LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Senior Jordan Kelley finished with a double-double to lead the Wyoming basketball team (1-0 overall) to an 81-53 victory in its home opener over the Chadron State Eagles (0-1 overall) on Sunday.
"I feel this year that most games will have a similar flow as the one today," UW head coach Joe Legerski said. "At times, we look like we are making progress and taking steps forward then at times are inexperience shows up. I felt that Skyler (Snodgrass) gave us a big lift when we seemed nervous. Chadron State was the aggressor and she came in and hit two big threes for us. After the first five minutes, we played well the remainder of the half especially on the offensive glass. Jordan (Kelley) had a solid night with 14 points and 12 rebounds in less than 30 minutes."
Kelley recorded a season-high 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cowgirls. Freshman Marta Gomez and sophomore Skyler Snodgrass each had career highs with 14 and 12 points respectively, while senior Marquelle Dent added ten points and a game-high seven assists. Wyoming shot 29-of-64 (.453) for the game, 9-of-25 (.360) from beyond the arc and a perfect 14-of-14 (1.00) from the free throw line. The Cowgirls also out rebounded Chadron State 42-27.
Chadron State was led by senior Emma Block with 15 points followed by senior Stephanie Knowles with ten points and five rebounds. The Eagles were 19-of-51 (.373) from the field and 12-of-17 (.706) from the free throw line.
Wyoming scored the first five points out of the halftime break to make it a 16-point contest, 43-27. Kayla Mathews hit a basket to stop the scoring drought for the Eagles. A 15-5 run from the Cowgirls help them build a 57-33 advantage. In the fourth quarter, UW entered with a 63-37 lead. Snodgrass hit a three which Chadron State followed with six straight points to cut into the Cowgirl lead. The game was never in jeopardy with Wyoming winning the opener 81-53.
Bailee Cotton scored the first basket of the game for the Cowgirls. The Eagles responded with seven straight points giving them a 7-2 advantage. A 9-5 run by UW made it a one point contest, 12-11 through the first media timeout. Chadron State regained a three-point lead 14-11, which was answered with a three by Gomez to tie it up at 14. The teams played even the remainder of the quarter as it was all tied up at 18. Wyoming picked it up on the offensive end in the second quarter with a 7-0 run. A basket from Mathews would end a four-minute scoring drought by the Eagles. The Cowgirls extended the lead into double-figures and took a 38-27 lead into the locker room.
Kelley led all scorers with nine points and seven rebounds. Gomez followed with eight points and Snodgrass with six. Wyoming shot 15-of-36 (.417) from the field and 5-of-15 (.333) from beyond the arc. The Eagles were led by Block with nine points and two others with six. CSC shot 11-of-24 (.458) from the field.
Wyoming will return to the court on Friday against Saint Mary's Gaels. The game is set for a 7 p.m. MT tip-off in Laramie.