Thursday was a sad day in Laramie as the Cowgirl Basketball season came to an end. The Cowgirls hosted the Colorado Buffaloes who were a little more than Wyoming could handle. This season had a similar ending to last year when the Cowgirls fell to BYU. This was the second straight year the Cowgirls made the WNIT. In both seasons the Cowgirls played well in the tournament but the third round proved too much. Although the season is now over the Cowgirls should have no regrets; making the WNIT is a great accomplishment and making the third round is very impressive.
Colorado star Brittany Spears started the game with a layup. Wyoming answered when Hillary was fouled and made both free throws. Both teams looked good and battled until the midpoint of the first half. At the 10:59 mark Hillary hit a jumper to tie the game at 16. This tie lasted for a minute then Colorado started to pull away. Spears hit a three and took the lead back and Colorado held it for the rest of the game. Wyoming kept the deficit at nine or lower until there was just under three minutes in the half. The half ended with Wyoming down 11 points. When the second half started the Cowgirls were ready to play. They started to eat away at the lead and a little over five minutes into the half the Cowgirls were back within four. Both teams continued to battle and at the 8:41 mark the Cowgirls were only down three. After that point the game started to slip away as Colorado ended the half outscoring the Cowgirls 17–8. Colorado stepped up their play to end the game with a 12 point victory.
The story of this game was shooting; Wyoming struggled to get shots to fall and Colorado was getting almost everything to drop. Wyoming is a team the shoots well at home but in this game they had an off night. Wyoming ended the game shooting only 31.5% from the field and 18.8% from deep. Wyoming is a jump shooting team that relies on the three but in this game it was almost like the basket had a lid when the Cowgirls shot the ball. The Cowgirls out rebounded Colorado and recorded twice as many assists as the Buffaloes but that was not quite enough. Wyoming matched Colorado with four steals and also matched them with 13 points off turnovers. Points in the paint were close and Wyoming got more second chance points. These stats show that Wyoming did not play bad they just had bad luck getting shots to fall. It is rare for the visiting team to have a better shooting night than the Cowgirls but not every game can go as planned.
This was the last game for the four Wyoming seniors but they went out strong. All four of these girls had great careers at Wyoming and will be missed. Randi has not been known as a scorer but has been a great leader of the offence. When she was on the floor she ran the offence with her great ball handling skills. In this game she recorded a rebound, two points and two assists. Jade has played a few rolls during her Wyoming career; at times she was a scorer, at time she was a rebounder and at time she was one of the best defensive presences. She has always been able to do her part for the Cowgirl team and was always reliable to give the team what they needed. She would always fall into the roll the team needed and was always happy to do what she could. In this game she went 4–4 from the line and hit a three for seven points; she recorded five rebounds and got an assist. Hillary was a player that grew each year she played. By the end of her career she was a corner stone of the team and the Cowgirls knew they could rely on her. She became one of the team’s best scorers and rebounders. She was always a presence when on the floor and this game was no different. She ended the game with the team’s only double-double with 11 rebounds and a 27 points; both game highs. Hillary also had five assists, two steals and a block. Aubrey has been one of the best players for Wyoming and was always a local hero since she is from Laramie. Aubrey was always a leader when on the floor and the other girls looked up to her. She was always a great team player but would take the game in her hands when it was needed. In this game she had eight rebounds, 15 points, three assists and a steal.