LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming women's basketball team (15-13 overall, 10-8 MW) closed out the regular-conference season with an 11-point loss, 66-55, against the New Mexico Lobos (18-11 overall, 14-4 MW) on Friday night in Laramie.
"You never know how the emotions are going to be on senior night and that's not just your seniors, it's up and down your roster," head coach Joe Legerski said. "This team is very close as most are and sometimes you don't know what will happen when you step on the floor. For the first ten minutes, New Mexico was definitely the aggressor. They played more relaxed and shot the ball very well. In the second part of the first half, we seemed to calm down, made a run and even took the lead. Unfortunately, in the first five to seven minutes of the second half, New Mexico really came out and got after us. Their length and size created some problems."
Junior guard Marquelle Dent finished the night with a game-high 24 points along with four assists and two rebounds on the night. Senior guard Kaitlyn Mileto followed with ten points and senior forward Jordan Sibrel added seven points and six rebounds. Junior guard Jordan Kelley finished with a team-high ten rebounds. Wyoming shot 18-of-50 (.360) from the field, 3-of-14 (.214) from beyond the arc and 16-of-27 (.593) from free throw line.
New Mexico had three players in double-figures led by senior forward Antiesha Brown. She recorded 20 points and four rebounds followed by freshman guard Cherise Beynon with 15 points and a team-high six rebounds. Junior center Khadijah Shumpert added 11 points and three rebounds. The Lobos were 23-of-56 (.411) from the field and 15-of-21 (.714) from the charity stripe.
It was a rough start for the Cowgirls to begin the second half as they went 0-of-5 from the field through the first five minutes, while the Lobos increased the lead to 12, 41-29. A basket by Dent ended a 2:38 scoring drought for Wyoming, but New Mexico gained a 14-point advantage, 46-32, with 11:18 to go in the game. Two baskets by Kaylie Rader closed the gap to nine, 48-36. A free throw by Shumpert started an 8-3 run by UNM making it a 17-point game, 56-39. The Cowgirls tried to cut into the Lobo lead with six straight points to make it 56-45. Unfortunately, Wyoming couldn't overcome the deficit as it would fall by the final of 66-55.
It took both teams several minutes to get on the board as two field goals by Beynon put the Lobos up 4-0 early. A basket by Woodward started a 5-0 run by the Cowgirls to give them their first lead of the game 5-4. Beynon hit another shot followed by a Dent field goal gave Wyoming a 7-6 lead going into the first media timeout. New Mexico scored the next five points to regain an 11-7 advantage. The Cowgirls went over four minutes before a basket by Kelley ended the scoreless stretch. The Lobos responded with eight of ten points to extend the lead to eight, 19-11. Four points from the Cowgirls pulled them to within four, 19-15, but baskets by UNM increased the lead back to nine, 24-15. Kelley hit two free throws to begin a 13-2 run giving Wyoming its first lead, 28-26. Brown scored a basket to end a three-minute scoreless stretch for the Lobos and would take a 30-28 lead into the locker room.
Dent led all scorers with 12 points plus two assists. Kelley and Mileto each added six points. Wyoming was 10-of-24 (.417) from the field and 3-of-7 (.429) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls outrebounded New Mexico 19-14 and had 14 points in the paint. Beynon finished with 11 points followed by Brown with ten for the Lobos. UNM shot 13-of-30 (.433) from the field and 4-of-4 (1.00) from three.
Wyoming will be back in action on Monday to begin the 2015 Mountain West Championships in Las Vegas. The Cowgirls face the Air Force Falcons at 8 p.m. MT.