Dec. 8, 2012
BOZEMAN, Mont. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (7-1 overall) would overcome a six-point halftime deficit to defeat the Montana State Bobcats (6-2 overall) by eight points, 68-60, on Saturday afternoon in Bozeman.
"This was a very difficult road swing for us. I thought the last six minutes of the first half Montana State was in control and outscored us 16-4 heading into halftime," said head coach Joe Legerski. "I told them at the break that we needed to refocus. We looked tired, which coming off a big win on Thursday, and coming off a quick turnaround you may expect. Thought in the second half, the players really found a time to focus in. We shot 50 percent from the field, four players in double-figures and defensively with rebounding and some big plays. Chaundra had another double-double and is just leading this group."
Four of five starters finished the night in double-figures led by Chaundra Sewell. She recorded her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while shooting 6-11 from the field and 4-6 from the charity stripe. Kaitlyn Mileto followed with 15 points and five boards, while Ashley Sickles and Kayla Woodward added 14 and 12 respectively. Wyoming shot 24-54 (.444) from the field and 13-18 (.722) from the free throw line. They out rebounded the Bobcats 40-34 and had 32 points in the paint.
Montana State was led by Ashley Brumwell with a game high 23 points along with five rebounds in her 33 minutes of play. Latisha Adams added 11 points and four steals, while Kalli Durham finished with eight points. The Bobcats were 23-62 (.371) from the field and 10-13 (.769) from the free throw line.
Two free throws from Sewell put Wyoming on the board first. Montana State responded with four straight points by Rachel Semansky to give them a 4-2 advantage. A basket by Mileto evened it up at four all but the Bobcats extended the lead back to six, 10-4, with a 6-0 run. Alison Gorrell would finally hit a shot to stop the run making it 10-6 through the first media break. Out of the timeout, Jasmine Holmes would hit one of two free throws to make it a five point lead, 11-6. The Cowgirls responded by running off nine straight started by a basket from Sewell to help Wyoming go ahead by four, 15-11, with 12:14 remaining in the half. Baskets from Ashley Brumwell and Kalli Durham ended a four minute scoring drought for MSU and gave the lead back to the Bobcats, 16-15. A three-point play by Sewell quickly gave the Cowgirls the lead back and started a 9-2 run to increase their advantage to eight, 26-18. Montana State would chip away at the deficit and scored nine unanswered to regain a one point lead, 27-26 with 5:04 on the clock. A three-point field goal by Kayla Woodward stopped the run and a four minute scoring drought for the Cowgirls to put them back up two, 29-27. It would be short lived as a three-point shot by Rachel Carter started another 9-0 run by Montana State to give them their largest lead of the half, 36-29. A free throw in the final seconds of the half by UW made it a 36-30 lead for the Bobcats heading into the locker room.
The Cowgirls would close the gap through the first four minutes of the second half as they scored six of eight to make it a two point game, 38-36. Kalli Durham hit a basket for the Bobcats to give them a four point advantage, 40-36, but baskets by Sickles and Sewell tied the score up at 40 all. Both teams went a little cold from the field until free throws by Jasmine Thomas put MSU back up two, 42-40. Wyoming answered with six straight points including a big three-point field goal by Mileto to give the Cowgirls a 46-42 lead. On the next possession, Brumwell hit a basket to make it a two point contest, which was answered with a 7-0 Wyoming run, including five points from Mileto, to give the Cowgirls their largest lead of the game, 53-44. Montana State continued to battle hard as a free throw from Brumwell and a three-point play by Latisha Adams closed the gap to five, 53-48, with 4:35 left in the game. Over the next two minutes, the teams traded a couple of baskets as Wyoming continued to maintain a 57-52 lead. After turnovers by each team, Sewell would create a steal that led to a Kayla Woodward three-point field goal giving the Cowgirls an eight point lead, 60-52, with 2:27 remaining in the game. The Bobcats hit a jumper making it a two possession game. Next time down the court, a missed jumper and missed free throw would result in two key rebounds for Woodward. She would get fouled and hit both free throws again to make it 62-54. With under a minute to go, the teams traded baskets and free throws as Wyoming hit their last four straight to hold on to earn the 68-60 win.
Wyoming returns home for one contest next week. They will host the Weber State Wildcats, on Friday, Dec. 14. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.