Dec. 18, 2012
MUNCIE, Ind. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (9-2 overall) needed free throws at the end to earn the 64-61 victory over the Ball State Cardinals (3-9 overall) on Tuesday night in Muncie.
"The team really stepped up in the second half and found a way to come away with a victory," said head coach Joe Legerski. "Fallon Lewis gave us a big lift in the second half and Kayla Woodward was tremendous again. The toughness this team shows is evident with Alison Gorrell. She made two big free throws in the last 30 seconds and had a difficult match up on the defensive end. Happy Holidays to all the Cowgirl fans."
Four Cowgirls finished the evening in double-digits led by sophomore Kayla Woodward. She had 16 points and seven rebounds, while shooting 7-10 (.700) from the field. Fallon Lewis had a career high 14 points off the bench while Chaundra Sewell and Kailtyn Mileto each added 12 points. Wyoming shot 22-49 (.449) from the field, including 11-21 (.524) in the second half. They were 9-21 (.429) from beyond the arc and had 13 points off turnovers.
Ball State was led by Katie Murphy with 16 points and six rebounds, while Shelbie Justice added 15 points and five assists. The Cardinals were 23-58 (.397) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 36-32.
Wyoming got on the board first with a three-point field goal by Kayla Woodward. The Cardinals came back with two straight baskets by Katie Murphy gave them their first lead of the game, 4-3. They would extend their advantage to five, 9-4, with a 5-2 run through the first media timeout. Out of the break, the Cowgirls scored seven unanswered started by a basket by Woodward to help them regain a 12-9 advantage. Wyoming continued to maintain a lead over the next three minute stretch until a three point field goal by Shelbie Justice gave Ball State an 18-17 lead. Both teams went cold as a basket by Chaundra Sewell ended a five minute drought for Wyoming and free throws by Justice ended a four minute cold spot for the Cardinals. With the score 20-19 in favor of Ball State, Chelan Landry scored six of the next ten points to put the Cowgirls ahead by one, 25-24. Ball State answered with a 5-2 run to close out the half and take a 29-27 lead going into the locker room.
Kaitlyn Mileto led the Cowgirls in scoring with eight points followed by Kayla Woodward with seven. Sewell finished with five rebounds. They were 11-28 (.393) from the field and 5-12 (.417) from beyond the arc. The Cardinals were led by Shelbie Justice with 14 while Katie Murphy added 12. Ball State was 12-30 (.400) from the field and out rebounded the Cowgirls 19-17.
In the second half, the Cowgirls came out and went on an 11-1 run including a three-point play by Sewell to give Wyoming an eight point lead, 38-30. Two free throws by Nathalie Fontaine ended a three minute drought for the Cardinals and started a 7-3 run by BSU to close the gap to four, 41-37, with 11:26 to go on the clock. Two free throws and a three-point field goal by Brittany Carter would even up at 42 all. Fallon Lewis would score the Cowgirls next six points and a Woodward three capped off a 9-0 run to increase the lead to 51-42. Two straight baskets by Fontaine and Murphy made it a five point game, 51-46, but a big three-point field goal by Lewis increased the lead back to eight, 54-46. Ball State would inch close by scoring four of the next six to make it 56-50 with five minutes remaining. The two teams combined for six points over the next couple of minute stretch as the Cowgirls continued to lead 58-54. A basket by Woodward and two free throws from Sewell increased the lead back to eight, 62-54 with 48.2 left. Next possession down the court, Carter hit a three-point field goal and two layups by Brandy Woody making it a one-point contest, 62-61, with 16.0 seconds. Alison Gorrell hit two free throws with 12.7 on the clock which proved to be enough as the Cowgirls pulled out the 64-61 victory.
The Cowgirls will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29, as they host the Loyola Marymount Lions. The game is set for 2:00 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.