March 6, 2013
FT. COLLINS, Colo. -
Behind Chaundra Sewell's 11th double-double of the season, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (23-6 overall, 12-4 MW) won their final regular season game, 65-51, over the Colorado State Rams (10-18 overall, 6-9 MW) on Wednesday night.
"Once again, it was a great team effort," said head coach Joe Legerski. "When you win 23 games, it is about a team. We have had a number of players step up each and every night. Chaundra Sewell came up big with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Knowing that she had a double-double at half, we challenged her to match the first half performance. Ashley and Kayla played consistently and we had a number of players off the bench to help in this victory."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by Sewell. She recorded 22 points and a career high 17 rebounds while shooting 9-15 from the field and 4-6 from the charity stripe. Kayla Woodward followed with 13 points and six rebounds along with Ashley Sickles with ten points. They shot 26-51 (.426) from the field and out rebounded the Rams, 46-26.
Colorado State was led by Meghan Heimstra with a game high 32 points and seven blocked shots. Taylor Varsho came off the bench and scored six points while two other players finished with four. Sam Martin led the way with seven rebounds. The Rams shot 19-51 (.373) from the field and 4-18 (.222) from beyond the arc.
Ashley Sickles got the Cowgirls in the scoring column first with 18:47 and 17:08 on the clock to give Wyoming a 4-0 lead. Chaundra Sewell scored a layup to give them a 6-0 advantage through the first media timeout. Baskets by Woodward and Sewell would extend the Cowgirl lead to 12-0 as the Rams struggled from the field. They were 0-10 from the field through the first eight minutes. Megan Heimstra finally got the Rams on the board with 11:32, but Wyoming answered with an 8-2 run to extend the lead to 21-4. Heimstra hit a three-point field goal to score all seven points for the Rams. They would go on a little run to cut into that lead, 24-12. Sewell would end a few minute drought for the Cowgirls and despite being outscored 11-6 the rest of the half they took a 32-23 lead into the locker room.
Sewell led all scorers for the Cowgirls with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kayla Woodward followed with seven points and Chelan Landry with five. Wyoming shot 14-37 (.378) from the field and out rebounded the Rams 26-15. Megan Heimstra finished with 11 points for the Rams. They were 10-26 (.385) from the field.
Wyoming extended the lead back to double-figures, 37-23, with a 5-0 run to begin the second half. Three points by Heimstra and a free throw by Varsho closed it to a ten point contest, 37-27. The Cowgirls responded with seven of the next nine points to make it a 15-point lead, 44-29. A pair of free throws by Heimstra stopped the run and them the two teams traded baskets as Wyoming continued to hold onto the lead, 50-34, with ten minutes left in the game. The Rams would heat up and the Cowgirls would cool down offensively. CSU scored the next 11 of 13 to make it a seven point contest, 52-45, with 5:29 left in the game. A basket by Alison Gorrell would end a six minute field goal drought for Wyoming to get the lead back to nine, 54-45. It went back and forth over the next couple of possessions until six straight extended the lead back to 14, 63-49, with a 1:23 to go in the game. Each team scored two points each as the Cowgirls held onto the 65-51 win.
The Cowgirls will now wait for who they will face in next week's Reese's Mountain West Championships. They are set to play on Thursday, March 14, at 8:30 p.m.