Feb. 20, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (19-6 overall, 8-4 MW) lost their second straight game as they fell 57-51 to the San Diego State Aztecs (20-5 overall, 11-1 MW) on Wednesday night in Laramie. The loss snaps an 11-game home winning streak for the Cowgirls that dated back to the end of last season.
"I asked the team to give ourselves a chance in the final four minutes," said head coach Joe Legerski. "The effort that they gave makes you proud. They went out competed for 40 minutes. We got out to a tremendous start, but you know that you can't maintain that type of emotion and energy. San Diego State showed the quality team they are with coming back. After the first 12 minutes of the game, the last 28 was back and forth. It was a tremendous basketball game, neither team would give in and stars made big plays on both ends. We kept getting the ball to Chaundra down low and she kept responding. Kaitlyn also gave us a tremendous effort. We asked her to bring the ball down the court, score some points and guard the best player. We came up a little short, but I'm proud of this team and what they showed tonight."
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by senior Chaundra Sewell. She finished with a team high 21 points along with seven rebounds in her 40 minutes of play. Kaitlyn Mileto recorded 11 points followed by Ashley Sickles with seven points and a team high ten rebounds. Wyoming shot 19-54 (.352) from the field and 10-13 (.769) from the charity stripe.
San Diego State was led by Chelsea Hopkins with her 19 points and 11 rebounds. Courtney Clements finished with 22 points. The Aztecs shot 20-55 (.364) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 40-37.
Wyoming started off solid on the offensive end as they opened up an early 7-0 lead. A basket by Chelsea Hopkins with 17:22 on the clock would get the Aztecs on the board. Chaundra Sewell answered back with two straight baskets to extend the lead to 11-2 through the first media timeout. Out of the break, SDSU scored the next five straight to cut into the lead, 11-7. A three-point field goal by Fallon Lewis ended the run and Wyoming scored the next five of eight to put the lead back to six, 16-10. San Diego State responded with seven unanswered to take their first lead of the game, 17-16, with 10:50 left in the half. Courtney Clements hit another basket to increase the Aztec lead to three, 19-16, while the Cowgirls wend cold. Finally a basket from Kaitlyn Mileto would end a six minute scoring drought for Wyoming. Both teams went another couple of minutes without scoring until two free throws by Sewell helped the Cowgirls regain a 20-19 lead with 4:09 left in the half. She would go on to score the next four points to increase the Wyoming advantage to five 24-19. Started by a free throw shot by Hopkins, the Aztecs scored six of the last nine to close out the half, the Cowgirls would still take a 27-25 lead into the locker room.
Sewell led the way for the Cowgirls with ten points and six rebounds. Kaitlyn Mileto added seven points while Ashley Sickles recorded five. Wyoming shot 10-27 (.370) from the field and 3-6 (.500) from beyond the arc. Chelsea Hopkins finished with a team high 12 points for the Aztecs followed by Courtney Clements with nine. San Diego State shot 10-31 (.323) from the field.
The two teams traded the first couple of baskets until the Aztecs went on a 7-1 run to give them a six point lead, 36-30, with 16:38 to go on the clock. A basket by Kiyana Stamps increased the margin to eight for San Diego State as Wyoming went another several minutes without scoring. Alison Gorrell hit a jumper to end the scoreless stretch which was answered by another bucket by Stamps. Wyoming would score six of the next nine points to close the gap to four, 42-38, but a three-point field goal by Ahjalee Harvey got the lead back to seven, 45-38, with 9:17 left in the game. Four points from Sewell made it a one possession game, 45-42. Hopkins would hit one of two free throws and then both teams went several times down the court without scoring. Malia Nahinu hit a shot for the Aztecs to give them a six point lead, 48-42, with 3:33 left in the game. Finally, Chaundra Sewell would score a basket ending another long scoreless stretch for Wyoming. Free throws by Chelan Landry brought it to within two, 48-46, but a shot by Clements made it a four point contest, 50-46, with under a minute to play. The Cowgirls cut the lead to three a couple more times unfortunately their effort would fall short. Free throws by Stamps and Clements in the last six seconds sealed the 57-51 win for the Aztecs.
The Cowgirls will close out the weekend on the road against the UNLV Lady Rebels. The game is set for Saturday, Feb. 23, at 4:00 p.m. MT in Las Vegas. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.