Wyoming Basketball Falters against Boise State, 53-43
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Feb. 18, 2017) — The Wyoming women's basketball (18-8 overall, 10-5 MW) dropped a 53-43 contest against the Boise State Broncos (18-7 overall, 8-6 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Laramie.
Junior Natalie Baker and sophomore Marta Gomez each had ten points to lead Wyoming while Gomez recorded a team-high six rebounds. Three other players added six points each. Wyoming was 19-51 (.373) from the field and 4-21 (.190) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls had 26 points off the bench, but were out rebounded 42-27.
"In today's game, I thought defensively we played much better than when we played at Boise," head coach Joe Legerski said. "We took some things away we wanted to and to Boise State's credit it came down to which team was going to make three's first. They were 0-7 in the first half and we were 2-12. They came out and hit four in a row in the third quarter and that put us down. Then you saw the doubt start to creep in to this team. I thought also the play at the end of that when we turned the ball over and they hit a basket to go up six and the momentum shifted that way. You aren't going to win that many games when you go 1-5 from the free throw line and 4-21 from three, especially at home. Boise State zone is long, active and had a number of deflections and turned it into a man after about three passes. There were some things that created issue for us, but we need to shoot the ball better. We defended well enough to win a game, we just didn't score enough."
Boise State was led by sophomore Marta Hermida with 14 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Riley Lupfer chipped in 12 points and redshirt sophomore Marijke Vanderschaff with ten points. Two players added a team-high eight rebounds. The Broncos shot 21-54 (.389) from the field and 5-14 (.357) from three.
The teams traded a couple baskets out of the break. With the score 29-19 in favor of the Cowgirls, Boise State ran off 11 straight to take a one point lead, 30-29. A basket by Gomez ended the run and put Wyoming back up by one, 31-30. The Broncos responded with a 14-3 over the next five minutes to take a ten-point advantage, 44-34, with 8:01 left on the clock. Baskets by Bailee Cotton and Baker ended to scoreless drought for Wyoming, but a big three by Lupfer extended it back to nine, 47-38. The teams combined for 11 points down the stretch with Boise State coming away with a 53-43 win.
Cotton scored the first basket of the game, but the Broncos ran off eight of ten to take an 8-4 advantage through the first media timeout. A field goal by Baker ended a three minute drought for the Cowgirls and started an 8-2 run for Wyoming to give them a 12-10 lead after one. The Broncos scored the next bucket to tie it up at 12. Started by a Gomez three, UW went on another 12-2 run to begin the quarter including nine in a row to extend the lead to double-figures, 24-14. Boise State ended a seven-minute scoring drought with 1:41 to go in the quarter. Neither team scored the rest of the way with the Cowgirls taking a 24-16 advantage in to halftime.
Gomez led all scorers with eight at the half. Baker and Hailey Ligocki each added six points while Taylor Rusk finished with four rebounds. Wyoming shot 11-28 (.393) from the field and 2-12 (.167) from beyond the arc. Boise State was led by Riley Lupfer with six points followed by two other players with four. The Broncos were 8-28 (.286) from the field and 0-7 (.000) from three.
Wyoming will be back in action a week from today against the New Mexico Lobos. The game is set for 1 p.m. MT at WisePies Arena in Albuquerque.