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Woodward, Cowgirls fight back from 14 down to beat Colorado State

From Wyoming Athletics

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Wyoming Cowgirls basketball team came back from a 14-point second half deficit and pulled out a 60-58 win over the Colorado State Rams in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Reese’s Mountain West Tournament on Thursday night.

The Cowgirls (24-6 overall, 12-4 MW) will now move onto the semifinals at 3:30 p.m (MT) Friday against Fresno State.

Wyoming trailed 36-26 at halftime, and by as much as 14 late in the second half. A basket plus three free throws for the Rams got the lead to 46-32. Sparked by a three-point field goal by Marquelle Dent, Wyoming would start a 10-3 run to close the gap to 49-42.

After a couple of scoreless trips down the court for both teams, a jumper by Kayla Woodward kept their run going as a Mileto three-pointer gave them their first lead of the game 52-49.
Sam Martin of CSU finally hit a three to end a nine minute scoring drought to even things up at 52-all.

Chelan Landry answered with a three-point field goal giving the Cowgirls the 55-52 advantage, which was answered with a 3-pointer from Caitlin Duffy that evened it up at 55-all with 4:10 left in the game.

Mandy Makeever hit a shot for the Rams to put them ahead 57-55.

Then, a huge three-pointer by Woodward with a minute to go in the game made it 58-57. Meghan Heimstra hit one of two free throws to even it up at 58 all with 44.9. After a 30-second timeout by Wyoming, Chelan Landry drove down the lane and hit a jumper with 19 seconds remaining to put the Cowgirls ahead 60-58.

Colorado State would miss their last-gasp attempt and the Cowgirls rebounded as time expired.

“I think this is everything you expect with Colorado State/Wyoming game,” said head coach Joe Legerski. “I thought the intensity was tremendous tonight. Colorado State got off to a great start, had us down 14 in the second half. It was a situation where all we talk about all year long is winning four minutes at a time. We talked about just getting back in the game during those segments.

“Then when we tied it up, in fact, went ahead, we talked about we had one four minute segment left, we’ve been here a number of times this year, it’s time to make some plays.
“Kayla Woodward executed a play, buried a big three, then Chelan Landry got to the basket at the end. Kaitlyn Mileto ignited us in that run to be able to get back into the basketball game.”

Two Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures led by sophomore Kayla Woodward. She finished the night with 17 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes of action.

Katilyn Mileto followed with 14 points while Chaundra Sewell recorded a game-high 11 rebounds.

Wyoming shot 22-60 (.367) from the field and 11-23 (.478) from beyond the arc. They out-rebounded the Rams 45-26 and had 17 second chance points.

CSU (11-19 overall, 7-9 MW) shot 22-55 (.400) from the field and 7-16 (.438) from beyond the arc.

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