March 9, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (12-17 overall) had their season ended in the semifinals of the 2012 Mountain West Championships with a 73-55 loss against the San Diego State (24-6 overall), on Friday afternoon.
"We talk all the time about being able to play 40 minutes," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought the first half was a tremendous basketball game, up and down, both teams scoring, rebounding. We were making some free throws. In the second half, San Diego State stepped it up to a different level, specifically with Hopkins. We could not get her slowed down in transition. That became an issue for us.
"Then we missed a few free throws. You could just see the drain of a season starting to wear on this group. But I'm so proud that they ended up turning things around in January from what we were doing in November and December, and played tonight just a tremendous effort by a young team that I'm very proud of."
Wyoming was led by Chaundra Sewell with 17 points and eight rebounds. She was followed by Kayla Woodward with 13 points and five rebounds, while three others scored seven. The Cowgirls shot 18-56 (.321) from the field and 5-14 (.357) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding SDSU 34-33.
San Diego State was led by Courtney Clements with a game high 22 points and six rebounds. Chelsea Hopkins added 16 points followed by Kalena Tutt with ten. The Aztecs shot 32-57 (.561) from the field and 1-11 (.091) from beyond the arc.
Courtney Clements scored the first points of the game while two free throws from Chaundra Sewell got Wyoming on the scoreboard. The Cowgirls would take their first lead with another pair of free throws from Alison Gorrell. San Diego State would even it up at four and then scored the next eight of ten points to give them a 12-6 advantage. A three-point play by Sewell ended a small scoring drought and started a 7-2 run to pull the Cowgirls to within one, 14-13, with 11:21 left in the first half. After a basket by the Aztecs, Ashley Sickles hit a three-point field goal to tie it up at 16 all. Over the next four minute segment, the teams traded scores back and forth until San Diego State took a two point lead, 22-20, with 7:51 on the clock. They would extend their advantage with a 6-2 run to get the lead back to six, 28-22. Wyoming tried to close the gap and scored six straight points to tie the score at 28 all. Tutt gave San Diego State the two-point lead, 30-28, but a big three-point field goal by Alison Gorrell gave the Cowgirls a one point advantage, 31-30. Unfortunately, SDSU scored the final five points to close out the half and take a 35-31 lead going into the lockerroom.
Chaundra Sewell led all scorers for Wyoming with nine, while Ashley Sickles and Alison Gorrell each added seven. Three players finished with four rebounds. As a team they shot 10-28 (.357) from the field and 8-10 (.800). They also out rebounded the Aztecs 19-11. SDSU was led by Courtney Clements finished with a ten points and two rebounds. Chelsea Hopkins added six points. They shot 15-26 (.577) from the field and just 1-6 (.167) from beyond the arc.
Kaitlyn Mileto hit a high arcing three-point field goal to pull Wyoming to within one, 35-34, out of the break. San Diego State responded with four straight points to get the lead back to five, 39-34. Two straight field goals by Sewell and Woodward made it one point again, 39-38. The Aztecs stormed back with a 14-4 run to give them a double-digit lead, 53-42. Free throws by Chaundra Sewell would end the run and then a basket from Chelan Landry pulled UW to within seven, 53-46. Over the next several minutes, SDSU scored 8 of 11 to get the lead back to 12, 61-49. The Cowgirls had several opportunities at the free throw line but missed their chances. Unfortunately, the lead and the Aztecs were too much to overcome as Wyoming fell 73-55.