Courtesy Wyoming Media Relations
BOISE, Idaho (March 1, 2014) — A tough shooting night and turnovers plagued the Cowgirl basketball team as they suffered a 13-point loss, 72-59, to the Boise State Broncos, on Saturday afternoon. The Cowgirls are now 19-8 overall on the season and 10-6 in the Mountain West while the Broncos are now 16-11 and 11-5 in league play.
“Boise State was excellent on offense in the first half,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “For us to not get stops defensively affects our transition game and easy opportunities for us at the basket. Committing 18 turnovers is uncharacteristic of this group, but definitely a key indicator of how this game went. We have a short turnaround and we will need to regroup quickly to play the last week of the season.”
Kayla Woodward finished the night 18 points and four rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Chelan Landry came off the bench and recorded 13 points, followed by Fallon Lewis with ten. Jordan Sibrel recorded a team high five rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 18-45 (.400) from the field for the game, including 12-24 (.500) in the second half, while shooting 4-14 (.286) from beyond the arc and committing 18 turnovers.
Boise State was led by Deanna Weaver and Kayla Reinhart with 13 points each while Weaver had a team high eight rebounds. Kenna McDavis came off the bench and scored 11 points. The Broncos were 27-60 (.450) from the field and 11-19 (.579) from the three-point line.
Out of the halftime, Boise State hit a three to increase the lead to 21-points, 44-23. The Cowgirls scored the next seven straight to close the gap to 14, 44-30. Senior Lewis would foul out of the game with 12:18 left in the game leaving with 10 points and four rebounds. Over the next five minute stretch, Boise State stretched the lead back to 24, 61-37, going on a 15-7 run. The Cowgirls made another push scoring 14 of the next 16 to cut it to 14, 63-49. Unfortunately, the deficit was too much to overcome as Wyoming fell by 13-points, 72-59, against the Broncos.
The Cowgirls took an early 4-2 lead to begin the game, which was answered with a 5-0 run by the Broncos to give them a 7-4 advantage. A three-point field goal by Lewis evened it up at seven all through the first media timeout. Three free throws by Dent gave UW a 10-7 lead but a basket by McDavis tied the score at 10-10 with 14 minutes left in the first half. Boise State built a six-point lead, 17-11, as the Cowgirls struggled from the field and committed eight turnovers. Lewis scored a layup to end a six-minute field goal drought and a free throw closed the gap to three, 17-14. An 11-3 run by Boise State would increase the lead to 11, 28-17. Free throws by Woodward and Rader made it an eight-point game, 28-20, with 2:58 left in the half. The Broncos responded with a 13-3 run to take a 41-23 lead into the locker room.
Lewis, who sat on the bench with three personal fouls most of the half, finished with five points followed by four other players with four each. Woodward and Sibrel each recorded three rebounds. The Cowgirls shot 6-21 (.286) from the field and committed 11 turnovers. Boise State took advantage of those turnovers scoring 12 points. The Broncos were led by Reinhart with eight points followed by Rodriguez and Weaver with six. Boise State was 16-31 (.516) from the field and 7-11 (.636) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming returns to action on Tuesday, March 4 as they host the Utah State Aggies in their home finale. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.