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Wyoming defeats South Dakota 67-66 in OT; Lews grabs 21 boards in Cowgirls win

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Larry Nance Jr.’s three-point play with two seconds remaining gave Wyoming a 67-66 overtime victory over South Dakota Saturday night.

Tyler Flack hit a 3-pointer to give South Dakota (3-5) a 66-62 lead with 1:43 remaining in overtime. Nance answered with a dunk, and the game-winning three-point play. Nance scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Derek Cooke Jr. did not miss a shot on his way to eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Wyoming (7-2).

Josh Adams’ steal and the ensuing 3-pointer by Riley Grabau gave Wyoming a 60-57 lead with 19 seconds to play in regulation. Yet Adams would foul Brandon Bos, who made his first free throw. Adams fouled Bos again after he missed his second free throw. Bos made his next two free throws, sending the game into overtime tied at 60.

Bos led South Dakota with 22 points.

Lewis scores 21, grabs 21 rebounds in Cowgirls win
From Wyoming Athletics

COLORADO SPRINGS — Free throws in the final minute of the game by Kayla Woodward and Fallon Lewis would help lift the Cowgirl Basketball Team (6-2 overall) to a 72-69 win over the North Dakota State Bison (3-6 overall).

Five Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by the senior Lewis. She recorded 20 points and a career high 21 rebounds.

The 21 boards is the fourth most in a single-game in school history. Kaylie Rader finished with a career high 16 points plus four rebounds.

Woodward added 12 points followed by Kaitlyn Mileto and Marquelle Dent with 10 each. Wyoming shot 27-63 (.429) from the field including 16-30 (.533) in the second half and out rebounded the Bison, 48-41.

North Dakota State was led by Holly Johnson who finished with a game high 31 points plus 12 rebounds. Marena Whittle finished with 13 rebounds and six points, while Bree Whatman was the next high scorer with eight points. The Bison shot 27-71 (.380) from the field and 8-10 (.800) from the free throw line.

“This team battled, North Dakota had all the energy in the first half. At halftime, we talked about coming out and winning four minute segments. You can’t say enough about Fallon Lewis, a double-double doesn’t justify what she did for us,” head coach Joe Legerski said. “I knew she was tired and sometimes your mind determines if you’re tired.

“I thought we came out and really battled in the second half. To have five players in double-figures really shows we are distributing the ball.”


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