16 points and eight rebounds. Chanelle Brennan added 15 points followed by Wideman with 12. The Wolf Pack shot 24-67 (.358) from the field and 10-12 (.833) from the charity stripe.
It took the two teams a couple of minutes to get going in the game as Alison Gorrell put the Cowgirls on the board first. Nevada scored the next five of seven to take their first lead of the game, 5-4. Wyoming answered with an 8-2 run to put them ahead by five, 12-7. After a basket by Julia Shelbourn, the Cowgirls scored the next nine points, including three-point field goals by Kaitlyn Mileto and Kayla Woodward, to increase the lead to double-figures, 21-9. Three baskets by the Wolf Pack ended a two minute drought for them and made the score 21-15 with nine minutes left on the half. A layup from Fallon Lewis stopped a five minute scoreless drought to make the score 23-15 through the under eight timeout. Over the next four minute stretch, both teams continued to struggle on the offensive side as they combined for six points making the score, 25-19, with 4:28 on the clock. Nevada inched even closer as they scored the next four points to pull to within two, 25-23. Ashley Sickles scored a layup which was their first since the seven minute mark. The Wolf Pack's Arielle Wideman hit a three-point field goal with under two seconds to go in the half to make it 27 all heading into the locker room.
Mileto led all scorers for Wyoming with eight followed by Alison Gorrell with six. Chaundra Sewell had a team high five rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 12-27 (.444) from the field and 3-9 (.333) from beyond the arc. Nevada was led by Emily Burns with ten points and four rebounds. The Wolf Pack shot 11-33 (.333) from the field and out rebounded UW 23-16.
The Cowgirls came out and scored the first five points to give them a 32-27 advantage. Emily Burns hit the first basket for Nevada which was answered by a layup from Chaundra Sewell making it 34-29. The two teams traded a couple of scores over the next couple of possessions until two straight baskets by Wyoming increased the lead six, 40-34. The Wolf Pack came back with a 7-2 run to pull to within one, 42-41. After a Sewell basket, a three-point field goal Danika Sharp tied it all up at 44 with 11:41 to go in the game. A score from Fallon Lewis followed by a shot by Sewell got the lead back up to four, 48-44, unfortunately a three-point play by Chanelle Brennan made the score 48-47 with 10 minutes left in the game. After a Nevada timeout, baskets by Brennan and Wideman gave them a 52-48 advantage. Finally, a three-point field goal by Kayla Woodward ended a small scoreless stretch, which was answered with another three-point play by the Wolf Pack to put the score at 55-51. Wyoming responded with four straight points to even things up at 55. Emily Burns hit one of two free throws next time down the court, but Sickles hit a basket and free throw to give them a 58-56 lead with 6:02 left in the game. Sharp hit a shot for Nevada making it 58 all followed by Woodward with two free throws out of the final media timeout to put the Cowgirls up two, 60-58. It was back to the free throw line for the Wolf Pack as Brennan evened it up again 60. A touch-pass from Sewell to Sickles with 1:06 to go put the Cowgirls ahead, 62-60, but freshman Nyasha LeSure hit two key free throws to tie up the game for the seventh time at 62-62. She would foul Sewell who would make both to give them a 64-62 advantage with 21 seconds on the clock. On the next time down the court, Wideman missed a layup which was rebounded by Mileto. She would get the ball to Woodward who hit a layup giving the Cowgirls a 66-62 lead with five seconds in the game. With the clock winding down, Danika Sharp made a last chance three but Wyoming held onto the 66-65 victory.
Wyoming will complete their road trip on Saturday, Feb. 16, against the Fresno State Bulldogs. The game is set for 3:00 p.m. MT in Fresno at Save Mart Center. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.