Dec. 1, 2011
Behind a career high night by Alison Gorrell, the Wyoming basketball team lost by 16 points against the Creighton Bluejays, on Thursday night, in Laramie. The Cowgirls fall to 1-5 overall while Creighton moves to 4-2 on the year.
Freshman Alison Gorrell scored a career high 12 points off the bench, shooting 4-8 from the field, while adding two steals and three rebounds. Ashley Sickles recorded 11 points and eight rebounds while Kayla Woodward added ten points. Forward Chaundra Sewell finished with a game high 11 rebounds. Wyoming shot 17-56 (.304) from the field but only 15-24 (.625) from the free throw line.
"We always talk about with this young team is continuing to try and get better," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I thought there was a pivotal moment four minutes into the game when we're down 9-0. They were nervous and you have to continue to play the game. You have to make a decision are you going to fight for the next 36 minutes or put your time in. I thought we really competed. Alison Gorrell was a huge lift for us. She came in and played with some toughness and energy. Towards the end of the first half we got on a bit of a roll, made some shots and the team was excited. The game became fun again, which we have to emphasize to this group. "
The Bluejays were led by Sarah Nelson with a game high 21 points, plus eight rebounds. Taylor Johnson added 12 points followed by McKenzie Fujan with 11 points and four rebounds. Creighton shot 23-55 (.418) from the field and 12-13 (.923) from the charity stripe.
It was all Creighton to begin the game as they opened up a 9-0 lead as the Cowgirls missed their first six shots. With 15:07 on the clock a basket from Kaitlyn Mileto put Wyoming on the board. They would score the next basket to pull within five, 9-4. The Bluejays responded with eight straight to extend the lead to double-figures, 17-4. Two straight shots from Wyoming ended a four minute drought making it 17-8. A 12-3 run from the Bluejays increased their lead to 18, 29-11, with under five minutes to go in the half. The Cowgirls rallied and scored 11 unanswered to pull within seven, 29-22. Creighton scored a basket in the final minute to take a 32-22 lead into the lockerroom.
The momentum shifted to the side of the Cowgirls as they went on a 10-0 run to being the second half to tie it up at 32 all. Two free throws by Sarah Nelson ended a three minute drought for Creighton and started a 6-0 run to give them a six point advantage, 38-32. A basket from Chaundra Sewell and Brenna Freeze brought Wyoming to within two, 38-36. Unfortunately, another six straight from the Bluejays made it an eight point game, 44-36. Over the next four minute stretch the two teams played evenly as the Creighton continued to hold the lead, 49-42, with 9:22 remaining in the game. The Bluejays couldn't seemed to miss as two three-point field goals by Taylor Johnson increased the margin to 11, 55-44. The Cowgirls were able to pull within nine, 55-46, as Creighton went onto the 66-50 victory.
Wyoming continues their homestand as they welcome the Montana Lady Griz, on Saturday, Dec. 3. The game is set for 5:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.