Cowgirl Basketball Battles In Tough 69-59 Loss Against Montana

Dec. 3, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Despite a comeback effort, the Wyoming basketball team lost by ten, 69-59, against the Montana Lady Griz on Saturday night in Laramie. The Cowgirls fall to 1-6 overall while Montana moves to 4-3 on the year.

Four Cowgirls finished the night in double-digits led by junior Chaundra Sewell. She recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kaitlyn Mileto also added 14 points, while Kayla Woodward finished her night with 12 points, while Ashley Sickles added ten points and seven rebounds. Wyoming shot 18-60 (.300) from the field and 16-20 (.800) from the charity stripe.

"One of the things I know about young teams is that you have big highs and lows throughout the game and season," said head coach Joe Legerski. "One of the things I talked with them about is competing hard each and every night. For the first 20 minutes of the game, I thought Montana was the aggressor. It seems like we wait and see how the game is going to be played. We got down 15 to 20 points and then it's too late against very good teams. We have played good teams so far on our schedule. In the second half, we challenged them at halftime to play better than what they had done. I really liked the energy we had and we cut it six then we could get into our press. We needed a few more shots, bring down more rebounds and then Montana would get a big play. We're growing as a group and we need to figure out what's going to start this team."

The Lady Griz were led by Katie Baker who recorded a game high 22 points, plus three assists and two blocked shots. Torry Hill followed with 16 points and Jordan Sullivan added nine points and a team high eight rebounds. Montana was 28-53 (.528) from the field and out rebounded Wyoming 36-34.

Kayla Woodward hit the first basket of the game to put Wyoming up 3-0 early. Montana responded with 17 straight points to give them a 17-3 advantage. A free throw shot by Woodward would end a five minute drought for the Cowgirls, which was answered by a Lady Griz 9-2 run to extend the lead back to 20, 26-6. Wyoming would reach double-figures at the 10:16 mark with a jumper by Alison Gorrell to cut the lead to 17, 28-11. The scoring went back and forth in to close out the first half as Montana took a 42-27 lead into the lockerroom.

For Wyoming, Kayla Woodward led the way with ten points, while Chaundra Sewell added five rebounds and five points. The Cowgirls shot 6-28 (.214) from the field and 5-13 (.385) from beyond the arc. Montana was led by Torry Hill with 13 points followed by Katie Baker with ten. Two players finished with five rebounds. The Lady Griz were 17-31 (.548) from the field.

In the second half, the Cowgirls came out fired up going on a 13-4 run to close the gap to six, 46-40. A three-point field goal by Kellie Cole ended a three minute drought for the Lady Griz, which started a 7-2 run for them increasing their advantage back to 11, 53-42. Wyoming continued to chip away at the deficit scoring 11 of 15 to pull within two, 55-53, with 7:27 to go in the game. Montana answered with seven straight to pull ahead 62-53. A layup from Ashley Sickles stopped the run but they were never able to overcome the Lady Griz lead. Both teams traded baskets down the stretch as Montana went on to the ten point victory, 69-69.

Wyoming will not play another game until next Saturday, Dec. 10. They will host the Maryville University Saints beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.