Nov. 14, 2011
DENVER, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (0-2 overall) went on the road for the first time and had a tough outing with a 74-49 loss against the Denver Pioneers (2-0 overall).
"I think this game will be a learning experience," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I just told them in the lockerroom that we have to learn from this and that's the biggest thing when you step out on the court whatever happens there is a lesson that comes from it. Now you have to go back to practice, step up your game and understand what it's like to play at the Division I level.
"We knew coming in this was going to be a challenge. You want to be able to step up and accept those. I thought Jordan (Sibrel) played well with eight rebounds. We really have to go back to work and get this group moving forward. There are going to be a lot of lessons this seasons."
Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures. Chelan Landry and Ashley Sickles each recorded 11 points, which is a career high for both. Chaundra Sewell added eight points, while Kaitlyn Mileto and Alison Gorrell chipped in seven points. Freshman Jordan Sibrel recorded a career high eight rebounds. Wyoming shot 17-48 (.354) for the field and 11-20 (.550) from the free throw line.
Denver was led by Kaetlyn Murdoch with a game high 28 points, plus five rebounds and two assists. Quincey Noonan added 13 points, while Maiya Michel finished with a team high eight rebounds. The Pioneers shot 26-50 (.520) from the field and 16-17 (.941) from the free throw line.
"I thought Chelan got off to such a great start for us and that was the only four minute segment we won. We talk about winning four minute segments and that happened at the beginning of the game. Ashley and Chaundra really battled and that's really our only experienced players on the court. Now you're asking players to step on the court maybe for the first time."
The Cowgirls got off to a quick start as they opened up a 9-4 lead, with seven of those points coming from Chelan Landry. Kaetlyn Murdoch hit a basket for the Pioneers to end the run, but a three-point shot by Ashley Sickles put them ahead by six, 12-6. Denver responded with eight straight points to take their first lead of the game 14-12. A basket by Alison Gorrell would even up the score and end a four minute scoring drought for Wyoming. Over the next couple of minutes the Pioneers went on a 5-0 run to give them a 19-14 advantage. Free throws from Alison Gorrell stopped the scoring, which was answered with 12 of 16 of the next points from DU to give them a 32-20 lead late in the first half. Wyoming would hit two baskets to close out the half but would go into the lockerroom down 36-24.
Five points by Kaitlyn Mileto to begin the second half pulled Wyoming to within nine, 38-29. Denver increased the lead back to double-figures, 47-33, with a 9-4 run. A basket from Chaundra Sewell would end the run, unfortunately the Cowgirls scored just one basket in six minutes. The Pioneers ran off 12 points over that time and went ahead 59-37. The game was never close from that point on as Denver went onto the 74-49 victory.
Wyoming will return home for a game as they welcome the Chadron State Eagles, on Thursday, Nov. 17. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.