LOGAN, Utah -
Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits leading the Wyoming women's basketball team (15-12 overall, 10-7 MW) to a 61-57 win over the Utah State Aggies (8-21 overall, 5-12 MW) on Tuesday night in Logan.
"This group continues to play with confidence and finding ways to win," head coach Joe Legerski said. "Jordan Kelley's three was a big shot that gave us a five-point cushion that we needed. What this team has learned is to make the easy play to get victories and you never know who will be called upon to make a big play. Kayla continues to have an impact in every game with adding another double-double to her career totals."
Senior Kayla Woodward recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the night. Marquelle Dent and Jordan Kelley each added 12 points each while Liv Roberts recorded a career high ten points. Wyoming shot 23-of-59 (.390) from the field, 5-of-18 (.278) from beyond the arc and 16 second chance points.
Utah State was led by Funda Nakkasolgu with 23 points followed by Tijana Djukic with ten points. Elise Nelson finished with a team-high nine rebounds. The Aggies shot 22-of-63 (.349) from the field and outrebounded Wyoming 47-38.
It was a struggle out of the halftime break as the teams shot a combined 2-of-11 as the Cowgirls extended the lead to five, 33-28. Nakkasoglu hit a shot to finally get the Aggies in the scoring column at the 15:48 mark. Wyoming scored six of the next eight points making it 39-32, unfortunately Utah State battled back with five straight points to pull within two, 39-37. Out of a timeout, a huge three by Kelley got the lead back to five, 42-37, which they would increase to seven, 46-39. The Aggies went on an 8-2 run to make it a one-point game, 48-47. Two big three-point field goals by Roberts helped the Cowgirls build a 55-48 advantage with 4:48 to go in the game. Field goals by Vaaulu closed the gap to three, 55-52. Wyoming had a couple of chances from the free throw line to increase its advantage, but one by Sibrel made it a 56-52. After the Aggies got the score to 56-54, Kelley hit another three to go ahead by five, 59-54, with 32.3 seconds to go. Next time down the court, Nakkasoglu hit a basket and free throw with 25.4 left in the game making it a two-point game, 59-57. Woodward hit free throws and the Cowgirls would hold onto a 61-57 victory.
Utah State came out quickly to begin the game and took an early 5-0 lead. Baskets by Dent and Woodward got the Cowgirls in the scoring column as they struggled going 2-of-10 from the field through the first media timeout. After a three by Nakkasoglu, Wyoming scored five straight to take its first lead, 9-8. The Aggies responded with a small run to regain a 12-9 advantage. Started by a basket by Kaylie Rader, the Cowgirls scored 10 of 11 to take a 19-13 lead. Porter hit a shot to end a five-minute drought by Utah State and began an 8-0 run to make it 21-19. A three-point play by Roberts stopped the run and a Cowgirl scoreless stretch to put them up by one, 22-21. On the next possession, the Aggies went ahead 23-22, but Wyoming scored 7 of 12 to take a one-point advantage into the locker room.
Dent led all scorers in the first half with ten followed by Woodward with seven points and Kelley with four. Woodward led the way with six rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 12-of-32 (.375) from the field, 2-of-10 (.200) from beyond the arc and scored 18 points in the paint. Utah State was led by Nakkasoglu with six points and six assists. Clark added five points while Nelson finished with six rebounds. The Aggies shot 11-of-33 (.333) from the field and outrebounded Wyoming, 28-17.
Wyoming closes out the regular season on Friday against the New Mexico Lobos. The game is set to begin at 7p.m. MT in Laramie.