The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team and their seniors (22-6 overall, 11-4 MW) closed out the home schedule with a 72-50 win over the New Mexico Lobos (14-13 overall, 6-8 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowgirls finished 13-1 over the season in the Double A.
"It's a great way to close out the home season with it being senior day and being able to play at such a high level," said head coach Joe Legerski. "You never know what you're going to get in any game, let alone on senior day. You're not sure about how the emotions will be running and this team knows it's a short time that they'll be together. They came out and played well. Ashley got us off to a great start and had 18 points and eight rebounds, and then Chaundra was Chaundra. She played extremely well. Today's game, we had nine players that reached double-figures in minutes played which means you're counting on your bench. Our starters played well but I thought our bench also gave us a lift."
Nine of the 13 Cowgirls that got into the game reached the scoring column and three recorded double-figures. Ashley Sickles came out and scored a game high 18 points while adding eight rebounds. Chaundra Sewell finished with 14 points and a game high nine rebounds, while Kailtyn Mileto chipped in 12 points. Wyoming shot 22-55 (.400) from the field and 24-34 (.706) from the charity stripe. They out rebounded the Lobos 46-29 and had 17 assists on 22 baskets.
New Mexico was led by senior Caroline Durbin with 17 points followed by Deeva Vaughn with 14. Bryce Owens and Whitney Johnson each lead the way with six rebounds. The Lobos were 20-56 9.357) from the field and just 4-21 (.190) from beyond the arc.
Caroline Durbin got the Lobos on the scoreboard first to begin the game, which was answered with an 8-1 run by the Cowgirls to put them up 8-3. Sara Halasz hit two free throws to end the run to make it 8-5, but a three-point field goal by Kaitlyn Mileto got the lead to six, 11-5. Jordan Erskine hit a shot making the score 11-7 through the first media timeout. Over the next several minutes only one basket was scored by Kayla Woodward as it made the score, 13-7. A three-point field goal by Deeva Vaughn would end a four minute scoreless stretch and started a 5-0 run for the Lobos to pull them to within one, 13-12. A basket by Fallon Lewis stopped the six minute drought for the Cowgirls to give them a three-point advantage, 15-12, with 8:33 to go in the half. They would extend that to five, 19-14. New Mexico responded with two Durbin three-point field goals to help them regain a 20-19 lead. The Cowgirls hit a couple of free throws to go ahead by one, but another basket by Durbin made it 22-21 Lobos at the 3:53 mark. Wyoming answered back closing out the half on a 12-2 run to take a 33-24 lead into the locker room.
Wyoming was led by Sickles with 13 points and eight rebounds. Mileto followed with nine points and Kayla Woodward with seven. The Cowgirls shot 12-28 (.429) from the field and out rebounded the Lobos, 24-16. UNM was led by Durbin with ten, while Vaughn added five. Bryce Owens led the team with six rebounds. They were 9-30 (.300) from the field.
The Lobos cut into the lead out of the break as they scored six of the first eight points to pull within five, 35-30. The Cowgirls responded with a 10-0 run over the next three minute stretch to increase the lead to double-figures, 45-30, with 15:32 on the clock. Out of the media timeout, Vaughn hit a shot for UNM to end a four minute drought and start a 6-0 run for New Mexico to get it into single digits, 45-36. Despite being cold from the field, Wyoming would extend the lead from the charity stripe. They would score the next ten points from to give them a 53-38 lead. Vaughn hit a jumper to stop another scoreless stretch for the Lobos, which was answered by a Kaylee Hoffman shot to end a nine minute field goal drought for the Cowgirls. The two teams would trade scores back and forth during the next stretch of minutes as Wyoming continued to lead 64-48 with 3:51 left in the game. There wasn't a lot of scoring in the final minutes of the game as the Cowgirls closed it out on an 8-2 run to come away with the 22 point win, 72-50.
The Cowgirls will close out the regular conference season on the road against the Colorado State Rams. The game is set for Wednesday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m. in Ft. Collins. Live stats can be followed on www.gowyo.com.
Courtesy Wyoming Media Relations