Nov. 23, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Behind 24 points each from Fallon Lewis and Kayla Woodward, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-0 overall) earned a 20-point win, 84-64, over the Pepperdine Waves (2-3 overall) on Saturday night in Laramie. With the victory, head coach Joe Legerski earned his 200th career victory.
Woodward and Lewis each finished with a team high 24 points. For Lewis, it was a career high while she added seven rebounds. Senior Chelan Landry also recorded double-figures with ten points. The Cowgirls were 32-69 (.464) from the field and 10-19 (.526) from beyond the arc.
Pepperdine was led by Bria Richardson with 18 points followed by Allie Green with 15. Amanda Lovely finished with a team high six boards. They were 27-60 (.450) from the field and committed 18 turnovers.
"Tonight was a team effort," said Legerski. "Kaitlyn got in foul trouble early and Kaylee Hoffman stepped in off the bench and did a tremendous job. Chelan had big night, controlling the game and the tempo, while Jordan Sibrel probably had one of the best games of her career. I was pleased with the play of the post players. We were 25 assists on 32 baskets so we are finding the open person. Then I can't say enough about Kayla and Fallon because they took over the game. Everyone else was managing it and they were dominating the game."
It was low scoring through the first four minutes of the game as the two teams combined for six points. Wyoming would take a 4-2 advantage through the first media timeout. The Waves Allie Green hit a three-point field goal to give them a one point lead, 5-4. The Cowgirls answered with a 5-2 run to go ahead by two, 9-7, and then would increase that to seven, 16-9, through the second media timeout. A three-point shot by Richardson would end a two minute scoring drought for Pepperdine to make it 16-12. Wyoming responded with a 14-0 scoring run to give them a 30-12 advantage. The Waves hit a shot to break another long scoring drought and went on a small run to close the gap to 15, 34-19. After a free throw by Jordan Sibrel, Pepperdine inched even closer to make it a 10-point contest, 35-25 with 2:22 in the half. The Cowgirls regained their composure and outscored the Waves 10-6 in the final minutes to take a 45-31 lead into the locker room.
Out of the halftime break, it was all Kayla Woodward as she scored the first nine points for the Cowgirls to give them a 54-35 lead with 16 minutes left in the game. After a basket by Baughn got the Waves back in the scoring column, Wyoming went on an 8-4 run to make it a 21-point contest, 62-41. Pepperdine tried to chip away at the lead and scored seven of the next nine to make it 64-48. Started by a Woodward jumper, the Cowgirls went on a 9-2 run to put them up 23, 73-50. Pepperdine came back with six straight points to pull within 17, 73-56. The game and lead were never in jeopardy as Wyoming went on to the 84-64 victory.
The Cowgirls be on the road for their only game of the week. They will face the South Dakota Coyotes, on Saturday, November 30, in Vermillion. The game time is set for 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time.