Dec. 16, 2012
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (8-2 overall) couldn't overcome a 14-point second half deficit as they fell to the Bowling Green Falcons (7-3 overall) by the final of 79-69 on Sunday.
"I thought the kids played with a great deal of competitiveness tonight," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We got it down to five with 30 seconds to go and you hope someone misses some free throws. Bowling Green stepped up and hit their shots and that was a difference. The first half both teams really executed. They were running their on screens and us with our motion. The 43-39 halftime score was amazing. I thought the difference in the second half is that we missed a couple of shots and had a stretch were we didn't score. We shot well from the field and the three unfortunately we came up on the short side."
Four of five starters finished the night in double-figures. Kailtyn Mileto and Kayla Woodward each finished the night with 13 points, while Ashley Sickles and Alison Gorrell added 11 points. Chaundra Sewell recorded her sixth double-figure rebounding game with ten. Wyoming shot 24-60 (.400) from the field, but only 9-30 (.300) in the second half. They were also 8-14 (.571) from beyond the arc and 13-15 (.867) from the free throw line.
Bowling Green was led by Chrissy Steffan with a game high 21 points in her 36 minutes of action. Alexis Rogers chipped in 20 points and nine rebounds. The Falcons were 26-52 (.500) from the field while out rebounding the Cowgirls 39-33.
The action was fast in furious to start the game as a basket and free throws by Kaitlyn Mileto gave Wyoming an early 4-0 lead. Alexis Rogers would get the Falcons on the board followed by a Chrissy Steffan basket to tie it up at four. Alison Gorrell hit a three to help the Cowgirls regain a 7-4 advantage, but Bowling Green answered with nine straight points to take a 13-7 lead into the first media timeout. A basket by Kayla Woodward would end a four minute scoring drought for UW. BGSU answered with four of the next six points coming from Alexis Rogers to increase the lead back to six, 17-11. Another three point basket by Woodward cut into that deficit to close the gap to three, 17-14, with 11:55 left on the clock. The Cowgirls continued to battle and four unanswered gave them their first lead of the game 18-17. A free throw by Miriam Justinger tied it up at 18 all and then the two traded the next couple of scores. With it tied up at 20 all, a three-point basket by Fallon Lewis put Wyoming up by three, 23-20 with 8:32 remaining in the half. Three straight three-point field goals by Steffan and Rogers gave the Falcons a six point lead, 31-25. Mileto would score the next four points for the Cowgirls to make it a two-point contest, 31-29. A 6-1 run by BGSU increased the lead to seven, 37-30. Lewis scored six of the Cowgirls nine to keep it close, but the Falcons would still took a 43-39 lead heading into the lockerroom.
Mileto led all scorers for Wyoming with 13 points, shooting 5-6 from the field. Lewis tied her career high with nine points, while Woodward added seven. Chaundra Sewell recorded a team high four rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 15-30 (.500) from the field. Chrissy Steffan led the way for the Falcons with 15 points, followed by Alexis Rogers with 13. She and Danielle Havel each finished with seven boards. They were 15-29 (.571) from the field and 7-10 (.700) from beyond the arc.
Bowling Green struck first out of the break with a three-point field goal by Havel to put them ahead by seven, 46-39. The Cowgirls scored the next four of six to make the score 48-43 going into the first media timeout. Chaundra Sewell scored a basket and hit a free throw on the next possession to pull them to within two, 48-46. The two teams traded scores and then the Falcons rattled off 11 straight points to give them a double-figure lead, 61-48, with 8:35 to go in the game. Finally, a basket by Alison Gorrell ended a six minute scoring drought by Wyoming. She would hit two free throws on the Cowgirls next time down the court to make it an 11-point game, 63-52. BGSU increased the lead back to 14, 68-54, by scoring five of the next seven. Wyoming tried to chip away at the deficit as a 5-1 brought them to within ten, 69-59 with four minutes left in the game. They would inch even closer by scoring 10 of the next 15, to make it a five point game, 74-69, with 44.9 seconds on the clock. Unfortunately, their comeback would fall short as the Falcons sealed the 79-69 victory with free throws.
The Cowgirls will close out the road trip on Tuesday, Dec. 18, against the Ball State Cardinals. That game is set for 5:00 p.m. MT in Muncie. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.