Courtesy: UW Athletics
Boulder, Colo. (Nov. 28, 2012) — The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team (4-1 overall) suffered their first loss of the season to the Colorado Buffaloes (5-0 overall) by the final of 68-59, on Wednesday night in Boulder.
"At the pregame talk, we discussed playing at a high level and aggressive for 40 minutes," said head coach Joe Legerski. "We were able to do that and there was no give up in this team. We fought back and took the lead in the second half, we just couldn't hold onto it. CU was able to put tremendous pressure on us defensively and 18 turnovers is too many opportunities to give up. I'm pleased how we competed through the end. This was a learning experience for this group. Ashley Sickles gave us a big lift tonight and Kaitlyn came in with confidence and made some big plays. Chaundra with 14 rebounds, eight of them offensive, you can see what she means to the group."
Three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by sophomore Kaitlyn Mileto. She recorded 16 points while shooting 6-12 from the field. Ashley Sickles followed with 14 points, while Kayla Woodward chipped in 10. Chaundra Sewell finished her night with a season high 14 boards to lead the team. Wyoming was 21-60 from the field and 10-12 (.833) from the free throw line. They would commit 18 turnovers which turned into 27 points for the Buffs.
Colorado was led by Chuck Jeffery with a game high 21 points plus 10 rebounds. Arielle Roberson added 14 points while Jen Reese followed with ten. The Buffs were 28-64 (.438) from the field and had 39 rebounds.
The Cowgirls got on the board first with a jumper from Chaundra Sewell. Colorado answered with eight straight points started by a Rachel Hargis layup to give them an 8-2 lead. A basket from Fallon Lewis would end the run and a four minute scoring drought. On the next possession, Jen Reese hit a basket to make it 10-4 going into the first media timeout. Wyoming responded out of the break by scoring five unanswered to close the gap to one point, 10-9, which included a three-point field goal by Ashley Sickles. Two straight baskets by Chucky Jeffery extended the lead back to five, 14-9. Neither team hit a field goal for several minutes with a few free throws until a three point field goal by Kaitlyn Mileto evened it all up at 15. On the Cowgirls next possession, a three-point basket by Sickles gave them their first lead of the game, 18-15, with 6:28 on the clock. Colorado evened it up the next time down the court and then the two teams traded the next couple scores. With it all tied up at 20, the Buffs scored the next seven of nine to give them a five point advantage, 27-22. Wyoming answered with four straight points to pull to within one, 27-26 with under a minute left in the half. Unfortunately, CU closed out the half with a 4-0 run to take a 31-26 lead into the lockerroom.
Ashley Sickles led all scorers for Wyoming with ten. She was followed by Chaundra Sewell with seven points and a team high six rebounds. They were 10-28 (.357) from the field and brought down 17 rebounds. CU was led by Chucky Jeffery with 11 points and five boards to lead the Buffs. They had 12 points in the paint and 12 points off turnovers.
In the second half, Wyoming came out and went on a 7-2 run to go ahead by one, 34-33, with four points came from Kayla Woodward. After a basket from Jeffery, the Cowgirls scored four straight to take their largest lead 38-35. They would maintain that lead for the next several minutes until the Buffs tied it up at 40 all. A basket by Lexy Kresl put Colorado up two, 42-40, but a Woodward three gave Wyoming a one point lead, 43-42. Nine straight points started by another Kresl basket gave the Buffs an eight point lead, 51-43. Out of a Cowgirl timeout, a basket from Sickles and Sewell made it 51-47, with 11 minutes to go. Colorado would respond with six straight to extend the lead to double-figures, 57-47. One of two free throws by Fallon Lewis ended a four minute scoring drought by UW but CU came right back with another 7 of 11 to make it 64-52 with 3:43 remaining in the game. Despite a solid effort the remainder of the way, Wyoming suffered their first defeat of the season, 68-59.
Wyoming returns home to close out their week on Saturday, Dec. 1. They will host the Eastern Michigan Eagles beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium.