Courtesy Wyoming Media Relations
FT. COLLINS, Colo. (March 7, 2014) — The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team closed out the regular season with a 58-46 loss against the Colorado State Rams, on Friday night. The Cowgirls are now 19-10 overall on the season and 10-8 in the Mountain West while the Rams move to 23-6 overall 15-3 in league play.
“Colorado State is a very long defensive team out there and they create a lot of issues for a team,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “In the first half, I felt like Marquelle Dent was all of our energy. The issue I addressed at halftime was that she was pushing the ball and it seemed like no one wanted to run with her. We needed to fill the passing lanes, when you do Marquelle becomes that much better in getting people the ball.”
Holding a three-point lead, 28-25, out of the break, the Rams scored five of the first seven to give them a five-point advantage, 32-27. Started by Fallon Lewis free throws, Wyoming went on a 6-0 run to take their first lead since the first half, 33-32. A basket by Martin gave the Rams the lead back, but Mileto hit a shot to put UW up by one, 35-34. Colorado State answered back with nine straight points to put them ahead 43-35 with 10 minutes left in the game. The Cowgirls would try and chip away at the deficit pulling to within four, 47-43. Unfortunately, Colorado State outscored the Cowgirls, 11-3, in the final five minutes to go onto the 58-46 victory.
Dent finished with 15 points while shooting 6-15 from the field. Lewis finished with her 11th double-double of the season with ten points and ten rebounds. The Cowgirls shoot 17-49 (.347) from the field and 1-10 (.100) from beyond the arc. They committed 19 turnovers which resulted in 20 points from CSU.
Three Rams reached double-figures led by Ellen Nystrom with 20 points and six rebounds. Gritt Ryder had 15 points and six rebounds while Sam Martin chipped in 12 points and five boards. Colorado State shot 25-58 (.431) from the field and had 34 points in the paint.
Dent scored the first four points for the Cowgirls to put them ahead early. A basket by Nystrom got the Rams on the board, which was followed a Ryder three-point field goal gave CSU a 5-4 lead. Both teams went several minutes without a basket until the Rams pulled ahead by four, 8-4. Baskets by Dent and Rader pulled the Cowgirls even at eight. A 6-2 run from Colorado State built their lead back to four, 14-10. The two teams played even over the next several minutes as the Rams held a 20-16 lead through the third media timeout. Colorado State built a double-figure lead, 26-16, with six straight points. The Cowgirls went over four-minutes without a field goal until a basket by Dent. That would start a 9-2 run for Wyoming to close out the half and pull them to within three, 28-25, going into the locker room.
Dent led all Cowgirl scorers with 10 followed by Kaylie Rader with eight. Woodward and Sibrel finished with a team high five rebounds. Wyoming shot 35.7 percent (10-28) from the field and 33.3 percent (1-3) from beyond the arc, while out rebounding the Rams 22-15. CSU was led by Ellen Nystrom with 14 points and three rebounds. The Rams shot 38.7 (12-31) from the field and 25.0 percent (3-12) from beyond the arc.
Wyoming will be back in action on Tuesday, March 11, to begin the Reese’s Mountain West Championships in Las Vegas. The Cowgirls will find out their opponent later tonight.