Dec. 15, 2011
OGDEN, Utah -
The Wyoming basketball team needed an extra five minutes to come away with the eight point victory, 76-68, over the Weber State Wildcats on Thursday afternoon in Ogden. The Cowgirls earned their third victory of the season moving to 3-6 overall, while Weber State drops to 2-9.
All five starters finished the afternoon in double-figures led by junior Chaundra Sewell. She recorded a game high 22 points along with ten rebounds and three assists. Ashley Sickles followed with a career high 18 points, plus eight rebounds, while Kaitlyn Mileto added 13 points. Sophomore Chelan Landry had 11 points and six assists, rounded out by Kayla Woodward with ten points. Wyoming was 32-56 (.571) from the field and out rebounded the Wildcats, 35-32.
"We talked about it before the game, it's easier to believe in what we're talking about when you get a win," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We need to keep getting better and win each four minute segment. In the last four minutes down seven, we hit some big shots, gained some energy, started picking things up and tied it up. Once we got to overtime you could see the confidence and getting the ball to Chaundra Sewell in a couple of places. When you look at this it was a total team effort with five players in double-figures, rebounding with ten being offensive, shot the ball 67% in the second half and did a nice job getting the ball in the paint. We did a nice job getting the ball into the big two Chaundra and Ashley. It's one thing getting the ball there but converting. Chaundra had 22 and Ashley had 18. Those are numbers why we wanted to the ball to continue and go inside."
Weber State was led by Mikell Woodfield with 18 points and eight rebounds. Caela Mohre added 12 points while Megan Patterson and Jordan Pfau each finished with 11. Amanda Hughes fell short of a double-double with 11 boards and nine points. The Wildcats shot 29-67 (.433) from the field.
Wyoming got on the board first as a Kaitlyn Mileto three-point field goal gave them an early 3-0 lead. Weber State answered would finally score with 17:32 on the clock to even it up. After a layup from Chaundra Sewell, a three-point basket by the Wildcats gave them their first lead of the game 6-5, and started a 10-2 run to extend the lead back to six, 13-7. The Cowgirls ended a two minute drought with two straight baskets to close the gap to 13-11 with 12:50 left in the first half. Weber responded with eight of the next 11 points to give them the seven point advantage, 21-14. Ashley Sickles hit a jumper with 8:16 on the close which spurred an 8-2 run by Wyoming giving them a one point lead 24-23. Unfortunately, five straight points by the Wildcats made it a five point game, 29-24. With time winding down on the shot clock, Chelan Landry hit a three-point field goal pulling UW to within two, 29-27. The Wildcats hit the final shot of the half to take a 31-27 lead into the lockerroom.
Four straight points out of the halftime break brought the Cowgirls even at 31 all. Weber State ran off the next six points to go ahead 37-31. The two teams traded baskets as the Wildcats continued to lead 41-35. Wyoming scored six of the next ten to chip in to the lead making it 45-41. A three point field goal by Laura Palmere started a small run to make the score 52-43. The Cowgirls battled back and closed the gap to three 54-51 with 7:52 remaining. With the score 56-54, a basket from Caela Mohre of Weber State ended a drought, while another basket and a couple of free throws extended the lead back to seven, 62-55. Two straight baskets by Ashley Sickles and Chaundra Sewell pulled Wyoming to within three, 62-59. Amanda Hughes hit one of two free throws to put them up four, 63-59, with 1:22 left in the game. Freshman Kayla Woodward hit a three-point field goal to bring the Cowgirls to within one, 63-62, with 1:09 on the clock. On the next Weber State possession, Ashley Sickles would steal the ball, but a shot from Kaitlyn Mileto wouldn't fall and the Cowgirls were forced to foul. Jordan Phau hit the first and missed the second with Sickles bringing down the rebound. With the clock winding down, Chelan Landry fed the ball to Woodward and she laid it up to even it at 64 all to force overtime.
Each team scored a basket early in the overtime segment making it 66-66. The Cowgirls ran off the next six straight points including four by Chaundra Sewell to give them a six point advantage, 72-66. Caela Mohre ended the Wildcat drought bringing them to within four, 72-68, with under a minute to go in the overtime period. Tough defense and free throws in the final minute sealed the 76-68 victory.
Wyoming will close out the weekend against the Idaho Vandals on Sunday, Dec. 18. The game is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. MT in Moscow, Idaho.