Bas­ket­ball Sea­son Ends in Wyoming

 

Chaundra Sewell

Chaun­dra Sewell goes for a loose ball as it hov­ers over head. (John McKnight/LFP)

 

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.

 

Joe Leg­ers­ki has a few choice words with a ref­er­ee dur­ing a media time­out. (John McKnight/LFP)

 

 

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.

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